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Old 11-03-2013, 05:45 AM   #1
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Fuel Filter Headache

Has anybody changed a fuel filter on a 2003 model taco. I have the 2.7 L don't know if that makes a difference. Anyway I thought it would be an easy change cause I initially thaught it would be located under the driver side door like most. I was wrong its under the intake manifold and impossible to dig out. Has anybody dealt with this issue? Tell me there is a trick to getting it out without tearing the engine apart.
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It's pretty much set up the same as the 22RE fuel filter was, and it can be removed (did it on my '97 w/ 2.7L and my old '92). It takes time, patience and flexibility. Can't really remember how I did it on both - it has been a long time. But it is doable without pulling apart the motor.
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My understanding is that the fuel filter does not need to be changed very often.

Does anyone know what the book calls for?

In any case, I like to change filters per recommendation by the factory as a PM item.
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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Look at your service schedule. I bet you won't find fuel filter mentioned at all. They claim 1 million mile, yet people want to change them anyway.
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Look at your service schedule. I bet you won't find fuel filter mentioned at all. They claim 1 million mile, yet people want to change them anyway.
There is a million mile thread on here somewhere. Maybe there should be a link for gas filter on that thread.
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According to Toyota service manual information, the 2003 Tacoma does not have an external filter for the 2.7L engine. The only filter it shows is the one in the tank. It does not have a service/replacement schedule. The 1999 model year was the last year of the external fuel filters for the Prerunner Tacoma.
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