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How to Replace a Fuel Filter in a Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a mid-sized SUV that offers style, functionality and fuel economy. Fuel injection is part of the Hyundai's positive characteristics. Electronic fuel injection allows for higher gas mileage with fewer emissions. With fuel injection, the engine shoots the right amount of gas into the fuel chamber, burning less gas. A clean fuel filter is critical when there is only a metered amount of gas dispensed.

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  1. Read the owner's manual. The Santa Fe's fuel filter is in the gas tank. You need to remove the lines from the tank in order to replace the fuel filter.

  2. Find the fuel pump fuse in the fuse box of the Santa Fe. You need to relieve the pressure in your fuel system so gas doesn't spray all over when you disconnect the hoses.

  3. Get two open-ended wrenches that fit the fuel tank's fittings. You have to disconnect the supply line, the vent line and the fuel line from the tank.

  4. Turn the clamp screw around the old filter to release it and put a new fuel filter in its place.

  5. Adjust the fittings with new washers on both sides of the fuel filter. Tighten the clamp around the new filter, reattach the three hoses/lines to the fuel tank and insert the fuel pump fuse before you start your car.

  6. Address any issues with the fuel tank before you reattach it to the Santa Fe. Check for rust and cracks on the straps, clamps and lines.

  7. Install a new fuel filter regularly. Your owner's manual will tell you how often to change it for optimal performance of the Santa Fe. Now start your car.

  8. Tip

    The key to changing the fuel filter is making sure you pull the fuse to relieve the pressure in the gas lines.


    Gasoline burns the skin and is a very serious irritant to the eyes-it is important to wear protective equipment.

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver set
  • Open-end wrench set
  • New fuel filter
  • Cleaning rags
  • Safety goggles

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