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Chevy Cavalier Fuel Filter Replacement

Q. Hello Vincent! I have a little hesitation at take off and during driving only once in a while though, intermittent. I bought a fuel filter for my car and thought I would start with replacing the cheapest thing first. After poking around I realized I couldn't find it. Is it in or around the gas tank or what? Please relay any tips you can on replacing it.

  • 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier
  • 2.2 liter 4 cylinder
  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles

Thanks a lot!!!

Chevy Cavalier Fuel Filter Replacement

A. This is not as easy as it looks! The filter should be at the rear of tank tucked up in a little nook. Now you need to crawl under there on your back and try to figure out how to unhook the plastic quick connects. IF you mess one of these up, you will need a new fuel line. There is not enough room here to tell you how to unhook this connector. Just know that it took me a while with car on a lift and fuel running all over the place.

Chevy Cavalier Fuel Filter Replacement


  1. Relieve the fuel system pressure.
  2. Raise the vehicle.
  3. Disconnect the fuel filter fitting using a back-up wrench.
  4. Disconnect the quick connect fitting from the fuel filter. (Special Service Tool Required)
  5. Remove the fuel filter.


  1. Remove the protective caps from the new fuel filter.
  2. Install the fuel filter (2) in the same position as the old fuel filter.
  3. Connect the fuel filter quick connect fitting.
  4. Connect the fuel filter fitting (3) using a back-up wrench. Tighten the fuel filter fitting to 20 foot pounds.
  5. Lower the vehicle.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.
  7. Inspect for fuel leaks:

    7.1. Turn ON the ignition for 2 seconds.
    7.2. Turn OFF the ignition for 10 seconds.
    7.3. Turn ON the ignition.
    7.4. Inspect for fuel leaks.

Chevy Cavalier Fuel Filter Replacement

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