How to Locate the Fuel Filter on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

On most modern Vehicles the fuel filter is mounted along the frame rail underneath the Vehicles. Vehicles accessing and replacing the fuel filter requires the Vehicles to be hoisted or raised off the ground. This is not the case in the Vehicles. Its fuel filter is easily found in the engine compartment. While locating the fuel filter is simple, keep in mind that removing it or replacing it can be tricky, even dangerous, if you aren't familiar with the process.

Under The Hood:

 How to Locate the Fuel Filter on a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant

Shut the engine down and open the hood. Lift the hood rod and secure it to the hood for support.

Walk to the passenger side of the engine compartment. Examine the area around the firewall in the rear of the engine compartment.

Look for a cylindrical device with multiple lines attached to it. The device is the Galant's fuel filter. The lines attached to it are the fuel lines.

 How to Locate the Fuel Filter on a 2000 Cadillac

Park the Cadillac on a flat and level surface. Ensure the parking brake is set.

Crawl under the back of the vehicle on the passenger side to locate the fuel tank. The fuel tank is located in the back of the vehicle under the trunk.

Trace the fuel line that runs the distance of the vehicle toward the front. The fuel line will run along the passenger side of the vehicle.

Look under the vehicle in front of the passenger side rear tire along the frame. The fuel line will have a silver canister bolted in the fuel line. The silver canister is the fuel filter.

Items you will need

  • Eye goggles

 How to Locate the Fuel Filter on a Ford Explorer

Park the Ford Explorer on a level surface and shut the engine off. If the Ford Explorer is between 1990 and 2001, crawl under the driver's side of the Ford Explorer at the driver's side door.

Locate the fuel filter that is inside of the driver's side frame rail. The fuel filter is in a round bracket and has one fuel line coming out of each end of the fuel filter. The fuel filter will need to be replaced by using a fuel line quick disconnect tool that you can buy at most auto parts stores.

Crawl under the Ford Explorer on the passenger's side for Explorer models made after 2001. The fuel filter is under the passenger's side door near the front wheel well. There is a metal heat guard that is bolted over the fuel filter. Remove the bolts and nuts from the heat guard with a 3/8 inch ratchet and a socket.

Remove the fuel filter with a fuel line quick disconnect tool and put the heat guard back over the fuel filter..

Items you will need

  • 3/8 Inch drive ratchet

  • Socket set

 How to Locate the Fuel Filter on a Dodge Stratus

How to Locate the Fuel Filter on a Dodge Stratus

Park the Stratus on a level paved or concrete surface.

Place a wheel chock under one of the front tires.

Lift one rear quarter panel of the Stratus using the floor jack and place a jack stand below the rear frame rail to support the car. Repeat this procedure for the other side to elevate the rear axle of the car.

Put your safety glasses on.

Locate the fuel filler door on the Stratus. Crawling underneath the rear axle (on a creeper if you have one), follow the fuel filler neck to the gas tank.

Locate the fuel filter line and the fuel vapor line above the fuel tank on the fuel filler neck side of the tank. Located on a bracket mounted to the undercarriage of the Stratus is the fuel filter.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands (2)

  • Safety glasses

  • Creeper (optional)

  • Wheel chock

 How to Locate a Fuel Filter on a Cadillac Escalade

Set a wheel block in front of both of your Escalade’s front tires. Kick both wheel blocks firmly into place beneath the tires.

Raise the rear left corner of your Escalade with a hydraulic jack. Place a jack stand forward of the gas tank beneath the frame rail. Raise the support arm on the jack stand to equal the truck’s current height. Lower your hydraulic jack slightly to allow the jack stand to support 50 percent of the truck’s weight.

Slide under your Escalade from the rear bumper, on the driver’s side. Locate your fuel filter on the inner side of the frame rail. It sits one foot from the gas tank, toward the engine. Your Escalade’s fuel filter has two fuel lines connected to it and it looks like an over-sized “D” battery. The filter should have writing on it as well as a large black arrow pointing toward the radiator.

Items you will need

  • 2 wheel blocks

  • Hydraulic jack

  • Jack stand

  • Socket wrench set

  • Adjustable wrench

 How to Locate the Fuel Filter on a 1995 Ford Taurus

Park your Ford Taurus in a safe area on level ground. Apply your parking brake. You will need to get underneath your vehicle to find the fuel filter.

Locate the fuel filter by crawling underneath your Taurus near the passenger side door. The fuel filter is located almost directly below the passenger seat on the passenger's side of the fuel tank along the vehicle frame.

Identify the fuel filter as a silver or black cylindrical canister about three inches in diameter. The fuel filter will have a black hose, the fuel line, coming out at both ends. This is your fuel filter.

 How to Locate the Fuel Filter on a 2002 Honda Civic

Pull the hood release underneath the steering column, and then approach the front of the Civic. Push the hood release lever beneath the opening and open the hood. Lift the prop rod and insert it into the prop hole on the underside of the hood.

Move to the passenger side of the engine bay. Locate the strut tower on the side. The strut tower is directly above the wheel. It is a large, protruding hump.

Look directly behind the strut tower, toward the windshield. The area beneath the windshield is called the firewall. The fuel filter is mounted against the firewall. It is a small, cylinder-shaped object with lines coming from each end.

 How to Locate the Fuel Filter on a 1997 Dodge Ram Truck

Park your Dodge Ram on level ground, pull the parking brake and take the key out of the ignition.

Locate the fuel tank. The fuel tank is on the side of the truck. The fuel filter is inside the fuel tank, and you will need to detach the whole tank to get to the filter. The fuel filter is a combination of a filter and a pressure regulator.

Unfasten and remove the studs and retaining nuts on the metal straps that hold the fuel tank together with a flat-head screwdriver. The stud holes are narrow, so it is easier to remove them with a flat-head screwdriver. There are two metal straps supporting the Dodge Ram fuel tank unit.

Detach the fuel and vapor lines, the wiring harness connector, and the neck of the fuel filler to completely separate the tank unit from the car.

Locate the fuel filter inside the tank unit. The fuel filter is connected to the fuel module assembly, near the gas gauge sending unit and the fuel pump.

Items you will need

  • Flat head screwdriver

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