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
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 .
George, No simple diagram for changing the fuel pump. It is located inside the gas tank. The gas tank needs to be removed to change the pump. The pump is part of an assembly which consists of the pump, fuel gauge sender and pick up. You also need to change the fuel filter when you change the pump. It should take a professional mechanic about 3 hours to drain the fuel out of the tank, remove the tank, change the pump and fuel filter. Multiple the mechanic's time by whatever the repair shop charges per hour for labor. There are several different pump assemblies for the vehicle. Price depends on whether it's 2 or 4 doors and 2 or 4 wheel drive. Best guess is about $600 total.
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.
like your style ,want the house ?? the left turn power screech could just be the belt needs a bit mor tension ,check the oil level first though ,now as for the white smoke on starting ,WELL IGNORE IT this is caused by the automatic excess fuel cold start device and the smoke is a light grey not white but it appears like this as you see light through it making it look white .This is normal on a cold morning it doesnt need new filters or the codes read or a tranny flush or the pigs tails brushing just leave alone ,check the steering fluid level use ATF to top up or hydraulic oil then if still screeches tighten the belt unless its a one big one in whick case it may need a new tensioner or just leave it alone its not a major problem as yet .Must tell the other mechanics in the pueblo this morning as we congregate in marias bar for brekkie and coffee and tell tall tales but this one will take the biscuit thats for sure .
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.
Try giving it a tune up. It could be a faulty plug wire, spark plug, clogged air filter or clogged fuel filter.
Other possibities could include bad gasoline or a clogged fuel injector. If the tune up doesn't try adding fuel injector cleaner and octane boost to the gas.
If you are having no driveability issues, leave the fuel filter alone. Changing the filters is really a "thing of the past", as the fuel is reasonably clean these days; I have cut fuel filters open to see the level of contamination, I rarely find any. BUT: if you DO try this, expect to replace the line from the filter to the tank. More often than not, when the filter is installed, the threads are pulled really TIGHT, and when you remove the filter, the male threads on the fuel delivery line stay IN the female threads of the filter. Again, if your vehicle is running fine, the fuel filter is the LAST thing that I would fool with.