Changing your fuel filter is an important part of car maintenance. Fuel filters help keep your fuel clean, which in turns, makes your car engine run smoother and more efficiently. According to Toyota, you should change the fuel filter every 25,000 to 30,000 miles, although considering your driving conditions; you may want to change it more often.
Tools Used: Tools, Gloves, Wrenches, Rags
Change a Fuel Filter – Instructions
Find your fuel filter. You need to open the hood of your car and locate a long black hose, this is your fuel line. Follow your fuel line until you get to a black cylinder about three inches in diameter. This is container holds your fuel filter. Expose the fuel filter. Attached to the fuel filter are at least three screws. Remove them using a wrench. Once you have removed the screws, open the black cylinder and you will see the fuel filter. Remove the fuel filter from the container. Once you can see the fuel filter, locate the screws that hold the filter in place.
Remove these screws using your wrench. After you have removed the screws, pull the fuel filter out. Replace the filter with a new fuel filter. Secure the fuel filter back into the black container using the screws you removed. Close the cylinder, also using a wrench and the screws you removed. Check to make sure everything is working properly. Turn your car on and look for warning lights on your dashboard. Look underneath your car and see if it is leaking. If nothing looks out of place, then you are finished.
Tips & Warnings: Gloves and eye goggles are not required, but it would help keep your hands cleans. You will become exposed to gas and fumes; keep open flames away while you are changing your fuel filter.