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Old 11-08-2004, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default Fuel filter replacement

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The mechanic told me that the fuel filter is all rusted out.
I think I gotta replace this.

A guy said I should be very careful about the plastic connector when I replace.
Is there any other thing I should know?.

Is it easy job? or is it better have mechanic fix with 70 bucks?.
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Buy the filter for 10 bucks. It'* just inside the frame on the passenger side, just under where your front passenger'* feet would rest. Remove the clamp with a 10mm socket, and release the plastic clips with needlenose pliers. I've never seen these break on this forum.

You'll smell like gas when you're done, but it'll only take you 15 minutes and 10 bucks. $70 is a pure ripoff.
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I just changed it too. Phil as always you were right, not even 5 minutes, spilled a little gas (forgot to relieve the pressure). $10 at walmart for a fram filter.
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Buy the filter for 10 bucks. It'* just inside the frame on the passenger side, just under where your front passenger'* feet would rest. Remove the clamp with a 10mm socket, and release the plastic clips with needlenose pliers. I've never seen these break on this forum.

You'll smell like gas when you're done, but it'll only take you 15 minutes and 10 bucks. $70 is a pure ripoff.
Is that the location on the 93'*? Because my filter location is right inside the rear uni-body infront of the right rear tire? Don't break the plastic clip on the line....Otherwise your new filter will be useless. A good thing to do is to soak the connection going from the filter to the engine with some good penetrant....As they can rust solid and then they can break the fuel line.
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Buy the filter for 10 bucks. It'* just inside the frame on the passenger side, just under where your front passenger'* feet would rest. Remove the clamp with a 10mm socket, and release the plastic clips with needlenose pliers. I've never seen these break on this forum.

You'll smell like gas when you're done, but it'll only take you 15 minutes and 10 bucks. $70 is a pure ripoff.
Is that the location on the 93'*? Because my filter location is right inside the rear uni-body infront of the right rear tire? Don't break the plastic clip on the line....Otherwise your new filter will be useless. A good thing to do is to soak the connection going from the filter to the engine with some good penetrant....As they can rust solid and then they can break the fuel line.
yes 92-93 fuel filter is under the passenger footwell, all other years 94-99 are by the rear tire
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Mine is by the rear tire.. on the Driver'* side. Doesn't have any clips, just held up with the line. I believe mine is 13mm, the fuel line is of fair size on my car. And yes, when a fuel filter is so old it is rusting it is time for relacement. Mine is rusting too, and upon inspection today when I was under the car, it is falling apart. And there is a small drip of fuel under it. This can be a safety hazzard, so anyone with an old fuel filter, replace it!


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Default Relieve the pressure (You'll feel better)

How do you relieve the fuel pressure on Bonnevilles? Is there a pressure release valve or (like my old Cavalier) do you pull a fuel pump fuse then start the car (Chiltons said so).
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Pull the fuse and try to start it.
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That doesn't work for me. With mine, I just take a paper towel, and push in on the shreder valve on the fuel rail. Never had a problem.. just a little drip here and there, but nothing major. It could just be that I am stupid, and there is an amazing jumper that always keeps my Fuel Pump Fuse hot.. but who knows?


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That doesn't work for me. With mine, I just take a paper towel, and push in on the shreder valve on the fuel rail. Never had a problem.. just a little drip here and there, but nothing major. It could just be that I am stupid, and there is an amazing jumper that always keeps my Fuel Pump Fuse hot.. but who knows?


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if you have any type of fuel jection you can relief the pressure by pulling the fuse and turning the motor over no mess at all unlike reliefing it by the shraeder vavle it is messy
so there is 2 methods but the easyest way is by pulling the fuse
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