Hope this will lend a helping hand to anyone trying to replace the fuel filter. I didn't see any other threads after quite a bit of searching, so if this is a repost, I apologize... if not, prepare to be enlightened.
This was on a 2002 Legacy GT.
Make sure the engine has been off for several hours before performing.
Relieve the pressure in the system by:
1. Open the fuel door and remove the gas cap.
2. Remove the back seat from your car.
Yep... the back seat. (This is off a Sedan. I hear the wagons are a little easier)
---Open up the panel located under the seat on the passenger-side of the car. Disconnect the white cable as shown above. Start the engine and let it run till it dies.
4. Disconnect the negative terminal from the battery (Sparks + Gas = BAD!)
5. Place shop rags underneath the fuel filter (located on the drivers side under the hood near the brake master cyclinder) to catch any spilled gas.
6. Loosen the medal clamps with a Phillips Head on both hoses leading in and out of the fuel filter. Twist and pull the hoses, carefully, until they are off the fuel filter (replace bad hoses, cracked, browned, etc).
7. Unclip the filter bracket, pop out the old fuel filter and in with the new one (check the "IN" and "OUT" markings on the filter), insert the hoses and tighten the clamps.
8. Wipe up any gas that may have leaked, reconnect the NEGATIVE
terminal, reconnect the wiring plug for the fuel pump. Start the car and check the hoses for any leaks. Put the cover on the fuel pump, put the back seat in and your ready to go!
(Here's how the car will look afterwards...)
Enjoy the MPG!--