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When was the last time you changed your fuel filter?

S3KO4 Mar 2, 2011

  1. S3KO4

    S3KO4 Member

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    Just checking as the title says, mine was changed about 2 years ago and decided to change itabout an hour ago.

    I think most people myself included don't pay much attention to it.
    Car was suffering from late start, i.e. 5 seconds delay in the morning.

    see the pic below
     
  2. S3KO4

    S3KO4 Member

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  3. MURRAYS444

    MURRAYS444 Member

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    That looks finished!
    I'm changing mine next week as part of a small service that is due on the car I hope mine isn't as bad!
     
  4. S3KO4

    S3KO4 Member

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    No more driving on red light for me.. + injector cleaning is next.. thanks to Dave's post.
     
  5. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    I did mine about 6 months ago, but i bet there are plenty that have not been changed, that looks pretty bad for just 2 years
     
  6. [Dave B]

    [Dave B] Daddy

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    That's fubared!

    I'm changing mine in the next few weeks. Due to the issues with my fuel lines I'm expecting them to look at least that bad :(
     
  7. bengal

    bengal Member

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    I do mine at the same time as I change my oil, the fuel that comes out of them is always really dirty I'd hate to see what it's like after 2 years.
     
  8. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    i do mine every year
     
  9. TheButtonz

    TheButtonz Member

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    hmmm. Never for me. It's currently 100k and I've had it 2 years. Is it hard to do? I'm currently looking to do the injectors (clean) following S3Dave thread.

    I've got an lumpy idle. I've recently had some work done but it's still not right... but thank's for the tip off!
     
  10. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    Not hard but a bit tricky you need to know about the magic tab that releases the connector
     
  11. Sandip

    Sandip Well-Known Member Team Nogaro Blue

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    After seeing that filter i'll be changing mine asap!!

    When you say 5 second delay what do you mean? And also, i take it you use V Power?
     
  12. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    hmmm I only changed mine last year but for the sake of a cheap part I might change it with every service.
     
  13. Jonesy

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    I bought my filter a while ago just never got round to changing it. Any tips or even better walk through guide so i dont mess it up.
     
  14. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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  15. ayfreetee

    ayfreetee Well-Known Member

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    Its one of those things you don't think about, tucked away underneath, but it is vital on a turbo motor when you consider what fuel starvation can do to your engine, regular changes methinks.
     
  16. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    mine was ten times worse than that when i did mine, and afterwards the car felt great. im now going to do it every year. thy're only about 5 quid
     
  17. 666markyboy

    666markyboy Well-Known Member

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    Did mine a couple of years back but only because it had a pin hole in it that was pissing fuel out which shows how old it must have been .... i'll add one to the list for the next service
     
  18. mk1chopper

    mk1chopper Missing the S3

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    hmmm owned mine for 4 years and never had it changed (unless Jabba Sport did it when i had them undertake a major service), think i'll do it this weekend along with my dogbone mount.
     
  19. Prawn

    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    I've had one in my garage for almost a year waiting to go on, but never bothered! haha.

    having seen that, I'll do it asap. Also going to order a cleaner to do injectors too
     
  20. Welly

    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    Every service for me. Worth every penny of the 8 quid.
     
  21. steve bain

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    it is supposed to be a lifetime filter so should never need to be changed. in theory. i have one and just need to swap it over. makes that delay when starting the car from cold go away in my experience.
     
  22. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    For £8 it's worth changing it once a year for peace of mind. I've seen some pretty bad filters before, some have had splits in them and been leaking fuel on the road!
     
  23. S3KO4

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    Thank everyone, Sandip I use V power, but also Have done a lot of red light driving where the trip was giving me 5 miles etc so that must have made it worse.

    In the morning the car had slow strat and not as quick as it used to be, this has helped a bit, but I will do the injectors then the oil pick up that should freshen up the engine a bit.
     
  24. S3KO4

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    I would get the audi one, for the sake of a few quids, the guy gave me 12% off as well so that made it £7.84 from ~ £9.90 (vat is up!) I haggle regardless of the item or I will say I will buy it from VW or GSF and that makes them a bit softer. :)
     
  25. darko

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    Another task to do whilst everything is in pieces !

    Does anyone have the right part number to hand ?
     
  26. JS1500

    JS1500 Howdy

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    I just ordered this one:
    Bosch Audi | Euro Car Parts UK

    I wonder what these companies think when they get a sudden influx of orders for a particular part?
    "Sold 57 1.8T fuel filters today, someone must've started a thread on one of them forums..."
    Same with the sonic bath in the 'Injector Cleaning' thread!
     
  27. superkarl

    superkarl MAN OF STEEL

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    haha car mats was another example. hence why we should get more discount as forum members
     
  28. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :) Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group quattro Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon Manual

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    I always do mine on every service, I just thought it was part of a service, have done so on all of my cars and will continue to do so as well.

    For less than a tenner it makes sense and if you have the right tools, it doesnt take long at all.
     
  29. jay1601

    jay1601 Well-Known Member

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    i change mine every year when i do a service
     
  30. Y83OLK

    Y83OLK Hulk Smash!

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    Changed mine earlier... Was full of brown sludge. Eugh
     
  31. Jonesy

    Jonesy Member

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    Do you need to pull any fuses for the fuel lines before attempting this? Also do you need to clamp the fuel line from the tank? Thanks
     
  32. SiGainey

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    Nope and nope
     
  33. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    The guide I saw for doing this said to pull the fuse for the fuel pump, then start the car and let it conk out. This will de-pressurise the system. Then change the filter, then put fuse back in.
     
  34. Jonesy

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    how the hell do the quick connect pipes come off???? Ive loosened the jubellee clip but cant get the pipes off!

    *edit*

    anyone? Ive tried prying it off and nothing, feels like im about to break something. Cant see any clips or buttons on it like most normal audi connections.
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2011
  35. SiGainey

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    The back one you need a couple of screwdrivers behind and the front you need a pick or something with a bend in to unclip it...
     
  36. Jonesy

    Jonesy Member

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    so they just pry off with force?? Ive given up now anyway, too stressed to have another go.
     
  37. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    There is only one tab that needs pressing and it will be facing you, get a torch clean it, and you will see a squarish tab that looks like it is part of the clip, push it in and pull on the connector at the same time...take a look carefully where he is pressing with the corner of the screwdriver....:icon_thumright:

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  38. Jonesy

    Jonesy Member

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    Thanks for the help, ill have another go at it 2moro.
     
  39. Ashley g

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    Done mine today whilst doing My sevice, got the Bosch one from ECP. £5.20 including vat, with a bit of trade discount. I'll be changing mine every service. Would be silly not to at that price!
     
  40. Ian W

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    I went to do mine back in December but it was freezing and one side wasn't budging. I'll have another go when it warms up. Generally do the filter every service though.
     

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