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How to replace fuel filter Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI

Updated on February 9, 2014
Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI
Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI | Source

Fuel filter change Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI

When was the last time you changed your fuel filter on your Renault Scenic 1.9. DCI ?

It is recommended that they are replaced at least once a year. I bought mine 10 months ago and thought it time to replace it and at the same time show you how.

Where to start

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

Fuel filer position, Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI
Fuel filer position, Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI | Source

Tight space

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

Top Tip -: take photos of parts in place before removal.

Fuel filter removed, Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI
Fuel filter removed, Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI

Why do I need to change fuel filter?

Fuel filters need changing as they become clogged with rust from the fuel tank and system of your Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI. As well as this water becomes present from condensation in the fuel tank and will cause your car to have starting problems in time.

You may have discovered these points and as a result have decided to change the filter for this reason. In my case the engine had become lumpy and was proving slow to start.

Needless to say changing the fuel filter did the trick. It also cleared the intermittent problem of the glow plug light remaining on after starting.

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Removing the old filter.

Removal of the old fuel filter is easy enough and Renault have 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. Again this fuels the need for a picture to be taken prior to removing the old part. I hope you pardon the pun there.....'fuel' the need.

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. By using them when removing 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 2 screwdrivers as detailed below in order 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 in cold weather.

Fitting the new fuel filter

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

Tools required -: Stubby screwdriver, flay bladed

-: Flag bladed screwdriver, long and thin.

The fuel lines should just snap back into place, however, the above tools might be required if the clips on the fuel lines are particularly stubborn.

First start up 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.

Renault Scenic grows up.

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See how the Renault Scenic has changed

Motor cars evolve and change, none more so than the Renault Scenic 1.9 DCI.

Check out the video to see a demonstration car of a 2010 model. The old Scenic was great but this one looks the business.

Fully equipped these work horses are so versatile and very rugged. A must for family motoring in the 21st century.

With masses of room they make great touring vehicles. If you need to tow a trailer or caravan the powerful diesel engines are well equipped to cope with the extra strain.

Going on for what seems forever the diesel power plant is virtually indestructible as long as you service them at regular intervals making sure to regularly change your fuel filter. As this article shows working on the cars of today can be quite tricky due to space limitations. Manufacturers cram a lot of engine into their cars and space is a premium.

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