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Old 09-16-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Autozone Fuel Filter

Will a fuel filter from auto zone work fine? I know dealership is always best but Im a student and dont have alot of cash.

I have a 1999 Saturn. Where is it located? Im reading its next to the tank in the back, is it hidden away or easily accessible?

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Old 09-16-2012, 05:28 PM   #2
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Go to RockAuto and buy a WIX 33731 which is what they generally list for Saturn. It is cheaper than the dealer and it will work. Do not try anything other than a WIX or OEM.

http://www.rockauto.com

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Old 09-16-2012, 07:04 PM   #3
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Go to RockAuto and buy a WIX 33731 which is what they generally list for Saturn. It is cheaper than the dealer and it will work. Do not try anything other than a WIX or OEM.

http://www.rockauto.com

Use this discount code.

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^^ Trust this advice.

I made the mistake of installing another name brand (premium) filter on my '02 SL1. It started throwing codes as soon as I installed it. 'lean mixture' or something like that.

Go with Wix or OEM only.

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Old 09-16-2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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Default Re: Autozone Fuel Filter

i am not going to say the autozone wont work but if it did work you would be one of the lucky few. i would only use wix i used purolator and my car ran rich slapped a wix on and all is good

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Old 09-16-2012, 07:22 PM   #5
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Do not try anything other than a WIX or OEM.
this cannot be emphasized enough.

your fuel filter has a built-in regulator. the cheaper aftermarket filters are notorious for having faulty regulators... if you're lucky you'll merely have starting problems or it'll run rich, if you're unlucky it'll run lean and burn exhaust valves (permanently damaging the motor).

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Old 09-16-2012, 09:16 PM   #6
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Default Re: Autozone Fuel Filter

Ok. Ill get the WIX. its 5 bucks more. But where is it located exactly?

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:02 PM   #7
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You can also get the NAPA version that is made by Wix

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Old 09-17-2012, 04:30 AM   #8
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where is it located exactly?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVeyA6B2afU

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Old 09-17-2012, 10:15 AM   #9
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What symptoms are you trying to resolve with the new fuel filter?

the factory recommends replacing it at 100k miles, but most people don't have problems through roughly 150k miles.

If you are trying to save money, troubleshooting by replacing parts is not the way to go

It's entirely possible your symptoms might be caused by something other than the somewhat pricey fuel filter, e.g., ECTS, etc

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:02 PM   #10
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Default Re: Autozone Fuel Filter

Okay but the video doesnt point where it is? I have bad hearing sorry.

When I press gas pretty well it chokes for a bit but once RPM gets higher then it flows like butter. I am certain its the fuel filter because I have a 91' S10 Chevy that did practically the same thing, If you're easy on the gas, it's fine, but push the pedal mid level it will choke then kick in.

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Old 09-17-2012, 01:12 PM   #11
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It also my be your plugs. Are you using NGK BKR5ESA-11 plugs? The filter/regulator is just in front of the left rear tire, up beside the tank.

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Old 09-17-2012, 02:58 PM   #12
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It also my be your plugs. Are you using NGK BKR5ESA-11 plugs? The filter/regulator is just in front of the left rear tire, up beside the tank.
What? Mine was underneath the firewall by the front left tire.

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Old 09-17-2012, 03:06 PM   #13
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What? Mine was underneath the firewall by the front left tire.
1991-1997 location is where yours is, and the filter selection is not critical since it used a separate pressure regulator.

1998-2002 has the filter location where OldNuc mentioned and filter selection is important as many/most aftermarket makers do not provide the proper pressure.

Once you get the car up, it's pretty easy to locate. You do not need to unbolt it, either. The black plastic holder will bend enough to get it out/iin as long as you are careful and go slow.

But try plugs or whatever else OldNuc recommends first. Plugs should run about $10 total (or less w discounts) vs $60 for the filter. There are several things that can cause the bogging - another possibility is the ECTS but that usually has other symptoms (hard starting, poor mpg, low temp gauge reading, black smoke from exhaust)

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Old 09-17-2012, 03:19 PM   #14
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1991-1997 location is where yours is, and the filter selection is not critical since it used a separate pressure regulator.

1998-2002 has the filter location where OldNuc mentioned and filter selection is important as many/most aftermarket makers do not provide the proper pressure.


I see. Sorry for the confusion.

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I see. Sorry for the confusion.
No worries - it's how we learn

I've asked my share of the same questions... sometimes I have to copy/paste the info into a document in my hoard of Saturn knowledge, to keep track of it all. I'm pretty well set to own any year S-series, though most of my info/experience is in 2nd gens

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