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I am wanting to change my fuel filter in my 2001 V6 and am wondering if this is a project better left to a professional or if I can do it myself. I can't find where it is and when looking in my manual for the location it just says consult the dealership. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Not hard to do, you just need some fuel line disconnect tools. Like 12 bucks from Checker or Autozone, lift up the back of the car and go for it.

Just make sure you do it when the car has sat overnight, or release the pressure at the shrader valve on the fuel rail.

Either that or get ready to drink some fuel...
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I did it on my 02 in a couple minutes. First you need to make sure that you have the auto fule shut switch in the off mode so you dont get flooded with fuel after you disconnect the filter. Then you have to lift the rear up and the filter is right under the trunk. There should be two adapters on the line that you just slide right in to disconnect the filter. Then pull the pipes from both ends and then put your new one in. Very simple process.
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I did it on my 02 in a couple minutes. First you need to make sure that you have the auto fule shut switch in the off mode so you dont get flooded with fuel after you disconnect the filter. Then you have to lift the rear up and the filter is right under the trunk. There should be two adapters on the line that you just slide right in to disconnect the filter. Then pull the pipes from both ends and then put your new one in. Very simple process.
Thanks guys..J where is that fuel cut off valve and how hard is it to access the filter?
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You don't have to shut anything off, as long as the system is not pressurized, then there is nothing to worry about.

Once you have the rear of the car on stands, look just in front of the fuel tank, its right there, can't miss it.
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i just had my fuel filter changed. it only cost 30 for the kwik lube to do it. it took twenty minutes and it was done. i would have done it myself, but the cold has shaked my mind in the other direction. i could tell a big difference in the way mine ran after having it done. If you have never changed one before, take it to the local kwiok luibe or whatever place you have around, and ask if you can watch them. its not bad.
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So basically what i'm getting from all of this is 1. do it after the car has been sitting for a while 2. jack the rearend up and the filter is infront of the gas tank 3. out with the old in with the new..is that a fair summary? what tools will i need to remove the old one and put the new one on?

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So basically what i'm getting from all of this is 1. do it after the car has been sitting for a while 2. jack the rearend up and the filter is infront of the gas tank 3. out with the old in with the new..is that a fair summary? what tools will i need to remove the old one and put the new one on?

Thanks for all your help!
Can someone give me a yes or no pertaining to the above assesment?
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Yes, as said before in earlier posts...

Fuel line disconnect tools, you can find them at Checker for $12 for the plastic ones, and I've seen the nicer aluminum ones at Napa, or from Matco or Snap-On for like $40-$50.
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I've replaced my fuel filter in my 96 a few times. This is how I did it. Open the hood, with the car running pull the fuse in the engine compartment for fuel pump, the car will sputter and die, let it. Next wrap a throwaway towel around the schrader valve and screwdriver while carefully pushing a medium size phillips head screwdriver in the valve to release the pressure, BE CAREFUL, gas can fly out, watch your eyes. Press until all the pressure is released. Then get under the rear and use the tool to pull the clips of the fuel filter. Then remove the filter. Gas might (will) still spill out from the hoses and filter, safety glasses should be a must. Keep mouth closed too. Secure new filter, and attach hoses. Let any spilled gas dry. Then replace fuse for pump. Turn the key all the way forward a few times, but don't actually engage the starter, this will prime the pump and the lines. Listen for the pump a few times, then try starting the car.
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Default chaning the fuel filter

As far as pressing the fuel cut off switch I just got that from the Haynes guide I bought. It does sound doable to pull the fuse as well though you just want to be sure that there is not chance of fuel flowing out of the pipes while you have it dosconnected, though there will (could, I didnt have any spill out on me) be a little bit. Hope things went good in changing it. It really is a smiple procedure.
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