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How to Replace the Fuel Filter in a Honda Accord

Updated March 23, 2017

The Accord is a mid-size car sold by Honda, a Japanese automaker. The Accord was introduced in 1976 and has proved to be one of the most-reliable cars on the market. The fuel filter in your Accord helps minimise contaminants from entering into your fuel lines. Many experts disagree on the service interval for fuel filter replacement. Some believe it should be changed every year; some believe it should be change every few years. A clogged or dirty fuel filter can cause your Accord to run rough and reduce performance.

Remove the driver's side floorboard kick panel to access the fuse box. Remove the fuel pump relay (PGM-FI).

Crank the engine and let it run until it shuts off to relieve fuel system pressure. Pop open the fuel filler door and remove the gas cap. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

Remove the rear carpet and cargo liner. Locate the fuel access cover on the passenger side of the boot. Remove the screws.

Mark the lines for "In" and "Out" on the fuel pump module, and then disconnect the lines and connector. Use the socket wrench to remove the module. Immediately wrap it to minimise spillage.

Disconnect the fuel filter from the fuel pump module. Discard the old filter. Install the new fuel filter using the arrow as a guide.

Reconnect the fuel pump module to its mount. Use the torque wrench to tighten the bolts to 36 inch-pounds. Replace the fuel lines and electrical connection. Replace the access cover and cargo liner.

Reattach the gas cap, the SGI-FI relay and the negative battery cable. Start the engine and check for leaks.

Tip

Don't smoke while working near fuel.

Warning

This tutorial is for 2001 and newer Honda Accords. The fuel filter on some older models is located in the engine bay near the firewall.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Socket wrench set
  • Labels or marker
  • Rags
  • Replacement fuel filter
  • Torque wrench
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