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Old 04-19-2010, 03:46 PM   #1
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Where is the fuel filter??

Ok big fail on my part. I removed the fuse but when I went to locate the fuel filter, I can't find it. Is it under the right side of the car? I jacked up the right side but can't find it. Or is it somewhere in the glove compartment?
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:50 PM   #2
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It's on the left side (eg driver's side), almost behind the jack pad. It's covered by a metal protective shield. BTW, it's loong, probably 12" or so.
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under driver seat under car, behind some funky looking shield.
quick google search revealed....

http://bimmerinfo.com/diy/fuel-filter/
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BTW, it's loong, probably 12" or so.
That's what she said.
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:12 PM   #5
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That's what she said.
LOL! I hear yea. All I know is if I were as big as an E46 fuel filter, I probably couldn't get within 10' of a woman before she'd strike out in a dead run in the opposite direction.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:47 PM   #6
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Damnit, I removed the 10mm nut but cannot get the filter out. Can somebody please explain how I take the filter housing out? I'm the worst DIY'er ever. I do everything and in the last part I fail.
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^ did you click the link i posted?
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you know you have to remove the hoses...they're all with some weird screw clamp on mine, but a flat head screwdriver worked for me.

Be sure to point it in the right direction...arrow to engine...tighten clamps...

Also, before starting, turn to Pos 2 for 5 secs, pause 5, turn on 5...then you can start...you're priming in case you're wondering.

But check the diy...I always forget details...like check for leaks by smoking nearby! LOL (JK...just in case you're not only bad at diying, but at recognizing humor too! )

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Yes - use the link above!!! I just did mine this past weekend and used this very link. Make sure to have a pan so that gas doesn't spill all over the floor.
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It's on the left side (eg driver's side), almost behind the jack pad. It's covered by a metal protective shield. BTW, it's loong, probably 12" or so.
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No, that's what I told her.
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Yup that's the DIY I was following
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you know you have to remove the hoses...they're all with some weird screw clamp on mine, but a flat head screwdriver worked for me.

Be sure to point it in the right direction...arrow to engine...tighten clamps...

Also, before starting, turn to Pos 2 for 5 secs, pause 5, turn on 5...then you can start...you're priming in case you're wondering.

But check the diy...I always forget details...like check for leaks by smoking nearby! LOL (JK...just in case you're not only bad at diying, but at recognizing humor too! )

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I successfully undid the clamps. Those were pretty easy actually. But I cannot remove the fuel filter from the bracket. Is it supposed to slide out?
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Undo the bolt...then lift bracket down and off...just slides in on the side opposite the bolt.

Undo clamps, pull off filter and pull out filter.

You might use a small cork or something...or hose clamp to stop gas from dripping...careful if you think hoses are old and dried out...though my hoses, at 200K seemed fine...yes dried out, but fine otherwise...I redid them anyway, with 1 meter of $44 bmw fuel line hose! I replaced all the hoses around there for that price! Man!

Anyway, hope that helps.

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No, that's what I told her.
Dang, after re-reading my post if I would have left the word "metal" off, it would have been a classic, huh! LOL!!
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I successfully undid the clamps. Those were pretty easy actually. But I cannot remove the fuel filter from the bracket. Is it supposed to slide out?
Take the bolt out of the bracket, then you can remove the bracket. Also, you should probably replace the hose clamps. The ones on it are made in such a way that they can not be tightened with a screw driver, only loosened. In a pinch, you can tighten them using a pair of pliers, but the best way is to just replace them, which is probably why they are made the way they are to begin with.
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Take the bolt out of the bracket, then you can remove the bracket. Also, you should probably replace the hose clamps. The ones on it are made in such a way that they can not be tightened with a screw driver, only loosened. In a pinch, you can tighten them using a pair of pliers, but the best way is to just replace them, which is probably why they are made the way they are to begin with.
I tightened them properly with pliers. But the way you guys are talking it seems as soon a you removed the 10mm bolt, the bracket just dropped. In my case the bracket is jammed tight. I cannot wedge it out. I know how to do everything else, I just cannot get the fuel filter out of the bracket. That's what I need help with.

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After taking the 10mm nut off the bracket, I had to squeeze the bracket together (just a little) so that the hole was not rubbing against the threads. It should then swing down so that you can remove the filter. Same for putting it back together. I hooked the bracket in the slot on one side and then squeezed the bracket together to clear the threaded stud.
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Hmm, ok. Prehaps it has gotten hot and the rubber cover around the filter has adhered to the bracket? Maybe try cutting it loose with a razor knife? I'm not sure, it should just pop right off once you have the nut off. Look at the drawing below, maybe that will offer some insight into how it's suppose to be.
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Yeah, what York said. You'll have to manuever it a little to get the bracket to release from the threads of the bolt.
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After taking the 10mm nut off the bracket, I had to squeeze the bracket together (just a little) so that the hole was not rubbing against the threads. It should then swing down so that you can remove the filter. Same for putting it back together. I hooked the bracket in the slot on one side and then squeezed the bracket together to clear the threaded stud.
Did you just squeeze the bracket with your hands? I tried to pull the bracket down and it felt mighty rigid. I'll give it a try again tomorrow.
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