How to Replace the Fuel Strainer
While they are made to last, fuel strainers can wear out over time. And if the fuel pump is to be replaced, the strainer must be changed as well. But whether it is because of wear or a new fuel pump, replacing your car's fuel strainer is a quite easy, albeit messy, one.
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
- Hydraulic jack
- Jack stands
- Hose clamp
- Container to hold the gasoline
- Ratchet and socket set or adjustable wrench
Step 1: Check the fuel gauge and find out how much fuel is left in the tank. If the fuel gauge is not working or inaccurate (which often happens with a broken strainer), assume that the tank is full.
Step 2: Raise the rear of the vehicle with the jack and place the jack stands in its stead. Set the stands wide so that you'll have a more stable space to work in.
Step 3: Remove the fuel pump cover. It's usually found at the bottom of the fuel tank fixed in place by straps and bolts. If your car's pump has no cover, skip this step.
Step 4: Look for the rubber fuel line and pinch it with the hose clamp. Using the screwdriver, loosen the hose clamp a bit. The gas from the fuel tank should start to come out at this point, so make sure that you have a container in place to catch the fuel.
Step 5: Once the tank is completely empty, loosen the hose clamp and the fuel tank outlet and detach the hose from the outlet nozzle.
Step 6: Using your socket and ratchet or wrench, remove the nozzle and strainer assembly. NOTE: because the strainer assembly is below the nozzle, a bit of fuel may still drain from the tank once the strainer is removed.
Step 7: Replace the strainer. Coat the O-ring seal of the strainer with some moly grease to prevent it from being cut or abraded when the strainer is installed.
Step 8: Install the strainer and tighten it with the socket or wrench.
Step 9: Refill the fuel tank and check the assembly and fuel lines for leaks. If it's clean, install the fuel pump cover and remove the jack and jack stands.