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Fuel Filter

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by robertcorda, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. Jun 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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    robertcorda

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    I have a question about fuel filters. The fuel filter does not seem to be a scheduled service item and I did some research and found that Toyota engineers designed the fuel filter with such high efficiency and that most gas is quite clean that the fuel filter does not need to be replaced. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Jun 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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    Around $26,000 worth of unleaded in the fuel tank.
    Replace it anyway. They do get dirty inside and can cause hard starting and other problems.
     
  3. Jun 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM
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    I'd change it at 50k intervals anyway.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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    And take your time doing it so you don't ruin the mounting bracket. SMH... things I know now I didn't know then.
     
  5. Jun 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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    Replacing a fuel filter every 15,000 miles is what most manufacturers recommend. Never hurts- lets the fuel pump last the life of the vehicle that way:)
     
  6. Jul 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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    Where is the fuel filter located?
     
  7. Jul 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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  8. Jul 2, 2013 at 3:56 PM
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    Lucky SOBs!!! It was tucked under the intake manifold on the 95.5... Ball buster to change!
     
  9. Jul 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM
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    I randomly found a fuel filter for my old 89 4 runner. Examined my 01 fuel filter and realized it was exactly the same so I figured I would swap it out. Pulled the old one out and dumped it out from the in side. The fuel that came out of the filter was the gnarliest fuel I have ever seen it looked brown/green, with shit floating around in it. I'm guessing I was the first one to change it (around 270k). Felt no performance difference, but I was sure glad I had a clean one!
     
  10. Jul 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM
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    On the 4cyl models the fuel filter is under the intake manifold. Non OE repair maunels suggest changing fuel filter every 60,000. Just did the one on my 2.7 at 127,000, had been done once before (had a Chinese replacement that removed). I cut it open and undid the paper element and it was pretty dirty, more so than I expected. Changing one on the 4cyl engines is a challenge.
     
  11. Jul 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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    Terrible placement IMO.
     
  12. Jul 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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    Never noticed it there. Thanks.
     
  13. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM
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    That's on the 3.4L V6
     
  14. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM
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    Correct.

    The guy who asked the question doesn't specify what motor he has. So I put mine :notsure:
     
  15. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM
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    I change it every spring in my '03, irregardless of mileage driven. They're fairly cheap. And with today's crappy ethanol infested fuels, it's a good idea. IMO.
    My truck starts telling me when she needs a new one. She starts running weird, and I know it's time to replace (usually in the spring, around May-ish, for me.) So what I'm saying is, pick a month, and change it every year in that month, just to keep things simple.
     
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    Agreed, but I would use a mileage based number ( miles driven = amount fuel put in). Either way, change it more often :D
     
  17. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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    As EDJY also pointed out, the fuel that will come out of the inlet side when you change it is going to be super dirty. Do it. and be careful with the lines that run to it, not much wiggle room.
     
  18. Jul 2, 2013 at 11:47 PM
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    FWIW, If you disconnect the brackets that hold the line to the underside of the body, makes it much easier to get the filter out/in.
     
  19. Sep 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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    Anyone notice a problem using an afternarket fuel filter on the 3.4? It seems as if mine started thumping after i put an aftermarket fuel filter on it. Today after further examination it sounds like the thumping that most cant figure what it is is actually coming from the fuel rail? Is this just me?
     
  20. Sep 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM
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    I've had no problem with the WIX filter I put in about 5,000 miles ago
     
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