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#1 Old 02-10-2011, 06:32 AM
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Replacing fuel filter on a 94 4x4

I think I need to replace the fuel filter on my 94 4cyl. 4x4 5spd. I talked to the dealer and they want $80.00 labor for this plus $32.00 for the filter. Is it really this hard to charge so much. What would be a good process to make this easier so I can do it myself?,or should I just pay the $120 plus dollars for the dealer to do it?
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I found taking out the starter is the best way. More work but less headache.
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Do you have tools, jack, time, and a garage (or good weather), and patience?

Its not the easiest job because of its location, but it can be done at home.
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I changed mine when the engine was sitting on a stand and it was still annoying .. If you took the intake off it'd be a lot easier..

Honestly, if I had to do it again, I'd pay someone.. Annoying as fuck..

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Definitely a pain, but i dont think its worth paying someone $112
do it yourself and take your wife out to a nice dinner or something.
The filter will probably be around 20 bucks at the parts store. you dont have to get really special with the brand, just a fram one would be fine.

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why not relocate it while you are in the process of replacing it?
If you lift the motor up about 5 inches and reach thru the passenger side fender it can be done quickly. Just unbolt the motor mounts and crank the motor up and reach thru.

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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)
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Would the fuel filter be located in this same place? for an 89 CR5 4 wheel drive 22RE engine?
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