How to Remove the Fuel Filter From Vehicles

by Contributing Writer

The fuel filter or "strainer" on a carbureted Harley-Davidson Vehicles is a component part of the fuel supply valve. This valve serves to control the flow of gas to the carburetor, while straining out unwanted contaminants from the fuel. The valve is vacuum operated Vehicles safety purposes, opening whenever the engine supplies sufficient vacuum pressure to actuate the internal valve. Care must be taken when performing this procedure to avoid damage to this valve. The length of time to complete this procedure will vary upon skill level, but will Vehicles be approximately one hour.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Fuel Filter From a Transit

Park the Ford Transit in a ventilated area. Apply the parking brake and open the hood.

Locate the fuel filter assembly inside the engine compartment. Then, position the drip pan under the van near the general area of the fuel filter assembly.

Locate the two fuel line connectors on the top of the fuel filter assembly. Use a clean rag and push in on the small plastic clips on the end of the fuel lines. Once the clips are compressed, the fuel lines will unlock from the fuel filter pipes. Pull out on the fuel lines at the same time as you are squeezing the ends of the fuel lines.

Locate the main coupling connector on top of the fuel filter. The main coupling connector is directly in front of the fuel line pipes on the fuel filter. Remove the small metal clip from the coupling by prying out on the clip with a flat-head screwdriver. Then, pull the main coupling off the top of the fuel filter.

Locate the spring-loaded tab on the side of the main fuel filter bracket. The fuel filter is attached to a bracket that is inside of the bigger bracket. Slide the tab upward and pull up on the fuel filter at the same time. The fuel filter with the bracket will release from the main bracket.

Unscrew the Torx-head bolt from the band clamp that is around the fuel filter until the clamp is loose. Slide the band clamp off the old fuel filter and onto the new fuel filter. Fill the new diesel fuel canister up with fresh diesel fuel.

Slide the new fuel filter with the band clamp back over the main bracket until the clamp locks in place.

Push the main coupling back onto the coupling pipe on the new fuel filter. Then, push the small metal clip back into the groove. Carefully pull up on the main coupling to ensure that the clip has secured the coupling to the coupling pipe.

Push both fuel lines onto the fuel filter pipes until you feel each fuel line lock onto the fuel filter pipes. Then, carefully pull out on the fuel lines to ensure the lines are secured to the pipes.

Slide the drip pan out from under the Ford Transit. Turn the ignition to the accessory position for 15 seconds. This will completely fill the fuel filter up with diesel and remove all of the air from the fuel system. After 15 seconds, crank the engine. Let the engine run for about 30 seconds and then turn the engine off. Inspect the fuel filter for leaks and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Drip pan

  • Clean rags

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Torx-head screwdriver kit

  • Fresh diesel fuel

  • Replacement fuel filter

 How to Remove Fuel Filter From a 2000 Jimmy

Relieve Fuel Pressure

Disconnect the ground (black) battery cable using a wrench.

Loosen the fuel-filler cap to relieve the pressure inside the fuel tank.

Locate the Schrader valve at the end of the fuel rail, where the fuel injectors connect. This resembles the air valve on the tires of a GMC Jimmy.

Connect a fuel-pressure gauge equipped with a bleed valve and hose to the valve, and insert the hose into a proper container.

Open the bleed valve on the pressure gauge, and let the fuel in the line drain into the container.

Close the gauge valve, and disconnect the gauge from the Schrader valve.

Removing the Fuel Filter

Raise the rear, passenger-side wheel/tire assembly off the ground, using a floor jack, and place a jack stand under the frame for support.

Put on safety goggles, then locate the fuel filter on the frame rail, near the fuel tank and passenger side of the vehicle.

Remove the hairpin clip from the outlet fuel line connected to the filter (the line going to the engine). Slightly squeeze both clip legs with your fingers as you push the legs into the line fitting. Then, grab the clip back tab, and work it out of the line fitting.

Wrap a shop rag around the line fitting, and carefully separate the line from the filter. Soak up the fuel dripping from the filter and line with the rag.

Disconnect the feed-fuel line from the filter. Hold the filter in place using an open-end wrench as you unscrew the line-retaining nut with the flare wrench.

Loosen the filter mounting clamp, using a standard screwdriver.

