How to Repair the Fuel Filter on a 1988 Acura Integra RS

The fuel filter on a 1988 Acura Integra RS helps stop dirt and contaminants from entering the engine. These filters are crucial to the proper operation of the car, and if fouled, it can cause problems with the engine. The fuel filter is designed to be replaced frequently, and is not serviceable other than to replace the part entirely. Fortunately, the part is cheap--typically under $30 at most parts stores--and the process is simple to perform.

Tools Used: Replacement fuel filter, Replacement banjo bolt washers, 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set, Line wrench set, Shop towels

Repair a Fuel Filter

Open the hood and locate the fuel filter, which is on the firewall on the passenger side. Place a few shop towels underneath the filter.

Disconnect the upper and lower fuel lines from the fuel filter using a pair of line wrenches. Unbolt the fuel filter from the firewall using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then discard the old filter.

Bolt the replacement fuel filter onto the firewall using the ratchet. Reconnect the upper and lower fuel lines to the filter using the line wrenches, making sure to use new washers on both sides of the banjo bolt that bolts into the fuel filter.

Tips & Warnings

Never smoke or have an open flame nearby while you're working on the fuel system of a vehicle. If you do, you risk causing a fire and damaging yourself and the vehicle.

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