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    Default Fuel filter on a 3.2v6

    Just out of interest how easy are these to change or is it worth leaving to a garage?

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    im interested too if anybody knows?

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    The fuel filter is just a cartridge in the fuel pipe coming out of the offisde of the fuel tank - it's not under the bonnet so it fits in the same way as any other petrol Vectra. Take a lookunder the car and see if it's a job you think you can do seeing as there's no dismantling involved to see what needs to be done.

    There's a quick-release clip on the 2 pipes that need to be undone - the proper fuel clip pliers work best, but you can use a small screwdriver or something to release them. Then just take the old filter out and put the new one in noting the direction of fuel flow and fitting it the right way round (look for the arrows on the new fuel filter casing). Finally re-connect the 2 pipes ensuring they clip back in place properly.

    Before you start you are supposed to release the fuel pressure, but I don't know if this is really necessary, or how it's done on the 3.2. I'm sure someone will be along shortly who knows...

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    They don't say they need to remove the pressure but they do use a tool that drills a hole in the filter whilst containing the running fuel, so that maybe how they get away with it.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    They don't say they need to remove the pressure but they do use a tool that drills a hole in the filter whilst containing the running fuel, so that maybe how they get away with it.
    Good idea, but you would have to be very very very careful not to create a spark or heat if trying that at home!

    You're perhaps OK without releasing the pressure as long as you are prepared form some spray as well as some spillage.

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    Its a special tool they use, not so much a drill but a canister with a sharp point I think.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    Its a special tool they use, not so much a drill but a canister with a sharp point I think.
    That rings a bell now you say it. I guess the 'proper' Vx tool is designed not to create any sparks or any heat.

    I guess a DIY-er could try something similar while being careful to avoid sparks and heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James24 View Post
    The fuel filter is just a cartridge in the fuel pipe coming out of the offisde of the fuel tank - it's not under the bonnet so it fits in the same way as any other petrol Vectra. Take a lookunder the car and see if it's a job you think you can do seeing as there's no dismantling involved to see what needs to be done.

    There's a quick-release clip on the 2 pipes that need to be undone - the proper fuel clip pliers work best, but you can use a small screwdriver or something to release them. Then just take the old filter out and put the new one in noting the direction of fuel flow and fitting it the right way round (look for the arrows on the new fuel filter casing). Finally re-connect the 2 pipes ensuring they clip back in place properly.

    Before you start you are supposed to release the fuel pressure, but I don't know if this is really necessary, or how it's done on the 3.2. I'm sure someone will be along shortly who knows...
    Exactly the way i did it on my Omega!

    To release the pressure in the fuel system all you do is start the car and pull the fuel pump fuse. After a few seconds engine stops as no fuel and no pressure in the system.

    Assume you can do the same on the Vectra/ Signum

    BUT there will still be fuel in the filter so becareful when removing

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    I have never used the "special" tool. Just be carefull not to brake the clips. But I get the clips just in case. There will be a small amound of fuel loss so a tray or something to catch it in is a good idea.

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    cheers guys very helpful :-) only question i have, my mate mentioned today that i need to clamp the fuel lines either side of the filter before i take it off to prevent fuel seepign everywhere, is this the case of should no fuel leak as the engine is off (except the small amount in the lines)

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