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Old 03-26-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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How to Replace Fuel Filter


Project Description
What you are doing here is replacing your fuel filter to make sure you keep pumping clean gas into your motor!


Skill Level
Moderate

Project Vehicle
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado
Year: 2004
Engine: 3.5L
Power windows: Yes
Sun Roof: No

Tools Needed
Jack
Jack stands
Wheel chalks.
A fuse puller will also come in handy, if you do not have one available try needle nose pliers.


Project Time
1 hour or less

Project Cost
Prices for fuel filters range from roughly 7$-25$

1. Remove the fuel pump fuse from the fuse box. It is the small 15 amp fuse between the the fuel pump relay and the center mounting bolt, fuse #13.


2. Start the truck and it let it run until it dies. This will only take 2-3 seconds because it will be running off of the leftover gas in the lines.
Turn off the truck after it runs out of gas.
3. Remove the gas cap to relieve any extra pressure in the gas tank.


4.Jack the truck up enough to get underneath the drivers side. I jacked it up about 1 foot so I had room to maneuver.
Towards the rear of the cab you will see this, the left side is the inlet(from the tank in the rear) and the right side is the outlet(towards the engine)


5. "Look at the connectors on the hoses attached to the filter ends. See the two little plastic squares? Push those in to remove the lines from the filter. Kind of like a childproof cap on medicine bottles. I suggest removing the inlet hose (the one that comes over the top of the filter) first. That way you can leave the outlet hose connected and reduce your fuel loss. Have a rag handy because you will lose fuel from both the hose and the filter."(Sarge)
I lost about 1/4 cup from the inlet side and then 1/4 cup from the outlet side. There was roughly 1/4 cup in the filter itself!


6. If the new filter has plastic clips take them off, you will not need them.


7. Make sure the filter goes on the correct way, inlet on the left side and outlet on the right side. It should slide into the holding bracket and sit nice and tight. Also make sure when reconnecting the lines that you hear a click so you know each side is locked on tight.


8. Now lower the truck, put the fuse back in and screw on the gas cap.


9.Inspect for leaks. Turn the ignition to the ON position with the truck off and let it sit for a few seconds. Inspect for leaks one more time. By priming the fuel line like this it will make sure that fuel is in the lines. Repeat this step twice and the truck will start right up![/QUOTE]
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:25 PM   #3
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nice write up.. idiot proof!
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idiot proof unless you have an 06 or up...
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didnt say it was impossible smartass.
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but you didnt say it was either..

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Nice write-up and thanks!
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should have seen my filter was kinked on one of the inlet pipes so i would drive and my truck would choke i didnt understand then i was like good time to change the filter fucking thing was messed truck hasnt choked since and its got 220000 kilometers on her purs like a kitten
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sweet man thanx for the tips im gona change mine probly friday
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Re: How To: Replace Fuel Filter

^I couldnt get my filter open when i took it off...so i beat it with a hammer until it opened haha the inside was still fairly clean but its one of the only things the manufacture recommends to do i believe. Plus they charge like 60$ to change it at Jiffy Lube! what a rip off!
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^I couldnt get my filter open when i took it off...so i beat it with a hammer until it opened haha the inside was still fairly clean but its one of the only things the manufacture recommends to do i believe. Plus they charge like 60$ to change it at Jiffy Lube! what a rip off!
$60, thats nothing, they quoted me $98 at the local Goodyear Gemini service center. One of those little "Oh, while we were changing your oil, we noticed you need _______ done." I'm thinking about knocking that out in the driveway this Thursday while going over my truck since I'm looking at driving across state to visit my grandpa on Easter weekend.
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idiot proof unless you have an 06 or up...
wheres the filter on the '04 and '05's? in the tank or something? dumb question i know, but ive never replaced on on a 355 so i dont know? even being a auto mechanic/technician.
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04-05 its in line in front of the tank.

06 and up its part of the fuel pump in the gastank(read:take off your bed)
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Good write up for the lesser learned who want to do their own maintenance.
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04-05 its in line in front of the tank.

06 and up its part of the fuel pump in the gastank(read:take off your bed)
your right, i misread what you wrote. i read it fast and typed a responce to fast! my mistake!
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Nice write up, I do mine about every 3rd or 4th oil change.
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Re: How To: Replace Fuel Filter

o man about every 6months i say to myself "hmm i should change that" and have yet to do so. i gtg to the dealership tomm anyways so i think a trip to the parts dept is in need LOL
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Is something different on the 06 and up that I am missing?
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so its been over 40k miles that i've owned the truck and havent done this...holy piss those things hold a lot more pressure than i thought. shot gas like 4ft all over the driveway. only lost maybe a cup or two though. 15 minutes or less job...and yeah im a newb and wouldnt have known how to go about doing this so thanks for the write-up!
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