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Fuel Filter replacement - worth it after 12 years?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by JD09, Feb 21, 2014.

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    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving VCDS Map User

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    Going through a few things with the S3 at the moment, tinkering really. The fuel filter has never been replaced, so far as I can see. Do these break down over time and thus a twelve year old unit is worth replacing, for the sake of £10?

    Cheers!
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    Na, £10 is a lot of money.

    If it's been good for 12 years it will be good for another 12.
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    I got one off ECP delivered to my door for under £5!!

    I did mine when I first got the car as mine had never been replaced either and yes for the money it costs and the fact its not that hard to do its defo worthwhile when you see all the black **** that comes out when you remove it.

    I put the second one for my car on yesterday, ditched the old metal bracket and now using some cable ties instead (saves weight lol)

    If you look at the connectors either end of the filter you can just make out a button on each connector that when pressed in should release the hose from the filter. One of mine did this easy (be prepared for a light soaking in v power too) the other not so but I persuaded it off with another screwdriver whilst pushing on the release button.

    There was still quite a lot of black **** in the filter removed and that has only been on the car 2 years and about 20k so glad I did it.
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    CMcKenzie It's supposed to do that..

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    Mine was around a fiver from ECP or GSF, well worth doing, just done mine for the 2 time in two years, the last filter had only done 9,000 miles, so the fuel was still coming out clean but it's become part of my service now. If it's never been done before it needs doing, there'll be loads of black **** in yours.
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    Thanks guys, I'll get it done.

    Gazwould - not sure if that was sarcasm, but it went over my head either way...
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    ECP have 25% off filters etc but you have to spend £9.99 so get a cheap fuel filter and another either pollen or oil and still a good deal.

    Code is service25
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    For the ease and low cost of the job it's a no-brainer! Do mine with every service.
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    Cheers both.

    Bob, a re-targeted ECP ad with the same offer code was the reason for the question actually :thumbs:
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    What's the location of the fuel filter?

    Is it in the engine bay or near the fuel tank?

    Just taken advantage of the discount and bought myself a fuel filter and pollen filter!
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    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)

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    I replace my fuel filter on every service, for the sake of less than a tenner, you may as well do it.
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    its just forward of the drivers side rear wheel beneath the sill - silver canister looking thing
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    Cheers Alex!
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    £13 for pollen and fuel delivered, excellent!
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    Just make sure you fit it the right way around- it will have an arrow to show the direction of fuel flow ;)
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    That's how I roll too Nilz. Only a 5 min job too.
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    Yup! Once yearly I change mine. I do oil changes every 3-5k spark plug at around 8k or every 2 services. Clean the filter 6 monthly; haldex and rear diff every 20k. Gearbox oil once yearly and brake fluid once a year. Some might think it's too much but that's how I managed to achieve good power at stg 2 on a 188k engine!
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    Really scrapping the barrel at 188 lol
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    It worked well! Found out my turbo had a huge crack aswel.. Not sure how it kept making power with that! It's at 194 with forged engine now. More power coming..
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