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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Fuel Filter

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$10

Talent:

**

Tools:

Philips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

Fuel filter

Hot Tip:

Make sure filter faces right direction

Performance Gain:

Proper fuel pressure

Complementary Modification:

New injectors

Your fuel filter is an integral part of the fuel delivery system. A clogged filter can cause all kinds of problems, from a rough running engine to leaving you stranded on the side of the road. Volkswagen suggests changing your filter every 30,000 miles but you should change it at the first signs of trouble.

The GTI MkV fuel filter is located on the underside of the car, under the right rear seat.

You will need to safely lift and support your car. Please see our article on jacking up your car. Wear safety glasses.

Open the left side door and on the side of the dash that you will see a panel (red arrow).
Figure 1

Open the left side door and on the side of the dash that you will see a panel (red arrow).

Open the panel and use the included tool (red arrow) to remove the fuel pump fuse.
Figure 2

Open the panel and use the included tool (red arrow) to remove the fuel pump fuse. Start the car. It will stall after a few seconds and that will let you know you got the right fuse as well as getting some of the fuel out of the system.

Move to under the car where you will see the filter held in place by a bracket (green arrow).
Figure 3

Move to under the car where you will see the filter held in place by a bracket (green arrow). There are three lines connected to the filter; two on the input side (red arrows) and one on the output (yellow arrow).

Use a Philips screwdriver and remove the clamp and fold down the plastic support bracket (red arrow).
Figure 4

Use a Philips screwdriver and remove the clamp and fold down the plastic support bracket (red arrow).

Remove the fuel lines from the filter.
Figure 5

Remove the fuel lines from the filter. They are simple push/pull connections. Push in the plastic tab (red arrow) and pull the line off the filter. If your lines are a little stuck, try wiggling them and pushing the line a little more onto the filter then off. There will be fuel in the filter, so be ready to dispose of it correctly.

The fuel filter is designed to flow one direction from the tank to the engine (red arrow) Make sure you install it in the correct direction.
Figure 6

The fuel filter is designed to flow one direction from the tank to the engine (red arrow) Make sure you install it in the correct direction.

There is a small metal notch on the supply side of the filter (red arrow) that sits in a notch in the plastic holder (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

There is a small metal notch on the supply side of the filter (red arrow) that sits in a notch in the plastic holder (yellow arrow). Make sure this is seated correctly before retightening the screw. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
film_flam Comments: Figure #5 Above is not type to be removed by hand must use p-648 pliers.
March 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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