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Old 04-14-2016, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default fuel line retainer

Need to replace the steel fuel lines on my 2004 Saturn ion but have no idea how to remove the retainer holding the lines to the car (without damaging it). pic for reference.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:25 AM   #2
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YOu didn't notice the rusty ?fastener? in the center? Clean it up and take a pic or go for the gusto

YOu'll need to do more than just replace the lines... That's some purty rust

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Old 04-14-2016, 11:18 AM   #3
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I know there's a lot of rust but replacing the lines gets me back on the road for now.

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Old 04-14-2016, 12:19 PM   #4
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Spray some WD40 on the plastic. I think it's a plastic hanger with one bolt in the middle holding the whole thing up to the chassis. The remains of the bolt appears to be severely rusted, corroded and any attempt to remove the bolt may break it off as well as breaking the plastic hanger. The hanger may be 'U' shaped to hold each line in place. When the center mounted bolt is removed, the plastic hanger should be easily unclipped from the lines. With severe corrosion, the bolt may have expanded where the plastic holes may not allow pulling it off. If you have to replace lines, either find a replacement hanger if this one breaks off and drill a new hole to mount it or try removing what's left of the corroded bolt to reuse the mounting hole. The bolt may be made of galvanized steel, exposed too long to salting and moisture.

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Old 04-14-2016, 04:11 PM   #5
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Thank you very much. Exact info I was looking for!

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Old 11-04-2017, 10:34 PM   #6
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The bolt head rusted away leaving threaded bolt protruding from plastic fitting in picture. I elected to use sawsall and cut portion of plastic clip securing fuel lines but leaving other half of plastic clip securing brake lines held in place with rusted bolt. I purchased quantity 6 of $0.69, 3/8" ring clips covered in cushioned rubber from hardware store and used these and self-tapping 10-24 screws to secure fuel lines to underside of car. This was easier than messing with the clips held in by rusted bolts. I got fuel line kit from Rock Auto and saved $100 versus local autoparts store fuel line replacement kit. The kit worked well and was not hard to install.

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