Where is the fuel filter located on a 1996 Pontiac Firebird? The fuel filter is located on the fuel line just in front of the passenger side rear tire. You will probably have to jack the car up to find it. The filter itself looks kind of like a tin can 1996 Pontiac Firebird Replacement Fuel Filters – CARiD Pontiac Firebird 1996, In-Line Fuel Filter by Hastings®. This filter is designed to protect fuel system components, such as injection pumps and injectors, from damaging contaminants, including water, bacteria, non-combustible materials,..