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Old 03-18-2006, 06:19 PM   #1
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Can't reach M50's fuel filter

I was replacing my fuel filter and breeding my brake, but i couldn't reach my fuel filter. i know M42 and M52's fuel filter are underbody which is easy to replace however my M50's fuel filter is on the firewall was too dark to see it anyways and hard to reach

anyone had experience with this...please help me again
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Old 03-18-2006, 06:22 PM   #2
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I coulda swore my fuel filter is underbody as well!
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Old 03-18-2006, 06:27 PM   #3
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i'm looking at the BMW TIS and it says M50/S50 has fuel filter on firewall and others are underbody and covered by a fuel filter cover...do you remember is your fuel filter covered by a cover? if it is then i thought something else was the fuel filter...
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Old 03-18-2006, 07:21 PM   #4
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Yes, i'd say the fuel filter is on the bottom of the car, it would be under the drivers left foot or foot rest. Theres a cover, and the fuel filter should be under there!
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Old 03-18-2006, 07:29 PM   #5
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Yes, i'd say the fuel filter is on the bottom of the car, it would be under the drivers left foot or foot rest. Theres a cover, and the fuel filter should be under there!
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Old 03-18-2006, 07:31 PM   #6
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If you run in some troubles check this out:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...uel-Filter.htm
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Old 03-18-2006, 07:35 PM   #7
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thank you but i actually checked that before i try, i think that article is for underbody anyways i gonna go try it again tomorrow
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Old 03-18-2006, 07:43 PM   #8
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mine is located on the intake side of the engine, if your looking at it from underthe car when its in the air, thats how i did mine..it was kind of a bitch.
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Old 03-18-2006, 07:47 PM   #9
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?!?!

Now i'm confused, you have a 92 right Jon?

Fletch, what year is your ride, i know mine is under the car, i just checked it out now.... the pelican parts webpage looks like all the pictures are taken from an E30 engine bay!
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mine is 94 320i and yes mine is on intake side too it's above driver side control arm

hey Jon can you talk about more detail how did you do it please? and i have to do it on the ground...any suggestion?
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Now i'm confused, you have a 92 right Jon?

Fletch, what year is your ride, i know mine is under the car, i just checked it out now.... the pelican parts webpage looks like all the pictures are taken from an E30 engine bay!
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WTF?!

I gotta see what the hell that is under the car!
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hey Soldo what year/model is yours? i checked Bentley manual it says early model 318/320/325 are on firewall...
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Old 03-18-2006, 08:01 PM   #13
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Ok, that makes sense, mine is a 95 325i, and i just checked and its where i said it was!


What a relief!
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Old 03-18-2006, 11:51 PM   #14
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i think early e36's fuel filter has same location as e30(located in engine compartment) so i gonna take off intake box and do it from the top tomrrow
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So i spent 3.5 hours and replaced my fuel filter..for early E36(up to 10/1994) the fuel filter is above driver side control arm which is way hard than later version of E36(located underbody)..here's how i did it


1.Remove #18 fuse in fuse box(fuel pump fuse) and get back to car crank few time until engine die this's to stop gas from gas tank. Then disconnect the battary.

2. Jack up front end of car and removed intake box and pipe, there's a sensor on airbox(use 10mm) and two small tubes(pull them) connected with the pipe, remove them. doing this because it's easy to access the upper part of fuel filter

3.Get under the car and find the fuel filter, loose the center clamp first so whole fuel filter can move now, this is hard to access you can do it either in engine bay or under.

4. Loose the upper clamp that is connect with the fuel filter in engine bay first so later you can pull the whole fuel filter down from under and easy to loose the bottom one

5. When you loose the tube, gas will come out but not too crazy on my car(i had 4/3 in gas tank) so i wait until they dry out just for safety. do the same to the bottom one and now you can pull the old fuel filter out and take off tube and put it on the new one..

6.Put the new one in from engine bay is easier...and the reverse the above..

This is my first time took me about 3.5 hours by myself...good luck if you have a early E36 like mine...
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