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Answered 2006-08-24 14:41:28

I own a 1997 Chevy Malibu LS 3.1Lit. V6 engine and the best way I found to change the fuel filter is to pay the $25 and let your local automotive repair facility do the job. This is based on the facts of: If it's the original filter then you need a tool which will run from $8-$12 to disconnect the filter on the inlet side which I found out would not fit due to space limitations on the filter itself. You can disconnect the outlet side, let the filter hang by the flexible inlet line and cut the filter with some dikes to allow the use of the special tool. The filter is weak metal and will cut easy and your going to place a new one in any way. While under the rear of the car where you'll be working, you'll have little to no room to work if you don't place the car on jacks. They may tell you that you'll need a special size wrench for the outlet of the filter, but any medium sized adjustable wrenches will work just fine. I probably did what most would say is wrong, but I slowly disconnect the outlet fittings and let the fuel drain to a small bucket. It was under no pressure and maybe got around 8-12 ounces of fuel. Please wear safety glasses and ensure the car is cold for safety reasons. Ensure that the new filter has what they call disconnect tabs on the inlet side so that in the future you will not need the ONE time special tool to disconnect it. By the way, the fuel filter is located by the gas tank just forward of the rear axle tucked up by the floor panel. I hope this information will help any one willing to do the job yourself. Good Luck!

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