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tried changing my fuel filter today. no joy, i just couldnt get the rubber hoses off the filter. tried prying it with a screwdriver, thin nose pliers, nothing helped! they were wedged on solid. maybe i just didnt have enough space to get enough leverage as the car was on jacks. not a happy bunny, was hoping i'd get it sorted today :cry:
 

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...just wondering if anyone got any tips?... is it best to have the car up on ramps (something i havent got)?.. or is it a matter of just twisting the life out of it?.. i was worried about being under the car with just jacks as last thing i want it is falling on my head!!
 

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Hi,

Do not get under the car unless it is up on jack stands. They can be had for $15 so not using them is foolish in my opinion. Once it's up on the stands try to push the car off before crawling under. That should give you a more secure feeling.

I don't mean to be insulting with this question, but did you get the clamps off before trying to pull the hoses off? Mine came off quite easily and I can't imagine they could get "frozen" on. If all else fails you can cut the hose off right past the nipple. Make sure you have enough "play" left to reconnect though.

Good luck!!

Tom
 

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...just wondering if anyone got any tips?... is it best to have the car up on ramps (something i havent got)?.. or is it a matter of just twisting the life out of it?.. i was worried about being under the car with just jacks as last thing i want it is falling on my head!!
Get a trim tool - it has a screw driver handle and a forked metal end. Looks like a mini pry bar. If you use this, you can pry both sides of the hose at the same time and it will come off. Much more effective than just using a screw driver to pry one side at a time.
 

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tried changing my fuel filter today. no joy, i just couldnt get the rubber hoses off the filter. tried prying it with a screwdriver, thin nose pliers, nothing helped! they were wedged on solid. :cry:
A possible solution is to use an exacto knife to cut 1/4 inch from the hose. This will make it easier to pull the hose off. Try all your removal techniques. There is enough slack in the lines to cut away a second 1/4 inch if the lines stay wedged on solid.
 

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thanks for the tips guys, i havent got jack stands, but know someone who has some ramps. i will try and get the front end up and hopefully with give me enough space underneath. i dont have a trim tool, hopefully with the car on ramps i will be able to get enough leverage to pull the hoses off. i must say they did seem real hard, almost plastic like. i will give it another shot soon!
 

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finally got it fitted, took it to a local garage and they charged me £10 here in the UK which is like $15 i think. not bad!
 

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found my 325i is so low I can't use ramps so I always use hydraulic jack and block it for safety. I would never re-use the rubber hoses so whenever I do something like this I always make a slit in the rubber hose to release it from the nipple. It only cost a few bucks (or less) for enough hose to replace all the hoses.
 

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found my 325i is so low I can't use ramps so I always use hydraulic jack and block it for safety. I would never re-use the rubber hoses so whenever I do something like this I always make a slit in the rubber hose to release it from the nipple. It only cost a few bucks (or less) for enough hose to replace all the hoses.


Do you know the size of the hose or the part number for the oem replacement?
 

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where can i buy the fuel filter besides the dealer? autozone?
 

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Fuel sprayed out like a garden hose from the first hose (the one towards the front of the car) I took off. This is with me pulling the fuse and cranking a few times as well as taking the gas cap off. Good thing I had safety glasses on because I had a gas sprayed all over my face! I'd recommend wrapping a rag around the first hose clamp to dampen the fuel spray.

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Thank God i had the safety goggles on..
 

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tried changing my fuel filter today. no joy, i just couldnt get the rubber hoses off the filter. tried prying it with a screwdriver, thin nose pliers, nothing helped! they were wedged on solid. maybe i just didnt have enough space to get enough leverage as the car was on jacks. not a happy bunny, was hoping i'd get it sorted today :cry:
those fn clamps,, need to make sure they are completely loose, it may appear loose if you can spin them around but loosen as much as possible so you can slide them forward and backward.
 

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I just want to re-iterate your own tip of having a fire extinguisher around.
 

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I just did this today. I couldn't get the hoses off at all. I was running out of patience, so I took the new filter to Autozone and grabbed some new fuel line. I think I got it a tad bit small. I got 1/4" tubing, because it fit nice and snug in the story. However, it doesn't slide all the way down the shaft, so I just pushed them on as far as they could go and clamped them. The tube won't come of, and doesn't leak. I guess my only concern is that the internal diameter is about the same as the hard lines. The original tubing looks slightly wider.

Anyway, I just took some snips and cut all three hoses. I used a golf tee to plug the blue line that leaks gas and then I used a box cutter to cut the hose off the hard lines. It only slid off the front one. The back ones were on there good. Only cutting worked. Be careful though. I think the hard lines are plastic.

I'm wondering if I should grab some thicker fuel line and reconnect the filter. Is that just being anal? PEACE.
 

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I went and grabbed it, and it's 1/4" tubing. That's 6.4mm, and I think the fuel filter uses 7mm tubing. Just a little heads-up. Autozone sells the stuff cheap, but I think only in standard. So if you get hose, I assume 9/32" would be the best way to go. The hose is just a couple bucks, and a foot is more than enough. I'll probably switch the hose to 7mm hose when I jack the car up next for the diff oil and short shifter. PEACE.

EDIT: I think this is the fuel system hose: 32411097164
That's an 8mmx13mm tube. 8mm inner diameter, and 13mm outer diameter. That should make it easy to buy hose and clamps. Sorry for the confusion before. I shoulda done more research.
 
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