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Your car, truck, van, or SUV is comprised of a lot of moving parts, all of which require proper maintenance to run well for years to come. The fuel filter keeps dirt and debris from flowing through your fuel line, which could damage your fuel pump. Though our Hyundai service center in Lima can take care of this and other routine maintenance services for you, it's an intermediate-level task to do yourself if you prefer to take care of your vehicle on your own. Just follow the instructions below and you'll be all set!

You will need:

  • A replacement fuel filter
  • Replacement clips
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves

Hyundai fuel filter in Lima OH

How to Change a Fuel Filter

  1. Put the parking brake on and make sure the vehicle is not in gear.
  2. Relieve the pressure in the fuel system: This entails running your vehicle without the fuel pump functioning. The best way to prevent the fuel pump from turning on with the engine is to remove the pump's fuse from the vehicle's fuse box, the location of which should be indicated in your vehicle's owner manual. When you turn on the vehicle, it will run briefly, so it's very important that the brakes are engaged or the car may roll. Then, start the vehicle as you normally would. It should turn over and start normally, but then die when the pressure needed to push the fuel to the engine is now relieved. If the engine doesn't die, keep it running for a minute or so. The amount of time an engine can run without a fuel pump may vary greatly between cars. Then, once the engine has died, reinsert the fuel pump fuse, making sure the vehicle is off. Then, get started on removing the filter:
  3. Disconnect the battery to ensure that the engine doesn't turn on while you're working on it. Then, use your owner's manual to locate the fuel filter.
  4. Jack up the car. Some filters are located on the underside of the vehicle, making it necessary to elevate the car using a jack and jack stands.
  5. Put a bowl or a bucket beneath the fuel filter. There may be a little bit of fuel left in the line, so it's a good idea to take the proper precautions.
  6. Remove the clips holding the fuel filter in place. These will most likely be two plastic clips, and may break when you remove them with a flathead screwdriver, so have the replacements nearby.
  7. Remove the fuel lines from the filter. Put on your gloves and eye protection. Tip the fuel lines towards the bowl to catch the gasoline that may be in the fuel line.
  8. Slide the fuel filter out of its bracket.
  9. Double check the fuel filter to make sure you've purchased the correct replacement.
  10. Replace the fuel filter. Slide it back into bracket, which should happen easily. If you have to force it, it may be the wrong diameter. Fasten the new filter back into the fuel line, sliding the clips through the hose on the fuel nozzle to secure the line in place. If the clip has broken, don't attempt to turn on or drive the vehicle until you've replaced it with a new one! Lower the vehicle off the jack stands if you're using them, then reconnect the battery.
  11. Turn on the vehicle. Your fuel filter has been replaced!

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