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Old 02-08-2009, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default 1997 fuel filter replacement

What is the process for changing the fuel filter on a 1997 SC2?

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Old 02-08-2009, 08:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1997 fuel filter replacement

Generally :
(I) depressurize the fuel feed by depressing the shrader valve by fuel rail/head, covering with rag to deflect gas.
(II) after raising front drivers side of car safely way up in air disconnect the fuel feed pipe from the filter from below [its mounted on frame rail]
-Some do this from above engine compartment
-Some remove the front drivers side wheel for access.
-I had the whole car on blocks a few feet in the air , and found impossible.
I eventually discovered that removing the first couple clamps securing the fuel line group to the floor/underside of the car gave enough slack to enable the detachment at the bottom of the filter
(III) If you've survived thus far , it is time to remove the nuts (speed/palnuts) holding the filter-bracket to the studs emanating from the framerail. A 10mm nutdriver will almost fit from both the engine compartment and bottom. If you save these used speednuts , they can be used to refasten the fueline group to the underbody studs (since these latter may have been rendered corrosive dust by their removal).
(IV) Now pull the filter bracket off the framerail studs. Then , from engine compartment detach the retaining clip from the junction at/by/with the fuel rail .... one must first remove a screw holding a clamp which secures both the pressurized fuel feed (from filter) and fuel return line to the head vicinity. Note carefully the proper orientation of the clamp {as i reversed it !}. When you get the clip off , remove the filter tube, and carefully remove the filter assembly , being mindful that it needs be replaced with the new one in proper orientation.
(-) a drop of oil on the tubes helps the orings do the sealing job.
"Installation is reverse of removal procedure".

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Old 02-08-2009, 09:10 AM   #3
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Default Re: 1997 fuel filter replacement

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On 1991-97 models, the fuel filter is attached to the vehicle frame in the lower left portion of the engine compartment. On 1998 models, the fuel filter and fuel pressure regulator are one integral component of the new returnless fuel injection system, and is located underneath the vehicle at the forward edge of the left side of the fuel tank. The filter should be serviced according to the Maintenance Intervals Chart at the end of this section.

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See Figures 1 through 8

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery.
Remove the fresh air intake hose from the camshaft or rocker cover and remove the air inlet tube.
Properly relieve the fuel system pressure as follows:
Remove the air cleaner or air intake duct, as applicable.
Wrap a shop rag around the fuel test port fitting at the lower rear of the engine, remove the cap and connect pressure gauge tool SA9127E or equivalent.
Install the bleed hose into an approved container and open the valve to bleed the system pressure. After the system pressure is bled, remove the gauge from the pressure test port and recap it.
Clean the female end of the quick connect fitting by spraying it with penetrating oil, then detach the large underhood fuel line connection located near the intake manifold support brace on the left side of the vehicle using the tool supplied with the replacement filter, SA9157E or equivalent.
Raise and support the vehicle safely.
Disengage the quick connect fitting at the fuel filter inlet (rear of the filter) by pinching the 2 plastic tangs together and pulling on the supply line.
Loosen the fuel filter band clamp nut, but do not completely remove.
Carefully push or pull the filter out of the assembly and discard the filter in an appropriate container.
To install:

If the band clamp was removed, clip the fuel return and vapor lines in place and install 2 new band clamp nuts. Make sure all lines are in place and will not interfere with or be damaged by filter installation, then tighten the bracket nuts to 27 inch lbs. (3 Nm).
Clean the female end of the filter inlet quick connect fitting by holding the line facing downward and spraying penetrating oil up into the fitting. Be careful not to bend or kink the line.
If not already installed, insert a new snap lock retainer into the female end of the filter inlet quick connect fitting.
Route the filter' nylon outlet line through the band clamp and insert the filter far enough into the band clamp to connect the outlet line to the engine's fuel line attachment. Lubricate the male end of the connector with clean engine oil, snap the connector together and pull on the line to verify proper fitting.
Position the filter in the band clamp assembly with the filter' forward edge located 1/4 inch (6.35mm) from the front of the band clamp.
Lubricate the male end of the fuel supply line with clean engine oil. Snap the line into the fuel filter and pull back to verify that the fitting is secure. Tighten the band clamp nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
Lower the vehicle and install the air cleaner or intake duct, as applicable. Connect the air inlet tube and fresh air hose.
Connect the negative battery cable, then prime the fuel system as follows:
Turn the ignition ON for 5 seconds and then OFF for 10 seconds.
Repeat the ON/OFF cycle 2 more times.
Crank the engine until it starts.
If it does not start, repeat Steps a-c.
Run the engine and check for leaks.

