Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 4-CYL 1981-1995 Repair Information

Quick-Connect Fittings

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Note that whenever replacing any fuel lines, it is necessary to use hoses marked "EFI/EFM,'' or an equivalent product from the aftermarket. Whenever replacing hose clamps, use clamps incorporating a rolled edge to prevent hose damage, rather than standard aviation-type clamps. This will prevent damage to the hoses that could produce dangerous leaks.

Chrysler Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) and Multi-point Fuel Injection (MFI) SystemsSee Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 1: Quick-connect fuel fittings



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Fig. Fig. 2: Metal quick-connect fittings



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Fig. Fig. 3: Fuel delivery system-Chrysler EFI and MFI (except Flex Fuel) systems, carburetor systems similar



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Fig. Fig. 4: Fuel delivery system-Chrysler Flex Fuel MFI system

The fuel systems on 1990-95 model vehicles utilize plastic fuel tubes with quick-connect fittings that have sealed O-rings; these O-rings do not have to be replaced when the fittings are disconnected. The quick-connect fitting consists of the O-rings, a retainer and the casing.

When the fittings are disconnected, the retainer will stay on the nipple of the component that the tube is being disconnected from. A fuel tube should never be inserted into a quick-connect fitting without the retainer being either on the tube or already in the quick-connect fitting. In either case, care must be taken to ensure that the retainer is locked securely into the quick-connect fitting.

  1. Perform the appropriate fuel system pressure release procedure found later in this section.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable, if not already done.
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  5. Remove any loose dirt from the quick-connect fittings.
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CAUTION
Wrap shop towels around the hoses to catch any fuel spillage.

  1. Push the quick-connect fitting toward the fuel tube while depressing the built-in release tool. Then twist the fitting slightly and pull it off the fuel tube.
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  3. Cover the fitting to prevent contaminants from entering the fuel system.
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To install:

The fuel tube nipples must first be lubricated with clean SAE 30 weight engine oil prior to reconnecting the quick-connect fitting.

  1. Insert the fuel tube nipple into the quick-connect fitting. The shoulder of the nipple is locked in place by the retainer, and the O-rings seal the tube.
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  3. The fuel line should be fully seated in the fittings.
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  5. If the quick-connect fitting has windows in the side of the casing, the retainer locking ears and the shoulder (stop bead) on the tube must be visible in the windows, or the retainer is not properly installed.
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  7. After fastening a quick-connect fitting, the connection should be verified by pulling on the lines to ensure that the lock is secure.
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Premier

See Figures 5, 6 and 7

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Fig. Fig. 5: Cross-section of a quick-connect fitting-Eagle TBI system



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Fig. Fig. 6: Correct quick-connect fitting installation-Eagle TBI system



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Fig. Fig. 7: Fuel delivery system-Eagle TBI system

The Eagle Throttle Body Fuel Injection (TBI) system is used only on the 2.5L Premier engine.

LINE FITTINGS
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the fuel tank filler cap to relieve the fuel tank pressure.
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CAUTION
Residual fuel system pressure will be released when the quick-connect fitting is disconnected. Place shop towels around the tube end to absorb the spilled fuel. Wear eye protection and extinguish all smoking devices or open flame.

  1. Squeeze the retainer tabs together and pull the quick-connect fitting apart. Note that the retainer tabs stay on the nipple.
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  3. Cover the open ends of the fuel lines to prevent contamination.
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To install:
  1. Remove the covers from the ends of the fuel lines.
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  3. Using a clean lint-free cloth, wipe the tube end (nipple) and retainer clean.
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  5. Apply a light film of clean SAE 30 weight engine oil to the tube end.
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WARNING
Do not use any other lubricant.

  1. Push the quick-connect fitting over the fuel tube until the retainer seats and a click is heard.
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  3. If the quick-connect fitting is the type that has windows on the side, ensure that the locking ears on the retainer and the shoulder (stop bead) on the fuel tube are completely visible in the windows. Do not rely upon the audible click to confirm that a secure connection has been made. Pull back on the quick-connect fitting to further ensure that the connection is complete and the connector is locked in place.
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  5. Install the fuel tank filler cap.
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  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  9. Turn the key to the ON position and inspect the system for fuel leaks.
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