2003 VW Passat

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Old 02-13-07, 09:57 AM
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2003 VW Passat

Darned if I can't locate the fuel pump and fuel filter in my 2003 VW Passat (4 cylinder, turbo). Can anyone help me with this? Are there any special tools I will need to replace the filter (once found)?

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Old 02-13-07, 01:47 PM
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Most likely the fuel pump is in the fuel tank.

These days, fuel filters may also be in the tank.

I would get under the car and follow the fuel lines coming out of the tank. They will run along the frame rail and go up to the fuel rail.

On most cars, the fuel filter on mounted on the frame rail.

On newer cars, like mine, it is not required to change the filter, ever. Check with the dealer and see if it is required.

Also, looks like there was a recall for the fuel pump. Call the dealer to see if you vehicle is affected. Have your VIN ready.
 
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Old 02-15-07, 07:30 AM
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Thank you, Mark.

You're certainly correct about problems with the fuel pump. I never learned about the fuel pump recall, but one cold, rainy night I was stranded at a busy intersection because the fuel pump suddenly stopped working. A real pleasureable experience, I'll tell ya. Fortunately, the car was still under warranty, and so it was replaced at no expense to me.

However, the last time I took it in for service, the guys there said I needed to change the fuel filter soon. I was hoping to do this myself and was wondering where it is. Thanks for the suggestion to start looking with the frame rail. It is much appreciated!
 
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Old 02-15-07, 02:09 PM
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Follow the directions above about replacing the fuel filter. It should be along the inside of your frame rails. You should have 2-3 fuel lines with it. They are usually aluminum in color and look like a small soda can shape.
 
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