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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 2012, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Failed to replace fuel filter R50

Hi
Wanted to replace the fuel filter in Mini One R50 2002.
Got the new filter , and wanted to work according to this guide :

Mini Cooper S (R50/53): Replacing Fuel Filter

when pulled the filter, found out that it's not the same as mentioned in the manuals.
it looks different ! couldn't figure how to separate it from it's housing.

how can i dis-assemble it? the metal round thing , is it the filter itself or it's housing ? i ask cause the new replacement filter i got is paper made.
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Ah yes, early gen1's had a different filter.

Looking at your photo, it looks like the 2 tabs in the foreground need to be pushed in while pulling the top/lid upwards (not just the 2 tabs in foreground, but I'd guess there's another 2 or 3 pairs of tabs around the other sides).

And I'm pretty certain that the filter is inside the metal housing (similar to the engine oil filter design).
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you are right , there are 3 of these "push in" tabs , managed to pull them of their housing , but couldn't pull the whole thing up. it squeezed and i tried hard but didn't want to pull too hard cause , at one point i thought maybe i'm missing something.
thanks first of all..
anyone has maybe a tip or 2 for me?
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This question has been asked before, you cant change the filter separately on the very early MINI its designed for life, if it needs changing you have to change the whole assembly.
The ones in the manual show the replaceable filter for the later cars.
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This question has been asked before, you cant change the filter separately on the very early MINI its designed for life, if it needs changing you have to change the whole assembly.
The ones in the manual show the replaceable filter for the later cars.
Quite odd that the assembly was changed, and yet it's still not an item that appears in the service schedule.

So if it can't be replaced, omri617, where did you get your filter from?
I hope Mini dealerships aren't supplying filters for cars that can't take them?
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I got it from E-bay.
according to realoem , i go the number and bought it .
The Nun - can you refer me to the thread that it was discussed?
thanks
can't believe i bought it for nothing. can't believe this filter is for life.
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I will have a look and see if \i can find the post, it might not be on this MINI site.
I remember it said that the very first BMW MINI fuel filters were deemed as a lifetime fitment, could not be taken apart to renew the element, a little later the filters were changed to allow the paper element to be removed and changed at service.
If you have one of the original types you can only swop the whole assembly.
I recall someone else had exactly the same problem in that the dealers gave them the paper filter when asked as thats all they have, and of course it doesnt fit.
Maybe CAVEMAN here knows where to find it, think he was in the original post??
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Heres a previous post, same problem as you

DIY R50 Cooper Fuel filter/sender problems
DIY R50 Cooper Fuel filter/sender problems
Hi all, im hoping you can help me with a problem i have.

Yesterday i serviced my R50 cooper 2001, when it came to the fuel filter i looked in the manual to find it is in the tank etc.
When i pulled the sender unit out i found it looks different to the one in the manual, and every one ive seen on the how to's online, most seem to simply have a screw top and a paper filter, which is what i was supplied with, however my sender has clips that you need a million hands to hold and pull the top off! and a metal filter which i cant seem to remove once the top is off!

What i want to know is why is my sender different to everything else ive seen.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Many thanks
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Thanks Nun. For the sake of future users , here is the rest of the short , important thread:

Here i am with the same issue, just ordered the filter etc, cracked open the tank and there before me sat something not covered anywhere on the net, and looking nothing like any write-up I've seen, well up to the point where it states to twist open the housing and instead there are clips and looks to be a metal canister inside.
Very glad i saw your post as it saved me trying to undo the numerous clips to find that metal canister, big thumbs up for that ;o) saved me so much hassle and swearing.
Did you find out the solution, as i would be grateful to know the answer to this puzzle
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MINI Coopers (non S) built prior to 03/2002 have a steel filter that is not normally replaceable, you have to replace the complete unit if you think its giving problems.
MINI thereon had replaceable paper filters
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Brining that up , how about changing the fuel pump for the later on models? Is it possible ?
In this case , filter can be replaced .
Part # 16146766176

16146766176 Mini Cooper Electric Fuel Pump R50 R52 New VDO OEM | eBay

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Brining that up , how about changing the fuel pump for the later on models? Is it possible ?
In this case , filter can be replaced .
Part # 16146766176

16146766176 Mini Cooper Electric Fuel Pump R50 R52 New VDO OEM | eBay

?
Anyone has a comment?
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Brining that up , how about changing the fuel pump for the later on models? Is it possible ?
In this case , filter can be replaced .
Part # 16146766176

16146766176 Mini Cooper Electric Fuel Pump R50 R52 New VDO OEM | eBay

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