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Fuel filter stuck

I had the bowl replaced with a New one because the old one got cracked. Got to changing the filter after maybe 12k miles and the actual filter is stuck in it. I got the cap off but the filter element won't budge. It won't spin either. Could it be melted to the heating element? Never had one this difficult to get out. Hate to break another bowl at $350



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Read that wrong.

Threads got off track? I say grab it with some channel locks and go to town!
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You read right the first time. The new bowl came with OEM filter and top. I have the top off but the element won't budge out of the bowl part. The filter part isn't attached to the lid and by the looks of it, it never was



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The only thing holding the filter on should be the O-ring around the side of the filter and the fit on the middle pin? I say grab some channel locks and see if you can get it to twist... good luck.

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Yup...It's also possible that the filter was put on too tight when it was installed, and when the oil dries up around the ring, it's a PITA to take off! Channel locks or strap wrench..you're going to destroy the filter..but whatever...even if it starts to gave in, it'll eventually spin off

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I just didnt want to break anything other than the filter. I will take some pics later for future reference and what I did to get it out



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I got it out today. The cap was a two piece cap. There was the top and the second piece was the round part that had the light paper material around it. Then the filter element went inside. What happened was top and bottom piece separated. The filter element and bottom piece hydrolocked to each other and to the bowl. Once I broke the "suction" by rocking the filter back and forth it came out.

This was the filter that came with the stock bowl when I had it replaced. The replacement filters are all one piece. The cap and the bottom are all together and you put the filter element into it. No chance of separation except for the filter. Much better design I think.



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the oem two piece filter and cap are much better than the once piece filter.


and they are cheaper, an oem racor filter is 18 bucks a cheapo filter from the auto parts store is over 25 bucks.

and the cheapo filters filter far worse

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