Auto filter:

Here’s all that you need to know about changing a fuel filter.

Auto filter: changing a fuel filter is an important maintenance task – and something you can do on your own.

Keeping the fuel system free of dirt or contaminants is critical to the smooth operation of today’s fuel injected engines. An auto fuel filter replacement every 10,000-15,000 miles is good preventative maintenance. Before replacing the auto filter, allow the vehicle to cool for at least three hours, disconnect the negative battery cable, and wear safety glasses and protective gloves to prevent injury from leaking fuel.

Advance Auto Parts stocks quality auto parts – such as a replacement automotive fuel filter for most vehicles – as well as the necessary safety gear (including fire extinguishers rated for gasoline fires).

Did you know you should replace your auto fuel filter every 10,000-15,000 miles?

With practically every new car on the road today powered by fuel injection, keeping the fuel system clean is more critical than ever. A tiny grain of dirt can clog injectors, leading to erratic performance and lousy gas mileage.

Changing your auto fuel filter every 10,000- 15,000 miles will guard your fuel system against contaminants that can cause engine damage and burn out the fuel pump.

Changing a fuel filter: here’s what you will need:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for changing a fuel filter:


Estimated time required - 20 - 30 Minutes

How to change your auto filter: do it yourself & save!

To locate your automotive fuel filter, check the repair manual for your vehicle or ask an Advance Auto Parts Team Member.

  1. Locate the auto fuel filter, typically located beneath the vehicle or near the firewall in the engine compartment.
  2. Loosen the automotive fuel filter attachment bracket, noting the orientation of the filter.
  3. Depressurize the fuel system per the owner’s manual or repair manual instructions. Carefully loosen the fuel inlet line from the automotive fuel filter. Use the specified filter wrench if necessary and a shop rag to catch leaking fuel.
  4. Remove the outlet line from the auto fuel filter, being careful not to damage the hose or fittings. Catch any leaking fuel with a rag or container.
  5. Drain any fuel remaining in the automotive fuel filter into a suitable catch container. Safely dispose of any drained fuel. Do not pour it back into the fuel tank as it may be contaminated.
  6. Reverse steps 1 through 4 to install the new auto filter. Tighten all hose clamps or fittings and reattach the filter bracket. Check for leaks when the vehicle is first started.

For high quality auto parts – including the best auto filter for your vehicle – come to Advance Auto Parts!