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Greetings all,

Question 1:

I am in need of some expertise. I have a 2001 Grand Caravan Sport. It has the 3.3 V6 Flex engine. From what I have read on this forum it would appear the fuel filter is above the gas tank. I have to lower the gas tank down a bit to get to it right? Is the gas going to be spraying all over? I changed one on my car and it was not bad at all.

Question 2:

I bought new spark plugs and cables and I opened the hood an realized that 3 are accessible in the front, but the other three are on the backside of the motor. It looks like I have to take half the engine apart to get to them. Can someone offer some advice please?

Thanks!
Shannon :gr_patrio
 

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Sharon,

Answer 1:

Go ahead and lower your tank. Make sure you disconnect (and perhaps remove elsewhere) the battery, open the gas cap, and keep a rag or two handy to catch gas dribbles when you open the line. Even at full pressurization, fuel is at a very low pressure, not enough to spray anything, really. Letting it sit for a while with the battery disconnected should relieve pressure anyhow.

And drive the thing around until you're almost out of gas. You don't want to try to lower a full tank since it will weigh about 150 pounds.

Answer 2:

On my 3.8 (same engine) I put the front three spark plugs and wires in myself, and pay a mechanic $50 or $60 to put in the rears. I have yet to hear of a shadetree mechanic who was able to install them without removing the intake plenum. I tried for years and never succeeded myself, and that included trying to come up from underneath.

Good Luck.

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Shannon first when your changing your fuel filter make sure that the vehicle is cold...there will be a good bit of pressure in the fuel lines if it has been run recently...you do not I repeat do not have to take the straps all the way off just loosen the strap bolts and of course have a jack with a block of wood centered as best you can under the tank...the tank does not have to be lowered very much to remove the filter....there is a 10 mm bolt that holds the filter to the tank if you are using air tools DONT use the air tool on the 10mm bolt you do not want to create a spark with raw fuel present....as for your rear spark plugs they are accessable from underneath the van it isn't easy but you can change them from underneath hope this helps


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