How Do I Change a 2002 Dodge Intrepid Fuel Filter?

by Arthur Heberger

The fuel filter on a 2002 Dodge Intrepid is part of the fuel pressure regulator mounted on the fuel pump module. It mounts to the frame in front of the fuel tank. The flow direction is marked on the filter--make certain that it is properly oriented when you replace the filter. Fuel system pressure must be properly relieved before attempting to remove the fuel filter or gas can spray over the work area. Since the fuel filter is a relatively inexpensive item that can prevent relatively costly problems, it's wise to err on the side of caution and replace it at least every 10,000 miles, if not sooner.

Removal

1

Relieve fuel system pressure. Remove the fuel pump relay, run the engine until it stalls, restart the engine until it won't run, then turn the ignition to the "Off" position. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

2

Raise and support the vehicle on a solid, level surface. Remove the bolts holding the fuel tank straps and lower the fuel tank. Support the fuel tank with a small jack stand or block of wood.

3

Disconnect the fuel line using the tool. Remove the fuel filter/regulator by pushing in the locking tab, turning the regulator to unlock it and pulling straight up.

Installation

1

Push the new filter/regulator into the pump, turn it to lock in place and connect the fuel line.

2

Raise the tank into position and bolt the straps in place. Replace the negative battery cable and the fuel pump relay.

3

Start the vehicle and check for leaks. Lower the vehicle to the ground.

Tip

  • check Place a drain pan under the filter to catch any fuel that drains out of the filter or lines.

Warning

  • close Wear safety glasses when removing the line and filter to prevent getting fuel in your eyes. It's not a good feeling.

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About the Author

Born in Connecticut, Arthur Heberger started writing how-to articles and reviews in 2009. He has over 20 years experience in the automotive field, is a National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certified automotive technician and a Hunter Engineering certified alignment technician. Heberger received his automotive training at Technical Careers Institute in West Haven, Conn. and Hunter Engineering in Springfield, Mass.

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