> in my Bentley it says that the fuel filter on gas engines is good for the
> life of the car, unless it gets clogged. duh. but then it doesn't show
> how to replace it when it does get clogged! wtf? is the process the same
> as replacing the fuel filter on a diesel engine? they show how to replace
> that, but not on a gas engine. I don't wanna spend the 50 bucks to have
> the dealership mess it up. I'd rather spend 20 bucks, buy the filter and
> mess it up myself. thanks in advance.
You're in luck! I just changed mine last night.. NOT fun.
First, you have to undo the two bolts that hold the dang thing in. THEN,
comes the fun. YOu have to bend those sheet-metal retaining things while
pulling down on the filter holder-thing. It isn't a nice feeling when you
finally get those things to let go. I removed the retainer thing forever-
my filter is now only held on by the two bolts, which, IMO, is MORE than
Okay- got the filter loose? Now, for some fun! You have to cut off those
ring-things holding the fuel line to the filter. If you want to use the same
setup again, you'll have to buy new ones from the factory. Otherwise, you
can use hose clamps like I did to keep the filter on. After you have the
rings off, the real fun begins.. You have to work like hell to get the hose
off the filter- mine was TIGHT!!!! It's all downhill from there- once wet
with gasoline, the hose slides easily back in place ont he new filter. Easy
If you use the factory rings, crimp them over the hose, if you use hose
clamps, tighten them on, and put the whole thing back up there with the two
bolts, or with the bolts AND metal retainer thing, if you're a sadist.
Be ready for LOTS of gas spillage too.
BTW: the filter costs $19.xx at the dealer, and 19.xx at autotech. Same
deal- whichever's easier for you. They're the same Bosch filter.