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    how do you replace the fuel filter on a 1995 MM?

    Sorry yall, I am very new to diy repairs so, please bare with me...
    I'd like to replace the fuel filter on my 95 mm. and the Chilton manual is confusing the hell out of me...
    First off the Chilton manual says to reduce fuel pressure...remove the fuel pump cover plate located under the carpet in the "trunk area"... is that under the bench seat? or is this just for the Montero? The only other possible location that I can figure is shown in a crappy illustration showing the fuel pump harness location - pick-up models. The image really makes no sense to me at all. Where is that harness located?
    Next... where is the filter? Chilton says it's mounted to the frame... but where?
    Next... Chilton says in the "general information and maintenance section to remove the air cleaner assembly... but in the "fuel system" section there is no mention of this step... why?
    Thanks yall, obviously I need all the help I can get.

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    The fuel filter is on the inside of the drivers side frame rail about half way between the door. Hard to miss. If you don't know what it looks like to verify - take the new out of the box and you will know what it looks like.

    Relieve the fuel pressure by unplugging the fuel pump and cranking the engine. You can unplug the pump by worming your hand through the drivers side rear wheel well to the top of the tank. if you have the metal fender shroud still on your truck, unbolt it for access. Once you have it unplugged, crank/start the engine until it dies (it may not start at all). Let it crank a few seconds more before replacing the filter. Just remember to plug everything back in when finished.

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    OK! Got it almost figured out... there were two copper washers. One stayed on the end of the eye bolt that I took off. The other I found on the ground after everything was disassembled. My question is - do the washers go on both sides of the high pressure hose when I slide the eye bolt back through the hose fitting and into the filter? That's what I assumed. But, the area around that 2nd washer - where the eye bolt goes into the filter leaks just a drip every 25-30 secconds. damn... do they both sit together on the outside end of the eye bolt? Hope that was a good enough explanation of my problem. I could draw a diagram if needed. Thanks!

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    Gave it a few extra ft.lbs. and no drips. Guess it's all good to go. Let me know what yall think about washer locations.

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    It is supposed to be just like your sketch. You should have used new washers/seals and removed the old ones completely.

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    Yes. A washer goes on each side on the banjo fittings, otherwise fuel leek = Truck-B-Que.


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    Thanks for the answers to the how to get to disconnect the fuel pump power. I took some pics and will upload them so anyone who has this question can easily see what we are talking about.

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    Pics as I said, I'd share.
    1st is wheel-well-fender-shroud
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    Then shroud off. You can see the pump power connector.
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    Pump power wire disconnected.
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