Fuel filter renewal (Every 24 000 miles (40 000 km) or 2 years)

Caution: Refer to the precautions in Chapter 4, Part B, Section 1 before proceeding.

2.0 litre SOHC fuel injection models
1 The fuel filter is located on the left-hand side of the engine compartment (see illustration).

41.1 Fuel filter location - outlet union arrowed
41.1 Fuel filter location - outlet union arrowed

2 Disconnect the battery negative lead.

3 Position a suitable container beneath the filter, then slowly loosen the fuel inlet union to relieve the pressure in the fuel lines.

4 Disconnect the fuel inlet and outlet unions.

Be prepared for petrol spillage. If necessary, identify the fuel line unions for use when refitting.

5 Loosen the filter clamp screw, and withdraw the filter from the clamp. Drain the petrol from the filter into the container.

Dispose of the filter carefully.

6 Fit the new filter, ensuring that the arrows on the filter body point in the direction of fuel flow.

7 Tighten the clamp screw, and reconnect the fuel inlet and outlet unions. Ensure that the unions are correctly connected.

8 Reconnect the battery negative lead, and check the fuel line unions for leaks, pressurising the system by switching the ignition on and off several times.

All models except 2.0 litre SOHC 9 Proceed as described for the 2.0 litre SOHC models, noting the following points.

10 The fuel filter is located under the rear of the vehicle, above the driveshaft (see illustration).

41.10 Fuel filter location (arrowed) under rear of vehicle
41.10 Fuel filter location (arrowed) under rear of vehicle

For access to the filter, chock the front wheels, then jack up the rear of the vehicle and support it on axle stands.

11 To remove the filter, the mounting bracket must first be removed from the floor, after unscrewing the securing bolt. The filter can then be removed from the bracket after unscrewing the clamp bolt.

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