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Old 08-16-2007, 07:12 PM   #1
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Fuel Filter

How often should I change the fuel filter on my 2007 Yaris? Thanks.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:15 PM   #2
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it is in the fuel pump in the gas tank you would need to drop the whole fuel tank... only needs to be changed if something goes wrong
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:16 PM   #3
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But won't it eventually get clogged?
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:22 PM   #4
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yes it will start getting clogged....I was curious to this as well. my last car i changed it every 20000 miles, only because i always noticed a difference everytime i did it, gas mileage went up and easier starts....

sucks its in the fuel tank though....boo
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:38 PM   #5
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So basically I would have to get a Toyota dealer mechanic to do it, yes?
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:56 PM   #6
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im not saying that.... its doable.....but its definately not beginner type maintenance item....especially an in tank filter.....
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:10 PM   #7
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So let me put it this way. Does anyone here regularly change their Yaris fuel filter, and if so, how hard is it? If not, what is the logic behind not changing it? thanks!
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:14 PM   #8
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A piece of advice that someone would give you if I didn't anyway... do not let your Yaris run down to fumes regularly, if at all if you can help it. Doing that will help extend the life of that fuel filter you're worried about. This is why the manual says do not let the car drop below two bars of fuel.
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:48 PM   #9
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Is there perhaps an access panel in the trunk to reach the fuel filter like in some cars?
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:26 PM   #10
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Check the Factory Manual, and look in the section on the Fuel system on the pages after FU-24. It involves the removal of the rear seat, pulling out the pump, and then disassembling the pump to get to the fuel filter. The pictures in the manual are pretty self explanatory.
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:29 PM   #11
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Geez that sounds complicated lol. D*mn you Toyota!
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:53 AM   #12
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A piece of advice that someone would give you if I didn't anyway... do not let your Yaris run down to fumes regularly, if at all if you can help it. Doing that will help extend the life of that fuel filter you're worried about. This is why the manual says do not let the car drop below two bars of fuel.
+1......plus adding a gas additive occasionally, like seafoam, will help keep the gunk/tars that may build up in the tank and injectors is a good preventative measure. IMO don't mess with the filter unless it needs it.
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Old 08-17-2007, 06:20 AM   #13
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it is in the fuel pump in the gas tank you would need to drop the whole fuel tank... only needs to be changed if something goes wrong
I don't think you have to drop the tank....just take the back seat out and then it's very easy access. Since the tank doesn't have to be dropped, this maintenence is fairly easy to do.
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Old 08-17-2007, 06:21 AM   #14
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+1......plus adding a gas additive occasionally, like seafoam, will help keep the gunk/tars that may build up in the tank and injectors is a good preventative measure. IMO don't mess with the filter unless it needs it.
Additives may well help, but they will not clean a dirty filter.
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Old 08-17-2007, 01:45 PM   #15
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Additives may well help, but they will not clean a dirty filter.
I agree it won't clean the filter. But a lot of what normally clogs the filter is usually tars that could be reduced in a preventative measure beforehand.
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Old 08-17-2007, 04:14 PM   #16
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the fiter on our cars does not require changing under normal cercomestances...
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thats good to know then. The other benefit to not letting your fuel get low, is that fuel acts as coolant for the fuel pump, pump may get a little warm being constantly on and all the fluid in there keeps it cool....
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Old 08-17-2007, 05:48 PM   #18
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Not running down to fumes is good advice for any car. Basically there's little bits of crap that will accumulate over time in your gas tank. These tend to settle at the bottom of your tank (think silt on a riverbed). If you run your tank way low then it tends to stir up the crap that's sitting there at the bottom of your tank and if it is stirred up then it will find it's way into the fuel line where the filter will pick it up.

So one of the keys to keeping a nice clean fuel filter is never to run your car when you're getting down to "E". The rule of thumb that I've alway heard is to never let your tank get below 1/4. So far it has worked well for me.
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