Taurus Fuel Filter Swap

Car: 1996 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L OHV

I’m trying to replace the fuel filter. I’ve pulled out the two-pronged plastic clips holding the fuel lines to either end of the old fuel filter. The question is, now what do I do to get the fuel lines off? I’ve tried prying them gently but firmly but they won’t budge. Do I need to use some kind of fuel line detach tool? Neither the Hanes Guide nor the factory service manual say anything about having to use such a tool to detach the fuel lines. I don’t want to pry too hard lest I damage them so I’m stuck. Anyone who is familiar with these cars have any suggestions?

Ford uses what is called a Duck-Bill connector on it’s fuel lines, and you need this set to remove the fuel lines. http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/lis37000.html Your local parts store should have a set of these.