Toyota Tacoma 1996-2015: How to Replace Fuel Filter

When your Toyota Tacoma's fuel filter gets clogged, your truck won't perform as it normally does. Read on to learn how to replace the fuel filter.

By Bassem Girgis - February 16, 2016

This article applies to the Toyota Tacoma (1996-2015).

The fuel filter in the Toyota Tacoma is the gate between the fuel tank and the engine. It is designed to filter the fuel going into the engine, and overtime, it starts collecting dirt and grime, which can cause it to clog up. A clogged fuel filter can restrict the fuel flow getting pumped by the fuel pump into the engine, which causes the truck to hesitate. The more clogged the fuel filter gets, the less your truck will perform, and at some point, it could fail to start due to fuel restriction. Read on to learn how to replace the fuel filter in your Tacoma.

Fuel filter
Figure 1. Fuel filter.
Tacoma How to Replace Fuel Filter infographic

Materials Needed

  • Socket
  • Wrench
  • New fuel filter

Step 1 – Disconnect the battery

Disconnect the negative terminal (black) on the battery. Make sure to wrap it in a towel so it doesn't touch anything metal and create a spark.

Disconnect negative battery terminal
Figure 2. Disconnect negative battery terminal.

Step 2 – Remove fuel filter

The fuel filter is located under the driver's door, along the frame rail. It's connected to the top by two bolts. It is also connected with two fuel lines, one on the back and one on the front. Use your wrench to remove the fuel nuts, then remove the two bolts holding the fuel filter in place. Remove the lines and expect some spillage.

Remove fuel filter
Figure 3. Remove fuel filter.

Step 3 – Install new filter

Make sure to install the new filter facing the same way the old one was. Most filters will have an arrow that should point to the front of the truck. Install the filter in place first, then install the two fuel lines and tighten their nuts. Connect the battery, start the truck, and inspect the fuel filter to make sure there are no fuel leaks.

New fuel filter
Figure 4. Install new filter in place.

Related Discussions