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How to Replace a Fuel Filter in a Geo Metro

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The third and final generation of the Geo Metro was available from 1995 through 1997. Developed originally by Suzuki in 1983, the model offered in the U.S. as the Chevy Sprint, Pontiac Firefly, the Suzuki Swift, the Geo Metro as well as more than a half-dozen other nameplates worldwide. A number of the third generation Metros are still on the road and a great find for the used-vehicle buyer. This do-it-yourself installation is for 1995 through 1997 model years.

Remove the Fuel Filter

Step 1

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the terminal. Relieve the pressure in the fuel system while taking necessary precautions. Plug the fuel lines with golf tees to prevent spillage of gasoline.

Step 2

Raise the vehicle. Check to make sure that the supports are safe and secure. Remove the bolt that holds the parking brake cable bracket in place on the underbody.

Step 3

Take the fuel feed hose from the fuel filter. Loosen and remove the two bracket bolts that hold the fuel filter in place. Remove the fuel filter from the frame.

Disconnect the outlet hose that runs to the fuel filter. Remove the mounting bolt and lift the fuel filter out of its bracket.

Install the Fuel Filter

Step 1

Position the fuel filter on the bracket. Be sure to align the matchmarks on the fuel filter and the mounting bracket. Set the mounting bolt in place and torque it to 11 foot/pounds.

Step 2

Connect the fuel feed outlet hose to the fuel filter and secure it with a new clamp. Place the fuel filter on the frame and install the two bolts on the bracket. Torque the bracket bolts to 11 foot/pounds.

Step 3

Reconnect the inlet hose to the fuel filter. Use a new clamp to secure it. Install the brake cable bracket and set the bolt in place. Tighten the bolt to 11 foot/pounds.

Step 4

Lower the vehicle and then reconnect the negative battery cable. Turn the ignition to the ON position and the turn it back to LOCK to pressurize the fuel system.

Start the engine. Check for fuel leaks and make the necessary adjustments.


  • The pressure in the fuel lines is maintained after the engine has been turned off. Always relieve the pressure in the fuel system, even if the car has been sitting cold for several hours, to prevent accidents and injury.

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