How to Install a Fuel Filter on an '87 Honda Accordby Baptist Johnson
The 1987 Honda Accord series comes stock with a programmed fuel-injection fueling system. The fuel filter is a major part of the fueling system. It filters out any dirt and impurities that gets mixed into the gas, and then sends the fuel to the fuel injectors to get pumped into the engine. Replacing your fuel filter is a common car-maintenance procedure.
Pop open the hood of your Accord and find your fuse box. It should be located on the passenger's side of the car near the front side of your strut tower. Open the fuse box and disconnect the fuel-pump relay. Try to turn your car on. Your vehicle should not start, but if it does turn on, let your engine run until it runs out of gas.
Slide underneath your car on the driver's side of the vehicle. Look for the fuel-filter housing unit. It will be located near the back of the car near the trunk area. One easy way to find the fuel filter is to follow the fuel line from the gas tank until you reach the filter. The fuel filter will be a slender, white, silver or black valve. It should also be connected to the fuel line at both ends.
Use an adjustable wrench to remove the banjo bolt that is attached to the top of the fuel filter. This will disconnect the fuel line from the fuel filter and allow you to remove the filter. On some model Accords, the fuel filter may also be bolted to the fuel rail by a smaller service bolt. If so, use a 6 mm wrench to remove this bolt as well.
Remove the old fuel filter and replace it with a new one. Replacement filters are available at most auto-parts store and can also be purchased online. Reconnect the bolts you removed before.
Go back to the hood of your Accord and reconnect the fuel-pump relay. Make sure it is securely fastened and then turn your car on.
- For your safety, always wear gloves and protective eye wear when doing maintenance work on your vehicle.
Things You'll Need
- New fuel filter
- Adjustable wrench
- 6 mm wrench
- Protective eye wear
- When you remove your fuel filter, you may come in contact with some gas. This is normal and to be expected.
Baptist Johnson was first published in 2000 when a poem he wrote won first prize in a local writing contest. He also writes and edits for Etched Press Society, a micro-publishing company based in Wilmington, N.C. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from East Carolina University.