02-13-2011, 12:51 AM
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The fuel filter is really not that difficult to replace if you follow this procedure and use the right tools. I can replace one in 20 minutes.
1) Unscrew gas cap to relieve pressure. Spray both 17mm filter banjo bolts with brake cleaner to remove accumulated dirt and grime.
2) Remove right front wheel and oil filter
3) Reach up through wheel well with a 17mm box wrench and loosen (counterclockwise) the filter banjo bolt facing the radiator and pull out the bolt and it's copper crush washer. A 17mm socket on a ratchet wrench may also be used, preferably a 6 point socket.
4) Reach down through the top of the engine compartment with a 17mm box wrench and loose the filter banjo bolt facing the firewall and pull out the bolt it's copper crush washer. A 17mm socket on a ratchet wrench may also be used, preferably a 6 point socket.
5) Use a 12mm socket attached to various 3" and 6" extensions and a ratchet wrench to reach the top filter mounting bolt. Attaching a swivel inbetween the ratchet and first extension is especially helpful. To avoid losing the 12 mm filter mounting bolt, pack grease inside the socket because the grease will "grab" the bolt enabling you to withdraw it without it falling off the socket.
6) Repeat step 5 to get the bottom filter mounting bolt off
Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten banjo bolts fairly securely, but not wildly tight using the new crush washers that are supplied with a Toyota brand fuel filter
Filter replacement is needed only every 100,000 miles or 10 years (if you use a Toyota brand filter)