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    Just spent a hour or so trying to remove my old fuel filter(1.8). I couldn't get the little barbs to go in. I can't see how you can press them in without whatever you use gripping the tube they are seated in. I need to try again with the needle nose pliers haynes reccommends. Stupid of me to think i'd manage it without them. Even with them tho, I cant see how to pull on the fuel pipe while pressing them in.
    The new clips on the new filter have an extra bit which would stick out end of fuel pipe making it much easier.
    I'll try again tommorrow, just hope i haven't mangled the female parts too much. It's due MOT next month so if all else fails the garage will have to do it. I'll try again with needle nose pliers first. Quick release my arse.

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    Its very fiddly unless you have the car on a ramp,it took me about 2 hours to get mine off when i changed it,right PITA,good luck........

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    well i've done it, damaged one of the connectors but it doesn't seem to be leaking. I'll stick a jubilee clip on it later.
    Got a feeling i've put it on back to front. The fuel flows from rear to front of car doesn't it? The old one had a rim at back end so i've put new one on the same but that means the end labelled 'out' is at rear of car.
    Can someone confirm the direction of fuel for me? It will be no trouble to change it round tommorrowif need be.

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    dammit the 'out' should be at front shouldn't it. I knew it, its just the shape of old filter was back to front.. Oh well more dirty work tommorrow.

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    Yes, the in bit is where the fuel goes in (from the tank), the out bit is where the fuel goes out (to the engine).

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    Yes the fuel tank is at back and engine at front....i knew it all along really....i was just frazzled after struggling with getting old one off.
    The old one had rounded front and rim at rear. So when I put new one on i just copied that. Then i realised this meant 'out' was at back, so i took it off and tried it other way, but it didn't seem to fit in bracket as well so i put it back. I think i knew in my heart it was wrong tho...
    Oh well another petrol hair wash for me tomorrow. Easy enough with the new style clips.

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    well got it on right way round now. Glad thats done and I didn't give up. I would have been fed up if had to get garage to do it. They would probably charged silly money, especially since i chewed the fittings up with my needle nose pliers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyred View Post
    well got it on right way round now. Glad thats done and I didn't give up. I would have been fed up if had to get garage to do it. They would probably charged silly money, especially since i chewed the fittings up with my needle nose pliers.
    Well done, and don't worry about the fittings, garages often chew them up too!

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    yes...the design of the old clips was useless...the new ones have an extra protruding bit which you can squeeze without gripping female side, and they pop off in seconds.
    The jubilee clip i got was too small, so I have secured it with gaffer tape for now. It's totally secure even without tape, only half of it broke off, but I am just concerned about the MOT next month. As long as its secure it should be ok I hope

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyred View Post
    yes...the design of the old clips was useless...the new ones have an extra protruding bit which you can squeeze without gripping female side, and they pop off in seconds.
    Yep, the design of the old clips wasn't great! First time I did it was a complete PITA to get it off, although it didn't help that I didn't have a set of needle nose pliers with me, was doing one evening whilst camping at Billing and couldn't jack the back up as the front was already on axle stands from doing the oil change!

    Last time I changed it was last year, at home, and was soooo much easier when jacked up and with the different clips.

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