How to Change a 2000 Dodge Durango 5.9 Liter Fuel Filter

by Cayden Conor

The fuel lines and clamps on a 2000 Dodge Durango 5.9-liter truck, including the lines and clamps on the fuel filter, are made of special material to prevent contamination of the fuel system. The clamps have a rolled-edge design so they don't cut into the hoses. The fuel filter filters out debris and condensation that might have entered the fuel tank. The filter is located on the top of the fuel tank, in the fuel pump module.

Remove the fuel tank filler cap. Remove the fuel pump relay. It is located in the relay box near the driver's side fender well. The underside of the relay box cover has a diagram so that you can find the fuel pump relay. Crank the engine over three or four times to relieve the fuel pressure in the system. The engine will not start.

Jack up the Durango with the floor jack and support it with jack stands. Disconnect the ground strap that connects the fuel filler tube assembly to the body, if the Durango is so equipped. Disconnect the fuel line and wire lead to the gauge unit (located in the vicinity of the fuel filler tube and fuel tank). Open the fuel filler door. Remove the screws that hold the fuel filler tube to the body, but do not disconnect the rubber fuel filler or vent hoses.

Slide the floor jack under the fuel tank. Jack it up so that it touches the bottom of the fuel tank, and supports the tank. Remove the mounting strap nuts using the appropriate socket. If the Durango has fuel tank shield bolts, remove the bolts. Lower the tank by lowering the jack, just enough so you can reach the rest of the tubes and lines. Disconnect the vent hose and the fill hose. Disconnect the wiring harness connectors and the electrical lines. Disconnect the EVAP line.

Disconnect the fuel supply line. It might have a quick-connect fitting. See Resources for pictures of the different quick-connect fittings. Lower the tank the rest of the way. Loosen the ring on the top of the fuel pump module. Remove the fuel filter from the fuel pump module.

Insert the new fuel filter into the module. Jack the tank back into place, at the same time feeding the hoses through the grommets. Connect the lines, wiring harness connectors and electrical lines. Jack the fuel tank up into place. Bolt up the retaining straps, tightening the bolts to 30 ft.-lb. of torque. Remove the jack. Connect the rest of the filler hose and return hose. Connect the ground strap and wire lead to the gauge unit. Refill the tank. Plug the fuel pump relay in. Reconnect the battery ground cable.

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About the Author

Cayden Conor has been writing since 1996. She has been published on several websites and in the winter 1996 issue of "QECE." Conor specializes in home and garden, dogs, legal, automotive and business subjects, with years of hands-on experience in these areas. She has an Associate of Science (paralegal) from Manchester Community College and studied computer science, criminology and education at University of Tampa.

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