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Old 05-18-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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Default L300 Fuel Filter

After the better half told me today that our 2005 L300 stalled after being started first thing this morning, I decided to do some probing around.

- No codes stored (pending or present), or freeze frame data.
- Just changed air filter 2 weeks ago and changed oil.
- Car has 3/4 tank of gas. We have a Shell card, and only get fuel from Shell.
- I run a bottle of Techron Concentrate (~$12) through the tank before every oil change

I decided to start with basics and change the fuel filter. It was $9.99 at Autozone, and the counter kid was more than happy to take my $10.59 and send me away.

Get home, locate fuel filter (pass. side under the car near the rear door) the screw is frozen. PB Blast it and let it soak for a few while I open a tasty frothy beer. Take screw off, needle nose to the quick connects and WOW. Some black nasty stuff is coming out! I get the fuel filter to the garage, coincidentally there is a glass sitting on the bench that I was drinking diet 7-up out of yesterday, I shook whatever fuel was left in the filter out into the cup and it was totally dark grey I cant wait to cut it open in a few days and see whats in there - pictures to follow.

Guess with 65,000 miles and 4 years on the fuel filter, it must've been overdue! Car now starts with new zest, seems to idle alittle higher now.

A friendly reminder to change your fuel filter. It was a 10 minute job and cost a whopping $9.99.

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Old 05-18-2009, 10:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: L300 Fuel Filter

I am thinking of changing my fuel filter also on 2002 l300, hope the fuel filter is in the same location. Could you giveme a step by step instruction on locating the fuel filter and how to change it.
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After the better half told me today that our 2005 L300 stalled after being started first thing this morning, I decided to do some probing around.

- No codes stored (pending or present), or freeze frame data.
- Just changed air filter 2 weeks ago and changed oil.
- Car has 3/4 tank of gas. We have a Shell card, and only get fuel from Shell.
- I run a bottle of Techron Concentrate (~$12) through the tank before every oil change

I decided to start with basics and change the fuel filter. It was $9.99 at Autozone, and the counter kid was more than happy to take my $10.59 and send me away.

Get home, locate fuel filter (pass. side under the car near the rear door) the screw is frozen. PB Blast it and let it soak for a few while I open a tasty frothy beer. Take screw off, needle nose to the quick connects and WOW. Some black nasty stuff is coming out! I get the fuel filter to the garage, coincidentally there is a glass sitting on the bench that I was drinking diet 7-up out of yesterday, I shook whatever fuel was left in the filter out into the cup and it was totally dark grey I cant wait to cut it open in a few days and see whats in there - pictures to follow.

Guess with 65,000 miles and 4 years on the fuel filter, it must've been overdue! Car now starts with new zest, seems to idle alittle higher now.

A friendly reminder to change your fuel filter. It was a 10 minute job and cost a whopping $9.99.

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Old 05-23-2009, 12:12 AM   #3
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Default Re: L300 Fuel Filter

It is not much more that was described in the first post. There is a strap that holds the filter that has a screw holding it. Undo the screw. Put a shallow pan under the filter to catch the fuel that will drip out when you disconnect the lines. Use a pair of needle nose pliers with the jaws spread over the fuel line tube. Slide the jaws towards the collar on the fuel line at the end of the filter. Push the collar into the filter. Push the fuel line into the filter, then while continuing to push on the collar, pull out the tube. Repeat at the other end of the filter. Drop the filter into the pan. The lines will still be dripping. Put the new plastic collars over the tubing ends, then insert them into the new filter. Note the flow direction marked on the filter. Do up the strap. Done.

Dont even think about smoking or or have any sparks or flames around when you do this. The filter location is the same for all L-Series.

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Old 05-23-2009, 02:39 PM   #4
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Oh Lord yes....change them at least every 2 years. Every year is better, but I never remember either.

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Old 05-24-2009, 10:18 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reminder, mines past due.

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