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DIY Service Guide: Fuel Filter, Oil+Oil Filter, Pollen Filter, Air Filter + MAF Clean

Discussion in 'Mk4 Ibiza FAQ's (6L) 2002-2008' started by Seat_Stu, May 3, 2010.

  1. 2 car dad

    2 car dad Active Member

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    Thanks, that was a breeze! Oil changed before 8:30!
     
  2. mike_burton

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    Hi

    The pictures are not working, does anybody have the direct link?

    Thanks

    Mike
     
  3. Seat_Stu

    Seat_Stu Active Member

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    Hi there

    Apologies for the downtime of the photos, had some website issues ! Can't quite believe its still here :)

    Just serviced that car again (parents have it now) and its all set for another year ! A nice full service for less that £50 !

    Hope the guide still helps people save some money :)

    Cheers
    Stu
     
  4. Strawp

    Strawp Guest

    This is fantastic, thanks!

    Do you do everything on that list annually/10k?
     
  5. Seat_Stu

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    Hi Strawp,

    I don't have the car any more, it belongs to my parents but I still do the servicing for it when time is available :)

    It sure as hell doesn't hurt to do all of those tasks every 10k/annually but may be unnecessary for some bits.

    I can't remember the 'official' service jobs at each stage as I always check the service book anyway but I will always change each year/10k at minimum the following,

    -Oil + Oil Filter
    -Air filter
    -Pollen filter
    -Drain out fuel filter

    Cleaning the MAF and changing the fuel filter I reckon every 20k maybe (I think the book says every 40k for the fuel filter change?)

    Remember to have your cambelt changed at the 60k/4 years mark. But for the sake of an air filter and pollen filter being £10-20 max to change both, why wouldn't you??! :)

    Hope the guide has helped !

    cheers
    -Stu
     
  6. Strawp

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  7. Seat_Stu

    Seat_Stu Active Member

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    Well it depends, if it had done little mileage it would still need to have it changed after the 4 year mark.

    Good luck :)

    Cheers
    -Stu
     
  8. Strawp

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    Did all of this yesterday (except the fuel filter EDIT: or MAF). First time I've ever serviced a car.

    Printed the first page of this thread to PDF and stuck it on my kindle, wrapped in a sandwich bag :D

    [​IMG]

    Hardest bit was getting the fuel filter cap off. Slightly damaged it trying to use heavy duty pliers with adjustable jaws before putting a deep scratch up my arm, admitting defeat and getting a suitable adjustable spanner. Also screwed up trying to put the car on ramps. Didn't have anyone spotting me and one ramp shifted forwards, so I ended up driving over the end of the other one. :censored: Put a couple of small dents in the chassis but nothing serious.

    Thanks for the guide!
     
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  9. Seat_Stu

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    haha Strawp that's fantastic ! Glad the guide has helped you !

    Changing the fuel filter is super easy, if not the easiest part :) - The MAF sensor takes allot longer but then you don't really need to do this that often.

    Next time though, try to include some damage control, we dont want you to have any more accidents with getting up on ramps etc in future, especially any cuts !

    I use a trolley jack and axle stands nowadays as I repopulated the shed with some new tools !

    If you need any more help or to change the fuel filter then let me know and I'll walk you through it. If I remember its good to change every 40k miles but every service you should drain the crap out the bottom of the current one. There is a big plastic screw drainer at the bottom of it, get a bucket and open that up. Witness all the soot'y rubbish in there.

    Cheers
    -Stu
     
  10. Strawp

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    Air filter and cabin filter were definitely the easiest bits. My oil filter cap was screwed on really tight.

    I got a fuel filter like the one in the picture. I had a choice of two - the other was slightly longer and the guy at the parts shop said it wouldn't make much difference. I can now see that the one in there was actually the longer model so I might switch the one I bought next time I'm in the area.

    I wasn't quite sure in the guide about the connections with the fuel filter. Are you effectively just giving tubes a good pull to get them off? Is this where mole grips would come in handy to keep those clips open?
     
  11. Seat_Stu

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    Regards the fuel filter, I originally ordered one from ECP and it was the short one without the drainer at the bottom. I decided to send that back and just pickup an OEM part from SEAT which was the taller one with a drainer. I doubt it makes much difference but for the sake of a few quid, i went official :)

    The connections on the filter - there are directional arrows on the pipes and etched on the top of the filter (or at least should me). Slightly different to what you described, the following is what I did,

    -Pull out butterfly clip and keep somewhere safe
    -Lift that part out the filter (remember to change rummer grommets, one is thinner than the other, remember to keep them in the right places with replacements. Think one was blue the other was black)
    -Use mole grips or pliers to open the small metal clamps and just simply move them up the tube a little.
    -Ease off the cable by pulling, twisting and eventually it will come off - have a rag at the ready as some diesel may come out !
    -I wrap the tubes in kitchen towel while I lift the filter out
    -Swap out filters

    do the same in reverse to put back !

    If its a cleaning exercise then you wont need to replace the rubber seals and just drain off the filter and put it back in and connect up.

    I personally leave the engine running for a few mins after as remember, there is no fuel in the filter - I let the system sort itself out for abit :)

    Remember there are are 3 or 4 little black hooks that hang over the edge of the filter to hold it in.

    Cheers
    -Stu
     
  12. Strawp

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    Cool, that's easy enough - thanks!
     
  13. Seat_Stu

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    I cleaned out the fuel filter in this car (my old one) a few months back - took no longer than 20 mins !

    All I had was,
    -Handful of tissues & rags
    -An old/empty ice cream container !
    -Pliers

    If you're changing it competely you will need the same plus,

    -Small flat head screwdriver (to pry off the small rubber washers)
    -New filter, of course

    Piece of cake! Who knows, next time I might video it and wack it on YouTube :D

    Cheers
    -Stu
     
  14. Zenith

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    That guide is brilliant. Thank you Seat_stu.
     
  15. Seat_Stu

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    No worries Zenith, glad it has helped.

    Cheers
    -Stu
     
  16. Zenith

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    Well maybe I jumped the gun a little bit!

    Tried to find my pollen filter but when I remove the panel under passenger side glove box it looks very different to the picture you posted.
    I am off down the road now, but will have another crack after the weekend.
    If I'm still stuck, could I maybe post a couple of pics?

    Thanks again.
     
  17. Seat_Stu

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    Haha ok, what car is it you have? Ibiza TDi - year?

    Feel free to post some pics and ill try to help where I can :)

    Cheers
    -Stu
     
  18. Zenith

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    You really are going to laugh now. I'm so embarassed - it's a Seat Leon 1.9 TDI and I've just realised this guide is for the Ibiza!
    I will have a look round the forum and see if anyone has done pics and guide for the Leon.
    Guess its a good excuse that I'm a newbie :)
     
  19. Zenith

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    Just an update.
    I've searched this forum and everybody describes the pollen filter being housed in panel under the passenger glove box.
    I've taken this off and can see a black plastic box but cannot for the life of me get it off - it certainly has no sliders etc.
    Can anyone help with a pic or should I repost this in Leon section?
    Thank you
     
  20. Seat_Stu

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    Hmm I believe its the same - what year Leon do you have?

    When I'm next back at my parents I'll steal the car keys and snap some photos on the mobile for you :)

    Once you take off the plastic cover with the torx screws. There should be like to slides on the outside edges that push into the middle (if i remember correct)

    That then should come loose and then you can pull down and out the filter which has a square/rectangular plastic casing.

    Cheers
    -Stu
     

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