Malibu 2001-2005

Removal & Installation


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  3. Relieve the fuel system pressure.
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Fuel line from the filter using a back-up wrench
    Quick-connect fitting from the fuel filter
    Fuel filter from the mounting bracket


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Fuel filter to the mounting bracket
    Fuel line. Torque the fuel line fitting to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
    Quick-connect fitting to the fuel filter
    Negative battery cable

  3. Pressurize the fuel system and verify no leaks.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the fuel filter mounting

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    Fig. Fuel filter mounting location and component identification


The fuel strainer attaches to the lower end of the fuel pump module. The fuel strainer is made of woven plastic. The functions of the fuel strainer are to filter contaminants and to wick fuel. The fuel strainer normally requires no maintenance. Fuel stoppage at this point indicates that the fuel tank contains an abnormal amount of sediment or contamination.