Remove the filter from the mounting clamp and the vehicle.

Installing the New Fuel Filter

Place the new fuel filter in the mounting clamp, with the arrow on the filter case pointing to the outlet line and away from the fuel tank.

Tighten the filter's mounting clamp with the screwdriver.

Connect the feed-fuel line to the filter. Start the line retaining nut by hand to prevent damage to the threads. Then, tighten the retaining nut with the flare wrench as you hold the filter in place with the open-end wrench.

Install the hairpin clip that came with your new filter into the fitting of the outlet fuel line. Make sure the clip legs lock on the outside of the line fitting.

Push the outlet-line fitting against the fuel-filter nipple until you hear the clip snap in place on the nipple. Slightly pull on the line fitting to make sure it is locked in place.

Lower the vehicle.

Tighten the fuel-filler cap.

Connect the ground (black) battery cable, using the wrench.

Turn the ignition key to the "on" position to pressurize the fuel system. Start the Jimmy's engine, and apply the parking brake.

Check for leaks at the new fuel filter.

Items you will need

  • Wrench

  • Fuel-pressure gauge

  • Container

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stand

  • Goggles

  • Shop rag

  • Flare wrench

  • Open-end wrench

  • Standard screwdriver

 How to Remove the Fuel Filter From a 1995 Saturn SL2

Unplug the blue 15-amp fuel relay fuse. You'll find this fuse in the plastic compartment on the floor between the two front seats.

Run your SL2 until the motor stalls out by itself. Take the engine key out of the ignition to ensure someone doesn't inadvertently start the SL2 while you're working on it.

Raise the rear end of your SL2 using your car jack. Place the rear end of the SL2 on jack stands.

Set the drip pan down directly beneath the fuel filter location. A Saturn SL2's fuel filter is located near the rear tire of the driver's side. It is supported by a bracket between the two fuel lines.

Remove the old fuel filter by finding and pinching the two green or white clips on the sides of the fuel filter, a cylindrical object. The cylinder is the filter itself, and the clips are holding the filter to the bracket, which is attached to the fuel lines. If the clips are not easy to squeeze, needle-nose pliers will make this task much easier.

Set the old filter on the ground, keeping in mind the direction in which it was mounted into the bracket.

Attach the new filter into the old filter's location, following the arrows on the filter to be sure that they are facing in the engine's direction. You will hear the clips snap into place when the filter is securely locked into the bracket.

Remove the needle-nose pliers, drip pan and old filter from under your car as you slide yourself out from beneath your SL2.

Raise the car just high enough to remove the jack stands, then lower the SL2 to the ground.

Re-plug the blue fuel relay fuse into the socket of the fuse box.

Start your ignition, turning the key for no more than five seconds at a time, until the engine stays running.

Items you will need

  • Shop rags

  • Car jack

  • Jack stands

  • Two needle-nose pliers

  • Drip pan

  • Safety glasses

  • Petroleum-resistant work gloves

 How to Remove a Fuel Filter for My '97 Chrysler LHS

Raise the passenger side of the Chrysler LHS with your car jack. Slide a jack stand near the rear wheel. Rest the body of the LHS on the jack stand for more safety.

Close off the inlet fuel tube and the outlet fuel tube to the fuel filter with tube clamps. This action prevents fuel spurting on your when you remove the fuel filter.

Place the drainage bin below the fuel filter.

Press in on the tabs of the fuel tube collars. Slide the collars down the fuel tubes. Wiggle the outlet tube off of the fuel filter. The outlet tube is the one between the engine and the fuel filter. Wiggle the inlet tube off of the fuel filter. The inlet tube is the one between the fuel filter and the fuel pump. Let the fuel that comes out spill into the drainage bin.

Loosen both 8mm bolts on the fuel filter bracket. Slide the fuel filter out of the bracket.

Insert the new fuel filter into the bracket. Tighten the two 8mm bolts back down. Connect the two fuel tubes to the inlet and outlet stems of the new fuel filter.

Prime the fuel system. Turn the ignition to on several times but do not crank the starter motor. Priming the fuel system forces fuel into the new fuel filter. Check under the Chrysler LHS for any fuel leaks. Adjust the fittings if there are leaks. Lower the LHS to the ground.

