1990 VW vanagon fuel filter location and replacement instructions

Tiny
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  • 1990 VOLKSWAGEN VAN
  • 135,000 MILES

I just need to know if the fuel filter of my 1990 vw vanagon is underneath the middle of the van beside the fuel pump and how I need to go about replacing it.

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Saturday, March 10th, 2012 AT 9:54 PM

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Tiny
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Fuel filter is on the right side underneath the door

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Saturday, March 10th, 2012 AT 10:23 PM
Tiny
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Yes, it is next to the fuel pump. A metal canister held to the
chassis via a phillips head screw/clamp combination.

Since there is no fuel pump fuse for you to pull in the fuse box (to
depressurize the fuel system before disconnecting lines), go
to the engine bay and remove the engine lid.

Look at the back right of the engine against the fire wall. Look
for a single wire that has a plastic connector.

Separate the connector by pulling the two ends apart.

Start the engine and let it run until it dies (no more fuel pressure).

Turn key off and go under vehicle.
Use an appropriate screw driver to loosen the hose clamps on either
side of the filter. Or pliers if they are spring loaded clamps.

Pull off the hoses and catch any spilled fuel with old rags.

Install filter in reverse.

Hope that helped!

Thomas

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 AT 1:28 AM
Tiny
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Haha. I had a blond moment!

You could simply pull one of the fuel pump wires off of the fuel pump
to keep the pump from running. :-)

Which ever is easier for you.

Thomas

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 AT 1:30 AM
Tiny
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After installing the new fuel filter and hooking it all back up, is there anything else to do before starting or is that it and I'm done?

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 AT 4:01 AM
Tiny
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Also, I just want to make sure I've found it. There is a canister mounted next to the fuel pump like you explained and the hoses are connected with clamps tightened with a flat head screw. But there is aso a canister located on the chassis underneath the passenger door with the hoses bolted on. Which one could be the fuel fiter? The one by the fuel pump still? Just making sure before I start taking things apart. Thanks for the previous advice!

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 AT 1:22 PM
Tiny
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Some vehicles have a plastic square filter right after the tank
outlet.

Is that the one you also saw?

Can you post a picture?

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 AT 4:54 PM
Tiny
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Once the filter has been changed, reconnect the pump and make sure all the hose
clamps are tight. Start the engine. Will take a few seconds of priming, so it will not start
right away, or it will start & die a couple of times.

You can cycle the key on/off a few times as well to just activate the pump in order to prime
with fuel.

Thomas

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 AT 5:24 PM

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