How To Change a Fuel Filter On a 1996 to 2001 Chevy Suburban

By | March 2, 2021

A friend of mine had a fuel filter go bad in a 1999 Chevy Suburban 1500.

Replacing the fuel filter should part of regular maintenance but in this case it was blocking fuel from going to the engine.

In this tutorial, I will go through the steps we went through to change it out.

I would rate this job fairly easy but don’t do this unless you feel comfortable working on a vehicle. And remember gas is very flammable which we will be dealing with.

Tools Used
Crescent wrench
5/8 wrench
1/2 inch socket with ratchet
Fuel Filter tools needed On a 1996 to 2001 Chevy

Of course, the fuel filter will be needed.

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ACDelco GF652 Professional Fuel Filter

There is a video at the bottom of the page for a video walk through if needed.

The fuel pump is located on the driver side of the truck under the frame.
Fuel Filter location On a 1996 to 2001 Chevy

Once you are under the truck locate the filter. Two lines will go into the filter, one out and one in.
Fuel Filter location On a 1996 to 2001 Chevy 2

The two lines need to be removed along with the bracket. Watch out for any pressure still in the lines by loosening them up slowly.
Fuel Filter removal On a 1996 to 2001 Chevy

Also, watch out for any fuel that will leak out of the lines. It is a good idea to have a bucket to catch the leftover fuel.
Fuel Filter replacment On a 1996 to 2001 Chevy

Before inserting the new filter be sure to get the direction of flow right. This is usually done with an arrow or by saying in and out at the tips. The arrow should point to the front of the truck since gas is coming from the tank and going to the engine.
Fuel Filter flow Arrow On a 1996 to 2001 Chevy Fuel Filter flow Arrow On a 1996 to 2001 Chevy

At this point everything simply needs to go back together. The two lines are tightened into place and the holder bracket is tightened to hold it in place. Simply be careful not to strip any bolts.
Fuel Filter Install 1996 to 2001 Chevy

After the new fuel filter is bolted into place the line needs to be primed since all the fuel has drained from the lines. To do this turn the key to the on position wait 2-3 seconds than turn the key off. This should be done 2-3 three times and basically allows the fuel pump to build pressure back into the fuel lines.
Fuel priming 1996 to 2001 Chevy
Once the pressure is back in the line the truck should start right up.

This is a basic overview of how to change out the fuel filter on a 1996 to 2001 Chevy Suburban.

Remember there are always little things when doing such a job that can be unique to that vehicle so be sure to have patience.

Here is a video for a step-by-step video on changing the fuel filter.



7 thoughts on “How To Change a Fuel Filter On a 1996 to 2001 Chevy Suburban

  1. Mike

    Thank you very much for this helpful tutorial, fixing Dad’s Tahoe will be a breeze now.
    Father & son time.

  2. Fitzpatrick

    Why Is the Arrow on the New Fuel Filter pictured facing backwards towards the tank if the fuel flow is coming from the tank to engine which is at the front of the truck? Is that a misprint on the filter itself? One of my friend came across this problem once and when I inspected it to trouble shoot the problem, I told him the arrow was facing the right way of flow, but the filter was on backwards!

    1. Mike Bird

      It’s a self help article, dude, and a helpful one at that. The pictures are for general, visual reference and fairly well explained. You shouldn’t personally feel obligated to troll these posts and pick them apart just because your life sucks. If you genuinely don’t know the answer to the question you just asked, you need to either get a new hobby or get bent, whichever comes first. SMH. windbags.

    1. InternetGuy

      No, just make sure to catch/watch out for the fuel that will come out of the lines when you change the filter.

  3. MARIA

    Can someone please tell me how to find out if a 2001 Chevy suburban has a fuel filter or is it in the fuel pump and the fuel pump is what needs to be replaced? I don’t have access to the vehicle to physically look and we are trying to see if its something we can fix ourselves or if we should take it to a shop. Thank you in advance.


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