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Old 02-10-2019, 02:57 PM   #1
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Default Fuel Filter Bracket Bolts

I have an ’01 SC2 and plan to change the fuel filter when I have nice weather. The filter was last changed at the dealer @ 13 years ago. I was wondering help much luck everyone here had at removing these 2 bracket bolts without breaking them. Today I used a heat gun to help bend the plastic tube from my can of WD40. I was able to spray a good amount in the larger hole towards where the 2 bolts come through on the other side. I will give them a week to soak. Hopefully I can loosen them without snapping them. Has anyone else tried this, or have any tips on removing these bracket bolts? Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-10-2019, 03:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: Fuel Filter Bracket Bolts

I recently watched the RichPin video and he greased his bolts ten years ago after doing the first fuel filter change. They came out for him with no trouble. He knows how they snap easily. I like your soaking them with WD-40 method.

I wonder if there’s a safe way to heat them up? ...like pressing a soldering iron tip to the heads.

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Old 02-10-2019, 04:41 PM   #3
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In the salt belt, those just snap right off. There's no amount of penetrant that will save you here and using heat would be dangerous near fuel.

I usually just snap the heads off to remove the plastic shroud and change the filter. I then shoot in self tapping stainless screws near it's original location.

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Old 02-10-2019, 05:43 PM   #4
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Mine busted. I drilled and tapped for SAE bolts. They have been installed with anti-seize.

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Old 02-10-2019, 09:23 PM   #5
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Well I guess if they break, I may drill holes and use those plastic rivets with the center you can push in to lock in place.

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Old 02-14-2019, 08:34 AM   #6
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Default Re: Fuel Filter Bracket Bolts

On a Saturn SL1, it is unnecessary to remove the 2 bolts that hold the bracket in place for the fuel pressure regulator. You simply squeeze and remove the 2 quick release plastic fasteners to remove the front and back fuel line from the fuel pressure regulator and then pull out the fuel pressure regulator toward the back of the car.

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Old 02-14-2019, 09:30 AM   #7
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Using WD40 as a penetrant oil is foisting the largest Internet Rumor in the history of the Amazing Internet

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Old 02-14-2019, 11:06 AM   #8
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Default Re: Fuel Filter Bracket Bolts

^ ^ ^ Yeah, that is just good WD40 marketing. I don't have WD40 any more as I seldom need Water Displacing spray

PB Blaster, Kano labs stuff (Kroil, etc) and something else I can never remember the name of (orange can)

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On a Saturn SL1, it is unnecessary to remove the 2 bolts that hold the bracket in place for the fuel pressure regulator. You simply squeeze and remove the 2 quick release plastic fasteners to remove the front and back fuel line from the fuel pressure regulator and then pull out the fuel pressure regulator toward the back of the car.
It's has been many years since I changed the filter on my SL2, but pretty sure I did not touch the bolts. Just squeezed it out at mentioned here

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Old 02-15-2019, 12:12 AM   #9
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WD-40 is kind of like the duck tape of fluids in a can. It's definitely meant for one thing but people kinda just use it for everything. Lubeication, penatrating fluid, cheap car polish, etc.

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Old 02-15-2019, 08:41 AM   #10
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In the salt belt, those just snap right off. There's no amount of penetrant that will save you here and using heat would be dangerous near fuel.

I usually just snap the heads off to remove the plastic shroud and change the filter. I then shoot in self tapping stainless screws near it's original location.
That's exactly what I did the last time I changed one of these. No big deal so don't freak out when the originals snap.

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Old 04-20-2019, 07:39 PM   #11
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Today I had a chance to try to loosen those filter bolts, and I got them out! I put a small socket wrench on them and tapped the handle and got them to budge. Then I kept reversing direction until I got a full turn. Then I slowly backed them out. I cleaned them with a steel wire wheel. I then put copper anti seize in the holes and on the bolts and put them back in. I even put a small amount on the parking brake cable retainer bolt. When putting that bolt back I realized I should have released the brake first because i couldn’t line it back up. So when I get a chance I will tackle replacing the fuel filter.😀

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Old 04-20-2019, 07:51 PM   #12
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That is no fair.

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Old 04-20-2019, 08:12 PM   #13
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Possibly the dealer put anti seize on the bolts back in ‘05, or I was just lucky.

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Default Re: Fuel Filter Bracket Bolts

After breaking to many of the bolts trying to replace the fuel filters at work I gave up on that. What I ended up doing was to push the filter out of the bracket using large water pump pliers. Worked and no worries of broken bolts.

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Old 04-23-2019, 08:07 AM   #15
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Last Sunday I was able to change out my old fuel filter. I used car ramps to raise the car. The back wheel was a little tricky because the ramp did not fit all the way under due to its height , but I had a jack help hold the back up. I was able to remove the fittings with just my fingers. I then got the filter and bracket out. I don't know how people removed the filter from the bracket while on the car because it was tight to slide off even off the car. I put the new filter on the bracket, and got it reconnected. Glad to be done with that!
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Nice! I'm coming up on 150k on what I believe to be the original filter, so I will be doing this relatively soon

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