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generik777
08-28-2007, 12:21 PM
So I'm gonna go ahead and replace my fuel filter today. Got a quick question first. When I remove to banjo bolts from the old filter, will fuel start flowing from the fuel lines onto the ground, and if so how much? I have a full tank right now if that makes a difference or not. Thanx[wrench]

ct1.8t4me
08-28-2007, 12:24 PM
Yes it will - enough to make you want to vomit after a few minutes of breathing that, but it's not going to drain your tank. It comes from the top.

Good luck - the fuel filter is a PITA.

generik777
08-28-2007, 12:26 PM
How much should I expect? I want to put some kinda container under to catch it.

ct1.8t4me
08-28-2007, 12:28 PM
Not a whole lot - just what is in the lines. I'd say less than a quart.

onemoremile
08-28-2007, 12:29 PM
It'll be a few ounces, maybe a coffee cup's worth. Cut the strap that holds the filter in. Hold the new filter in place with long zip ties.

generik777
08-28-2007, 12:30 PM
Thanx, I'm gonna out and get it done with

kjgarreau
08-28-2007, 12:34 PM
I had enough fuel to fill up 1/2 of a poland spring water bottle.

generik777
08-28-2007, 01:05 PM
It'll be a few ounces, maybe a coffee cup's worth. Cut the strap that holds the filter in. Hold the new filter in place with long zip ties.

Yeah I probably will end up cutting the strap, I got lots of cable ties around from work so it should be OK. The damn weather decided it wanted to start raining so now I'm just waiting for that to stop.

Teabag
08-28-2007, 01:32 PM
i just jakmmed a pencil in the line to stop the flow when i did mine

HIERLEVELZ
08-28-2007, 02:01 PM
I would relivee the fuel pressure by running the car with the 10a fuse removed until the car shuts off. You could also remove the gas cap. I did that and there was only an once or two of fuel if that.

offroader1006
08-28-2007, 02:07 PM
i sprayed a liberal amount of PB blaster on the strap, and the filter came right out with a little twist-and-pull.

i would try that before anything else.

generik777
08-28-2007, 03:20 PM
What did you cable tie the new filter too if the strap was cut?

aytheory
08-28-2007, 03:39 PM
anybody remember when to service the fuel filter - i did it about a year ago already

_audible_
08-28-2007, 03:59 PM
Every 15K miles I think.

dukez
08-28-2007, 04:27 PM
I would relivee the fuel pressure by running the car with the 10a fuse removed until the car shuts off. You could also remove the gas cap. I did that and there was only an once or two of fuel if that.

Yeah you're suppose to depressurize the fuel system before you start. I tried to replace my filter one time but quit because it wouldn't come out and i didn't want to break the straps. Now i guess i'll just have to break it, replace it and tie it back up with zip ties. [:D] Maybe i'll do that tomorrow.

nizmosx
08-28-2007, 04:32 PM
you should wait till you have a 1/4 tank left. because when you remove the screws to the straps holding the tank in, the weight of the fuel will drop it down quickly, and trying to lift the tank back up to put the screws back on will be a biatch. I wouldnt recommend using a jack to lift the tank back up in fear of puncturing it. Other than that i finished mine in 30 mins. its a matter of getting that bolt off. once its off, the swap is a breeze.

generik777
08-28-2007, 05:01 PM
Well I can't fit any tools in their to cut the strap so I'm just gonna go up town and get a ratcheting wrench and bit to fit it. Anyone know what size bit it takes to take the bolt out that holds the strap tight?

kjgarreau
08-28-2007, 06:44 PM
If you need to use a jack to bring the tank back up, you can jack against the tank straps. Stick a hockey puck on your jack.

onemoremile
08-28-2007, 06:46 PM
I used a hacksaw blade.

black00A4
08-28-2007, 06:51 PM
what type of bit is needed to remove the strap bolt?

kjgarreau
08-28-2007, 06:51 PM
You can cut it out with a hacksaw blade, or you can use a 6mm short allen wrench. There's enough room to fit it in.

ct1.8t4me
08-28-2007, 07:22 PM
It's a triple square bit - I think it's 8mm. Search around here and AudiWorld for the exact one. Even with the right bit and a ratcheting wrench, it is a pain in the ass because the bolt pops out of the groove and begins to turn. You have to continually spread the strap as you loosen the bolt to keep some tension on it so that it doesn't spin the other side.

Just cut it off. A hacksaw blade is all you need - don't need the saw body. I didn't even zip tie it. All the hoses and the remnants of the strap hold it pretty securely.

generik777
08-28-2007, 08:04 PM
Finally got it. And in the words of a wise man named "ct1.8t4me" it was a PITA. Although well worth it. Car idols much smoother now and seems to have better response. I tried blowing through the old filter and it was plugged as all hell, I wonder when it was changed last if ever. Thanx for all the help. And just in case anyone was wondering I did end up cutting the strap. I have one cable tie holding the filter in, but it is mostly just held by all the hoses and stuff. Thanx again