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Old 12-22-2010, 07:57 PM   #1
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Default How To Change The Fuel Filter On A 2000 Beetle... NOT!!!

Well, friend down the road has a 2000 VW New Beetle. She has problems with it, so here I am doing a few things to it. She insists on me changing the fuel filter. Since the car has 151,000 and she has had it since about 60K and never changed the filter, I figure, OK, easy enough.

First I consult Alldata.

Step One............ "Remove right rear wheel housing liner"

OK, jack right rear, pull wheel (the car is driven daily on a red Georgia clay road, so lots of dried mud. I washed out as much as possible the evening before.) Get the liner out, 17 torx head screws............... and one lone 10mm nut later. Rather easy actually. Took liner outside and hosed off thoroughly.

Inspected the wheel well area, looked aft, carbon canister, filler neck, tank pressurization pump................ NO filter..................... Looked forward, nothing............... NO filter..........................

Whats this peaking out from between the rocker panel and the gas tank and suspension mount?

Dang, all that work removing the wheel and the liner for nothing............

Spent an hour trying to get the connectors to release from the filter, You are supposed to "squeeze" them, yea, right!

Spilled gas on the shop floor, dang, it dissolves the sealer on the concrete. (note to self, gotta get that Wolverine floor coating done someday...... right after the heater, the two post lift and the house's new metal roof.......)

Charles
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: How To Change The Fuel Filter On A 2000 Beetle... NOT!!!

oh jeez... remember Nobody are perfect!!! that why i always get the parts and see where i can find.. the alldatas dont make all perfect way... sometime it was way off!!
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Default Re: How To Change The Fuel Filter On A 2000 Beetle... NOT!!!

at least the filter lines were not already rigged up. see that way to often
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:52 PM   #4
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Veedub and Audi change stuff around so much that it may have been there on some models, and alldata may not have that info specific (kinda like haynes or chilton but only ocassionally) for the year you are working on. At least it has one clean corner on it.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:17 AM   #5
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yup no good deed goes unpunished ....
those german cars can be a pain sometimes
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:22 AM   #6
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i did a fuel pump on my old pathfinder...all data didint tell me about the access door in the rear cargo area...
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:36 AM   #7
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sorry,when working on dubs dont ever read before looking and thinking,,,,the books suck!
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:18 AM   #8
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What's weird is that the illustration looks to be correct for that vehicle. It's just the text that is way off.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:17 PM   #9
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What's weird is that the illustration looks to be correct for that vehicle. It's just the text that is way off.
You are correct. After finding the filter and then looking again at the illustration, it is a very good one, just no larger view pointing to where the filter is located.

To make matters worse, I drove the car about 30 miles with no problems, and this morning the lady left for work and got almost there when the front connector popped off the filter and started leaking enough to make the car run bad but not quit. The connector was mangled when I found it and I didn't help it any. It did "click" when I pushed it on so I really didn't worry about it. It now has aircraft safety wire twisted around the fitting (a 90 degree ell) and running to the head of the screw on the filter mounting clamp, and in addition, has a ty-wrap all the way around the filter lengthwise and over the end of the ell to keep it on.

Now I've gotta figure out how to replace the end on the line.........

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Old 12-23-2010, 01:50 PM   #10
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sorry,when working on dubs dont ever read before looking and thinking,,,,the books suck!
Good point. Even the bible of Volkswagen repair (Bentley) has been vague and somewhat useless when trying to figure some things out on my MK2 Jetta.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:56 PM   #11
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A Volkswagon is a glorified Audi and an Audi is a glorified Volkswagon.Share the same parts too.Mitchell can leave things out too and seen this too.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:58 PM   #12
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You are correct. After finding the filter and then looking again at the illustration, it is a very good one, just no larger view pointing to where the filter is located.

To make matters worse, I drove the car about 30 miles with no problems, and this morning the lady left for work and got almost there when the front connector popped off the filter and started leaking enough to make the car run bad but not quit. The connector was mangled when I found it and I didn't help it any. It did "click" when I pushed it on so I really didn't worry about it. It now has aircraft safety wire twisted around the fitting (a 90 degree ell) and running to the head of the screw on the filter mounting clamp, and in addition, has a ty-wrap all the way around the filter lengthwise and over the end of the ell to keep it on.

Now I've gotta figure out how to replace the end on the line.........

Charles
If you can't figure out a fix you may be able to source that fuel line on Ebay or through a used parts salvage yard. I saw a New Beetle in a u-pull-it last month, so you may even be able to luck out there.

It is also worth pricing it out through the dealer. Suprisingly enough not all Volkswagen parts are rediculously expensive.
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Old 12-23-2010, 03:33 PM   #13
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If you ever need anymore VW DIY help check out www.vwvortex.com
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You should be able to get a replacement end for the fuel line. There is a kit out there by Dorman that has what you need, but you really don't need the whole kit if this is all you are doing. NAPA should be able to get the end, also I think Autozone (and others) has repair fittings with a short length of plastic tubing on it with a union that you simply push together.
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I used to do 2-3 of those a day, they're about as easy as fuel filters get..
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:25 AM   #16
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well if you thought that was hard. if she ask you to replace a headlamp bulb you best say no
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well if you thought that was hard. if she ask you to replace a headlamp bulb you best say no
What?

My GF has a 2000 beetle. While that car is junk, the headlights were pretty easy. You flip a lever and the entire headlight slides out the front. You replace the bulbs and slide it back in.
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I guess I shouldn't mention how hard it is to work on my 84 CJ7 Jeep......

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I did a transmission change on one,with an automatic transmission and it was a 2001.Nothing but a real PITA.VW did copy a Ford design,studs for the torque converter.Previous owner let an electrical problem go and burned up the transmission up.Don't want to do a waterpump replacement one this year model Beetle,whole front end has to come off to get to it.
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What?

My GF has a 2000 beetle. While that car is junk, the headlights were pretty easy. You flip a lever and the entire headlight slides out the front. You replace the bulbs and slide it back in.
most people can't find the lever
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