| Originally posted by ldsbeaker@Apr 11 2005, 11:32 AM |
I think you've got it right. That can up by the radiator is probably the charcoal canister. In my '85 325es, the fuel filter was on the drivers side near the fire wall, and there was no mistaking it, because about 4 gallons of gas came out of it. (ok, not that much) I do think that the older E30's had the Fuel Filter in the back near the driver's rear wheel. I would think that Haynes would have that locked on for you. You should also get yourself a Bentley Manual. It's better to have 2 reference sources than 1. Good Luck!
I have both a chiltons and haynes for every car.
Haynes on more then one occasion has been flat out WRONG on some things although is sometimes more descriptive when they are right(which is 98% of the time). I hear good things of bentley so for my next car thats definately the one I am going to be buying.
On late e30's the fuel filter is under the car, under a black cover that is held on via 3 plastic nuts which is appx 2 feet fore of the drivers rear wheel. When replacing it, definately replace the fuel lines. They get cracked over time and I've had at least one e30 burst into flames from a brittle/cracked fuel line.
It went something like this...
driving up to my friend aarons house...
my friend aaron outside with a beer in his hand.
i step out and greet him.
he looks over my shoulder and asks casually "hey rich, is your car normally on fire?"
i blink and reply "why, no, no, its not usually on fire. why?"
calm as can be:"oh, because it is."
i turn around to see my lovely 325's engine compartment up in flames. was able to get it out, at the expense of losing all the gorilla hair off my right arm, and saved the engine, but lost some of the electronics and it killed the AFM.
lessons learned: when you replace the fuel filter, dont go cheap and not replace the fuel lines. they arent THAT hard to treplace, they arent very expensive, and they are CERTAINLY less expensive then the alternative.