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Old 12-20-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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AutoZone fuel filter only 1 inlet/outlet per end

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Took a trip to Buffalo today from Toronto, went to AutoZone to get chevron techron 2for1(and outlet shopping). Just my luck the big bottles that are 2for1 were sold out. Anyway picked up a fuel filter while I was there, when I got home and checked it out it only has 1 inlet/outlet per end.

The guy searched proper car, 01 bmw 330ci and sold me this filter, I see on the DIY walk thru there are 2 inlet/outlets per end.

Is this filter useless as far as using it in my car? 01 330ci

I garbaged the box an receipt at store.

Thanks in advance
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:00 PM   #2
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Yes it is useless. The one that you need has a built in fuel regulator, thus, two pipes. Autozone will take it back and will give you store credit with an ID.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:21 PM   #3
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it's the wrong fuel filter. Your's need the regulator built-in.
Go exchange it.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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i'm guessing yours is for a 328 or (m52tu) car.
mine has only one inlet and one outlet as described. it is genuine bmw.
the m54 calls for a different one i believe.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:46 PM   #5
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Thanks guys.

Ill call autozone and try to get the receipt recovered, might be a while before im in the States again tho.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:16 AM   #6
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Where is the DIY write up for changing fuel filter?
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:20 AM   #7
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Where is the DIY write up for changing fuel filter?
it's under the driver's seat area. pretty self-explanatory once you get down there.

pull fuse#54 to assist in depressurizing the fuel line (start car a couple times without the fuel pump fuse in place) and make sure you have one foot of Genuine BMW fuel line and new clamps ready to go.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #8
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There's a diy section on this forum. Look at the diy collections thread that is stickied at the top. Pretty much all maintenance diy's can be found there. Took me 5 secs to find it.

http://bimmerinfo.com/diy/fuel-filter/
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:01 AM   #9
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Have some vac hose at the ready also as mine crumbled when removed!
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