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Replacing the Fuel Filter (Need Guidance) #750018 09/06/06 08:56 PM
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Kia_Bill Offline OP
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I'm not completly inept at mechanical work given enough time to read up on the topic and study the parts to know what to do and when. That being said, I need some guidance on removing and replacing the fuel filter on an '02 Sportage 4x4. Feel free to fill in the blanks or correct me where I'm wrong.

I figure disconnect the battery first. That way the pump won't kick on and soak me in gas. Disconnect the lines (will fuel leak from the lines?). Remove the filter(how??). Put the new filter in (ok, that's probably the reverse of the previous step). Connect the lines. Hook up the battery and crank the car.

Am I missing anything?


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Re: Replacing the Fuel Filter (Need Guidance) [Re: Kia_Bill] #750019 09/06/06 09:43 PM
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bill, most everything you have is right. as for fuel leaking out of the lines, i'm not sure. have you run a search on this topic yet? i'm pretty sure that we've posted it somewhere, i just can't remember where. one thing i know you'll have to do is prime the filter before reconnecting the top fuel line by pouring fuel into the filter from the top. if you don't you'll sit there and spin the motor over for a while before fuel gets to the injectors. anyway, best bet is to run a search first.


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Re: Replacing the Fuel Filter (Need Guidance) [Re: turtleskia] #750020 09/06/06 10:44 PM
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I just changed mine on my 98 Kia. What I did was yank the fuse out for the fuel pump in the fuse box. Then I tried to start it for a second to relieve the pressure. I bought a tool to remove the line but could only use it on the front side. Then I noticed all you have to do is push the line onto the filter and push the clamp section of the line forward, and then it slid right off. I put the new one on. I see some recommend priming the filter. I did not. I put it on, put the fuse back in and cranked it up. Turned over for 2-3 seconds and then started. I think 98-02 are the same but double check. No gas spilled out when I did it this way. I would think that if you just disconnect the battery, then you can't turn it over to release the pressure, then you'll have a mess. By taking out the fuse, you can still turn it over a couple seconds to releave the pressure. I don't have a shop manuel in this Kia, so maybe they recommend a different way, but my F150 shop manual gives these instructions. Hope this helps.

Re: Replacing the Fuel Filter (Need Guidance) [Re: Kia_Bill] #750021 09/07/06 02:41 AM
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Bill, what you need to do FIRST is to pull the fuse for the fuel pump, or to unplug the fuel pump connector under the rear sear while the vehicle is running to de-pressurise the fuel system (tilt seat base fwd, small 3 sided carpet cut on (US) passengers side). Fuel sits in the fuel lines under pressure, even when the vehicle is not running Failure to do this will see fuel under 30 psi pressure commin' at ya...

Then disconnect battery.

The fuel filter/lines has a couple of clips on it that need to be pushed towards the filter to release them. Releasing the filter is straightforward.

Vehicle will be a bit slow to start up after the change as the fuel has to refill the lines and re-pressurise the system. Leave ignition on for about 10-15 secs before trying to start.


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Re: Replacing the Fuel Filter (Need Guidance) [Re: DamKia] #750022 09/07/06 03:09 PM
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Thanks guys! I might just hop down to the dealer to get the parts during lunch today!


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Re: Replacing the Fuel Filter (Need Guidance) [Re: Kia_Bill] #750023 09/07/06 07:52 PM
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Ok, I've got the part but I noticed it doesn't match with the current one. Lemme 'splain...

The current filter has two ports on the top of the cylinder. Ther replacement has one on top, and one underneath. Since I didn't stare at it for long, I didn't notice any flow indicators, so which tube goes where when I yank out the old one?


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Re: Replacing the Fuel Filter (Need Guidance) [Re: Kia_Bill] #750024 09/08/06 02:45 AM
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On mine, it matched. It had a straight pipe on one side and a pipe with a 90 bend on the other side. The straight side went to the line from the tank and the 90 bend pipe went to the engine side. I never noticed a flow inticator, but did not have to worry since it looked like the old one. My Kia is a 98 though, so it may be different. Gary may know. Or call the parts store where you bought it.

Re: Replacing the Fuel Filter (Need Guidance) [Re: Kia_Bill] #750025 09/10/06 02:20 AM
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Kia_Bill Offline OP
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Well, that turned out to be simpler than I thought. Thanks everyone!


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Re: Replacing the Fuel Filter (Need Guidance) [Re: Kia_Bill] #750026 09/10/06 02:29 PM
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every thing I read is right to change the filter but all you need to do is turn the key on for a few and build alittle presure in the line. the engine should start without primeing the filter.


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