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    Thread: DIY Writeup: Fuel Filter Replacement (photos)

    1. 03-06-2004 05:16 PM #1
      Did mine today on a 2000 Jetta VR6 @ 50,000mi. Bought the car last month, so I figured I'd start with some general maintenance.

      Edit: in case this wasn't already clear, this DIY works with all MKIV golfs and jettas

      Really, it's as easy as everyone says. It took me about a half hour, because I was running back and forth between the car and the computer I took some photos because it's not completely clear what everything looks like, and I know some people have problems getting those lines off the original filter.

      needed:

      7mm socket/wrench
      new fuel filter (1J0201511A)
      wd40
      container for spillage.

      1) The fuel filter is located right in front of the passenger side rear wheel.

      2) I removed the fuse #28, turned on the car, and let the car stall. Then I removed the gas cap to relieve pressure in the fuel lines.

      3) Fuel filter is held in place by a bracket. Mine was rusted shut so I sprayed it with some WD40 and waited for a while. The screwdriver started stripping, so I went with the wrench/7mm socket.

      4) after removing the bracket, the filter can hang a bit lower for you to get at the clips. You press a small button at the very edge of the clip - the filter should come right off at that point. There's a black strap that's attached to the filter that will come off with it. Remove it and put it on your new filter.

      Reference this DIY for a simple method for removing the clips without breaking them.
      Edit:^^^ the link above has better photos of the clips!

      5) Reverse the steps (make sure the flow is going the right way. arrow should point to the front of the car, and you're set! replace the gas cap and start her up! Took a try or two before the engine would start w/o stalling.

      6) check for leaks

      Disclaimer: Use this guide at your own risk, I am not responsible for any injuries/deaths or damages to your car! Take it slow and be careful!

      Hope this helped.


      Modified by alchu at 8:12 AM 3-26-2008


    2. 03-06-2004 05:27 PM #2

      thank you!

      does anyone know the specs (measurement, flow specs, filter specs) on the oem unit? i want to see if K&N has an improved version of the OEM.


    3. 03-06-2004 06:12 PM #3
      Great write up

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      03-06-2004 06:27 PM #5
      Great write up--Did mine on Wed. not very hard

    6. 03-06-2004 06:55 PM #6
      Great job. It's nice to see someone else post DIYs for a change.

      Gary


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      03-06-2004 07:42 PM #7
      Great writeup! One tip to add--take the FRONT hose off of the filter first, then tilt the filter down to let as much gas drain out of it as possible before taking off the rear hose. The rear hose clip is much easier to get to, but if you do it first then the filter will start draining all over the place while you wrestle with the front hose clip. Ask how I know
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    8. 03-06-2004 08:14 PM #8
      hmm, I did that without thinking. actually seemed easier to do the front clip over the one in the back. I didn't really know where the button was, so I was sort of feeling by hand. found it, pressed it in, and got a face full of gas. not that much came out, but whatever amount did, I got it full in the face. I let the filter hang down and drain while I went inside and flushed my eyes a bit. heh. be careful!!

      I _was_ a bit surprised by all the dirty fuel that came out of the filter, though. not sure if the dirt came after I opened the back end and drained from there too, or if my filter wasn't filtering properly anymore.

      Anyhow, glad I did it. I'll probably do it every 15 or 20k miles.


      Modified by alchu at 12:15 PM 3-10-2004


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      03-10-2004 02:19 PM #9
      thaks this will help!

    10. 03-12-2004 02:23 AM #10
      hey how do you know when its time to change them?

    11. 03-12-2004 05:34 PM #11
      VW says never, but I think most people agree to change them every 15 or 20k miles. It's easy and cheap enough to do it every 3rd or 4th oil change, I think.


    12. 03-21-2004 04:13 PM #12
      Really nice write up!

      I couldn't figure out how to pull those clips off until I read your post.

      That little button is hard to find when your under the car.


