It is time to change my fuel filter. Can I do it alone? I am a VERY mid-level (at best!) mechanic. Can you also, please tell me where the fuel filter is located? Thank you so much and Happy new year. James
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What do want to change the fuel filter for they never need changing here in europe as the fuel delivery pumps in the fuel stations have micronic filters inside the pumps ,europeon law so it shouldnt need changing unless it corrodes away that is if its a metal casing .Their is a gauze filter on the fuel pump inside the tank but if this motror runs ok leave well alone and stop playing around trying to a boy racer sunday mechanic job ,change the oil every 5/6000 miles with a oil filter every third oil change and use the cheapest diesel/petrol engine oil you buy ,gap the plugs every other oil change and it will run like a dream ,stick to putting a boom boom box in and stick go faster stripe and leave it alone
Under the rear seat area you will find two covers for each side of the fuel tank. I believe the passenger side one is the fuel level sensor. The part at nissan is under 100.00..and any good mechanic you deal with should be able to repair this. I would suggest trying to replace the level sensor first to correct the fuel gage issue. I worked at a Nissan dealer and we did a ton of these. The fuel pump is located under the other cover and has its own sending unit and level sensor. Its best to replace both but being the the fuel pump one is built into the unit its not very cost effective. Try the stand alone one first and if needed replace the other one afterwards. As far as the fuel smell... I still think you may have a flodded charcoal canister near the fuel tank or even a small hole in the tank. Nissan had a recall on the earlier Murano fuel tank because its location made it prone to damage. The fix was to install a shield on the tank. Please update new finidings
if its running ok leave well alone is the best advice i give here ,here in europe i rarely need to change a fuel filter and the gas stations are obliged to have a micronic filter in the delivery pump so never get a problem unlike the old cars with metal fuel tanks .
The fuel filter in this car is a life time filter and is located under the back seat area under the car, you must raise the car to replace it. I recommended that you leave it alone if you are not having problems with the fuel pressure and only change the filter if and when the electric fuel pump fails.
Aside from a mechanical issue, or incorrect fluid level, you may want to consider having the transmission flushed. The fluid gets tired and dirty over time and will decrease transmission performance. The fluid should be red in color. If its brownish or almost black its time to have it changed.
There are lots of things that can affect the engine and transmission. Mainly: Air Filter, Engine Oil and Oil Filter, Plugs and Plug Wires, Transmission Fluid, and the Fuel Filter. If you dont know how old these items are, or if they are the originals I recommend you replace them. Any of these alone can contribute to the issue you mentioned.
Did you get all the evap canister hoses replaced? This is usually caused by a U-shaped hose connecting the canister to the fuel breather system which breaks down much quicker than a straight hose due to high pressure. The S70 has a J-shaped hose and is much easily accessible. But in the V70, it is tucked just above the rear suspension and is much harder to see let alone change. The best way to do it is remove the fuel filter and its bracket. Hose is in a small space just behind it. However, I have done it by just unscrewing the fuel filter and very slightly tucking it out of the way (without removing any fuel lines). If you don't remove the fuel filter though, you need to take the right rear wheel off just to remove the other side of the hose.
the oil level sensor is screwed into the engine block on the front of the engine it has a 2pin connector on the end of it.
as for the fuel filter its probably an intank one, the service life of these ones is something like 160,000 miles, to change these u will need to remove the fuel tank sender unit and if you do make sure its practicaly empty of fuel because the plastic fuel tanks can distort