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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Thu, Mar-26-2009, 11:21:24 PM   #1
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Default Fuel filter removal.... question

Just replaced mine and managed to mangle the ridiculous white connector at the 'smooth' end of the filter. The dealer parts guy was miffed by the existence of this part, and knew nothing about it, while the service tech says I can get by without it, and that there is a national back order on them.

Oddly, the part is not even listed on BMW's schematic.

The part seems to contain a white plastic catch, a metal clutch and a washer. The tech said I can get by without it so I just plugged the filter in to the fuel input line and sure enough it held with no leaks.

Is anyone an expert on this? Or has anyone had a similar experience? I know you're supposed to push on the white piece while pulling on the filter to remove it, but what an ass-backward way to remove a filter....

And no DIY's anywhere?

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I'm about to have do this with my inspection 2; any pics?
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Just replaced mine and managed to mangle the ridiculous white connector at the 'smooth' end of the filter. The dealer parts guy was miffed by the existence of this part, and knew nothing about it, while the service tech says I can get by without it, and that there is a national back order on them.

Oddly, the part is not even listed on BMW's schematic.

The part seems to contain a white plastic catch, a metal clutch and a washer. The tech said I can get by without it so I just plugged the filter in to the fuel input line and sure enough it held with no leaks.

Is anyone an expert on this? Or has anyone had a similar experience? I know you're supposed to push on the white piece while pulling on the filter to remove it, but what an ass-backward way to remove a filter....

And no DIY's anywhere?

Thanks,
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I have done the fuel filter so many times I can do it blindfolded. Yes the white clips are a PITA. You can't buy the clips separately, it comes with the fuel line either front or rear fuel lines.
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The key is to use something that distributes the force evenly on the plastic clip. There is a specific tool used to do this, but I have had good luck using a curved needle nose plier.
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I used an A/C line disconnect tool backwards and it pushed the white clip in while i pulled and work perfectly-doesn't damage the white clip. the tool works like pacman and has a hole in the middle for the line.
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I had the same problem and I got so frustrated that I gave up as I didn't want to mangle the plasitic clip. Even bought a clip removal tool from the autoparts store that I couldn't figure out how to work. Very frustrating.
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Default Fuel Filter

I appreciate the feedback.

So the question is: what do you do once you've broken the clip?

Is the dealer's tech right? Is it no big deal? Last thing I need is a fuel leak right next to a hot exhaust with my 2 kids in the car......
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Somebody please chime in. Do we need this clip or not? I just broke mine too .
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I appreciate the feedback.

So the question is: what do you do once you've broken the clip?

Is the dealer's tech right? Is it no big deal? Last thing I need is a fuel leak right next to a hot exhaust with my 2 kids in the car......
Why not just buy the clips? Be extra safe just in case
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