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Old 03-17-2011, 08:34 AM
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Default DIY Fuel filter change on C2

I took some pics while I changed my fuel filter.
Takes about 30mins to change it.

Shoplift or greasepit will make this job easyer.

You need flathead screwdriver, 10mm socketwrench and container for fuel.
Use some rubber gloves when removing the filter.

1. Take off the midle plastic undercover, then you can see the coolant pipes and the fuel filter.

2. Remove the plastic clips that holds the coolant pipes 1 in the back and 1 front.



3. Remove the fuel lines from filter, have a container for fuel.
The old filter will drain when the lines are disconnected.
Allso remember that if you just turn of your engine, there is pressure on the lines.
So have some kind of rag on the line when disconnecting.
Loosen the band that holds the filter and push the filter towards the back end of the car.

4. You can get the filter out here.



5. After installing the new filter and plastic clips, don't instal the cover yet. Prime the system and start the car, it might take couple of starts before it stays on idle.
Turn off the car and check for any leaks. If there is no leaks, install plastic cover and your done.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:04 AM
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Good post
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:37 PM
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Thanks for your post, I bought a new fuel filter last winter but haven't installed it yet.Now I have the impetus to do so.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:30 PM
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What year is you 996?
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:19 PM
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MY -98
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:46 PM
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Nice job! Thanks for sharing
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Hi Guys. Sorry to resurrect an old thread. I was stuck under my 99 C2 for an hour trying to figure out how to remove the filter grrrr! The Space in between the 2 coolant pipes towards the back is not wide enough to squeeze out the fat filter. Do I use a caliper piston spreader tool to spread the 2 pipes apart? Im worried I'll break the pipes or something else. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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I seem to recall sliding it rearward to remove it from my 2000.
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Originally Posted by fullmetaljacket View Post
Hi Guys. Sorry to resurrect an old thread. I was stuck under my 99 C2 for an hour trying to figure out how to remove the filter grrrr! The Space in between the 2 coolant pipes towards the back is not wide enough to squeeze out the fat filter. Do I use a caliper piston spreader tool to spread the 2 pipes apart? Im worried I'll break the pipes or something else. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
I did mine a couple weeks ago, it was a tight squeeze to get through the pipes, but it fit. About a foot or so back from the filter location, if I recall correctly.
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Thanks guys. You gave me the confidence to squeeze the darn filter out. What I did differently was use the plastic handle of a hammer and squeezed that in between the 2 pipes that were together (right under the original filter location). That has caused the wider space at the rear to expand more enabling me to easily slide the filter out. This job was really a PITA. But rewarding because I now have quick and brand new feel like starting :-) Thanks!
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At about what mileage did you change your fuel filter?
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Originally Posted by dak911 View Post
At about what mileage did you change your fuel filter?
I just did mine at 103k. It was still the original filter. For some reason, 60k rings a bell as to the proper time, without looking it up.
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Originally Posted by dak911 View Post
At about what mileage did you change your fuel filter?
There was a date scribbled on the old filter with a sharpee that says 5/2010. So I guess the filter was changed 9 years ago.
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