How to Change a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Fuel Filter

by Grace Mclain

The fuel filter on a 1996 Jeep Cherokee is a necessary component to the fuel system. If the fuel filter gets clogged, it can prevent the engine from starting. That is why that the Jeep Cherokee manufacturer recommends that the fuel filter be replaced at certain mileage intervals. You can find the mileage intervals to change your fuel filter in your Jeep Cherokee owner's manual.

1

Unscrew the gas cap and remove it from the gas tank to relieve the pressure off of the fuel filter.

2

Locate the fuel filter underneath the driver-side wheel well. Remove both of the fuel lines by grasping the plastic clips that are connecting the fuel line to the filter and squeeze the plastic clips together and slide the line off of the filter at the same time. Do this to both fuel lines on both sides of the fuel filter. Let the excess fuel flow into a small bucket or container.

3

Remove the bolt that is holding the bracket clamp closed over the fuel filter with a ratchet and the proper socket. Once you remove the bolt, you can slide the clamp off of the fuel filter.

4

Install the fuel filter inside of the bracket with the "In" tube facing the gas tank and the "Out" tube facing the engine. Bolt the clamp over the fuel filter the same way it came off with a ratchet and the proper size socket.

5

Slide the fuel lines straight over the inlet and outlet tubes until you hear them lock. Then gently pull back on the lines to make sure that they are securely in place.

6

Put the gas cap back on and turn the key on and off three times to prime the fuel filter. Then, crank the engine to let the fuel cycle through the fuel lines and the engine. Inspect the fuel filter and fuel lines for leaks while the engine is running.

Tips

  • check Turning the key on and off will allow the electric fuel pump to suck the gas from the gas tank through the fuel filter to prime the filter so that the engine will not be sucking air.
  • check To prevent excess gas from running out of the fuel lines when you remove the lines, clamp vise grips on both fuel lines about 6 inches from the fuel filter.

Warnings

  • close Make sure to remove the gas cap or the excess gas will cause a suction when removing the fuel lines and the gas will flow and not stop.
  • close If you install the fuel filter backward, the jeep will not crank. The "Inlet" port on the fuel filter has to be facing the gas tank. This is so that the fuel line coming from the gas tank will go into the "Inlet" port on the fuel filter. The "Outlet" port of the fuel filter must be facing the engine. This is so that the fuel coming out of the fuel filter can run through the "Outlet" port and into the engine.

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About the Author

Grace Mclain has been writing professionally since 1998. Her articles have appeared on eHow.com, Answerbag.com and LIVESTRONG.COM, and she specializes in automotive and business topics. McIain has a professional writing certificate from JB Hunt in Little Rock, Ark.