Replacing a fuel filter
How to replace the fuel filter, and where they hide it on most cars including this Jeep. The location of the fuel filter on most cars is on the frame near the gas tank. The tools for this job is very minimal with a wrench, pliers, and screwdriver, you can probably get this job done. The total time out of your day to change the fuel filter is about 10 minutes, minus cleaning up fuel spillage and getting the gas smell off you.
Go check out our video on how to test fuel pressure: https://youtu.be/zehgFmSR4-I
Tools and parts:
- WIX Fuel Filter: https://amzn.to/35bU7Yl
- Lucas Cylinder Lubrication & Injector Cleaner: https://amzn.to/37i1dgy
- Fuel Injector Injection Pump Pressure Tester Gauge Kit: https://amzn.to/3kcULuM
- Milwaukee 18-Volt Drill and Impact Driver Kit: https://amzn.to/2HfipZ5
- 268-Piece Husky Mechanics Tool Set: https://amzn.to/3kuGUzD
I know for most we always think of more technical issues before starting some were easy like a fuel filter. My wife always says I make things harder than I should, she is right.
So the fuel filter on the fuel line is the most common thing to get clogged, there is also a strainer in the fuel tank. Why we look at the filter first is the stainer is in the gas tank, not easy to get to. Also, the strainer is just that, a strainer, it is less likely to clog unless you are just dumping mud in the tank, plus it cost more just for the part.
4 things that can point to a clogged fuel filter:
- Reduced Engine Performance
When you hit the gas and your car feels like it is about to fall on its face, this could be a clogged fuel filter. You end up starving your engine of fuel and the ECU will limit engine performance to prevent engine damage.
- Hard Starting
This is more than likely not your issue, if the fuel filter is causing this issue, you have had the above issue for quite a while Stalling could happen it is rare, if your car stalls because the fuel filter is clogged, the above issues have been haunting you for a while.
- Random Misfire or Rough Idle
If you have low fuel pressure the fuel filter can cause this. We do test our fuel pressure for this jeep, and I woulda filter issue to mostly affect unregulated fuel pressure.
- Fuel System Part Failures
A clogged fuel filter may overwork your fuel pump causing pump failure. Your fuel pump would end up having more internal pressure, not a good thing. On another note, your fuel pump also uses fuel to cool the pump, better to ride on the top of your tank than the bottom.
Jump To In Video:
- 00:00 How To Replace Fuel Filter Intro
- 01:23 Un Box WIX Fuel Filter, Everything It Comes With, And Tools To Install
- 01:58 How To Install A Cylinder Fuel Filter On A Jeep Wrangler YJ
- 05:56 In Our Head Of Chris -N- Danielle
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