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Old 07-18-2010, 10:53 AM   #121
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Awesome DIY!... Just finished changing mine out today. Took about 30 minutes. I just wanted to thank all of the fanatics who contributed to this diy! U guys ROCK!!
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:41 PM   #122
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Did mine a couple weeks back. I work at a Ford dealership as a tech so a hoist is always nice .

I didn't remove fuse 54 or starve it of fuel, not really necessary when you have the filter right beside you and a drain bucket underneath. Popped the front lines off and drained what fuel I could from that side, then popped off the feed and return lines and quickly put the new filter on. All in all probably less than a litre of fuel lost. I used pliers to re-tighten the original clamps, and I only disconnected them on the filter sides. There is enough room and play to get them out if you're careful. I got the cover completely off, having ratcheting wrenches with pivoting heads for those front 2 8mm bolts is handy (finally spending 10 grand + on tools is starting to pay off).

My car started right up after doing this, I'm sure the reason was because I didn't starve the lines of fuel and my filter was already primed there would've been very little air in there.

BTW I also got my most complete oil change at the same time, used a separate drainer under there the whole time I was doing this and checking out suspension components, looking for rust and leaks etc...

As well the Bentley manual was more than good enough for me, in what ways did you others find it really lacking? I'm new to wrenching, only 1.5 yrs or so but was a DIYer on my VW before the BMW so maybe being in the garage for some time and having all the necessary tools helped me where others thought the Bentley came short... I dunno.
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Old 08-13-2010, 04:33 PM   #123
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Bump. Doing this today. Thanks for the DIY
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:12 PM   #124
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Just knocked it out in 1 hr.
Tried the ramps, didn't get the car high enough, so I pulled out the jack stands.
Pulled the fuse, but didn't cycle the ignition. Only about 3/4 cup of fuel drained out.
Tools used - 8mm socket for the shield, 10mm for the filter bracket, a screwdriver to remove the clamps, and a vise grip to tighten the clamps.
you can use vise grips or an open ended wrench (maybe 5mm) for the clamps. There is only 1 set of flats on the clamps, which is why a socket doesn't work.

To reach the 2 nuts on the shield, you will need a 6 in extension on your ratchet. The nuts are up by the control arm bushing.
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:07 PM   #125
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Done in about 45 minutes because of the dam little hoses they are a pain to get off.
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:35 PM   #126
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As regards the fuel hose, check this out: http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/200...fuel_hose.html

You'll note "Kevlar" and you should note the price, i.e. $24 for about 3ft.

Now anyone that thinks this is "same as the stuff at PepBoys," or "just normal fuel injection line" is seriously rationalizing a way to get this cheaper.

It's simply ludicrous to think BMW puts $8/foot hose on this car just to make our lives difficult and to rob our pockets. The supplier listed isn't necessarily selling OE part in any event.

It's also ludicrous to rationalize that anything else is good enough, BMW simply doesn't spend this kind of money on something "not necessary."

Time to grow up about this and pay the price.

And while you're at it, check this out as regards the clamps: http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/200...ose_clamp.html

These "special clamps" have two purposes:

to guarantee they are torqued to the proper tightness
to guarantee they cannot be reused

Again, BMW does this because it's important and not to overcharge you or make your life difficult. They wouldn't spend the money at the factory if it weren't necessary.

Give it up--there's no "genius" in cheaping out and in ignoring engineering specifications. You ARE NOT smarter than BMW. Again, grow up. And, have ALL the correct parts before you start.
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:45 PM   #127
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i'm changing the fuel filter now but i have a 20 amp fuse in there...does it matter? i see that there's a 15 amp fuse in the link.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:39 PM   #128
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Sorry to bump this old thread but just wanted to remind anyone who reads to pry off the front line first.

Once the front is free you can pull the filter and pry the lines off the rear. I used a combo needle nose pliers and screwdriver. The pliers were most effective but could damage the hose.

Also the rear center rear hose(inlet) seemed to drip forever. Finally I plugged it with a golf tee(larger tee) and worked like a charm.
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:54 PM   #129
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Just did this today. Pretty much followed instruction step by step and it wasn't hard. The only thing to notice is after removing the fuse my car would not stall. I ran it for 2 minutes and it kept running. Tried twice more for 30 seconds and still was running. But I went ahead anyway. I replaced the fuel hose and the air hose as well. You definitely want to do the front hose first. You'll get one good spray from the fuel line so becareful not to be in front of it. Used the plastic plugs that came with the filter to tap the 3 fuel lines while I was getting the filter ready. One thing I want to mention is when I started my car after turning the ignition to position 2 for 30 sec is that the car ran very rough and SEL light came on. I ran it for a minute checking for leaks. Then I shut my car off and finished putting the cover on. Started the car and it was running back smoothly and SEL light was off. Hope this helps anyone wanting to do this. Thanks to all that have contributed to this thread.
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:00 PM   #130
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As regards the fuel hose, check this out: http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/200...fuel_hose.html

You'll note "Kevlar" and you should note the price, i.e. $24 for about 3ft.

