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Old 01-05-2011, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 22RE Fuel Filter replacement

Guys, the fuel filter on this '94 22RE powered pick-up look like a bear to replace!!! Any tip and tricks would help!
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hate it for you my friend. I personally have not had to replace mine ever so I have no personal insight, but I have seen others on here that have and all of them complain that its a major PITA.
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i suggest using a manual such as haynes
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Seriously, it's not that hard. First, remove the pass front wheel. Have the frontend jacked up a bit so you can sit in the wheelwell. I couldnt get my damn wheel off, so I just went over the tire, but it would have been even easier with it off. Use a 17mm wrench to loosen both fuel lines. the use a 12mm shallow socket on a u-joint with a 12" extension to remove the top and bottom bolts. pull the filter toward you and remove the (loosened) fuel lines. Install the new filter onto the fuel lines hand tight. Bolt the filter back to the block tight(the top bolt is a little tricky to get aligned, but you have a good view of it through the wheelwell). Then tighten the fuel lines with your wrench. Start the truck and check for leaks. If there are any, loosening then retightening the fuel lines may work, otherwise take it back off, use new copper washers, and make sure the lines, threads, and mating surfaces are spotless, and reinstall. Tip:Use a drop light stuck in the engine compartment from above. I read about how people try the replacement from above, without being able to see the filter. That's ridiculous. Through the wheelwell works great. Jim
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Oh, also, the manual is f-ing useless for this job.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ya its not fun, but it can be done. BE PATIENT!!!! If you have a short fuse then let someone else do it. It will save you from in on your truck!!!
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I'm 6'1", I have big hands (hard to get in small spaces) and a messed up back. I was hitting my damn tire with a big log(I don't have a sledge) as hard as I could to try and get the wheel free. I was doing all this in 10degree weather. Even after all that bull, I was still able to replace the filter pretty easily (twice, since the replacement from Vatozone only came with two copper washers, instead of the four required, and I had a leak the first time). So it was a pain(in my back), but not because of the filter. Just because of bs like a seized wheel and incomplete replacement kit. Jim
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When I did my clutch I found buy taking off the starter is the beat way. You just need long extensions to get the bolts off. To put the bolts back in I used tape to hold the bolt in the socket. Its more work but its less of a pain todo if that makes sense.
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Just loosen the wheel lugs and drive it slowly in circles. Worked everytime for me.
The 4X4 has an access panel in the wheel well. The 4X2 does not. I just remove the fender apron seal and bend the inner fender up with large channel locks to allow arms to reach in there.
Don't worry, the metal bends right back into shape once the new filter is on.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Bodylift FTW!!

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I took the tire and the starter out to get to the filter. It's a pain to get to, but take your time. A good set of extensions and wrenches help.

Best of luck.
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I just did this on my brother's 4runner and second (or third??) taking the starter off. Not as bad as it's made out to be...15 min job, tops.
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I took all but three lug nuts off, and loosened the three that were left on. I drove the truck off a jack(one foot drop), I drove around and took a couple turns, I ran up and down the curb in front of the house. Nothing worked to loosen the wheel. If I get a Saturday off I'm going down the street to the Ford dealership where my bro-in-law is the service manager to use their oxy-acetylene outfit to heat the wheel center then use a large dead-blow hammer to break it loose. For now I make sure to carry a can of truck fixaflat in addition to my spare. Jim
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Bodylift FTW!!
hahahahahahah

i dont mean to change the subject, but i had the exact same problem, 68grandprix (wheel wouldnt come off)
i drove on my too, used inclines and whatnot, beat 'er with a sledge. nothing. finally, made this sort home made reverse clamp deal. i stuck a long 4x4 piece of wood between the two tires, and then stuck the jack (that came with the truck; any ol car jack should work) between one end and the tire. i had to stick a 2x6 between the jack and tire so i didnt ruin my tire. i cranked up the jack and it worked like a charm.
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A friend of mine had the same problem with a rear wheel. We couldn't get it off. A muffler chain garage nearby, had a "free brake inspection" goin' on. We took it there and they fought with it for 20 min. They said the rear brakes need to be done. So my buddy says he'll have to wait for payday. We went back and did the brakes.
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