'99 Malibu, 3.1 v6
I'm nearing 150,000 km on my trusty Malibu. Decided it would be smart
to change the fuel filter even though GM does not suggest an interval.
One side has a normal flare nut connection. This I was able to loosen
with no problem.
The other line to the filter has a 'quick connector' which is unlike
either of the 2 connector styles shown in the factory service manual.
It is a metal bodied connector with a black plactic collar at the open
end where the fuel filter is inserted. Supposedly you push this
plactic collar into the connector while pulling on the filter to
All I succeeded in doing was breaking off the outer part of the black
Any suggestions on how to get this friggin' connector apart now
without destroying it??
Go and get the special tool required to remove them. There are two types.
One type is metal and shaped like an "X" with a pivot in the center (like
scissors) to select the appropriate size....there are two of these tools,
one for the fuel lines and one for the AC lines. The other type is like a
plastic cover that is spring loaded (like PacMan) and slides over the whole
connector. Using a bit of WD-40 (or equivilant) sprayed in the connector,
slide the tool into the connector and separate the parts. I have personally
had better luck with the metal tools, but in this case, to each his own.
I read Eightupman's post:
He is correct to a certain degree. The tool needed for that filter, is made
of metal, and has a bit longer collar. Made to go in deeper at the spring.
It also had a knurled thumb handle, at least my OTC does.
The different colored spring hinged ones, won't close around the filter and
the release collar isn't long enough. Nor are the collars on the scissor
type he mentioned.
I hope this helps?
hummmm...I have not yet seen that type of tool. The metal one I have worked
on the 99 Cutlass I changed the filter on. Perhaps luck was on my side???
Got a link to a pic?
You mentioned the clip ones...probably why I don't use them... I know I
used them on a Ford Mustang, and my metal tool would not work...I wonder if
there is a difference in the models that requires either the metal one or
the plastic one?
You are going to have to keep trying to use whatever is left to
push the black plastic collar in further. Unfortunately, the suggestions
of the other two posters are correct for a different style of "quick"
release. This style was designed to work without a tool. As is usually
the case, once you get a few miles on the vehicle, crap gets into the
area of the "quick" release, making it very difficult to actually release
it. You might want to try to spray some sort of liquid wrench/penetrating
fluid around the connector, and/or use compressed air to make sure you
don't have any dirt/crap that is preventing the collar from being pushed
in. I hate these things. I've noticed that in the 2004 vehicles, they have
changed the design of the quick connections at the fuel tank. Looks like
it might work a bit better even after some miles have accumulated.
OH wait a minute....I think I remember now.....I had to dig every piece of
blessed crap out of the connector with a scribe (long pointy metal object
for those who may not know what a scribe is) and a bit of carburator cleaner
(or brake cleaner) aerosol solvent all the same......Yeah...I do remember
this connector now....what a cow.
Then you kind of pinch it oblong to make it disconnect...am I on the same
The one I used the tool on was my old Corsica, or truck, or both....
(laugh) That's even "another" style you are describing. Yeah, I hate
those ones too. The one I'm thinking of has the releasing "tool" basically
built right into the connection. When all works properly, you would just
push on the connector and it releases. Once they have acumulated some
miles....it never seems to work all that great.
Would covering the filter & connection with plastic ( Shrink wrap ) be
to any benefit?
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