Now anyone that thinks this is "same as the stuff at PepBoys," or "just normal fuel injection line" is seriously rationalizing a way to get this cheaper.

It's simply ludicrous to think BMW puts $8/foot hose on this car just to make our lives difficult and to rob our pockets. ...

Give it up--there's no "genius" in cheaping out and in ignoring engineering specifications. You ARE NOT smarter than BMW. Again, grow up. And, have ALL the correct parts before you start.
No one challenged your rant. I went with SAE30R6KX fuel line because I had no other choice. I have to have the car up and runnnig, so this was a temporary fix, or may not so temporary. Looks like several other have done this without a problem.

If I blow the line this week, I will write back.

Could someone either confirm that the line has to be made out of something very high performance or that the "pep boys" hose works.

Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:25 PM   #131
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2000 328i 184k miles. Just did mine. Had original filter on it. 3 hrs including snowy trip to auto parts store to get new clamps + gas (cheeze-o-peet $3.63/gal for regular). Didnt pull fuse or relieve fuel pressure and still very little spilled out. Just put the car on jack stands and went for it. Very cramped, left rotator cuff hurting so could only use right hand....and I'm a lefty. Removed shield completely, original clamps and hoses were easy to get off. Stumbled once on startup then ran fine.

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Old 03-17-2011, 05:01 PM   #132
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:53 AM   #133
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Great DIY write-up. Just replaced my filter last night. Here are a few of my thoughts. First, I was also replacing my fuel pump, which had stopped working. Thus, I was unable to pull the car up on ramps and I had to jack it up. I don't know where the center jack point is, nor do I own a jack that would lift it from the center jack point (I know, I should probably get one for all the DIY work I do on my car). Anyway, I ended up just using my car's jack and the side jack points, jacking one side up at a time. I put big blocks under the frame to hold it up. If you are going to use a creeper to roll under the car, you will need to get the car pretty high up in the air.

Next, I intended to take the protective shield completely off. But I could not get one of the two "nuts" off of the front of the shield. I ended up rounding off the corners of said "nut" so it will probably never be coming off. Anyway, I ended up just bending the shield out of the way as other have done.

My hoses were not too difficult to remove with a little prying from a flathead screwdriver. Since my fuel pump wasn't working, there was very little gas in the lines. I had a small bucket and honestly don't think I spilled one drop on my garage floor.

If you end up bending the shield out of the way as I did, it may be a little tough to line up the holes to get the screws back in on the bottom. Start with the screw closest to the front of the car, and only start it a little bit. Don't tighten any of them down until you have started all three. Once all of them are started, you can snug them down.

Overall, with the help of this write-up, this DIY was fairly simple and straightforward. I would rate it a 3 on a difficulty scale of 1-10.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:18 AM   #134
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Did this DIY this past weekend. The 3 hoses were a little bit of a pain to get off of the old filter (expected for having 100000 miles I guess) and there was still some pressure in the lines when I took the first hose off, but all in all it went pretty smooth. Only had about 6-12 ounces of gas to catch and new filter went in easy. Now just waiting to see if this affects gas mileage.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:09 AM   #135
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Do I have to necessarily change the 3 hoses or I just can reuse the old ones?! What about the 6 clamps?
If someone has left over OEM hose that will be long enough for 3 new ones, let me know. I can buy it from you instead paying for a whole 1 meter of it.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:18 AM   #136
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Do I have to necessarily change the 3 hoses or I just can reuse the old ones?! What about the 6 clamps?
I replaced my filter @ 60K, but it had already been replaced before I got the car. I didn't pull any fuse, change out hoses, or replace hose clamps (as normal worm-style were in place).
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:05 PM   #137
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Changed my fuel filter yesterday, along with spark plugs, cabin air filter and fuel injectors. Took me about 4.5 hrs.
I also pulled the fuse 54 out, the car ran for about 2 min then started to spatter. There was still pressurized fuel left in the lines, so when I took the first hose out I got sprayed in my face. So im thinking for the next time I'd cover the connection of the hose and filter area with a piece of clothe so it will contain the spray. Otherwise the rest of the diy went great.
Thanks for all the input and the OP for the great DIY
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Old 08-06-2011, 01:43 AM   #138
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I'll be doing this this weekend and was wondering what is the point of running the car out of gas? I mean, I know its so no fuel runs out but I also know it isn't that good on your motor to run it out of gas. I'm just planning on using hose compressors to clamp down on the fuel lines so no fuel runs out...
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:05 PM   #139
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Literally just finished this and no problems. Took about little hour and a half because my car had a rear skid plate I needed to remove. Other than that everything else was pretty much spot on. Great writeup and thanks!
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:44 PM   #140
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Hi All,

Does anyone know if an 06 330ci ZHP Fuel filter should include the pressure regulator? I just bought a MANN Part # WK5321 and i'm having a hard time finding out if it includes a pressure regulator on it or not. What brand fuel filter has everyone been using? Thanks!
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