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How to change the LSJ Fuel Filter


Parts Needed:

- New Fuel Filter (AC Delco Part Number GF824)

- 3/8" Fuel Line Quick Disconnect Tool

- 10mm socket & Ratchet
- A drain pan of some sort
- Safety Glasses


NOTE: A little bit of gas will get on you! It won't spray (after you depressurize the fuel system), but it'll trickle out from the filter & the gas lines. It's important to wear safety glasses (who wants gas in their eyes?) & also try and catch the gas in a drain pan of some sort. If you want....wear some rubber gloves if you don't wanna smell like gas all day.




1. First off, if you don't know where the fuel filter is....it's the small round canister under the rear suspension of the car towards the passenger rear wheel:



2. To release the fuel pressure, remove the kick panel & gain access to the fuse box.


3. Remove the Fuel Pump fuse



4. Start the car & let it run until it dies.

5. Undo the gas cap


6. Jack up the passenger side of the car to gain access under the rear of the passenger side & support it with a jack stand.

7. Locate the fuel filter


8. Undo the 10mm bolt holding the fuel filter bracket


9. There are two Quick Disconnect plugs on one end of the fuel filter....one is light blue & one is dark blue. Unlpug them both by squeezing (with your fingers) the colored sides & pulling off of the fuel filter & then aim them down towards the ground to drain into the drain pan you have.



10. Take the 3/8" Fuel Line quick disconnect tool & slide it onto the fuel line on the other side of the fuel filter


11. Then insert it towards the filter to break the prongs free that are holding the filter onto the fuel line


12. Give a nice, aggressive pull on the fuel filter for it to come freely off of the fuel line.....(it takes a good amount of force). Then remove the quick disconnect tool after the filter is off.


13. Take your new fuel filter & slide it onto the fuel line....it'll snap/click when it's all the way on


14. Attach the two light blue/dark blue quick connect lines onto the fuel filter....they slide & snap right on! They are different sizes (shown below), so you can't screw them up. But in case you forgot, the dark blue goes towards the body of the car & the light blue goes towards the ground.



15. Attach the 10mm bolt back into the frame that holds the fuel filter in


16. You're all done with the fuel filter install


17. Put the Fuel Pump fuse back in the fuse box & put the cover back on.


18. Let the fuel pump prime itself & start the car & it'll be good to go!!!



The reason why you should change your fuel filter (this is after 15 months & 19,300 miles):
 

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What is the cost for fuel filter and accessories? Is there any specific brand of fuel filter that is preferred than the stock one?
 

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Skythe said:
What is the cost for fuel filter and accessories? Is there any specific brand of fuel filter that is preferred than the stock one?
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Mattman6 said:
Great write, also how much all this cost? Fuel filter and the tool to remove the thing

My new fuel filter was $10 on ebay...I got lucky & that's what motivated me to change it ($16 SHIPPED)....one time deal

BUT the AC Delco (GF824) fuel filter is $34.99 from Crateenginedepot.com:
http://www.crateenginedepot.com/store/Cobalt-20-LSJ-Fuel-Filter-22734980-P1675C193.aspx

My local auto parts store (Murray's) didn't stock it & wanted $44.99 and said they could have it the next day....so it's kind of pricey actually.

The little tools are $5-10 at ANY major auto parts store (but I already had them)....if you tell them you need the 3/8" fuel line tool....they'll know what you're talking about!

And that's all you need to change it


As for brand...I would stick with the AC Delco as I think that might be the only one available (according to Murray's Auto).
Fram (which I personally hate & wouldn't recommend) doesn't even offer one for our car and they usually have everything...so AC Delco FTW
 

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....if you tell them you need the 3/8" fuel line tool....they'll know what you're talking about!
Yeah except the employees at the advance auto by my house (only auto shop by me) are idiots. Half of them don't speak English and cater more towards the ricer community. It took me 10 minutes to get one guy to help me find a bottle of octane booster (the highlighter orange bottle, stp i think) because they can't keep anything in order! [/END RANT]
 

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Well fine then.....MOST auto stores should know what you're talking about

If not....just look in the tools section & you'll find them (eventually...lol)
 

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ESV0720 said:
Yeah except the employees at the advance auto by my house (only auto shop by me) are idiots. Half of them don't speak English and cater more towards the ricer community. It took me 10 minutes to get one guy to help me find a bottle of octane booster (the highlighter orange bottle, stp i think) because they can't keep anything in order! [/END RANT]
its funny how you said they cater to the ricers, and you yourself was buying octane boost lol
 

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snobrdrdan said:
As for brand...I would stick with the AC Delco as I think that might be the only one available (according to Murray's Auto).
Fram (which I personally hate & wouldn't recommend) doesn't even offer one for our car and they usually have everything...so AC Delco FTW
There are two other brands available, Champ (cheapy $9 filter) and another generic brand (filter master or something - $15). Both available at Autozone.

The person I talked to said the Champ was better quality, but idk. I'll find out soon enough I guess.
 

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Well now....those are A LOT cheaper than the Delco filter.....I would just change it more frequently (once a year probably) though since it's a cheaper brand
 

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My friend and I changed my fuel filter at 25400 and it was kinda nasty. It wasn't like the picture but it was close. I was gonna wait another 3000 but glad I didn't.The only thing I didn't like was the fule filter I ended up at saturn for it and paid like $45.
 

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scooterc14 said:
My friend and I changed my fuel filter at 25400 and it was kinda nasty. It wasn't like the picture but it was close. I was gonna wait another 3000 but glad I didn't.The only thing I didn't like was the fule filter I ended up at saturn for it and paid like $45.
Yeah the Delco one is NOT a cheap filter....they'll rape you at the dealer of course

CED.com has it for $37.25 + shipping
 

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Yeah the Delco one is NOT a cheap filter....they'll rape you at the dealer of course

CED.com has it for $37.25 + shipping
Orielys was gonna sell it to me for cost which would've been cheaper than the dealer but I didn't wanna wait.
 

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snobrdrdan said:
Well now....those are A LOT cheaper than the Delco filter.....I would just change it more frequently (once a year probably) though since it's a cheaper brand
I plan on changing mine every 10k.
 
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