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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 09-01-2009, 03:52 PM
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Question How to change fuel filter? Please help....

I would like to change my fuel filter, would like some help!! I searched posts and found nothing.
1. Were is it located?
2. Is it easy to remove and install new one?
3. Does anyone have any pics of install?

I have over 145k and its never been changed..... Thanks
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:20 PM
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Here's a decent write up from the other forum. May vary due to the older 528 but then again maybe not.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:48 PM
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:50 PM
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not sure about your car

but for mine simply put
jack the car up or get it on ramps ...pull the neg batt term, so you don't wear gas...
#1 dig through 1 mile of plastic
#2 take off the clamps paying attention to which line goes where grab a digital pic
#3 remove both ends of the filter
#4 go to the stealer and get a handful of clamps to replace those you took off
#5 INSTALL the new filter make sure to get the direction of flow right, I would gease the clamps so they don't corrode on you
#6 secure all the clamps and replace the plastic
#7 install the battery terminal
#8 start the car
#9 check for leaks
#10 lower the car you are done...

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Old 09-01-2009, 10:08 PM
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You can do eet!

I changed my fuel filter a few weeks ago (first time for the car since it rolled off the boat!)

Make sure you buy new clamps before you begin (12-20mm $7 for 4 from a stealer.) The filter is under the car, approximately under your butt when sitting in the driver's seat. I used a couple of wooden ramps I had built to lift the front of the car. Even then, I wished I had more space. Some of the clamps and hoses will be a little tough to remove and the more space you have to get a good grip the better.

Once lifted, find the fuel pump fuses (yes, there are two) in the glovebox and remove them. Start the car and let it run out of gas. Disconnecting the battery would be a good idea (I realized I hadn't done this until starting to button things up!)

You'll have to remove a plastic shield under the car which attaches with a variety of plastic clips (use a plastic interior panel pry bar), nuts and integrated nuts. Keep track of where everything goes. The removal of the filter is pretty straight forward (if you weren't on you back under the car.) I had approx 2-cups of fuel drain from the hoses and fuel filter while pulling it out. Make sure you garage is well ventilated.

I cut the old filter apart and is was completely black and sooty. Yuck.

I found this DIY useful. Have fun and take you time. I did it in 3-hours in a 110-degree garage (thanks Arizona.) Go Leafs.

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Old 09-02-2009, 07:33 AM
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I have the same car as yours and I changed the fuel filter last fall.
If you want to minimize the spill, turn on the engine, then pull out the fuel pump fuse. Once the fuel is used, the car will stop. You will have some fuel left in the lines, but minimal.
Also, to minimize hassle (after you have new clamps, new filter with regulator and new hoses), just cut the old rubber fuel hoses off. If you try to pull them out, it's very hard, the rubber being hardened and very unfriendly.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:54 PM
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I love this forum! Thanks guys.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:25 AM
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How do I change the fuel filter on my 1999 323i automatic? Please help

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Ve been searching without any luck. Please help me out with the process of changing fuel filter on my 99 323i automatic.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:04 AM
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If you're for information for the 99 323, you might try posting in th e36 forum.

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