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    Default CDTI fuel filter crash box retaining clip

    Going by the Haynes manual, before I can remove the fuel filter from the crash box, I have to use a screwdriver to depress the retaining clip. Where on earth is this clip and how the hell do you depress it?

    I feel completely daft asking this but its doing my head in!!

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    Dunno mate - I spent an hour searching for it once putting the screwdriver in all sorts of places and couldn't find it anywhere. In the end I changed the filter in situ by 'persuading' the securing ring on top to rotate off...

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    Exclamation hmm

    do they not mean retaining blue clips on the fuel hose lines going into the filter? you can use a screwdriver for this being very very careful. Vx have a tool for this

    so

    beware the retaining clips. don't break the black tabs ( front and rear ) that hold them in or its a £100 for a new filter housing from Vx


    remove electrical connection first

    My filter housing just comes out of crash holder with careful lifting + wd 40.

    Once out I drain the fuel from the bottom of the housing and retighten the screw

    then use an oil filter wrench and flexible rubber strap device to move the top of the filter housing from the bottom.

    then take the filter out

    replace filter

    replace o ring with a smear of diesel and retighten.

    put fuel hoses back in

    then drop into retaining crash holder

    prime the filter X 3 times by turning key to first point without turning engine over.

    you'll hear lots of gurgling but it will work

    then once done

    fire her up

    check your seals to make sure no leaks as its under pressure ( a lot )

    thats it really

    if you have the right tools its quick

    if not its a pain

    and once again beware the retaining clips. don't break the black tabs that hold them in or its a £100 for a new filter housing from Vx

    be warned

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    Sorted. Touch of WD40 and I managed to wiggle it out of the housing.

    Cheers.

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    Hi dittohead
    as mparks says it is the fuel lines that hayes refer to

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    Default glad to be of service

    cheers

    i'm gonna post this as a how to when i change mine next

    just forgot to take photos last time

    glad it worked.

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    Default extra warning

    by the way

    never try to remove the filter housing head whilst its in the crash box

    you'll lose the crash box mountings

    the filter housing is supposed to be 30nm tight but it feels more like 100nm

    cheers

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    how 2 would be good, alot of people seem to ask about fuel filters often on the forum.

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    The retaining clip is at the rear (nearest bulkhead) of the crash box.
    You can use a large flat bladed screwdriver inserted between the back of the filter housing and the crashbox then you need to push the top of the screwdriver towards the bulkhead at the same time wiggling the filter housing, can be a real pain.

    I'm doing a CDTI diesel filter change on Thurs and will take my camera along if no one has posted a how 2 before then.

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