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Old 07-04-08
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Default Poss. to mess up Fuel Filter?

Just got my saab back from my mechanic. Had him do oil change and fuel filter / also balance the front tires as this was my bad front end prob (havent had time to bring it up on the highway yet) But i noticed when i looked at the new fuel filter there was gas on it hanging from the bottom. Not literally leaking but there. I wiped it down and im going to let it sit for a little while then start it up and watch.... think they screwed up the washers?
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I had this problem before and it is possible that there could be a crack at the teflon fuel line at the banjo fittings.

I've also found that using regular copper crush washers that most fuel filters come with don't work that well. You need the kind that has a rubber ring on the inside.
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I had this problem before and it is possible that there could be a crack at the teflon fuel line at the banjo fittings.

I've also found that using regular copper crush washers that most fuel filters come with don't work that well. You need the kind that has a rubber ring on the inside.
Ok, car off - fine, no leak / car on, its leaking from the copper gasket from the tank side. Tried with a wrench to tighten it, seems pretty damn tight. Fine to drive? Its just a steady drip drip drip. Going to bring it to him 2morrow morning, have to drive on hwy 15min eachway, safe? I should only be light on gas as i would think.
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Ok, car off - fine, no leak / car on, its leaking from the copper gasket from the tank side. Tried with a wrench to tighten it, seems pretty damn tight. Fine to drive? Its just a steady drip drip drip. Going to bring it to him 2morrow morning, have to drive on hwy 15min eachway, safe? I should only be light on gas as i would think.
Im also pretty pissed off, i forgot to mention.
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I'd drive it, I think.

But there are many on this board who would not..
By rights, the installer should come to your home and do the job correctly or his company should pay for the towing..
Even at $100 per hour and they cannot trouble themselves to check out their work..That is what galls me ! Mistakes can and will be made; but any job MUST be inspected.....
Saab fuel line, IMO, is very rugged; but, changing the filter requires two wrenches - the filter is designed for this ...
The good filters will also include new sealing washers...probably copper.
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It is environmentally unfriendly to drive it this way for long - but to the shop that did the work to fix it, ok. Not to mention with the price of fuel, it is suicidally uneconomical to drive it this way for long. Take it back and have them make it right. And Ches is right on the money - you need the brass and rubber washers in there.
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The environtment is now safe, its fixed!
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Not to mention with the price of fuel, it is suicidally uneconomical to drive it this way for long.
Come and see us over here in Europe if you really want to be depressed

Anyway, if the sealing washers were damaged then no amount of tightening will fix the leak. Hopefully the repair involved remaking the joint with the correctly specified Saab seals.

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