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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 08-15-2012, 11:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Daughter and son-in-laws car and today I noticed a fule leak (under pressure) that was coming from just in front of the left rear wheel (driver's side). Where should I anticipate finding the leak?
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Found it. Leak is just at or forward of the fuel filter. Need to get her up on ramps and go under.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You might as well change the fuel filter while it's up there, cheap part (I paid $15 at carquest and it was in stock) and not hard to replace. I didn't even have to lift the car to do it.
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Make sure you "de pressurize" the system prior to removing the filter. Two ways to do this, remove the gas cap, or with the car running pull the fuse for the fuel pump. I usually just remove the gas cap and only have about 1/4 cup of fuel or less spill out.
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Thanks for all of the responses. I found a crack in fuel line upstream from the filter, replaced the line and filter as well and she runs great.
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