87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement

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Old 31 Oct 2005, 12:00 pm   #1 (permalink)
Curniac
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Default 87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement

Is anyone familiar with this procedure?

I am not very familiar with cars, but I am told this is like a 10 min
job I can do myself. I can see the fuel filter under the hood and I can
see the to lines running to it, but I was reading something about
depresurizing...or something like that. I am not sure if that is
necessary on this car and if so, how to even do it.

I posted a few days ago and received some help...turns out the ignition
coil was ok (so I was told) and that it is either the fuel filter or
pump. The filter is the easy place to start thought.

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 31 Oct 2005, 02:48 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement

Is it fuel injected (pressurized fuel line) or carb....If you hit your
local library, a Chilton or Haynes manuel is probably available that
will tell you how to deal with "depressurizing" your system if it is
injected.

I have an 87 Corolla with carb and mechanical fuel pump and honestly
replacing the fuel pump is easier on this car than the filter, because
the pump is easy to reach, while the filter is a bit of a fuss to get
at....

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Old 31 Oct 2005, 03:22 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement

On Mon, 31 Oct 2005 12:48:30 -0800, timbirr wrote:

> Is it fuel injected (pressurized fuel line) or carb....If you hit your
> local library, a Chilton or Haynes manuel is probably available that
> will tell you how to deal with "depressurizing" your system if it is
> injected.
>
> I have an 87 Corolla with carb and mechanical fuel pump and honestly
> replacing the fuel pump is easier on this car than the filter, because
> the pump is easy to reach, while the filter is a bit of a fuss to get
> at....


On most Toyotas, esp ones from the 80's, 'depressurizing' the system
involves removing the gas cap.

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Old 31 Oct 2005, 04:05 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement

I heard that getting the lines off is a pain and that it is very easy
to strip or damage. Any suggestions? Sorry if these questions are
stupid, but as I said I am a novice at cars. Ask me anything you want
about computers or electronics, but cars...I just don't have any
knowledge of.

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Old 31 Oct 2005, 04:15 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement

Yeah, it can be a bit confusing, because Toy did a mish-mash of
injector and carb cars through that mid-late 80's era, but weren't the
Camry's pretty much fuel-injected by 86....

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Old 31 Oct 2005, 04:17 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: 87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement

Honestly, if you have half a brain, and it sounds like you have much
more than that, the easiest and most fool-proof way for you to approach
this is to get the Chilton's from your local library.

They have diagrams and step-by-step instructions, which are quite easy
to follow.

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Old 31 Oct 2005, 08:08 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: 87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement


<timbirr@mailcity.com> wrote in message
news:1130796950.390441.65200@g44g2000cwa.googlegro ups.com...
> Yeah, it can be a bit confusing, because Toy did a mish-mash of
> injector and carb cars through that mid-late 80's era, but weren't the
> Camry's pretty much fuel-injected by 86....

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I drive an `86 Camry and, my luck, it has fuel injection. I prefer fuel
injection to carburetors by a wide margin.


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Old 01 Nov 2005, 12:07 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: 87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement

If you do have fuel injection, my standard advice is to use Kroil as a
penetrating lubricant and let it soak in for some time before
attempting to remove the fuel lines, and also use a "crow foot" flare
wrench that fits on the extension for a ratchet handle to remove the
flare nut fitting (the nut with a fuel line running through it so a
closed box end wrench cannot be used.
Standard flare wrenches seem to flex somewhat in use such that it is
not uncommon for the fuel line to be damaged during removal attempts
and then you need to buy the whole fuel line back to the next
connection.
I bought an SK crow foot wrench from toolsource.com and that fitting
came off very easily, whereas others have tried removal and just given
up from the difficulty once the nut was marred. 17mm I think.

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Old 01 Nov 2005, 12:18 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: 87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement

Have yet to hear anyone saying replacing the fuel filter on their
injected vehicle solved the problem for them.
I do thiink it is a good idea to change them for preventative
maintenance purposes at 120,000 miles, but the capacity is fairly large
and the fuel is under much higher pressure than carbureted vehicles, so
unless you used gasoline with lots of debris in it (possibly filling
your car while the tanker was filling the storage tanks), chances are
your problem is elsewhere.
Toyota calls the fuel filter a "lifetime" part.

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Old 01 Nov 2005, 01:06 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: 87 Camry Fuel Filter Replacement

Actually, Daniel, I don't know what the original "problem" is here, but
the fact that the fuel filter is accountable for any significant
problem that appeared suddenly (if indeed this did), is as you say,
unlikely.

It would help if the trouble were detailed.....

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