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How to Change the Fuel Filter on a 1984 Honda CRX

Part of the overall maintenance plan for your 1984 Honda CRX should include regularly changing the fuel filter. This often overlooked maintenance task is the root cause of a handful of problems people experience with the engine in the car. These issues include engine sputtering and performance issues such as a hesitation before take off. The replacement process for the fuel filter is straightforward and an inexperienced person can complete the project in about 30 minutes with a few tools.

Tools Used: Fuel line clamp, Screwdriver

Change the Fuel Filter

Disconnect the negative battery cable.

Locate the fuel filter and use a fuel line clamp to pinch off the fuel line. The fuel filter is in the engine compartment on the driver's side right about in the center.

Loosen the fuel line clamps using the screwdriver and push the clamps back away from the fuel filter.

Remove the fuel lines from the fuel filter. Dispose of the filter in a proper receptacle.

Attach the fuel lines to the new fuel filter and tighten the clamps with the screwdriver. Tighten the screws snugly but do not over-tighten or you will damage the clamp.

Remove the fuel line clamps.

Reconnect the negative battery terminal and start the car to test installation. Check carefully for leaks.

Tips & Warnings

Avoid damaging the fuel lines by pulling the clamps back and twisting the hose as you pull it off.

It's recommended that you change your fuel filter every four years, however, if you clock a lot of miles on your car you should do it more often.

Never work on the car's fuel system when smoking. Wear safety glasses to prevent spraying fuel in your eyes.

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