View Full Version : symptoms of a dirty fuel filter

ice cream man
12-11-2006, 07:58 PM
i have searched and came up empty. Does anyone know the symptoms of a dirty fuel filter? please let me know any stories or dangers of a dirty fuel filter. I am going to change it next week but ive herd its a major P.I.T.A. because i have a quattro.. thanks

12-11-2006, 08:03 PM
if you dont knwo the last time its been changed, its probably about time to change it. some say they are good from anywhere from 60,000mi-90,000mi, give or take a few thou. i did mine not too long ago and it wasnt that bad at all. i just had to loosen the straps on the bottom of the gas tank and wedge a 2x4 in to hold it while i worked. there is an awesome write-up on audiworld. try there.

12-11-2006, 09:18 PM
I just did my fuel filter and it wasn't that bad. I just followed these instructions and everything went ok. Hope this helps:


After you click on the link, scroll down to fuel filter replacement.

ice cream man
12-11-2006, 09:48 PM
thanks for the quick replys

12-12-2006, 07:09 AM
just change the filter, it cant hurt and its not very hard to do

12-12-2006, 07:33 AM
Some symptoms:
-Car doesn't turn over on first try if the car has been sitting for a while (because fuel pressure was lost)
-You smell gas near the filter because it is clogged.