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      05-16-2010, 09:12 AM   #1
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How to - Replace your Fuel filter

This guide is done on an E90 330d (2005-2007).

Mileage recomendation:
45,000 miles

BMW Part Number:
327793672

Real OEM:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...15&hg=13&fg=10

Time required:
1 hour

Tools required:
mini hacksaw
13mm ratchet bit
7mm ratchet bit
8mm ratchet bit
1/4 and 3/8 drivers
flat blade screw driver
T15 torx screw driver



First off, because Eurocarparts have provided me an incorrect fuel filter part (£19.00) - this will not fit. After further investigation it is for an E46 so I will be going to BMW for the correct part tomorrow (£40.00).

So now you have been warned about going for cheaper parts.

But, we can start the guide as the fuel filter will be identical to that of the old one coming off.

Jack car up, The Haynes Manual says to jack up the rear of the car but this is incorrect - jack the front passenger side up.



Place an axle stand under the car at the rear jacking point and I also decided to place one at the front (as shown) because I would rather live whilst my car is damaged (this is not a correct jacking location but secure enough to give you time to get out from under the car) - these M Sports BMWs are low and will crush you if the trolley jack fails.

Once the car is secure, you have to undo the scuttle cover under the car; this is fixed by seven (7) 8mm bolts easily accessed.



Above you can see the fuel filter (arrowed).

Pull the scuttle cover clear (it is hinged by a bracket on the driver’s side) so manoeuvre it off the latch.



Above is the fuel filter (to the right) and pre heater (to the left).

Get under the car proper, if you’re a chubby, good luck with this job as clearance is minimal.

Grab your hacksaw and saw off the fuel supply pipe retaining clip (this is the engine side of the fuel filter NOT the pre-heater side). If the fuel filter has been replaced before then you may be blessed with having a fuel pipe retaining clip with a hex bolt - in which case you can grab your 7mm ratchet bit (or flat blade screw driver) and untighten and remove.

Grab your 13mm ratchet bit and untighten and remove the bolt that holds the fuel filter in place the chassis of the car.

Now grab your washing up bowl (not the one that you do wash up with or be prepared for the missus to start releasing the trolley jack on you) and position in place under the fuel supply pipe...

Pull the fuel supply pipe (red arrow) from the fuel filter - a good tug ( ) will ensure this is done. Be prepared for fuel leakage!



Grab a flat blade screw driver and pull the pre-heater retaining clip out - again be prepared for more fuel leakage.



The fuel filter should now be clear of the car. Remove bracket of filter (T15 Torx screw driver bit needed) and despose off filter.

This is how much fuel was expelled:



About quarter of a pint.

Re-fitting is the reversal of the above with your new filter replacing the sawed off fuel supply clip with a new one with a 7mm hex head.

Once filter is back on car - put the ignition on (key in and hold start stop button for 10 seconds WITHOUT foot on clutch/brake pedals and release start stop button) and wait for 1 min whilst the fuel filter and supplies vents AND then start the car - may take a few cranks.
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      05-16-2010, 01:02 PM   #2
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Great write-up, cheers!
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      05-16-2010, 04:50 PM   #3
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Chaps I noticed on my service history it deesnt seem like the filter was ever changed on mine, with 76K on her now is there a need to do it?
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      05-16-2010, 07:25 PM   #4
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      05-17-2010, 03:06 AM   #5
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My understanding (from the service book) is that the air filter and fuel filter should be changed at every 3rd oil change.
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it seems its one of the items dealers forget, when I had my E46 (got it with 36k on clock) when I reviewed the history turned out it never got done,

After some irrate calls to the dealer who serviced the car and the time they paid for my local place to change it
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Manufactures stipulate that the fuel filter is a lifetime part... But we all know this to be crap. So it is advised to change every 3rd oil change (as someone above stated - my Haynes Manual confirms this too {every 45,000 miles}).

However if you Google “fuel filter change”, you will come across a variety of opinions, but most seem to circle the topic of:
  1. The fuel quality and
  2. If the car is driven frequently

Personally I would change it every year.
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      06-27-2010, 03:27 PM   #8
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Are the pic's still available for this thread???? Wondered if you could post them up please??

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Nice write up Neversaydie
Can we get pictures back?
It looks like filter part number (Fuel filter cartridge 13 32 7 793 672 ) is the same for 335d, which we have her in USofA; so the thread is very helpful for us too
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The clip that hold the fuel pipe to the filter does not need to be sawn off, if you look around it you'll find the section where it folds onto itself, it will prise open at this point with a flat blade screwdriver.
Saves you risking damaging your fuel pipe...
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      09-13-2010, 01:09 PM   #11
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Yeah I see the pictures have gone - that was my fault when I upgraded my web site - I'll get them back ASAP...

As for the saw and the pipe clip it is suggested as best practice to saw the clip with a small coping saw - I had no problems and if you are careful then you shouldnít either. I did as instructed; I guess likewise forcing a sealed clip which is very tight with a screwdriver could equally cause damage to other parts of the car including the fuel line...
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Thanks for "fixing" the pics
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no pics!!!!!
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do you have pictures for this diy? it's the only write-up i've found so far on replacing the fuel filter and the text isn't enough by itself. i'd really love to see how to do this.
let me know if u need help hosting the pics or something.

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Perfect. Thanks.
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Did this today, thanks for the writeup.
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Would this be the fuel filter part# for my 2009 BMW 335d?:

13327793672

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E90-335...lter/ES254301/
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Any 335d owners find differences on install process?

Same location? Same tools required?

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I shouldn't think it is any different.
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I'm a bit confused. What part is supposed to be replaced as part of regular maintenance? Is it...
1. Fuel filter as shown in this thread, or
2. Fuel Filter/Fuel Pressure Regulator Repair Kit - http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E90-335.../Fuel/ES36230/
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The serviceable fuel filter, item 1 in your list.

The second item is inside the fuel tank, usually non-serviceable and there for the life of the vehicle.
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