How do you replace the fuel filter on a Honda Accord?

What do I need to do to replace the fuel filter on my 2001 Honda Accord? I really need a replacement, but I don’t want to pay to get it done at the shop.

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If you’re handy, you can save quite a bit of money by replacing your fuel filter yourself. Here’s how to replace the fuel filter in your
Honda Accord
  • First, park your car in a well-ventilated area and disconnect the negative battery terminal.
  • Next, remove the gas cap to relieve any pressure from the fuel system.
  • Now, you’ll need to find the fuel filter. Since your Accord is from 2001, the filter will be on the rear of the engine, near the brake master cylinder.
  • Using a 14mm wrench, ​​loosen the nut from the lower fuel line by rotating it counterclockwise. It helps to place a pan under the fuel line during this step to catch any spilled gas.
  • Once you remove the nut, pull the lower fuel line off and set it aside.
  • Then, use a 17mm wrench to loosen the Banjo bolt on the upper fuel line by rotating it counterclockwise. Once you’ve removed the nut, remove the fuel line.
  • Next, use a 10mm flare nut wrench to remove the two bolts from the clamp that holds the fuel filter in place.
  • At this point, you should be able to unclip the alignment hole holding the top of the fuel filter in place, then remove the fuel filter from the clamp and replace it with the new one.
  • Reconnect the fuel lines in backwards order. Then, replace the gas cap and reconnect your battery.
  • Turn your engine to the ON position and inspect your filter for any leaks.
If you feel overwhelmed by these steps, consider bringing your car to a repair shop. While it may cost more, you’ll at least have peace of mind knowing the repair has been done correctly.
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