Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

Fuel Filter

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On the Cirrus, Stratus, Breeze and Sebring convertible, a frame-mounted fuel filter is located on the frame rail, above the rear of the fuel tank. On the 1995 Avenger and Sebring coupe, the fuel filter is located on the left side of the engine compartment firewall. On the 1996-98 Avenger and Sebring coupe, the fuel filter is located underneath the vehicle, back near the fuel tank, along with the pressure regulator.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Cirrus, Stratus, Breeze and Sebring Convertible

See Figure 1


CAUTION
Observe all applicable safety precautions when working around fuel. Whenever servicing the fuel system, always work in a well ventilated area. Do not allow fuel spray or vapors to come in contact with a spark or open flame. Keep a dry chemical fire extinguisher near the work area. Always keep fuel in a container specifically designed for fuel storage; also, always properly seal fuel containers to avoid the possibility of fire or explosion.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Location of the fuel filter on the frame rail (1) and above the fuel tank (2). Note the use of quick-connect fittings (3)

  1. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure, as outlined in Fuel System of this repair guide.
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  3. If not already done, disconnect the negative battery cable remote connection at the left strut tower.
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  5. From inside the trunk, disconnect the fuel pump module wiring jumper from the main body harness. The 4-pin electrical connector is located underneath the mat on the left side of the trunk, near the base of the shock tower. Locate the body grommet for the jumper near the bottom of the rear seat. Push out the grommet and route the jumper completely through the hole in the body.
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  7. Loosen the fuel filler cap slowly, then remove it to release the pressure in the fuel tank.
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  9. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Place a transmission jack, or equivalent support device underneath the fuel tank.
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  11. Place an approved fuel container, with at least a 16-gallon capacity, under the fuel tank drain plug. The drain plug is located on the bottom left edge of the fuel tank. Remove the plug and drain the fuel.
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  13. After the fuel is finished draining, install the plug and tighten to 32 inch lbs. (3.6 Nm).
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  15. Remove the driver's side fuel tank strap. Loosen, but do not remove, the passenger side fuel tank strap just enough to allow the filler neck to contact the rear suspension crossmember.
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  17. Place a shop rag below the fuel line connections to catch any fuel spill. Disengage the quick-connect fittings from the fuel pump and the fuel filter. Refer to Fuel System for information regarding quick-connect fittings.
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  19. Remove the fuel filter from the vehicle.
  20.  

To install:

The fuel lines are permanently attached to the fuel filter. The ends of the fuel supply and return lines have different size quick-connect fittings. The larger quick-connect fittings attach to the large nipple (supply side) on the fuel pump module. The smaller fitting connects to the small nipple (return side) on the fuel pump module.

  1. Apply a thin coating of clean engine oil to the fuel filter nipples, then attach the quick-connect fuel lines. Refer to Fuel System for details.
  2.  
  3. Carefully raise the fuel tank into position and install the retaining straps. Install the front bolts first, then the rear bolts and tighten to 250 inch lbs. (23 Nm). As the fuel tank is being raised, install the fuel pump module wiring harness grommet into the body.
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  5. Carefully lower the vehicle, and connect the fuel pump module wiring harness.
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  7. Fill up the fuel tank.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  

1995 Avenger and Sebring Coupe

See Figure 2


CAUTION
Observe all applicable safety precautions when working around fuel. Whenever servicing the fuel system, always work in a well ventilated area. Do not allow fuel spray or vapors to come in contact with a spark or open flame. Keep a dry chemical fire extinguisher near the work area. Always keep fuel in a container specifically designed for fuel storage; also, always properly seal fuel containers to avoid the possibility of fire or explosion.

  1. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure, as outlined in Fuel System of this repair guide.
  2.  
  3. If not already done, disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the positive battery cable. Unfasten the hold-down device and remove the battery from the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the air intake hose.
  8.  

Wrap shop towels around the fitting that is being disconnected to absorb residual fuel in the lines.

  1. Cover the hose connection with shop towels to prevent any splash of fuel that could be caused by residual pressure in the fuel pipe line. Hold the fuel filter nut securely with a back-up wrench and remove the eye bolt from the filter. Disconnect the high-pressure fuel line from the filter. Remove and discard the gaskets.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Components of the fuel filter assembly

  1. While holding the fuel filter nut securely with a back-up wrench, loosen the main pipe flare nut. Separate the flare nut connection from the filter.
  2.  
  3. Remove the mounting bolts and remove the fuel filter. If necessary, remove the fuel filter bracket.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Install the filter in its mounting bracket. Install the bracket bolt only finger-tight. Movement of the filter will ease attachment of the fuel lines.
  2.  

Make sure new O-ring gaskets are installed prior to installation.

  1. Insert the main pipe at the connector part of the filter and screw in the main pipe's flare nut finger-tight; do not overtighten.
  2.  
  3. Position the high pressure fuel line in place and install the eye bolt, along with new O-ring gaskets. Tighten the eye bolt to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm). Tighten the main pipe flare nut to 27 ft. lbs. (36 Nm), with a back-up wrench on the nut.
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  5. Tighten the filter mounting bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
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  7. Install the air intake hose.
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  9. Install the battery into the vehicle. Connect the positive battery cable.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable. Turn the key to the ON position to pressurize the fuel system and check for leaks.
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If repairs of a leak are required, remember to relieve the fuel pressure before opening the fuel system.

1996-98 Avenger and Sebring Coupe

See Figure 3


CAUTION
Observe all applicable safety precautions when working around fuel. Whenever servicing the fuel system, always work in a well ventilated area. Do not allow fuel spray or vapors to come in contact with a spark or open flame. Keep a dry chemical fire extinguisher near the work area. Always keep fuel in a container specifically designed for fuel storage; also, always properly seal fuel containers to avoid the possibility of fire or explosion.

  1. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure, as outlined in Fuel System of this repair guide.
  2.  
  3. If not already done, disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6.  

Wrap shop towels around the fitting that is being disconnected to absorb residual fuel in the lines.

  1. Cover the hose connection with shop towels to prevent any splash of fuel that could be caused by residual pressure in the fuel pipe line. Hold the fuel filter nut securely with a back-up wrench, then remove the eye bolt. Disconnect the high pressure fuel line from the filter. Remove and discard the gaskets.
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: Components of the fuel filter assembly

  1. While holding the fuel filter nut securely with a back-up wrench, loosen and remove the main pipe eye bolt. Disconnect the fuel main pipe from the filter. Remove and discard the gaskets.
  2.  
  3. Unfasten the mounting bolt and remove the fuel filter. If necessary, remove the fuel filter bracket.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Install the filter to its bracket only finger-tight. Movement of the filter will ease attachment of the fuel lines.
  2.  

Make sure new O-rings are installed prior to installation.

  1. Insert the main pipe at the connector part of the filter and manually screw in the main pipe's flare nut.
  2.  
  3. While holding the fuel filter nut, on each end of the filter, with a back-up wrench, tighten the eye bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Tighten the filter mounting bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Carefully lower the vehicle, then connect the negative battery cable.
  8.  
  9. Turn the key to the ON position to pressurize the fuel system and check for leaks.
  10.  

If repairs of a leak are required, remember to release the fuel pressure before opening the fuel system.

 
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