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Old 04-03-2009, 08:57 PM
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I've run it pretty low on fuel, maybe less than 2 gallons. Plan on pulling the fuse and running it until it shuts off. Then will remove the gas cap and that should equate to having as little pressure as possible. Replacement is usually straight forward, well, after I get the belly pan off. Then plan on filling up with Shell VPower.
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:00 PM
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You have fuel line hose clamps for the job, right? That's how pros get minimal leakage and spray.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:16 PM
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You have fuel line hose clamps for the job, right? That's how pros get minimal leakage and spray.
I don't actually. But i've done the job on a 318ti, 318is and 528i and each time i've had success with pulling the fuse and cranking it til it dies. The fuel spillage was very minimal, mostly from tilting the fuel filter to get it out.
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Old 04-04-2009, 12:46 AM
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Just a suggestion. Good luck.
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I'm in the same position as the original poster. I've dropped the cover, but now need to know how to release the connectors to the fuel filter (See picture of original post). I'm ready to squeeze and pull, but I'd appreciate any input from someone who has removed them safely.

I'd hate to change this simple fuel filter replacement into a complicated fuel line replacement by mangling one of the connectors...
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Old 04-04-2009, 03:36 PM
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What engine are you working on?

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I'm in the same position as the original poster. I've dropped the cover, but now need to know how to release the connectors to the fuel filter (See picture of original post). I'm ready to squeeze and pull, but I'd appreciate any input from someone who has removed them safely.

I'd hate to change this simple fuel filter replacement into a complicated fuel line replacement by mangling one of the connectors...
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It is a 3.0i. Just for anyone in the same situation I have the solution.

First, do not squeeze and pull. If you look at the connectors, there are two small slots on each connector. If you push into these slots with a small screwdriver, you can push out a u clamp (green in my case). Once the clamp is out, the connectors will slide right off the fuel filter.

In my case I managed to get the u clamp out intact, but it looks like a part which is easy to break, and one which you should probably replace with the filter to ensure a tight connection.

I have to say I would have been much more comfortable with a couple of clamps.
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I realize this is an older post, but I just changed my fuel filter yesterday and thought I would add some more clarification to the issue of releasing those special connectors from the filter. I have attached some pictures which should help folks to see exactly how the lines should be removed without breaking them.

The 'U' or 'horseshoe' shaped retaining clips are blue and slide into the top of the connector where it slides over the filter ends. If you look at the pictures, you will see that these blue clips essentially lock the fuel line/connector into place.

The safest way to remove them is to take 2 very small screwdrivers (like the size you would use to repair eyeglasses, etc...) and place them into the black fuel line connector slots horizontally facing each other at opposite ends. What you are trying to do is place the screwdrivers so that the ends slip inside the black connector and pry right at the edge of the blue retaining clip. (or at the top of the 'horseshoe/U', if you will.) Once you have the screwdrivers in place, then carefully and simultaneously push downward on the edges of the clips so that they start to slide the blue clips out of the opposite side of the black connector ends. Once you get the clip ends started, you can get them to a point where you can just grap the clip bottoms (the bottom of the 'U') and pull them out the rest of the connector by hand. The hardest part about this job is not so much the clip removal, but instead the contorting and twisting you'll have to do with your body in order to position yourself under the X5 for leverage!

Once you get the clips removed, the lines just slide off the filter ends. Replacement is much easier. Simply slide the connectors all the way back onto the filter and then slide and lock the blue retaining clips back into place. ***Do not snap in the blue clips until you have reconnected the fuel lines.

Hopefully, this will help some of you out. I must admit that after reading through the various threads up here, I was still a bit confused as to how to get those pesky connectors off without damaging them. I stared at them underneath the car for a good hour before finally experimenting with a plan, but with the help of the posts up here and some determination (and PATIENCE) I finally figured it out.
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^^ thanks for the clarification and the pictures.

My motorcycle had almost identical clip connection between the tank and the fuel line. The first time I tried to take the tank off for some maintenance on it, it took me a good 20 minutes of 'WTF' and playing around with it before I could take it off.
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Snapped blue retainer clip

I snapped the blue retainer clip when removing the connector. Does anyone know where to find these connectors? I don't even see them on realoem.
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