Often overlooked for some reason,
replacing the fuel filter is inexpensive and easy to do.
(NAPA Fuel Filter 3032)
Prior to changing the fuel filter
it's a good idea to either run your tank fairly low (like
until the idiot light comes on) or siphon most of the gas
out of it.
The first step is to remove the
gas cap. Once opened, you'll see four small flush mounted
Phillips screws around the perimeter that attach it to the
tank. If they haven't been removed in a while then there can
be corrosion in the threads. If you're not careful then you
can strip the heads of these screws and cause yourself an
unnecessary headache. The first thing to do is use a tack or
other pointed instrument to clean out any dirt that's
collected in the heads of the screws. Then, using a good
Phillips screwdriver with an appropriately sized tip, apply
downward pressure while turning to break the screw free and
Once the gas cap is removed,
you'll see the fuel filter in the left rear corner of the
tank. After you loosen the front hose clamp, there's
enough slack on the other hose to the fuel filter to remove
it from the tank and replace it outside of the tank. Note
the direction of the arrow on the fuel filter (or IN/OUT
markings on it) and install the new filter so that gas is
flowing towards the short hose.
If you blow into the inlet of the
old fuel filter and sense any resistance then you'll be glad
that you replaced it.
When putting the gas cap back on,
do not use he-man torque on its mounting screws, just get
them nice and snug.
Then go for a ride.
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