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Old 02-08-2009, 11:58 PM   #4
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Default Re: 1997 fuel filter replacement

My method, when I did it was a LITTLE simpler.



A) disconnect battery

B) depressurize

C) remove old filter

D) replace with new filter

E) reconnect battery.

Youll look at it and do it and then youll feel like an expert fuel filter replacement man (or woman, idk)

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Old 02-09-2009, 06:30 AM   #5
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Default Re: 1997 fuel filter replacement

A less messy way to de-pressurize is to pull the fuel pump relay(or fuse) and then start the car. It'll only run for a few seconds, and when it stalls, most of the fuel pressure in the rail is gone. I've always done this, and assumed everybody else did it as well.

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Old 10-28-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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Default Re: 1997 fuel filter replacement

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(II) after raising front drivers side of car safely way up in air disconnect the fuel feed pipe from the filter from below [its mounted on frame rail]<SNIP>
"Installation is reverse of removal procedure".
How deep of a hole do I have to put the driver's side in to install the replacement?

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Old 10-29-2013, 02:49 PM   #7
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Default Re: 1997 fuel filter replacement

Not a hard job, at least on my SL, a little clumsy though.
I used an aftermarket filter (might have been a NAPA) and it didn't fit quite right, had some trouble there but it works. I suppose there are ones that fit 100% and then the others...

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Old 10-29-2013, 04:23 PM   #8
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Default Re: 1997 fuel filter replacement

What's with the jack & raising the car? If you have ABS, take out the battery to make arm room..otherwise there's plenty.

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Old 10-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #9
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Or do a relatively simple filter mod and it becomes very easy and fast to change the next time (and much cheaper). I have experienced absolutely no problems using this mod.

Try this link.
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...uel+filter+mod

If the position of the filter is a problem (you do need to remove the driver's side wheel to get to it), just move it to wherever suits you. No worries.

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Old 10-30-2015, 09:10 AM   #10
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Default Re: 1997 fuel filter replacement

How do you get the fuel line out of the clamp that is below the throttle body? Two lines in a rubber piece.

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Old 10-30-2015, 09:31 AM   #11
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It's a 10 mile long 8mm or 10mm head bolt.

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It's a 10 mile long 8mm or 10mm head bolt.
Is that an auto-correct or are you emphasizing that the bolt is super long?

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The bolt needs to be maybe 1.5in long with maybe .5in of thread through a nut, the one they used from the factory is nearly 3in long with nearly all of it thread past the nut...takes forever to get out because it's so long...

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Default Re: 1997 fuel filter replacement

I had the bolt out but was tripping on how to release the lines. It was easier than I made it. Just pops loose at rear of rubber piece to open. I was getting the cutting torch out.

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Default Re: 1997 fuel filter replacement

That is way more of a PITA than it should be. In the blind, way down behind the mayonnaise, and integrated pipe routing in mount, which you can't see and are also behind the thing that's behind the mayonnaise. Idiotic design!

Anyway, new filter is in and ops checked. Probably 20 more horsepower now!

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I've always done it from the top. No need to jack up the car.

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So ::
Fetch & RobertGary -- You both can do the filter swap from the top , and without removing front wheel ? - thanks

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I am sure it can be done and indeed a bit of it must be. It's still in a goofy place. Almost purposely placed to be frustrating and visually hard to see what's going on.

I had to check my brakes, LCA, etc anyway so went in wheel well. Thankfully the Purolator unit fit well and didn't have any leak issues.

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