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How do you change a fuel filter on a 97 dodge stratus

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Fig. 7 Fuel Lines At Fuel Pump Module How do you change a fuel filter on a 97 dodge - 42402626 NOTE: The fuel filter mounts to the frame above the rear of the fuel tank. The inlet and outlet tubes are permanently attached to the filter.
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  1. Release fuel system pressure.
  2. From inside trunk, disconnect fuel pump module wiring jumper from main body harness.
    • The 4 pin connector is located under the trunk mat on the left side of trunk near the base of the shock tower.
    • Locate body grommet for jumper near base of rear seat. Push grommet out and feed jumper completely through hole in body.
  1. Remove fuel cap slowly to release tank pressure.
  2. With vehicle on a hoist, drain fuel from tank. Support fuel tank with a support such as a transmission jack stand.
  3. Position a fuel approved container, with a capacity of at least 16 gallons, under the drain plug located on the bottom left edge of the tank.
  4. Remove drain plug and allow fuel to drain. WARNING: Drain plug must be installed at this time as there will be 1 to 2 gallons of fuel left in the tank .
  5. When tank is no longer draining, install drain plug. Tighten plug to 32 in lb .
  6. Remove driver's side fuel tank strap.
    • Loosen, do not remove, passenger side fuel tank strap allowing fuel tank fill neck to touch rear suspension cross-member.
WARNING: Wrap shop towels around hoses to catch any gasoline spillage .

  1. Disconnect fuel lines from fuel pump module Fig. 7 . These are quick connect fittings.
  2. Disconnect fuel supply line from the fuel brake module.
Fig. 8 Fuel Filter 42402627
  1. Remove fuel filter Fig. 8 .
NOTE: The fuel supply (to filter) tube, return tube (to pump module) are permanently attached to the fuel filter.
  • The ends of the fuel supply and return tubes have different size quick-connect fittings.
  • The larger quick-connect fitting connects to the large nipple (supply side) on the fuel pump module.
  • The smaller quick-connect fitting attaches to the small nipple (return side) on the fuel pump module.
Apply a light coating of clean 30 weight engine oil to the fuel filter nipples. Install fuel tubes.
  1. Install fuel tank, filter and tank straps. Torque tank strap bolts to 23 Nm (250 in lbs) . Make sure pump module harness grommet is installed in body as tank is raised into position.
  2. Lower vehicle and connect pump module connector.
  3. Fill tank with fuel.
  4. Connect negative cable to auxiliary jumper terminal.

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