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How to change a fuel filter on a 1999 Grand Am. I have one

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How to change a fuel filter on a 1999 Grand Am. I have one side off, the other side that inserts into the fuel line will not come out.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Pontiac
Expert:  Eric replied 5 years ago.

Hi,

 

Here are directions :

 

precautions section.

  • Relieve the fuel system pressure.
  • Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Fuel line from the filter, using a backup wrench
    • Quick-connect fitting from the fuel filter by compressing the tabs while pulling outward on the line
    • Fuel filter from the mounting bracket
  • To install:

    1. Install or connect the following:
      • Fuel filter to the mounting bracket
      • Fuel line using a backup wrench. Torque the fitting to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
      • Quick-connect fitting to the fuel filter
      • Negative battery cable
    2. Pressurize the fuel system and verify no leaks

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    You have to pull on the line at the same time you have the 2 tabs squeezed in

    Customer: replied 5 years ago.
    The filter I have to replace it looks like that. The one that is on the car does not have that style tab. There is a plastic insert that goes into this end of the fuel line along with the male end of the fuel filter. The plastic insert goes into the line and around the out side of the fuel line. The fuel filter will not come out, any suggestions?
    Expert:  Eric replied 5 years ago.

    Hi,

     

    You should be able to squeeze the outside edge of the plastic insert and pull the line out:

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    Press down on the plastic insert that is on the line itself while pulling filter and line apart.

     

    The only other connection GM used requires a quick disconnect tool- but it is a metal connector:

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    Customer: replied 5 years ago.
    I think more research needs to be done, neither answer helped with my problem. The car is now in the shop. I'll pay you for your time.

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