I'm trying to get the quick-disconnect end of the fuel filter to
release. The car has 85,000 miles on it and the filter has never been
replaced. The plastic of the disconnect is brittle and broken. Is there
any way to get this apart other than to buy the piece of fuel line going
to this end of the filter and having to drop the fuel tank to replace
I'm wondering if you have the same problem I ran into. The first time
the fuel filter was replaced on a '99 Cavalier the quick-release didn't
release at all, and eventually got chewed up. I had to use needle nose
pliers (to pull at the plastic tabs), a sharp pick and flat blade
screwdrivers (to pull the innards and pry the filter away from the
line). It took me nearly 3 hours but it finally popped loose after I
removed the entire plastic release clip.
The problem: The stock fuel line had a metal clip on the inside that was
incompatible with the plastic clip on the fuel filter. The metal clips
actually use those "fuel filter removal tools" (which are just clips
that slide into the metal clip and release the filter). I figured it was
probably a mistake at the factory, so I removed the metal clip, made
sure the quick release fitting sealed properly, and haven't had a leak
or problem removing the filters since.
Hope this helps.
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