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Just replace it. You're talking about a car from 1997. If you don't know when the fuel filter was replaced, I'm inclined to believe that it hasn't ever been changed. Very quick Googling shows me that a 323 fuel filter from that timeframe costs less than $20 USD. If you really wanted to assure yourself that it's a problematic filter, you could ...


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Remove it and take a peak inside. If it's full of sludge, replace it. If you're a cowboy, blow into it and see how hard it is to force air out the other side. If it's working, you should see some fuel vapors coming out. You could theoretically clean and reuse the filter if you blow in the opposite direction, ejecting the blockages. Should save you some beer ...



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