2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Change the Fuel Filter

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A fuel filter collects rust and impurities from your fuel tank so they don't reach the engine. This keeps debris from causing significant damage to internal engine parts. If you have a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, change your fuel filter about every 15,000 miles. Changing a fuel filter on a Cavalier is a fairly straightforward task. A novice mechanic should be able to complete this project in one to two hours.

Tools Used[edit]

Socket set
Quick connect special service tool
Drip pan
Replacement fuel filter

Change the Fuel Filter[edit]

  • Locate the fuel filter. On a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, the filter is located behind the fuel tank, near the center of the vehicle behind the driver's door. Because it is tucked in a nook behind the tank, it can be difficult to access.
  • Use a ratchet with a socket to remove the bolts holding the hanging bracket in place. The fuel filter will drop down when the bracket is removed.
  • Place a drip pan under the fuel filter. Hold the fuel line lightly near the base of the connector with a pair of pliers. This will help prevent the fuel line from tearing when you turn the connector.
  • Use a quick connect special service tool to loosen the plastic connectors holding the fuel line to the filter at both ends. Unlike other vehicles, the 2001 Chevy Cavalier does not use connector nuts that can be loosened with a wrench. You can purchase this tool at an auto parts store when you purchase the replacement filter.
  • Connect the fuel lines to the new filter, making sure the new filter faces the same direction as the old one. Replace the bracket bolts to hold the filter in place.

Tips & Warnings[edit]

  • Make sure your face is not directly under the filter when you disconnect the fuel lines. A small amount of fuel may leak out of the lines, which can cause eye and skin injury.