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How to Replace a Fuel Filter on a 2000 Toyota Camry

by Keith Perry

The 2000 Toyota Camry comes equipped with either a four- or six-cylinder engine. Both models use a electric fuel-injection system, utilizing a fuel filter to protect the engine from debris in the gasoline. Fuel filter replacement is recommended at either 20,000 miles or 24 months. A clogged fuel filter may result in poor fuel mileage, stalling, poor acceleration or an engine that will not start. One of the most important preventative maintenance measures is changing the fuel filter.

Remove the fuse labeled "fuel pump," located in the fuse panel below the dashboard. If removal of the fuse is difficult, use the needle nose pliers to assist in removing the fuse.

Start the engine and let it run until it stops to relieve the pressure on the fuel system.

Locate the fuel filter, which is located in the engine compartment in front of the master cylinder on the driver's side of the car. Place a catch pan under the vehicle below the fuel filter to retain any spilled gasoline.

Use a 17 mm open-end wrench to loosen and disconnect the fuel delivery line from the fuel filter.

Use a 13 mm open-end wrench to remove the two bolts holding the fuel filter to the engine compartment .

Remove the bottom fuel delivery line attached to the fuel filter with the 17 mm wrench.

Attach the bottom fuel delivery line to the new fuel filter. Tighten the connection with the 17 mm open-end wrench. Confirm the arrow on the outside of the filter is pointed toward the top of the vehicle.

Tighten the two 13 mm bolts through the fuel filter bracket to the engine compartment.

Tighten the fuel delivery line to the fuel filter with a 17 mm open-end wrench.

Properly dispose of any gasoline caught in the catch pan. Replace the fuel pump fuse into the fuse panel.

Warnings

  • Gasoline is flammable and proper precautions must be exercised to avoid fire or explosion.
  • Check for leaks after any work is performed on the fuel system.

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About the Author

Keith Perry has been an employee and contractor for several large companies in various information-technology jobs. He holds an executive Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University with an undergraduate degree in computer science from University of North Florida. He began writing for Lotus Notes Advisor and Mobile Advisor publications in 1998.

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