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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-30-2004, 12:34 PM
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fuel filter?

trying to get some better milage and do some routine stuff on the 2000 sonoma. I have the fuel filter and found where it is at on the rail any tricks to getting it changed? On my ford there is a special sleeve to undo the clip but this one is differant. Also I am not having any luck changing the driver center plug since the stering shaft is smack in the way. I have swivels and most of them were pretty easy from the wheel well but this one is a puzzle.

Thanks for any help
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 04:33 PM
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Re: fuel filter?

I'm a GM mechanic and have dealt with the fuel filters on the Sonomas pleny of times. It's a pain to get off but you can do it. Just disconnect the couplers and use LOTS of force to get the old filter off, then use a little bit of oil or great and rub it around the new filter to slide it onto the bracket.

P.S. I forgot to mention, the disconnects WILL be a pain to get off because at my dealership we use a J-Tool to get them off, for you I would recommend a bent plier or small screwdriver and lots of cursing to disconnect it.
post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2004, 08:11 AM
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Re: fuel filter?

he's right a lot of cussin always helps when workin on vehicles. if cussin sends you to hell, buddy i got a first class ticket staight there. [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2004, 08:39 AM
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Re: fuel filter?

Thanks for the info i was mostly concerned with the fiting removal that looks like a pushon fitting. How the plastic clip works.

post #5 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2004, 03:10 PM
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Re: fuel filter?

Dont worry about the plastic fittings, once you get the old one off the new ones will snap right in. Hope this helps.
post #6 of (permalink) Old 06-04-2004, 09:33 PM
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Re: fuel filter?

Thanks for the help! Changing it was way easier than my FORD with all the slip bushings and crap. I am still wondering on if there is an easier way to release pressure in the line other than taking a load sprayed all over when cracking the fitting on the filter. No matter, 15 minutes compared to the ford's 1 hour of working with the clip is worth a little gas.
It is idling a lot smoother since this was the factory filter. i am still working on the one problem plug and popping in the chassie under a tight slow turn.

Thank you Cam
post #7 of (permalink) Old 06-05-2004, 04:02 PM
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Re: fuel filter?

Dang I cant believe I forgot to tell you to open up the gas cap to release the air, oh well I will get it one day. At my dealership I can work on a car w/o making mistakes but when I give people advice thats when I mess up. Anyways if you open up the cap it will release a little bit of pressure and help cutdown on the gas spills. Our tech forums tell us to depressurize the fuel rails but its just much less time consuming to just open the cap. Well good to hear you got it off!
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