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Old January 4th, 2006, 01:14 PM
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Replacing Fuel Filter...Should be easy right?

WRONG!

Everything was going good until I realized that the forward fuel line connection threads were stripped %^%$%#%$^!!!!

the new filter would not screw onto the stripped threads so I tried putting the old one back on. It attached but not tight enough to stop it from leaking severely.

If that wasn't bad enough, the bolt that attaches the mounting bracket won't attach to anything now either.

So it seems I'm now going to have to get my truck towed to a garage to repair this mess.

Any ideas?
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Old January 4th, 2006, 01:25 PM
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Umm, cut that shit, get some barb fittings and new fuel line fittings and replace the entire section of hose (It works, trust me).
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Old January 4th, 2006, 01:29 PM
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Do you know what size is needed for the barb fittings?
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Old January 4th, 2006, 02:07 PM
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A fuel filter for a 1994 BMW 740 will fit fine onto the rubber hose segments if you cut off the threaded ends. That's what we do when they strip or freeze from rust
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Old January 4th, 2006, 06:00 PM
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Thanks for the help guys. Here's the final result.

Now the last "problem" is that the bolt holding the filter bracket won't tighten. It won't come out either. The setup is pretty stable but I may justget some plastic zip ties to strap it down a bit tighter.

Jesse, were you suggesting to remove the pressed on fittings where the rubber attaches to the steel and attach a new rubber fuel line directly to the steel fuel line?
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Old January 5th, 2006, 09:38 AM
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My bolt did the same thing last time I changed the fuel filter. There is nut behind the bolt that is rivited into the frame rail and it has come loose so it spins freely. If you take a screw driver and pry up under the fuel filter bracket while turning the bolt, it should catch enough to remove the bolt. Once the bolt was removed I drilled the existing hole for the bracket straight through the frame rail and used a long bolt and nut to secure the bracket for future ease of removal.
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