Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Fuel Filter


The fuel filter is a disposable unit located in the engine compartment, next to the power brake booster. The filter should be replaced at least every 30,000 miles (48,000km). A dirty filter will starve the engine of fuel and cause driveability problems.


See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Remove the fuel pump fuse from the fuse panel.
  3. Start the engine.
  5. After the engine stalls, try to restart the engine. If the engine will not start, the fuel pressure has been released.
  7. Turn the ignition switch OFF .
  9. Using a shop rag to absorb the excess fuel, loosen the fuel filter's hose clamps, remove the hoses and the filter. Check the hoses for cracks and flexibility. Replace any hardened and/or cracked hoses.
  11. Install a new fuel filter in the proper direction. Usually an arrow indicates the direction of fuel flow.

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Fig. Fig. 1: The fuel filter unclips from the bracket, allowing for easier replacement

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Fig. Fig. 2: Be sure the filter is in the proper direction when attaching the hoses

Be sure to install a new high pressure fuel filter, not a carburetor type. Also, be sure to use new hose clamps.

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Fig. Fig. 3: When installing fuel hose clamps, be sure to position the clamp so it is 3mm from the end of the hose

  1. Install the fuel pump fuse.
  3. Start the engine and check for leaks. It may be necessary to crank the engine for a time to build fuel pressure, so don't be alarmed if it doesn't start immediately.