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    I went to change my fuel filter today after reading how to do it on the forum, but the only problem is I can't seem to get the black casing open to access the filter. All the photos I've seen dont have the casing, so I was wondering if it was a new addition after the facelift or not. I have a 1.8 57plate Exclusiv that is misfiring in the 4th cylinder & am trying to work through all the possibilities. I've changed the spark plugs, coil pack, cleaned the throttle body hose, checked the cat by disconnecting it at the downpipe, now I have a fuel filter I didn't put on at last service & want to try that next. Just need some help on the stupid black casing. It seems glued together. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers.

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    It'll be tight. Cloth and vice(vice to hold it, cloth for you to grip and undcrew) it'll give way. Keep at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaunegan View Post
    I went to change my fuel filter today after reading how to do it on the forum, but the only problem is I can't seem to get the black casing open to access the filter. All the photos I've seen dont have the casing, so I was wondering if it was a new addition after the facelift or not. I have a 1.8 57plate Exclusiv that is misfiring in the 4th cylinder & am trying to work through all the possibilities. I've changed the spark plugs, coil pack, cleaned the throttle body hose, checked the cat by disconnecting it at the downpipe, now I have a fuel filter I didn't put on at last service & want to try that next. Just need some help on the stupid black casing. It seems glued together. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers.
    Any chance you were reading a how 2 for one of the diesel cars? Sound like you may be trying to open a carbon canister IMO

    The fuel filter on the petrols is located on the side of the fuel tank just in front of the offside rear wheel. It's an inline filter and to remove the fuel lines you need to firstly depressurise the fuel system. Then after you've located the filter you need to depress the little blue tabs and slide the pipe out of either side.Then move the rubber clip and slide the filter out. If the filter didn't come with new clips then go to the dealer and buy a pair. Guaranteed you will break one or both when removing them and they aren't expensive. TAKE CARE NOT TO DAMAGE THE FUEL LINE UNIONS!

    Hope this helps

    Quote Originally Posted by Humourbash View Post
    It'll be tight. Cloth and vice(vice to hold it, cloth for you to grip and undcrew) it'll give way. Keep at it.
    Didn't read the post fully, did you? Doing this could lead to the OP wrecking parts of his car

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    Got to agree with John filter should be an inline one.

    as for you misfire your throwing all these parts have you carried out a compression test?

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    I had the car up on ramps & when looking for the canister shaped fuel filter, I could only find a big black box with what looks like fuel pipes going in at the top, next to the fuel tank, just in front of the off side rear wheel arch. I'm assuming its a cover because there is nothing else nearby. As for the compression test, sorry for being ignorant, but how would I go about that? Totally skint after Xmas, so can't afford to take it to a garage, so just trying everything I can until I can, & if it fixes it, all the better. Thanks for the replies.

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    This is what your looking for buddy.

    As for the compression test, you can buy a compression tester from machine mart/halfords for about 20 quid. Is the eml on?

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    Yes, been on for about a month, but steadily getting worse. Put it on the laptop & it read code 0304 misfire in 4th cylinder.

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    Sorry I meant to add a pic


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    John thats where my fuel filter is too!!!!--going to change mine when the weather gets warmer----Dave

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    Well it looks like the same place, but it's a plastic black case, which I'm assuming has the filter inside it? Traced the pipes along & no sign of anything like the picture. I'll get the car back up on ramps & take a photo & show you what I mean before I go to nightshift tonight. Thanks.

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