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    Jfixit
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    RT fuel filter question

    I just replaced the fuel filter on my 03 RT and wondered what it takes to get it out of the tank in order to change it easily. I have no problem getting to it but there must be something I missed when it comes to getting it out far enough to replace easily. What didn't I disconnect? I know, vague but one of you guy have been there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jfixit View Post
    I just replaced the fuel filter on my 03 RT and wondered what it takes to get it out of the tank in order to change it easily. I have no problem getting to it but there must be something I missed when it comes to getting it out far enough to replace easily. What didn't I disconnect? I know, vague but one of you guy have been there.
    To do it easily requires that the two small tubes (vent and drain) inside the tank be removed from the pump plate. And then reattached tightly, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    To do it easily requires that the two small tubes (vent and drain) inside the tank be removed from the pump plate. And then reattached tightly, of course.
    and to (maybe) clarify what Paul said- i disconnect, and later reconnect, those vent lines while the filter/pump assy is still (or back) inside the tank. and use a circular/screwing motion to remove/reinstall- it will not just pull straight out (at least not easily). after you've done it a few times it will be a lot easier- but you still won't like doing it very much.
    you can do it like this...http://www.ibmwr.org/r-tech/oilheads...r-change.shtml
    but you might want to consider doing this...
    http://www.ibmwr.org/r-tech/oilheads...RT/index.shtml
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    Thanks, If I am remembering correctly I will have to pick up a couple of extra clamps before I start next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jfixit View Post
    Thanks, If I am remembering correctly I will have to pick up a couple of extra clamps before I start next time.
    Correct!
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    Jim, Be sure to get FI rated clamps...the regular screw type hose clamps will not do the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by therealbatman View Post
    Jim, Be sure to get FI rated clamps...the regular screw type hose clamps will not do the job.
    The specific hoses in question are the small vent hose and the small water drain hose from next to the filler cap. Neither are under much more than atmospheric pressure, so clamps need to be snug but not extraordinarily tight. In this specific case spiral screw clamps will suffice - but they need to be very small on most models so they don't interfere with the installation of the fuel pump plate. Whichever type, the positioning of the screw is important so as to clear the opening in the tank.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    I did use the correct clamps on the filter and I was happy to see dirt or some sort of black fowling come out of the old filter. I know there has been some discussion as to the real vs. imagined need to replace the filter at the mileage interval BMW recommends. Thanks again.

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