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Old 02-10-2007, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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Most newer vehicles do not have a replaceable fuel filter. They are made as part of what they now call the fuel pump module. In order to replace them you must replace the fuel pump. And those parts can be very expensive. The most popular fuel pump we sell is right at $385.00. If the parts person said it is part of that then I'd believe him. Another thing most people do not realize is that by constantly letting thier cars run at 1/4 tank or less is helping to make the fuel pump go south much quicker. The fuel acts as a coolant for the pump, so I always fill up @ 1/2 tank.
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No doubt you and the parts people are correct. My '06 Honda Pilot does not have a replaceable filter either. My guess is that better filtration at the gas station and plastic fuel tanks in the vehicle have done much to improve fuel cleanliness.
However, what has confused me is that in addition to the Chilton's book procedure for replacing the filter, Subaru's own maintenance schedule lists fuel filter replacement at 30K intervals.
Anyway, one less thing to do!
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Subaru's maint. schedule says to replace the fuel filter every 30k on all models EXCEPT LEGACY AND OUTBACK.
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You are right. According to the maintenance schedule on the Subaru website, the filter does not call for replacement on the Legacy and Outback models. However, my Chilton's (actually Haynes- I should have known not to trust it) manual lists the service. I stand corrected.
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wow, the more i hear the more i don't want a new subaru ..........

not having a replaceable fuel filter is right up there with some of the stupidest design issues i've ever heard. when i first had to deal with an in tank pump i was annoyed, but i stll had the option of changing the fuel filter.

i'd say leaving the fuel cleaning to the distributors is a "iffy bet", one that apparently the owners of the car get to pay through the nose for if they lose ..........

wonder if they'll keep this design with the diesel ? cause everyone knows diesel filters never need to be changed ;]
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It is not just Subaru. About every manufacturer today, do not have a fuel filter that can be replaced.
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