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Fuel filter replacement

Can't get filter off to replace it. is there a trick?

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  • Cindyanns Nov 11, 2008

    Checked with auto store, they didn't know of a special in line tool. The other solution did not really apply because the fuel filter sits horizontaly to the engine at the rear of the car. Thanks

  • Cindyanns Nov 11, 2008

    Ive unscrewed the fuel filter on the "nut" side. The other side however, with the "quick-connect" fitting is damaged. Three of the four plastic tabs have been broken off. The one that remains is not enough to engage the release. This is my problem. Ive tried with needle nose pliers to squeeze the base of the plastic peice together, but no luck. Im considering the option of cutting the "quick-connect" fitting out of the equation and reinstalling the line directly to the fuel filter. So, any sugestions? and thank you very much for your time.

  • Cindyanns Nov 11, 2008

    The fuel filter is an inline filter on the Sunfire. On one end of the filter, there is a standard nut/flange fitting. On the other end is a "quick connect" fitting. The quick connect fitting has a plastic collar which is supposed to be depressed using thumb and forefinger. Then the filter is supposed to come off. On my car, the plastic collar is broken so that depression is not possible.

    When I gave 1popcorn the "thanks for trying" rating, I was not trying to be rude or flip. His sollution may be perfect for some other situation. But it was not applicable to mine. In fact, the "inappropriate" rating might have been more apt. I do appreciate his trying, but it was of no help.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    When you post a THANKS FOR TRYING rating most experts won't help anymore, we do this for free, a rating like that is a slap in the face.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Then whatever it takes, still haven't removed it? Explain what you are doing exactly.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Do you have the special line release tool?


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There is two ways with a chisel or screwdriver and hammer hit the rim of filter closest to the engine in an anti clockwise position if this does not work belt a screw driver completely through the filter until sticking out other side place steel pipe over screwdriver handle and undo warning extremely messy this way but it works

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