Your fuel filter is in the tank as part of the pump. Plus this is normally not a plugged filter. This is normally raw fuel in the vapor canister. You actually have two canisters but the way these work is that when you fill the tank and under normal operation there is vapor put off by the tank. That vapor is captured rather than put off into the atmosphere for emissions reasons and better fuel mileage.
When the PCM calls for it, the purge valve opens and allows this vapor stored in the canister into the engine. If there is raw fuel in there then too much vapor comes in and it stalls the engine or makes it run rough. This normally happens most after fueling because when it is filling up that is when then most amount of vapor is put off into the system then when you start the vehicle and the purge is opened it dumps all this fuel and vapor into the intake.
I would suggest removing the canister and seeing if there is raw fuel in them. If there is, replace them and the purge solenoid because once these have fuel in them the charcoal breaks down and causes the purge to stick.
Let me know what you find and we can go from there. Thanks
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Thursday, December 17th, 2020 AT 8:40 AM