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Old 06-05-2010, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default Fuel filter change, having some problems...

Started the car and disconnected the relay. The car ran for a few more seconds and then died, then I let the pressure out of the gas cap. Whenever I disconnect the fuel line from the filter it starts a steady stream of fuel and never stops. i filled up a pint size bucket and it kept streaming.

Everywhere I read online it says that it will drip some, but not a half gallon worth. What am I doing wrong?

Im a little freaking out about changing the filter out while my hands are covered in gas. It doesnt have the slip off rubber lines, it uses those pita plastic connectors.
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Just do it fast

Its syphoning fuel, not much you can do that I know of. I just pulled it loose, plugged with finger over it and then jammed it all together.
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Just do it fast

Its syphoning fuel, not much you can do that I know of. I just pulled it loose, plugged with finger over it and then jammed it all together.
Exactly what I did too.. it helps to have a helper.
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Put a vacuum on the tank?
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pinch line with pliers.
insert into new filter with line already attached to outlet hard pipe.
???????
profit.
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pinch line with pliers.
insert into new filter with line already attached to outlet hard pipe.
???????
profit.
Its actually the way your always supposed to change these...
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pinch line with pliers.
insert into new filter with line already attached to outlet hard pipe.
???????
profit.
The lines on mine arent the soft rubber lines, they cant be pinched closed. Im just gonna wait until the tank is nearly empty and just siphon off the remaining gas. Im probably being overly paranoid but I really hate being covered in gas.
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You get used to it. Its not as bad in the summer as it is in the dead of winter when it numbs your whole arm.
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The rubber down there has gotten so old, that it is dried and hard... so i avoid pinching with pliers. I'd rather some fuel to clean up vs having to replace lines.
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The rubber down there has gotten so old, that it is dried and hard...
You can take them off, ya know. She won't get pregnant avter all this time.



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...so i avoid pinching with pliers.
That's always a good idea.
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Golf Tees are your friend. Jam one in the end, and it will hold the gas while you go find the filter you just had in your hand, and has now disappeared.
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The lines on mine arent the soft rubber lines, they cant be pinched closed. Im just gonna wait until the tank is nearly empty and just siphon off the remaining gas. Im probably being overly paranoid but I really hate being covered in gas.
Yeah...you are being a bitch, Go get some nice nitrile gloves and put the damn thing on.

I used a golf T/Bolt to hold the fuel in the line while I fought to get the outlet line off.
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get a bucket and get it done, this is a 10 minute job tops...the time you spent flapping your arms like a little girl and running away from the gas it was spilling, you could have finished the job.
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Take your vehicle to a professional mechanic to have him diagnose the problem. Replacing a fuel tank filter requires much more work than the fuel filter (the tank must be drained and removed) which you should not perform yourself unless you’re a pretty knowledgeable mechanic.
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Take your vehicle to a professional mechanic to have him diagnose the problem. Replacing a fuel tank filter requires much more work than the fuel filter (the tank must be drained and removed) which you should not perform yourself unless you’re a pretty knowledgeable mechanic.
Nope, the in-tank filter can be replaced easily by removing the access panel on the rear deck and pulling the pump assembly out.
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Take your vehicle to a professional mechanic to have him diagnose the problem. Replacing a fuel tank filter requires much more work than the fuel filter (the tank must be drained and removed) which you should not perform yourself unless you’re a pretty knowledgeable mechanic.
I never said im changing the fuel tank filter. Its the external filter under the car. I got it done a couple days after posting this.

Theres not very many knowledgeable mechanics around anymore, its a crap shoot. Im never taking any of my cars to a shop anymore.
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Take your vehicle to a professional mechanic to have him diagnose the problem. Replacing a fuel tank filter requires much more work than the fuel filter (the tank must be drained and removed) which you should not perform yourself unless you’re a pretty knowledgeable mechanic.
Where did this guy come from? With 0 knowledge of a miata apparently and trying to help?
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Where did this guy come from? With 0 knowledge of a miata apparently and trying to help?
Must work for some kind of mechanics union.
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Take your vehicle to a professional mechanic to have him diagnose the problem. Replacing a fuel tank filter requires much more work than the fuel filter (the tank must be drained and removed) which you should not perform yourself unless you’re a pretty knowledgeable mechanic.
lulz, it's actually easier to replace the filter on the in tank fuel pump then the one under the car.

Cool story, bro!
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Mine did the same thing. Just have to deal with it, plug it with your thumb, put the lower hose on first, then the upper. Took me half an hour all in all.
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