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Old 04-13-2012, 10:52 PM   #1
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Just a quick question.

Is it completely necessary to fully depressurize the fuel system before removing the hoses connecting to the fuel filter?

Everything I've read (here and manuals) suggests removing the gas cap, then running the car until it runs out of gas.

Removing the gas cap is easy enough, but I don't feel like running the car until its dies. I understand that if you don't fully depressurize the system fuel can and will spray out of the hoses that you remove from the filter.

If i let it sit long enough with the gas cap off and let the car cool completely, I could be fine? Maybe a little spray? Hide behind the hood??? Lol.

Cliff: Do I have to run the car out of gas to be safe from fuel spray?
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:02 PM   #2
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As a side note:

The dealership I called for the fuel filter and crush washers, was STUMPED when I asked them about the fuel filter. It literally took them 10 minutes to even tell me if they had them in stock for my car. They had everyone looking for it cause I could hear them all talking in the background.


"do you guys also have fuel filters for sale that would work in my '01 impreza?"

"oh, you mean an oil filter?"

"--__-- No."
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:06 PM   #3
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You can disconnect the fuel pump. There's an access panel in the rear right on top of the fuel tank (right behind the rear seats). You have to pull out some interior (not sure how much on the coupes, I have a wagon). Then there's this ovalish plate that is held in with like 4 phillips screws. Take it off and disconnect the only connector you see. Then start the car and let it run till it dies, then crank it a couple more times to relieve pressure.

Alternatively you could just remove the fuel filter without depressurizing the system. No big deal, just some more gas. Edit: Yes, it's good to wait till the car is cold lol. Overnight wouldn't be a bad idea.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:17 PM   #4
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Ok. And my fuel filter isn't in the rear behind the back seats.

It is conveniently located located under the hood right next to the windshield washer fluid tank. It's a pretty easy spot compared to removing the back seats and all that on some models.



But I'm guessing the fuel pump is still back there. I think I'm going to just take the cap off and wait overnight.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:21 PM   #5
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Ok. And my fuel filter isn't in the rear behind the back seats.

It is conveniently located located under the hood right next to the windshield washer fluid tank. It's a pretty easy spot compared to removing the back seats and all that.



But I'm guessing the fuel pump is still back there.
Yea, I know some of the newer cars have the filter in the tank or whatever...I don't have any experience with that. Both my cars the filter is right where yours is.

And yes, the fuel pump is located under the access panel. If you want to disconnect it and depressurize the system, you can. If you don't, just let the car sit for at least a few hours so it depressurizes itself.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:28 PM   #6
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Yea, I know some of the newer cars have the filter in the tank or whatever...I don't have any experience with that. Both my cars the filter is right where yours is.

And yes, the fuel pump is located under the access panel. If you want to disconnect it and depressurize the system, you can. If you don't, just let the car sit for at least a few hours so it depressurizes itself.
Ok awesome. Makes my life a lot easier.

Hopefully the dealership gives me the right one. I know I want a purelator but not sure about the product code. Now that I think about it I might grab a few oil filters too, along with the washers and fuel filter.

And thanks for the quick response.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:06 AM   #7
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Ok awesome. Makes my life a lot easier.

Hopefully the dealership gives me the right one. I know I want a purelator but not sure about the product code. Now that I think about it I might grab a few oil filters too, along with the washers and fuel filter.

And thanks for the quick response.
It really is easy to change the fuel filter on these cars up to 2004... What my friend and I did is let it sit for a while, then take like a nice rag and wrap it around the top feed line and when we take it off the rag will soak up any fuel that may coming rushing out. I would also take a few paper towels and put them under where the lines connect to the intake manifold and you should be set to go. Make sure the clamps are tightened down enough when you put it back together.

One more note, remember where each line goes!!!
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:50 AM   #8
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`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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Old 04-14-2012, 12:23 PM   #9
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The dealership didn't even know what my car was, lol. I had to inform them it's an Impreza, and in return I got an "oh, ok". Like seriously what did you think it was?

I had to give them my vin number to make sure the fuel filter was the correct one, because their system didn't have any info about my model and year for the fuel filters upfront. He tried to tell me it was in the back.

When I replace the old one I'm definitely going to check and make sure its the right one just to make sure. Thanks again for the help, except Scotty because I don't quite know what you wrote.

Although at this dealership they had a nice White 2010 STI sedan with only 5k miles on it. I think I'm going to go up in a few weeks and test drive it. Not that I could afford one anytime soon, I just want to drive one!
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:59 PM   #10
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That dealership seems to be full of very smart people...lol.

I think Scotty was drunk. That's the only reason why he could be on Nasioc posting weird poems at 3:50am...which is actually 2:50 am in Texas I think...but still.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:41 PM   #11
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I've done a couple of fuel filters and I just leave the car to sit overnight. A small amount of gas drips out (use a rag) but there is no significant pressure in the system after sitting for 12 hours or more.

I have found removing the noses to be a PITA. First time, I finally managed it. Second time I wasn't able to get the "in" hose off without damage and had to replace it
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I let mine sit a night and do it. Gas will spill. So....

If it helps (as it helps me) get the "in" hose off bend the inlet into the old trash filter straight with pliers (no pliers to the rubber line...dawg)to get a much better twist and pull off angle.

http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/j...bberwocky.html

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That dealership seems to be full of very smart people...lol.

I think Scotty was drunk. That's the only reason why he could be on Nasioc posting weird poems at 3:50am...which is actually 2:50 am in Texas I think...but still.
I have not been drunk in many years. Those who actually KNOW me will bear witness to this fact.

And I am currently working a 1700 - 0500 shift on an oil rig monitoring the drilling so the rig dont blow up and they find what they are looking for, TYVM.


NEXT....
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and I have found that CAREFULLY using a probe between the hose and the metal hardpipe along with some rubbing alcohol makes getting these hoses off much easier

do NOT use pliers
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:23 AM   #15
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and I have found that CAREFULLY using a probe between the hose and the metal hardpipe along with some rubbing alcohol makes getting these hoses off much easier

do NOT use pliers
Not quite sure what you mean by probe?
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Not quite sure what you mean by probe?
He means a little mental rod with a small, thin flat point will work fine.
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He means a little mental rod with a small, thin flat point will work fine.
Oh ok. I know exactly what I'm gonna use then.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:16 PM   #18
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WOW, was that input line a bitch to get off!

Scotty, the rubbing alcohol and "probe" definetly helped to get the hoses loose.

Easy maintenance and good advice. Thanks again everyone!
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WOW, was that input line a bitch to get off!

Scotty, the rubbing alcohol and "probe" definetly helped to get the hoses loose.

Easy maintenance and good advice. Thanks again everyone!
No problem!! I am actually replacing my fuel filter shortly myself but will be a piece of cake
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Nothing wrong with pliers. There are more than one kind and they do make several for each purpose. In this case, a hose plier.

'cmon Scotty.
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I replaced mine about 20 mins after shutting my car off. I just held a water bottle next to the hose and shoved it in, barely spilled any gas and surprisingly not that much came out.
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lol I actually spill more maneuvering the filter out of the engine bay than from the lines which I'll immediately tuck away neatly with a rag and rubber band.
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lol I actually spill more maneuvering the filter out of the engine bay than from the lines which I'll immediately tuck away neatly with a rag and rubber band.
Haha that's basically what I did. I wedged a paper towel between the input hose and another hose to keep the input hose vertical for a few minutes, while I did other things.

Most liquid spillage was from me accidentally kicking over the bottle of rubbing alcohol at my feet. For whatever reason I set it down next to me and didn't put the cap on.
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