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    Mazuk is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Fuel Filter

    Anybody changed the fuel filter on a TTid engine.Is it diffIcult?

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    Re: Fuel Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazuk View Post
    Anybody changed the fuel filter on a TTid engine.Is it diffIcult?
    Maz, if the fuel filter is located in the same place as the saloon, i.e. under the rear passenger side, it is a fairly easy job to do. I changed my own myself just a couple of months back. I did remove the rear nearside wheel so I could see the thing properly and have some room to grab hold of the cannister. You will need an old tray or similar to drop the cannister into and let the small amount of fuel that will run out. Don't worry, you won't have to worry about fuel pouring out of the tank or anything. Just make sure for safety's sake that if you take off the back wheel, you support the car properly, usual health and safety stuff. Also, remove the fuel pump fuse from the fuse box under the bonnet, fuse number 19. Don't forget to put it back lol! There's no need to prime the system or anything once you've replaced the fuel filter, it is all self priming. Also, whatever you do, don't be tempted to pour any of the fuel you've caught in the tray or out of your old filter, back into the fuel tank. Dispose of down the recycling centre.

    Clearly, you will have to check part numbers and stuff, but I had already bought a genuine GM/UFI fuel filter last year for a bargain price on ebay. Part number for mine was GM 12762671, however alternative brands are available. Please see links:

    http://www.comline.uk.com/catalogue/12762671

    http://www.buypartsby.co.uk/details/...3/fuel-filter/

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Discount-G...item3384524e08

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAAB-9-5-F...item19e5dfa182

    Hope that all helps!

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    Re: Fuel Filter

    Great instructions (yet again) ExRP01.

    May I ask what brought about the change of filter? Is this standard maintenance (I don't recall my garage doing that during a service), or is it to fix a particular problem?

    Cheers,
    AJP

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    Re: Fuel Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by ajp558 View Post
    Great instructions (yet again) ExRP01.

    May I ask what brought about the change of filter? Is this standard maintenance (I don't recall my garage doing that during a service), or is it to fix a particular problem?

    Cheers,
    AJP
    Yes my friend, it should be deemed as part of fairly routine maintenance, at least every 15,000 miles. I'm now on 31k and mine has been changed twice, once at 15k by EH at Milton Keynes and the last one by me at 30k. I was a little stunned when I shone a torch inside the filter cannister and saw how black the paper filter inside had become. Well worth changing in my opinion and seeing as the filter can be bought for less than 20 quid depending on which supplier you buy from, not exactly a huge expense. Keeping the fuel system as clean as possible can only help. I can only reiterate too that for easy self maintenance jobs like this one, the Saab 9-3 Haynes Manual (you need to make sure you buy the right one matching your car year) is a good reference guide for our cars and I've used mine on several occasions for stuff like wheel nut torque data, fuse finding and the like.

    I'm getting ready for the big one shortly, going for the cambelt/tensioners and waterpump change. Quite low mileage, but technically, the car is now six years old from build date with the engine possibly being at least 7 years old from build. I deffo don't want a snapped cambelt! Waterpump should of course be replaced as a matter of course. I've just bought all brand new genuine Fiat Powertrain belt/waterpump for under £90 which was an absolute bargain. Hopefully fitting won't cost anymore than £180 at my trusted independent Fiat specialist.

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    Re: Fuel Filter

    Thanks for the responses.I had my fuel filter changed whilst MOT carried out.Passed with no advisories.My reason for changing the filter at 34k was due to the varying internet posts about diesel quality and drawing fuel from a near empty tank.(something I never do). I thought it wise to change now and will probably leave for another 34k miles.

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    Re: Fuel Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazuk View Post
    Thanks for the responses.I had my fuel filter changed whilst MOT carried out.Passed with no advisories.My reason for changing the filter at 34k was due to the varying internet posts about diesel quality and drawing fuel from a near empty tank.(something I never do). I thought it wise to change now and will probably leave for another 34k miles.
    Hopefully the garage didn't charge you the earth for supply fit of a new filter? As for drawing fuel from a near empty tank, I regularly, indeed every single time, run my tank from full to orange light before refilling with no adverse effects. I'm also still using Shell Nitro Diesel with excellent performance results.

    As for leaving the next filter change for 34k, personally, I wouldn't. The Saab 9-3 Haynes Manual specifically states every 12,000 miles or 12 months. Some might believe that's being over cautious, I don't and if anything, changing every 12k will certainly ensure your fuel system stays as clean as possible.

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    Re: Fuel Filter

    My ex son in law runs an independent so I have left the dealerships and get mates rates.I had not seen any reference to fuel filter change dates and will now change yearly. I bought two kc244(Mahler)off EBay and have one left.P. S. I have never seen an orange fuel light in four years!

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