Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car is using more oil than it should

asked by on

My car is using more oil than what I think should be necessary. I’m working on changing the fuel filter and fuel pump myself. Initially I looked for an ‘oil’ pump, but it turns out that it’s the ‘Fuel’ pump that everyone keeps telling me that needs to be changed. I can’t seem to find a book on changing fuel pumps and having someone do it would cost 10 times more than just buying one and learning to do it myself. Would you be able to give me details on how to do it or direct me to the information that would teach me?

Hi! The fuel filter on your Prizm is located inside the fuel tank and is part of the fuel level sensor assembly and the fuel pump. It’s a pretty messy and is about a 7 out of 10 in the repair difficulty scale.

If you’re willing to tackle the repair I would suggest purchasing a Chilton’s or Haynes manual from your local parts store. That will give you all the information you need when replacing your fuel filter plus a lot great additional information, tutorials and, tips.

I agree it would be cheaper for when one does it themselves. However, if you feel like you need assistance with this, reach out to a qualified mechanic who can come to you and replace the fuel filter at your own convenience. While the technician works you are more than welcome to watch to help broaden your mechanical knowledge.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car is using more oil than it should

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: car only cranks will not start. 2001 Mitsubishi Galant

Hi there - yes, the fuel pump can fail that quickly. It's also possible that the fuse or fuel pump relay have failed, yielding the same result. You can confirm that this is a fuel supply issue by spritzing a...

Q: New battery died charged

It is possible that you may have a large parasitic draw or the new battery was faulty. A parasitic draw test should be set up if the battery passes a load test. The alternator should also undergo a charging system...

Q: Power steering is very stiff.

The noise is coming from the power steering pump. The noise is the veins in the pump are worn causing a scraping sound at high revolutions. I recommend replacing the power steering pump is there is no leaks and if...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.