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Old 10-25-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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Just change your fuel filter and now your car wont start? READ THIS!

Just changed my fuel filter, and then my car wouldn't start......

Thankfully, I was able to find the answer/problem on these boards but it took some serious digging (it was in a thread from 07), and while this maybe old news to a lot of you, I just wanted to make this a little easier to find for the masses since I didn't see this in any of the DIYs I read.

When you change your filter, note that the lines coming from the tank actually criss-cross before they reach the filter.

Thanks to Commander FAT for providing this information.
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:47 PM   #2
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Search FTW! Glad it worked out for you.
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:46 PM   #3
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Good info. A great thread for those who search for this same issue in the future.
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:53 PM   #4
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Well, even before you take off the filter you should note how everything is, it's common sense....
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Old 10-26-2009, 04:40 AM   #5
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Well, even before you take off the filter you should note how everything is, it's common sense....
I don't necessarily disagree, but it can be something that's kind of tough to see if you're not fortunate enough to be working up on a lift or in a situation where you can get your face that far under the vehicle.
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:59 PM   #6
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dude, I am 100% with you on this one, the f'n lines are parallel all the way up to JUST before the fuel filter so after i took it off, I thought it would be very easy to reassemble. I actually had the lines on and it just wasn't making any sense to me because I used the same clamps..the nuts to tighten them were not in the right spot.. I couldn't belive that it would be criss crossed, but they were! thankfully I realized this before i tried to start it up
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Well, even before you take off the filter you should note how everything is, it's common sense....
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masking tape and red marker(black is not good if you get grease or dirt on it) may take time but it may save you lots of time, headaches and less cursing. Cheap insurance.
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I cant remember being that confusing. I think the lines were of different lenght and they would fit the filter snugly. It would be easy to distinguish if they were not properly fitted.
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Old 10-27-2009, 05:10 AM   #10
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I cant remember being that confusing. I think the lines were of different lenght and they would fit the filter snugly. It would be easy to distinguish if they were not properly fitted.
it may be different on yours since i think the '00 328 didnt have the fuel pressure regulator on the filter, but on my '03 330 (which has the integrated fuel pressure regulator) there are two nipples of equal lengths on the filter and two short pieces of equal length fuel line hose.
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Yep, experienced that myself. FYI to all who have not changed the filter yet.
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Got a new fuel filter from pelican parts just a few days ago. Thanks for the heads up.
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Fuel filter lines

Hi I just changed my fuel filter on 03 330i.
When I changed fuel lines back side of the filter 1 of line was leaking and I connect that line to fuel in line at filter. Now car is won't start. Most probably that was the return line. Now I ll change the lines, hope my car start again. Is this gonna cause problem to new filter? Thanks
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