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Old 03-24-2013, 04:01 AM
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I have a question about the fuel filter in my 2004 Accord 2.0. The Owners Manual contains an information that fuel filter should be replaced every 120 000 km (75 000 miles). However, I heard from someone who is working in Honda service that the filter is non-exchangeable and cleaning can be carried out using special adds to the fuel.

The filter looks like this Filter 16010sdce01 - Buy Filter 16010sdce01,Filter 16010-sdc-e01 Product on Alibaba.com

Have you ever replaced this part in your Hondas?
I'm a bit confused to be honest...

Thanks in advance for any advices.
 
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:12 AM
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In the US the filter is part of the fuel pump, guessing yours is the same.

I personally would not replace it unless the pump gives out.
 
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:49 AM
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Thanks for the info Poorman.
 
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:12 PM
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That doesn't look at all like the screen inside the fuel tank. That looks like a plastic disposable in-line fuel filter. Does it look like the filter on your car?

Is it possible the person who told you that, lives in a country where Honda doesn't equip the Accord with an in-line filter? (Here in USA there is no in-line filter on 2004 Accord)

I'm pretty sure your Accord (Poland) isn't the same car. But it's probably the same as our Acura TSX.
 

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Old 03-24-2013, 12:49 PM
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You're right Jim, EU Accord = USA's Acura TSX.
2.4 engine has the same fuel filter as in mine 2.0 and i believe that 2.4 engine is exactly the same in both regions (EU and USA). That's why i'm curious if this part should be changed after 75k miles.
I saw on below pics that some guy removed fuel pump with the filter and changed the filter only:

Fuel pump + filter:


Red arrow - fuel filter, green - fuel pump:


The question is if this plastic filter should be changed or not. Some says yes, but the others that it should not be changed.
The strange thing is that its very hard to buy this part outside Honda service (which can point out that this part is non-removable).
 
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:05 PM
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The filter generally does not need to be changed unless there is a drop in fuel pressure after making sure the fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator is okay. So, in other words, if no problems, no need to change it.

16010-SDC-E01 is the fuel strainer (#1 in attached pic.) which does not include the fuel pump filter (#12 in attached pic.), which is attached to the fuel pump.
 
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:20 PM
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Wow, I missed on that one. I was thinking of the strainer, and didn't realize that the picture in his link actually IS part of the stuff around the pump. It just looked like some combined tube connections that hold the pump in place.
 
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Originally Posted by Mike83 View Post
I heard from someone who is working in Honda service that the filter is non-exchangeable
and cleaning can be carried out using special adds to the fuel.
to do this the special additives would have to dissolve any particles / gunk.
I doubt this can happen, and if it could I wouldn't put something that powerful in my fuel system.
Who knows what else it might dissolve?

I'm with the above comments - if it's not broken, don't fix it.
I'd let the mileage maintenance suggestion pass if it involves any in-tank work. $.02
 
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[QUOTE=UhOh;315920]to do this the special additives would have to dissolve any particles / gunk.
I doubt this can happen, and if it could I wouldn't put something that powerful in my fuel system.
Who knows what else it might dissolve?

Seafoam would be about the only safe additive I can think of that might help and act as preventative maintenance.
 
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:14 PM
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If you are in there anyway, change it. Other wise let the sleeping dog lie. If you aren't loosing power at redline, the filter is fine. My Neon went 218,000 miles and was still going strong on the original.
 
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