The fuel injected engine found in a 1995 Dodge Neon has a fuel filter installed between the fuel tank and the fuel rail on the engine. This filter acts like any other filter, and helps to get particulates that may be present in the fuel tank out of the system before the fuel goes into the engine. When the filter gets clogged, as it inevitably will, then you will need to replace the fuel filter with a new one. Installing a new filter can be done in under 30 minutes.
Tools Used: Tools, Fuel pressure release hose, Drain pan, Jack, 4 Jack stands, 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set, Replacement fuel filter
Install a Fuel Filter
Open the gas door and remove the gas cap. Pop the hood and locate the fuel rail, which is on the top of the engine. Remove the cap on the fuel rail and connect the fuel pressure release hose to the rail by hand. Drain out the fuel from the rail into the drain pan.
Lift up the car with the jack and put it on four jack stands with enough clearance between the car and the ground for you to crawl between. Crawl underneath the car and locate the gas tank underneath the vehicle. Remove the optional cover over the fuel filter using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Set the drain pan underneath the fuel filter.
Disconnect the quick-connect fittings on the fuel filter by depressing the tabs on the sides of the fuel line by hand. Then unbolt the fuel filter from the vehicle using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.
Set the replacement fuel filter on the vehicle and bolt it in place using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Push the quick connect fittings onto the replacement fuel filter. Reinstall the fuel filter cover using the ratchet. Lower the vehicle off the stands with the jack and reinstall the gas cap.
Tips & Warnings
Never smoke or have an open flame nearby while you’re working on the fuel system of a vehicle. If you do, you risk causing a fire and damaging yourself and the vehicle.