m0nkeyprince wrote:lol this is how i removed the old filter,
held the fuel filter tightly with one hand, then used the other hand to keep twisting the hose, no pulling, just twisting, then when it started budging, thats when you start puling while twisting.
MOST IMPORTANT: wear gloves, something like mechanix
--Very handy information, thanks!
I just swapped out my fuel filter. I have no idea if it had ever been changed out or not!
Dang if it didn't take a long time to get the lines off of the filter!
I didn't have to jack up my pathfinder, but I have a rear tire carrier (so no spare underneath). I also have rear air helper springs. Enough room underneath for me to work allrite.
I did end up grabbing a foam block I had lying around to help support my neck because it took so darn long to pry off the one fuel line.
I disconnected (pulled out) the fuel pump relay and cranked the engine to depressurize. The fuel pump relay for my year (1999.5) is in the fuse box rite near the battery.
As other folks mentioned there still is a bit of fuel in the line after depressurizing. I found some vacuum line caps in the bottom of my tool kit, and used one on the open end of the old fuel filter once I got one fuel line off. Worked a charm, and then I could twist the old fuel filter without dripping gas all over.
I never could get the nut/bolt off of the retaining ring, but the ring was loose enough that I could wriggle the filter out, as well as the new one in. I used some heavy pliers to give the retaining bolt/ring just enough of a twist so that the new filter will not budge.
I think spraying a touch of penetrating oil on the end of the fuel line really helped getting it to turn. I figure some got on there anyways when I shot the fuel line clamps, so after a while of trying to get it to turn I shot some rite at the end of the line. Started turning nearly rite away after directly shooting some on there.