Toyota Celica, Corolla, ECHO & MR2 1999-05

Removal & Installation

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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.

There are two types of fittings used on fuel filter connections. The banjo fitting or union bolt type uses a bolt and two washers to prevent leakage between an eyelet and the filter. The flare fitting type uses no washers or bolts. It uses a thread interference pattern to make a tight connection.

  1. Unbolt the retaining screws and remove the protective shield (if equipped) for the fuel filter.
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  3. Place a pan under the delivery pipe (large connection) to catch the dripping fuel and SLOWLY loosen the banjo fitting bolt or flare fitting at the bottom of the filter to bleed off the fuel pressure.
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Fig. Place a pan under the filter, the remove the lower line



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Fig. Remove the union bolt and two gaskets, then disconnect the inlet hose from the fuel filter


CAUTION
To avoid personal injury, remember that the fuel system is under pressure. Release pressure slowly and contain spillage. Wear eye protection and observe no smoking/no open flame precautions. Have a dry powder fire extinguisher within arm's reach at all times.

  1. Remove the banjo bolt or flare fitting and drain the remaining fuel.
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  3. Disconnect and plug the inlet line.
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  5. Unbolt and carefully remove the fuel filter. It may still contain some fuel.
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To install:

When tightening the fuel line bolts to the fuel filter, you must use a torque wrench. The tightening torque is very important, as under or over tightening may cause fuel leakage. Insure that there is sufficient clearance between the fuel filter, lines and any other parts.

  1. Coat the flare or banjo bolt threads along with the copper washers lightly with engine oil. Always use new washers.
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  3. Hand tighten the inlet line to the fuel filter.
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  5. Install the fuel filter then tighten the banjo type bolt to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm) or the flare fitting on the fuel pump side to 17 ft. lbs. (24 Nm) and all others to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
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WARNING
The fuel pump builds high pressure within the lines. If new gaskets are NOT used, a high-pressure leak may spray fuel onto the engine or other hot surface.

  1. Run the engine for a few minutes and check for any fuel leaks.
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  3. Install the protective shield if removed.
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Fig. Always use new gaskets when replacing a fuel filter



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Fig. A line wrench with an extension may be needed to loosen the inlet line at the filter-Corolla

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable. On vehicles equipped with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding
     
    Protective shield for the fuel filter
     
    If necessary, air cleaner hose and cap
     
    If necessary, charcoal canister.
     
    Slowly loosen the lower flare nut fitting until all the pressure is relieved
     
    Banjo fitting and 2 metal gaskets. Discard the gaskets
     
    Fuel line with the flared nut from the filter
     
    Filter from the mounting bracket
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    New fuel filter
     
    Banjo fitting with a new metal gasket on each side and install the union bolt. Bolt: 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
     
    Flare nut to the lower connection. Nut: 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
     
    Charcoal canister
     
    Air cleaner hose and cap
     
    Protective shield
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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Fig. Always use new gaskets when replacing a fuel filter-Tercel shown



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Fig. A line wrench with an extension may be needed to loosen the inlet line at the filter-Corolla

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable. On vehicles equipped with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding
     
    Protective shield for the fuel filter
     
    If necessary, air cleaner hose and cap
     
    If necessary, charcoal canister.
     
    Slowly loosen the lower flare nut fitting until all the pressure is relieved
     
    Banjo fitting and 2 metal gaskets. Discard the gaskets
     
    Fuel line with the flared nut from the filter
     
    Filter from the mounting bracket
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    New fuel filter
     
    Banjo fitting with a new metal gasket on each side and install the union bolt. Bolt: 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
     
    Flare nut to the lower connection. Nut: 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
     
    Charcoal canister
     
    Air cleaner hose and cap
     
    Protective shield
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  



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Fig. Always use new gaskets when replacing a fuel filter



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Fig. A line wrench with an extension may be needed to loosen the inlet line at the filter-Corolla

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable. On vehicles equipped with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding
     
    Protective shield for the fuel filter
     
    If necessary, air cleaner hose and cap
     
    If necessary, charcoal canister.
     
    Slowly loosen the lower flare nut fitting until all the pressure is relieved
     
    Banjo fitting and 2 metal gaskets. Discard the gaskets
     
    Fuel line with the flared nut from the filter
     
    Filter from the mounting bracket
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    New fuel filter
     
    Banjo fitting with a new metal gasket on each side and install the union bolt. Bolt: 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
     
    Flare nut to the lower connection. Nut: 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
     
    Charcoal canister
     
    Air cleaner hose and cap
     
    Protective shield
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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