I’ve heard this argument time and time again. I actually had a mechanic tell me once that he “refused” to put the fuel filter anywhere but the engine compartment. BAD IDEA! It can cause your pride and joy to burn down to nothing more than a memory. Not to fear! Moving your fuel filter out of the engine area is very simple!
1: Remove the drivers side rear wheel and jack the car up.
2: Remove the heater tube. This will expose where the fuel line exits the chassis.
3: It’s time to check the line. Is it rotten? If so, you need to go here and place a quick order for the German hose. I always keep a few feet of this stuff on hand.
4: If the fuel line is in good shape, you need to clamp it off right where it exits the chassis. Good old vice grip pliers seem to work fine. Gas is a precious resource. Why waste a single drop!
5: Once it’s safely clamped you need to cut the line in prep for the filter. (Don’t fear, you can do this!) A little gas might run out, but don’t sweat it. I usually wear gloves.
6: You can now insert the new filter. I recommend getting them from Wolfsburg West. Make sure you insert it top side up. That’s how the filters are made to be placed. You might have an extra bit of fuel hose at the top. Trim as needed and slip the top of the hose on to the filter.
7: Once finished MAKE SURE TO ADD FUEL CLAMPS. Yes, I’m yelling at you! The fuel hose is secure on the line, but it’s better safe than sorry. I get my clamps from Airhead Parts. They make the units that won’t cut into your fuel line. You can also get the OG clamps for your engine area here. (You know you want to show off your purist side at the next VW event.)
8: It’s now the moment of truth. Turn the key, start the engine and watch fuel pass through the line. Success! You’ve now moved your fuel filter where it SHOULD be. By default, VW did not run a filter. The OG German fuel pumps had it built-in. Maybe that’s another reason you should try to get one.
9: Put the heater hose and tire back on. Now you won’t have to worry about this happening:
Lastly. Your engine area just looks a lot cleaner without the filter. :) Sorry that I only have 1 photo of the process. I did not have my camera on hand that day.