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Old 01-18-2018, 02:25 AM   #1
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Dizzy Changed my fuel filter...am I becoming a metro-sexual??

Am I becoming a metro-sexual? Am I too sensitive?? These are troubling questions indeed. Why do I ask them? Read on...

Following the replacement of the left front wheel bearing and hub I continued to notice some drag during acceleration, generally, and a bit more strongly at regular freeway speeds along with delayed transmission shifting. Having decided on the most likely culprit for this degradation of the powertrain performance, I ordered up an AC Delco #25319686 fuel filter since my longest lasting one was the factory original which was replaced at about 82K miles. All others had been WIX brand typically lasting 40K to 50K miles. Four were installed, to the best of my memory, between the first replacement and the most recent one which was changed last night.

Sure enough, the fresh fuel filter brought back a better throttle response and shifting improved as well. Thinking about this it dawns upon me that I've become very sensitive to these changes in my car; changes that many people would not pick up on as "easily" as I do. I began to wonder, have I become the automotive DIYer equivalent of the dreaded Metro-sexual?! Yikes, it can't be...it just can't be!!

Well, my fears were allayed today as I was doing some window shopping at a large mall. Wouldn't you know it, I actually saw some metro-sexuals walking about in this place. Wow...this was really weird!! After seeing them "up close" I realized that I could comfort myself with the knowledge that my automotive sensitivity had not turned me into the milk-toast men that I was seeing. Whew!! What a relief...

Now, you may ask, "how do you know what a metro-sexual looks like?" It's just one of those things where you know one when you see one!

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Old 02-25-2018, 10:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: Changed my fuel filter...am I becoming a metro-sexual??

Pierrot,

I don't think you're a "metro-sexual" for changing your own fuel filter and noticing improved throttle response as a result.

If you were a "metro-sexual", you would have had a mechanic (Ahem, in M.S. parlance - Automotive Restoration Technical Specialist) replace that fuel filter with a handcrafted, artisan fuel filter, created by a local parts preservationist. The filter media would be 100% reclaimed papyrus from sustainable Brazilian bamboo fibers and the metal shell would be 100% recycled aluminum. In addition to this you would have had a fuel system flush with a proprietary blend of 12 different organic hydrocarbons manufactured under sustainable and cruelty free conditions.

While this important work was being done, you and your boyfriends would have had matching Manicure/Pedicures at a place in the trendy district of Glendora, CA called "Mr. La-Trang's Experience". You didn't bother to 'Google' this place (Yuck! What a hipster thing to do) because everybody knows that Mr. La-Trang's Experience is invite only.

So suffice it to say, I think you are decidedly NOT Metro-Sexual. Noticing that your car is performing better after maintenance just means you are really in-tune with your car.

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Old 02-26-2018, 11:19 AM   #3
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^ ^ Dat's so deep......^ ^

Sorry Pierrot but I had to Google metro sexual to keep up with the ever-changing landscape. One would think I would know this as a Big Apple citizen. I have my nephew teach me new words....... He once remarked how young women from suburbs flock to NYC to shop for men. The women he meets are Star Buck's types - their lifestyle choice and looking for similar types in the opposite sex - possibly just as shallow. He doesn't drink coffee.

I tend to agree with Deep6' extreme thoughtfulness of a m/s possibly never getting their hands dirty. If they make six figures then they won't have to.

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Old 03-03-2018, 12:59 PM   #4
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Default Re: Changed my fuel filter...am I becoming a metro-sexual??

Ha!!! Too funny. You would also need to pluck your eyebrows, carry a murse [man purse], or a small dog satchel with appropriate small cute dog, wear skinny jeans and know nothing about cars in the first place.

You're safe. Not even close to being a metro sexual.

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Old 03-05-2018, 08:33 AM   #5
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As you did the fuel filter and as I hail from the UK where we call gas petrol, then I guess you have become a Petro-Sexual. LOL

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Old 03-07-2018, 01:08 PM   #6
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Default Re: Changed my fuel filter...am I becoming a metro-sexual??

Enlighten me. Why change out any fuel filter unless there is a performance issue?
Saturns aside, I have been working on my own cars since the 1960's...IIRC, I have only changed out 3 filters. My 96 suburban has 331K miles on it, and it's only been changed once from factory floor.

The Dodge Dakota's was changed recently, however it was done in error....fuel pump is the culprit.

Granted, my riding lawn mower may need it, because it somehow every couple of years gets junk blown into the gas tank during refill time.

If and when it 'goes', then 'it' goes.

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Old 03-07-2018, 01:43 PM   #7
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Enlighten me. Why change out any fuel filter unless there is a performance issue?......
In my case, performance was precisely the reason why I replaced the fuel filters. After that first replacement I became more aware of how this car would behave when the filter was nearing the end of its service life. I think that since this is the first car I've owned which was fuel injected with a DIS, I wasn't sure what to think about the car's loss of power when the first fuel filter was beginning to show signs that it needed replacing. Only after it got really tough to accelerate on the freeway one night did it finally dawn on me that the filter had to be bad. (Some days and years I'm just slow...)

As a personal "history" regarding the fuel filter, what was a bit disappointing after using the WIX fuel filters was noting their shorter usable life span. Hence, my choice to use the AC Delco product this time. This gives me a chance to make a comparison between the two brands. There was an added benefit of being able to purchase it for nearly the same price. I still think WIX is a fine filter manufacturer - I hope no one misunderstands - but it was time to make a change from that particular filter of theirs.

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Maybe, just maybe you're showing signs of becoming a m/s with your sensitivity to how your engine runs. Or more likely at one with your car, Zen like.......

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Maybe, just maybe you're showing signs of becoming a m/s with your sensitivity to how your engine runs.
Signs...Signs?! Ahh! Heaven forbid it!!
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Or more likely at one with your car, Zen like.......
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I have carried my 7-inch tablet almost everywhere for a few years, always in a protective cover. It may not be recognized as a tablet since it hides inside a zippered cover, too big to fit into a coat pocket and carried similar to women carrying their 'clutch', fashionable accessory items. I always wondered if I was mistaken for a man carrying a 'murse'.

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Well, I have to say that I've used a "murse" since ~1989. For the past couple of years I've opted for slinging a fanny pack over my shoulder as the last murse had become too warn and I didn't want to spend the bucks to replace it. I'd be happy to do without the extra "bag" I carry, but there are simply too many things that I must have with me that don't fit in my pockets. It's annoying really, but I can't find a suitable alternative. One way or another, I will have to carry something with me.

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