Car fuel filter replacement can get tricky. Any time you are working with raw fuel there is a risk of fire. Modern cars have fuel systems that are under quite a bit of pressure so anytime you loosen the fittings fuel can spray out and get all over you. Before you consider changing your fuel filter yourself you require instructions to lower the danger. Keep reading to discover more.
The Truth Behind Fuel Filter Replacements
What you may have heard: “This has always an easy job.”… “You just require a screwdriver.” or “Easy, no-mess money saver!”
The truth is that this USED to be a very easy job. On older cars it was right in the engine compartment and was easy to get to and replace.
On vehicles built since the 80’s and 90’s this has become a much more difficult job. Most of them are now found under the car on the frame rail and some are located inside the gas tank, so if you are going to try this job yourself make sure you know where it is fitted. You might even want to go buy one first so you know what it looks like.
What Tools Are Required?
Performing this job on today’s vehicles sometimes takes a few tools. In order to remove some of them you must have the right sized wrenches, while others need no tools at all…they have “quick disconnect” fittings. If you purchase the new part first then you can see which type of fittings yours has so you can be prepared with the right tools if required.
What About The Raw Fuel?
You have to find out where the fuel pressure relief valve is on your car. If you don’t relieve the pressure then when you go to loosen the fittings fuel will spray on you and everywhere.
Should I Replace a Fuel Filter Myself?
In my opinion a fuel filter change is best handled by a professional. This is an easy job for someone with a lift as well as the tools and experience necessary to know how each one comes off. Most shops should replace yours for fairly cheap rates.