      Thanks,


    13. 03-23-2004 06:55 PM #13
      pics? red x's

    14. 03-23-2004 06:59 PM #14
      great write up!

    15. 03-23-2004 07:01 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by jddaigle »
      One tip to add--take the FRONT hose off of the filter first, then tilt the filter down to let as much gas drain out of it as possible before taking off the rear hose.
      Nice you beat me to it. Just be careful when you take off the front line it will spray a bit like when you open a can of soda.But you don't have to unplug the fuse or open the gas cap. Its not nessasary. Just a waste of time

    16. 03-23-2004 07:03 PM #16
      I just did mine a few days ago... really easy to do.

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      03-23-2004 07:12 PM #17
      Nicely done
      Thanks I need to do this ASAP

    18. 03-26-2004 04:43 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by CorradoG60 »
      Nice you beat me to it. Just be careful when you take off the front line it will spray a bit like when you open a can of soda.But you don't have to unplug the fuse or open the gas cap. Its not nessasary. Just a waste of time

      maybe. I did and it _hopefully_ got some of the fuel out of the lines, and lowered the amount of gas pressure. at most it's a waste of 45 seconds, so I don't mind that I did it.

      Sorry about the pictures, the server crashed not long ago.


    19. 03-26-2004 05:15 PM #19
      Great info...

    20. 03-26-2004 05:26 PM #20
      A useful post. to you sir. Nice camera shots too.

    21. 03-26-2004 05:53 PM #21
      Nice something to keep in mind in the future

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      04-09-2004 10:47 AM #22
      Does anyone know if pulling the fuse and stalling the car does any kind of damage? I'm doing this this weekend and want to know before I get into it. Certainly it would be a good idea to relieve pressure before getting under there and removing lines. TIA

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      04-09-2004 11:16 AM #23

      sorry but what is this? and is the fuel line a particular color?


    24. 04-09-2004 11:48 AM #24
      The fuel line looks like any other hose down there. Black, grimy.
      That's the little plug that clips the hose to the filter. There's one on each side. The circled area is the rectangular button/clip that you press in to release the hose from the filter.

    25. 04-09-2004 12:33 PM #25
      Good, practical writeup.

      Oh and by the way...250th post!


    26. 04-09-2004 05:13 PM #26
      nice diy, I think I will replace mine I am at 27000 miles probably should change the filter

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      04-09-2004 06:52 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by rmbalisa »

      sorry but what is this? and is the fuel line a particular color?

      Quote, originally posted by alchu »
      after removing the bracket, the filter can hang a bit lower for you to get at the clips. You press a small button at the very edge of the clip - the filter should come right off at that point. There's a black strap that's attached to the filter that will come off with it. Remove it and put it on your new filter.

      The fuel line is the one going in to the filter.

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    28. 04-20-2004 05:58 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by jddaigle »

      The fuel line is the one going in to the filter.


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      05-23-2004 04:58 AM #29
      Is the Filter the same for both VR and 1.8? The invoice order sais 1.8t on it, but Im sure I told the guy I have a VR......

      So it is better to remove the clips/lines first...... before loosening the filter bracket?


    30. 06-23-2004 10:55 AM #30
      I believe it's the same regardless of engine.

      I think it's easier to release the bracket FIRST then unclip the filter...


    31. 06-23-2004 10:59 AM #31
      mine was pretty dirty


    32. 06-23-2004 11:06 AM #32

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      06-23-2004 11:06 AM #33
      Damn! What did you use to open it? I replaced mine not too long ago. Actually, Oscar did it for me b/c I couldnt unclip the hose. He did for free the day he replaced my MC.

    34. 06-23-2004 11:11 AM #34
      hacksaw

    35. 06-30-2004 05:53 PM #35
      man it was a pain getting that filter out from behind all those lines.

      the clamp was hard to get back on too, but yay, my car starts and idles nice n smooth now


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