How to Change the Fuel Filter on a 1997 Toyota Camry

by Keith Perry

The 1997 Toyota Camry uses its fuel injection system to deliver a precise amount of gasoline to the engine. The fuel injection makes the Camry a reliable and efficient car, but it also makes it very sensitive to debris in the fuel system. The fuel filter eliminates debris and particles that may harm the fuel injectors and other engine components. Toyota recommends fuel filter replacement every 30,000 miles or 24 months.

Locate the fuel pump fuse in the fuses panel, which is under the dashboard on the driver's side. Using the needle-nose pliers, remove the fuse labeled "fuel pump."

Relieve pressure on the fuel system by starting the vehicle and operating the engine until it will not restart. Place the fluid catch pan on the ground under the fuel filter to retain any spilled gasoline.

Locate the fuel filter, which is in the engine compartment, on the driver's side and in front of the brake master cylinder. Use both of the 17mm open-end wrenches to loosen and disconnect the top gas line on the fuel filter.

Loosen and remove the two bolts holding the fuel filter to the engine compartment using the 13mm wrench. A ratcheting wrench will allow you to remove the bolts in a more efficient manner.

Loosen and remove the bottom fuel line attached to the fuel filter with the 17mm open end wrench.

Attach the bottom of the new fuel filter to the bottom fuel line and tighten using the 17mm open end wrench. Verify the flow diagram on the side of he new fuel filter points upward.

Secure the fuel filter to the engine compartment with two 13mm bolts.

Reattach the top fuel line to the fuel filter using both 17mm open-end wrenches.

Remove the catch pan and dispose of any excess fuel in a proper manner. Replace the fuel pump fuse into the fuse panel.


  • Details and specifications may change with model years, so consult a repair manual specific to your model for additional information.


  • A fire extinguisher should be available when any work is performed on the fuel system.

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About the Author

Keith Perry has been an employee and contractor for several large companies in various information-technology jobs. He holds an executive Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University with an undergraduate degree in computer science from University of North Florida. He began writing for Lotus Notes Advisor and Mobile Advisor publications in 1998.

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