My Kia dealer wants $90 to replace my fuel tank air filter (parts & labor). I am trying to see if I can do it myself. Where is the filter located? I've heard it is on the filler pipe and even have a diagram showing it to be there, but when I got under the car, no filter. I suspect they are only tacking on the filter replacement to supplement the "free" repair they are doing to a valve that is bad. Can you tell me where the fuel tank air filter is on my 2006 Kia Spectra and how to replace it? Is it an easy repair for a 'do it yourselfer' with moderate skills?
Actually you need to remove the rear left splash shield (black plastic lining inside the fender). You should see the part attached to the filler neck with a strap tie. You'll need to cut the strap tie, disconnect the electrical connector and remove the hose clamp holding the filter on to the vent hose. Install is the reverse of removal, just make sure to tightly strap the filter back to the filler tube or it'll rattle when you hit bumps. Good luck!
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according to local dealer the fuel filter is part of the fuel pump assembly and is not replaced during regular maitenance It is in the gas tank 2002 Kia Optima does not have a fuel filter Why they sell the part is still up for debate since nobody including the dealership in my town
There are several issues that can cause this. (1) Fuel Pump which is located on the sending unit in the case tank. (2) debris in the gas tank causing causing the debris to wrap around the boot or the sock (3) clogged catalytic converter (4) misfire of a plug or simply a bad plug (4) speed sensor (TCM) (5) bad air filter
Fuel Pump Assembly from a wreck ($60) plus install or new about $350 installed, cleaning of the gas tank ($90) or new gas tank $300 installed or used gas tank from wrecker ($125), plugs ($90 plus install), TCM speed sensor $250 installed (dealer only) and bad air filter ($20 easy install)
For a basic "tune-up," the rates as low as $30-$50 in places where the cost of living is low, to as much as $100 or more in expensive areas where more is included in the tune-up. Most places will charge you for parts and labor separately. Often tune-up parts like spark plugs, air filters and fuel filters will run $20-$60. The hourly labor quotes are from $40 an hour, to over $110-$150 an hour at BMW and Mercedes dealerships in urban areas. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the ordinary repair shops charge rates from $55-$80 an hour, and ordinary dealerships rates of $80-$90. Dealer 30k, 60k or 90k mile tune-ups can run from $250 for 3-4 hours of labor and basic maintenance, to over $1,000 at places with high labor costs and additional maintenance services, such as timing belt replacement. If the mechanic identifies needed repairs, this can add a significant amount to your total.
I called the dealer and the dealer said it does not have an in-line fuel filter, but there is one the fuel tank (actually, it is a fuel pump strainer part#FS233 for $10.oo).
Put the rear seats down and open the trunk for ventilation and open the gas cap for gasoline pressure release.
The fuel pump cover is right behind the rear car seats in the trunk.
Be very careful when messing with gasoline. I will be replacing the strainer this weekend, but I plan to siphon out the gasoline before I do (I just feel safer with the tank empty)
The fuel filter is apart of the fuel pump in the gas tank, It's considered at life time filter which means you don't need to replace it unless there is a problem with your fuel pressure or the fuel pump has gone bad and needs to be replaced. The filter it self can be replaced from the fuel pump sending unit, but the filter is a dealer item and the access panel is under the back seat to get to the fuel pump assembly with out dropping the gas tank.
Good luck and hope this helps., be glad to help