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How to Replace the Fuel Filter on a Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI

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How to change fuel filter

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Renault Scenic Fuel Filter Location and How to Change It

This article will help you change the fuel filter on a Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI when you've decided to do the job yourself as opposed to entrusting it to a garage. As always, saving you money is the intention of the article.

When was the last time you changed your fuel filter on your Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI? It should be replaced at least once a year. I decided to replace my filter ten months after I bought it and thought I would show you how.

It's worth saying that whenever I decide to do a job I haven't attempted before, I search for a solution on YouTube or Google. My guess is you have found this article by doing just that. This is why I write this type of article. I like to help anyone who is looking for answers to their car issues. The thought behind it is, if I search for something, then other people are sure going to do the same. This way I know I can provide a good service and solve the problems of my readers. I also like to write car-related articles.

All that said, I guess you are ready to jump in and find out how to replace the fuel filter on your Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI.

Read on in that case.

Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI

Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI

Why Do I Need to Change the Fuel Filter?

Fuel filters need changing as they become clogged with rust from the fuel tank and system. Over time, water builds up from condensation in the fuel tank and can cause your car to have starting problems.

In my case, the engine had begun running lumpy (rough) and was proving slow to start. Changing the fuel filter did the trick. It also cleared the intermittent problem of the glow plug light remaining on after starting.

Before Starting

It is a good idea to fully understand what you are dealing with, so I would advise watching the video within this article first. It is also worth saying that you are dealing with potentially flammable products in the form of diesel within the fuel system. I would always recommend wearing gloves and goggles where necessary to protect yourself.

If you are not sure, or perhaps you are tight on time, it would be a good idea to seek further advice from a qualified technician or at least do the job when you have more time to complete it. The purpose of doing things yourself is to save money. If things go wrong then it is likely that there will be a cost implication so take care.

Where to Start

First, you start by identifying your fuel filter and its location. If you look at the picture below you see it is located on the left side of the engine bay as you stand in front of the car.


Tight Space

You will notice that space is tight, so you don't have much room to maneuver. There isn't much play in the fuel lines either. Familiarize yourself with the connections before you start.

Top tip: Take photos of the parts in place before you remove them. when you are ready to refit the items you can see from the photograph exactly where to place all the connections, pipes and wires.

Fuel filer position, Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI

Fuel filer position, Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI

How to Replace the Fuel Filter

Here are some steps on how to replace the entire fuel filter. Follow the steps below to identify the filter in your engine bay and so prepare to replace it.


Removing the Old Filter

Removing the old fuel filter is easy enough, and Renault has colour coded both the filter and the fuel lines to make the process as easy as possible. If you buy non-dealer parts when replacing, you will see that the colour coding isn't present. This might give you another reason to take a picture before you remove the old part.

The great thing is that the new filter comes with those green stoppers, pictured. This allows you to plug the connections when you remove each fuel line. If you use them when removing the filter, you will not spill any diesel, other than the little bit which will seep out of the end of the fuel line.

When removing the fuel lines, you will need two screwdrivers, as detailed below, to press in the clips which attach the lines securely to the filter. Be careful not to break the plastic on the ends of the lines, particularly if doing the job in cold weather.

  • Stubby screwdriver, flat-bladed
  • Long thin screwdriver, flat-bladed
Fuel filter removed, Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI

Fuel filter removed, Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI

Fitting the New Filter

Obviously fitting the new filter is less tricky than the removal of the old one.

The fuel lines should just snap back into place, but your two screwdrivers might be required if the clips on the fuel lines are particularly stubborn.

First Startup After Replacing Filter

When you start up after replacing your fuel filter, the engine may take a while to fire. This is due to the fuel pump priming and pressurising the fuel system again. So don't be concerned if it takes a few turns to get it started.

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