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Old 06-24-2007, 02:59 PM   #1
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Arrow DIY: E36 Fuel Filter Replacement

Please do this at your own risk. I am not responsible if you break anything. End legal mumbo jumbo.

Okay, to begin, this was performed on a 1993 318is, two doors, E36, M42, automatic tranny, black on black, build date 01/1993. Your car may differ from mine. If it does, figure it out.

Alright the only parts you are going to need for this DIY is the fuel filter, part number 13-32-1-720-102 for the 318 and #13-32-1-270-038 for the 325 both before 1995. For 1995+ models, 13-32-1-740-985 is your filter. You will also need two more hose clamps.

As for the location of the filter, on early cars, it is located near and/or around the front driver's suspension components. For later cars, it is on the driver's side under the seat region.

Mine was right here:


From that, jack up the car safely and go about taking it off. Now, for those of you who don't know, the fuel filter is actually full of fuel. So clamp the hoses coming to and from the filter before you take it off so you don't get gas in your eye or something.

To take it off, you'll have to loosen the protective shroud and then go at the hose clamps. Mine were stripped and spikey, hopefully yours are not so you won't have to spend a half hour with a needle nose pliers trying to get the stupid things off. Anyway, start with the red arrow and go to the blue arrows.


Take the filter out, but don't spill the fuel in there everywhere. You'll want to look for rust, corrosion, dirt or what have you in the fuel to diagnose other potential problems. Mine cam out clear!


Alright, here comes the hardest part: putting the arrows so they point towards the front of the car. Yeah, I know.


Slide the new filter into the protective shield and put on new hose clamps. Secure the shield back where you found it.

Your done. That's it.

When you start your car for the first time, it will start fairly slow. Don't worry, that's because you took some out with the filter. Fuel filters should be changed every 6000 miles, and when it's so easy, why not?

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Old 06-24-2007, 03:49 PM   #2
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thats sweet mate my car is a yre older than your's ive seen you'r stuff on here class act..you know ur sh*$t..

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Old 06-24-2007, 04:02 PM   #3
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Old 06-24-2007, 07:36 PM   #4
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Nice! another DIY from the DIY-goddess!

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Amanda another good one. Too add for others on the e30 its on the drivers side under the car mine is probably about midway. Vice grips work well to plug it. I have also seen in other DIYs that you might want to disconnect the battery to be on the safe side, i know i did just so i made sure i wouldn't Blow up incase i somehow managed.
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That was nice! I’m planning to do *spam removed* replacement myself so I took a search for infos. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us. It would absolutely help me.

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Old 06-29-2007, 02:31 AM   #7
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although my 318 just had its changed...this has motivated me to change the 330s fuel filter.
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That was nice! I’m planning to do replacement myself so I took a search for infos. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us. It would absolutely help me.
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Just a minor add

Very nice, you are damn good at these tutorials mullet, even tought me a thing or two with some. Shows some girls really do know what they're talkin about ...Enough sucking up lol


If you don't have any clamps (its recommended that you do). it may be a good idea to de-pressurize your fuel line. You can do this by starting the engine, popping the hood and removing the fuel pump relay (or vice versa). After a short time, the car will stall and relieve a lot of pressure in your fuel line (which was still there even when the engine was off). Dont forget to take the key out after.

Obviously this will also help even if you are using clamps, anything to avoid gettin gas in the eye has to be a good idea .

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Old 09-23-2007, 05:44 AM   #11
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Forgot to say,

There will still be fuel spillage even after depressurization, just nowhere near as much. and the fuel filter will piss fuel everywhere no matter what you do, but you can cover the bottom hole with your finger.

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On '92 325i, it was just below the brake and gas pedals under the car. If anyone needed that info.
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