Changing car's fuel filter is very important and bit tricky procedures which you don't perform it quite often. When you replace the fuel filter once yourself then it would be a simple job to do it at home and save money for yourself. And don't forget it will impect on your fuel economy becuase it helps to clean the the fuel that goes in the engine and increse fuel economy

Before you begin this procedure, make sure you have already gotten your new fuel filter, located the one on the vehicle, and have compared the two to make sure they match. You cannot drive your vehicle to the store to exchange them without a fuel filter securely on the vehicle.

 
  • DO NOT SMOKE WHILE PERFORMING THIS JOB!

Things Needed to Change Fuel Filter

 #  A new fuel filter- matching with the one already installed

 #  Screwdriver Or Socket - Depending On Your Vehicle

 #  Wear Raggy Clothes - You'll Know Why When It Happens

 #  Oil Catch Pan Or Similar - Something To Catch Dripping Fuel

 #  Safety Glasses - Protect Those Eyes!

Depending on your fuel filter, a special tool may be required to remove it. Check your owner’s manual or call a dealership to find out if a special tool is needed in your case.

  • PUT YOUR SAFETY GLASSES ON!

For those who don’t want to get dirty, you may want latex gloves.

Latex Gloves

Changing Fuel Filter Step by Step

 

 *  Release the fuel pressure by removing your gas cap and leaving it open during this process.

 *  Locate your fuel filter.

Fuel Filter

Sometimes, this can be tricky. For most cars, it is usually found under the hood towards the back of the engine compartment. For trucks, it is usually located under the truck, towards the back by the gas tank and bolted to the bed paneling. You can always follow your fuel lines from the gas tank until you find it.

 
 
Where To Find Fuel Filter

You will usually see two fuel lines going into the fuel filter. You will usually also notice some kind of strap support around the fuel filter. You may find your fuel filter is like the one at the picture.

 

 *  Remove the bolts to the strap support and set them aside (mark them is needed to help remind you). Remove the strap support and let the fuel filter set loose.

 

In the next steps, you will be working with dripping fuel.

  • DO NOT FOOL AROUND HERE, DO NOT SMOKE!

 *  Place a container on the ground under the fuel filter to catch dripping fuel such as an Oil Catch Pan. Note which way the arrow on the fuel filter is pointing.

 *   Carefully remove the fuel lines going into the fuel filter (special tool may be required here), saving any clips. FUEL WILL DRAIN, BE CAREFUL! Drop the old fuel filter into your catch pan.

 
 
Fuel Filter Replacement

 *  Pointing the arrow on the fuel filter in the same direction as the one you removed, re-attach the fuel lines the same way you took them off. Re-attach the strap support and bolt it back into place.

 

 *  Remove all tools and catch pan from the area. Place gas cap back on.

 *  With your foot firmly on the break, start your car (this may take a couple cranks to get the new fuel filter and lines filled back up). Leave your car running and check for leaks.

 

 *  Properly dispose of the old fuel filter and fuel. You can usually take this to any quick lube shop and they will dispose of it for you.

 

One important thing to consider to make a mental note of buying some new hoses if the hoses are getting fragile and worn next time you change your filter. If the hoses are in not in good condition or really bad, replace them now.


Here is a video you can watch with different types fuel filter. But the basic is the same. This might be helpful for you as well. That's it, you're done! Way To Go!

 

So now you know how to change the fuel filter then try changing the engine oil and filter yourself.

 

About the author

Andrew

Hello, My name is Andrew David, a passionate car lover, and enthusiast.
I am not so called expert but love to share my experiences and knowledge regarding the car and motor parts for all vehicles.