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Relieve the fuel system pressure.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the rear seat retainers (clips or catches) and rear seat cushion.
Disconnect the harness connector from fuel sender.
Remove the fuel tank module screws and the fuel sender and filter.
Installation is the reverse of the remove procedure.
Hah! I think I found the problem. Your's is not the typical 1.6 it's the one with 8th vin a (5). See blow.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Disconnect the fuel lines from both ends of the fuel filter. Plug the lines to prevent leakage.
Remove the bracket retaining nuts and bolts, as necessary.
Remove the filter and the mounting bracket.
Exploded view of the fuel system-1.8L engine
Exploded view of the fuel system-1.5L and 1.6L (VIN 5) engine
Fuel filter location
Install the filter in the mounting bracket.
Connect the fuel lines to the filter.
Install the bracket nuts and tighten to 9.5 ft. lbs. (13 Nm) for 1.5L, 1.6L, 1.8L and 2.0L engines. For 2.4L engines, torque the nuts to 18-25 ft. lbs. (25-35 Nm).
Connect the negative battery cable.
Run the engine and check for any fuel leaks.
Does the filter inside the engine compartment have two on the top and one on the bottom? Total of 3 connections?