How to Change the Fuel Filter in a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe

Written by chris moore
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The fuel filter on a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe must be changed every five years or 50,000 miles. The Santa Fe's fuel filter is mounted to a frame rail on the vehicle body, near the fuel tank at the left front corner. Removing the fuel tank itself is a very simple process, but proceed with caution, as you are dealing with a fuel system that is under high pressure.

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Things you need

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wrenches
  • Torque wrench

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    Open the gas cap, remove the vehicle's rear seat cushion and remove the service cover for the fuel pump. Disconnect the fuel pump's electrical connector.

  2. 2

    Start the engine and let it run until it stops, relieving the fuel pressure. Reconnect the fuel pump electrical connector and install the access cover and seat cushion.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the vehicle's negative battery cable.

  4. 4

    Raise the rear end of the Santa Fe and support it on jack stands.

  5. 5

    Unscrew and remove the fitting nuts on the fuel lines with a wrench and disconnect the fuel lines.

  6. 6

    Remove the securing bolt for the fuel filter's mounting strap and remove the fuel filter.

  1. 1

    Install the replacement fuel filter on the frame rail and bolt the strap in place.

  2. 2

    Connect the fuel lines to the fuel filter using new washers. Tighten the lines' fitting nuts to between 22 and 29 foot pounds, with a torque wrench if possible.

  3. 3

    Lower the car off the jack stands and reconnect the battery cable to the negative terminal.

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