Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Western NH
Car: 2012 Outback Premium 2.5 CVT
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2005 Fuel Filter Replacement
I am about to perform the 60K service on my 2005 Outback 2.5 SOHC. My Chilton service manual says that the fuel filter is located on the passenger side of the fuel tank- it is part of the fuel pump and sending unit assembly. The filter is held in place by molded-in clips and can be replaced. The manual shows the procedure. When I went to two separate dealers to buy the filter, each told me that the filter was not replaceable by itself. One showed me the illustration in the parts manual that depicts a canister that contains the pump and filter, it did not look like the Chilton's photo. The filter was not listed as a separate part.
I would open the tank up to check this out, but Chilton's says the pump cover gasket must be replaced upon reassembly. This gasket is about $37 and would be a waste of money just to look. To re-use the old gasket would risk an air leak that would set the CEL.
Has anyone opened up the tank to check for a filter?
BTW- I got on Techinfo.subaru.com and it did not provide instructions for filter replacement.
I was able to access the site for a day or two before I had to provide a password as a registered user. My understanding is that this site is only available for a subscription fee.