How to Replace a Fuel Filter in a Kia Spectra

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The fuel filter in your Kia Spectra screens out dirt and rust particles from the fuel. Some mechanics recommend that you replace the fuel filter every 30,000 to 40,000 miles to keep your Spectra in good running order. Follow the instructions below to replace the fuel filter on your Kia Spectra in less than 45 minutes.

Relieve the fuel system pressure by first removing the fuel pump relay from the Power Distribution Center. Then, start the engine and let it run until it stalls. Try starting it again and allow it to run until it stalls. Continue restarting the engine until the car will no longer start. Turn off the ignition.

Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the retainers for the rear seat, then the rear seat cushion. Disconnect the harness connector from the fuel sender.

Remove the fuel tank module screws, the fuel sender and the fuel filter. Take the new fuel filter and attach the fuel filter sender and the fuel tank module screws. Reconnect the harness connector to the fuel sender.

Replace the rear seat cushion and the rear seat retainers. Reconnect the negative battery cable and start the engine on your Kia Spectra. Check for leaks and repair any you find.

Warnings

  • close Do not disconnect the fuel lines until you let the pressure out of the fuel system.
  • close Before starting your Spectra, be sure to wipe up any fuel that may have spilled while replacing the fuel filter.

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