Items you will need

  • Tube clamps

  • Replacement fuel filter part number FFG7416

  • Jack stand

  • Car jack

  • 9 mm socket wrench

  • Drainage bin

  • Paper towels

 How to Remove the Fuel Filter From a Ford Sport Trac

Raise and support the vehicle on jack stands. Remove the heat shield covering the fuel filter, which is in front of the fuel tank, using the ¼-inch ratchet and a socket.

Remove the black shield over the fuel pump using the same ratchet and socket. Squeeze the white plastic spring clip all the way in, and pull the fuel line away from the filter. Do the same for the opposite side.

Install new spring clips in either side of the hose, then insert the fuel filter nozzle into the hose and push it in until it clips. Give it a couple of tugs to make sure that it is locked in. Do the same for the other side.

Replace the two shields in reverse order of removal.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • ¼-inch drive ratchet

  • Set of ¼-inch drive sockets

 How to Remove the Fuel Filter From a Softail Classic

Turn the valve handle to the OFF position. Remove the outlet and vacuum hoses from the fuel supply valve.

Attach a long piece of fuel hose to the outlet hose and place the other end into an empty gas can.

Turn the supply valve handle to the RESERVE position. Attach a hand-operated vacuum pump to the vacuum nipple on the fuel supply valve. Apply 1 to 10 inches of Mercury vacuum pressure to the valve to obtain a good drain flow of gas into the can. Allow all of the gas to drain from the Softail.

Turn the hex fitting, which attaches the supply valve to the Softail's gas tank, with an open-ended wrench. Pull out the valve and filter assembly from the gas tank.

Items you will need

  • Long fuel hose

  • Gas can

  • Hand-operated vacuum pump

  • SAE wrench set

 How to Remove a Fuel Filter on a Dodge Dakota

Depressurize the truck's fuel system by removing the fuel pump relay from within the Dakota's fuse box. Crank the engine and let it rum until it stalls, then re-connect the relay.

Disconnect the truck's negative battery cable.

Raise the Dakota's rear end and support it on jack stands. Block the front wheels.

Disconnect the hoses attached to the fuel tank. The filler neck hose often has a clamp you must remove with pliers or a screwdrivers, while the supply lines have quick-connect fittings that you remove by pressing their tabs.

Remove the tank from the truck by raising one or two floor jacks underneath it, unbolting the support straps, lowering the tank and disconnecting the remaining supply lines and electrical connectors from the tank.

Clean the area surrounding the fuel pump unit of any dirt. Compressed air can help.

Tap on the pump module's locking ring with a hammer and brass drift and turn the ring counterclockwise, unscrewing the ring once it comes loose.

Pull the module--with the fuel filter attached--out of the fuel tank. Tilt the module at an angle as you remove it to avoid damaging the float and the float arm.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Wrench

  • Screwdriver

  • Pliers

  • Compressed air

  • Hammer and brass drift

 How to Remove a Fuel Filter in a 1996 Ford Ranger

Unscrew the gas cap from the gas tank to relieve the fuel pressure from the fuel filter.

Locate the fuel filter under the driver side of the truck. The fuel filter is attached to the frame rail under the driver side cab. The fuel filter is attached to a mounting bracket that is attached to the frame rail.

Slide the fluid catch pan under the fuel filter to catch excess fuel. There will be a small amount of fuel that will come out of the fuel lines and filter.

Remove the mounting bracket bolts that are holding the mounting bracket to the frame rail, using a ratchet and a socket.

Loosen the clamp that is holding the fuel filter to the mounting bracket with a flat-head screwdriver. Slide the whole mounting bracket back, over the fuel lines, so you can get to the fuel line connectors on the fuel filter.

Slide the flat tip of the screwdriver under the top plastic retaining clips that are holding the fuel line to the fuel filter. The plastic retaining clips are on the top of the fuel line, and the clips lock the fuel lines onto the fuel filter ports. Gently pry upward on the clip until the clip releases from the fuel filter connection. Then gently pull the lines off the fuel filter. Do this on both sides of the fuel filter.

Slide the old filter straight out of the mounting bracket.

Items you will need

  • Fluid catch pan

  • Ratchet

  • Socket set

  • Flat-head screwdriver