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Old 01-14-2013, 07:36 AM   #1
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Fuel Filter

Good morning,

I am in the parts ordering process of replacing my fuel pump and I figured I may as well order the filter as well and just do a fuel system overhaul...

I checked on Ebay and came across a company called kayser and I wanted to know if anyone has ever had any problem with them, or can verify that they are a reputable source:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-OEM-Fuel...afda17&vxp=mtr

Thanks for the assist
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:37 AM   #2
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or should I just go with these guys, since they actually list OEM in their description:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E46-325i...7c42fa&vxp=mtr
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:38 AM   #3
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this one is the same company as the first link but says OEM made in germany and they have sold 25 of them with positive feedback...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/EDM-GENUINE-...591e85&vxp=mtr
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:42 AM   #4
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i also hear a lot about Mann...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MANN-FILTER-...b10ff9&vxp=mtr
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:55 AM   #5
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Mann, Mahle, or Kayser are all fine. Pick one and be happy.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:57 AM   #6
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:58 AM   #7
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OP,

there is nothing wrong with buying stuff on ebay as long as you know exactly what you are looking for. however, based on my experience you will have better luck (price and customer service) dealing with the sponsors on here. ebmwparts and thebmwpartstore sell original/genuine BMW parts. If not, you can always buy the same part from pelican or BMA auto parts. these places offers free shipping too (restriction applies).

I hope this helps. good luck!
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:16 AM   #8
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well here is my order.

I went with BMAparts.com because their reliability was verifiable.

the specE30 coupon code saved me 10 bucks.

here is a screenshot of my cart.

am I missing anything?
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:21 AM   #9
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well here is my order.

I went with BMAparts.com because their reliability was verifiable.

the specE30 coupon code saved me 10 bucks.

here is a screenshot of my cart.

am I missing anything?
awesome! You will also be impress with BMW Auto shipping. they have the best one in the business. sometimes their parts arrived before you even hit the submitt button...really it is that impressive
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where can I get the worm clips... since I am going to need to replace the crimp on that is most likely installed?
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where can I get the worm clips... since I am going to need to replace the crimp on that is most likely installed?
Yes you will need to replace the hose clamps. Buy some at the hardware store that are close to the same size. BMW uses clamps that are designed to not be reused easily.

When you change the filter, you'll want to loosen the BMW clamps and move them aside. Then you take some slip-joint pliers (regular pliers) and grip the hose over the fuel filter connection and twist. It should make a pop sound. This breaks the hose's seal on the filter and it will slide off with a few more twists/pulls.

I would also recommend changing the short 3-4 inch pieces of fuel hose that connect to the filter. Go to the auto parts store and buy some "Fuel Injector" hose (it is rated for higher PSI). Get 5/16 inch internal diameter (it's almost exactly 8mm like the OE stuff).
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thanks for the advice. will do.
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thanks for the advice. will do.
Oh and you'll probably tear the rubber vacuum tube coming from the pressure regulator on the end of the filter. I tore mine but it had enough extra to slide back on. If you are unlucky, you'll need some 3mm internal diameter vacuum tubing.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:22 AM   #14
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yep. already called autozone. They have the vacuum hosing, the 5/16 fuel injector hosing and the screw clamps. and I just ordered all the parts from BMA... so now it's a waiting game.
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Oh and you'll probably tear the rubber vacuum tube coming from the pressure regulator on the end of the filter. I tore mine but it had enough extra to slide back on. If you are unlucky, you'll need some 3mm internal diameter vacuum tubing.
Great point but I recommend the silicone hose rather than the rubber hoses. All BMW vacuum hoses are now silicone.

I am not sure if autozone stock silicone. The last time i check they have to order it. They do have plenty of rubber vacuum hose though

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Old 01-14-2013, 10:55 AM   #18
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Buy the relay as well.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:03 AM   #19
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Just be prepared when you replace the pump for possible fuel level sensor problems. I am struggling with one now. Make sure that the level sensor arm moves up and down freely before for you install the new pump.
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The cart looks good.

But as you already figured, you will need about a foot of fuel injector hose(not regular fuse hose), 3 small hose clamps and about 6 inches of vacuum hose(forgot the dimension). All of it can be purchased in a local part store.

Plus you might want to pick up a pair of safety goggles(I got mine from harborfreight for $2) to remove the fuel filter. The fuel is going to spray on your face when you are spread eagle under the car, unless you have a lift. Petrol is not tasty nor is soothing in the eyes, hence the goggles is a must.

Turn off the car, remove the fuel filter fuse, crank till it doesnt start anymore. In short starve the lines off fuel. Open the fuel door. These are the steps you should take before working on the fuel filter. Of course, do not smoke or light anything nearby.

Make a note or take a picture of the original position of the fuel filter for the reference. Many here have mismatched the hoses and had no start problems.

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