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The fuel filter should be replaced every 60,000 miles.

This is a pretty easy job, but it can be a bit messy since gasoline will spill when replacing the filter.

The fuel filter is located on the right side of the car, right in front of the rear tire. To access the filter, you only need to raise the car a little bit, so the spare tire jack will work fine for this.

To cut back on the amount of gas dropped on your head, you can start the car with the fuel pump disabled. To do this, open your fuse panel and pull the fuel pump fuse out. For me this was fuse #19. Now start the car and let it run until it dies.

When buying the new filter be sure to buy the 4 seals to go along with it. The old ones will be ruined once you pull them off.

Tools needed:

  • Wire cutters
  • 10mm socket
  • Adjustable wrench
  • 17mm and 19mm wrench
  • Jack up the car so you can see the filter and remove the filter cover. Spray all of the bolts with some rust penetrating spray and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

    At each end of the filter you will see a banjo bolt. One side is 17mm and the other is 19mm. Use the adjustable wrench on the end of the filter to help stabilize it while using the wrench to loosen the banjo bolt.

    You do not want to remove them yet as gas will start spilling all over the place!
    Now undue the 10mm bolt attached to the bracket.

    Remove both banjo bolts with your fingers and drop the filter into a catch pan.
    To replace the filter properly, notice the direction arrows on the filter. The arrow should be moving towards the front of the car.
    Install the bracket and tighten down the 10mm bolt.

    Using the new seals on the banjo bolts (one above and one below the banjo fitting), attach the fuel lines to the filter. These bolts do not need to be super tight. Just tight enough so they do not leak!

    Before putting the cover on, reinstall the fuel pump fuse and start the car. It will take some more cranks to start since there is no fuel in the lines.

    If there are no leaks, shut off the car and install the cover. Mine had a big tie-wrap around the cover so I put another one on.

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