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Username Post: Retaining clips for 05 Impala fuel filter        (Topic#209302)
dwi189 
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02-10-09 07:17 AM - Post#1626795    

Is there a special tool to release the retaining clip for the rear fuel line to fuel filter on an '05 Impala?

I don't know why Chevy designed the fuel filter connections so dumb on the Impala.

On my two previous trucks, an '00 Silverado, and '91 K1500 Blazer, it had steel fuel lines with nuts on connections on each end of the filter...a couple of wrenches would remove the filter.

On the Impala, nuts are used on one end, and a flexible fuel line on rear of filter with a black clip that one has to somehow push up to remove the rear line.

I broke that clip a couple of years ago and had a heck of a time getting a new clip.

Chevy told me that I had to drop the tank and replace the line from the tank to the filter as they didn't carry the clip.

I went to the dealer and a mechanic happened to have a bag of those clips that he got from Ford....so I was able to fix the car.

I am paranoid of breaking that cheap 99 cent retaining clip again as for some bizzare reason, nobody seems to carry it......My only option is to buy the entire rear flexible fuel tank to filter fuel line and then remove the clip to have as a spare in case I break the clip I have......

I went to Ford the other day to buy some spares as that is where the Mechanic got them from, and Ford says they no longer service that clip either....the tank has to be dropped and a whole new rear line installed simply for a clip that would take seconds to snap into place.

What is the big deal that nobody sells a 99 cent clip that snaps in in seconds for such an important part on a car????

 
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nova1975 
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02-10-09 11:41 AM - Post#1626963    
    In response to dwi189

I would love to know also. We were heading out on a trip and I wanted to replace filter before we left. Ended up having dealer do it because I didn't want to break clips either.
1975 Nova, 1969 K20, 1995 Z28 Vert, 2005 LS Impala
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Timothys Chevy 
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02-11-09 06:03 AM - Post#1627617    
    In response to nova1975

I believe there are 2 styles of those clips. One is a C style, where you need a screwdriver to pry the clip out, and the line comes apart. It might be trickier if the fuel filter has been on there a long time.

http://www.fmsiinc.com/fuel-retainer-clips.htm

Either it will be black clip part no 3105 or the other one 3102. 3105 is prised with a flathead screwdriver at the triangle tip.

The other style, 3102 (or 3103), you need to squeeze the tabs while pushing in on the line, then pull apart. You may need to use a small screwdriver for this job too. (Gently!)

They're a piece of cake once you get used to it. My PA has complete plastic lines and I love em, they don't rust, and are easier to service.

These clips should be avalible at any auto parts stores. Actually, it should have been sent with the filter!

~~Timothy~~

1984 Chevy Citation 2.5
2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD
1993 Buick Park Avenue
2001 Pontiac Sunfire GTX


 
dwi189 
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02-11-09 07:09 AM - Post#1627662    
    In response to Timothys Chevy

Wow....Part #3222 is the clip that I use......There is a plastic clip that is packaged with a new fuel filter but it is a totally different style....used for an older application the one that is packaged looks like the 3102 which is wrong for my application.....I went to Autozone a few years ago looking for this 3222 style clip and they kept referring me to the white plastic clip in the package which was nothing like what I needed....They then referred me to Chevy who in turn told me that the part 'is a non servicable part' and I would have to buy the entire rear fuel line....There is a Mom and Pop type Autoparts store in my area with old timers behind the counter that know their stuff in and out.....They have a mountain of parts reference books at their disposal and if they don't have a part, can pick up a phone and will usually get it in a couple of hours....I will have to take this info over to them and see if they can order me a handfull.....I haven't changed my filter in about 40,000 miles because of fear of breaking that clip again.

 
dwi189 
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02-11-09 07:25 AM - Post#1627670    
    In response to dwi189

What is also interesting is that the 3222 is listed as a Ford application even though it is also used in GM's....Somewhere along the line, Chevy switched over to that style of clip.....and I now remember when I went to the Chevy Parts counter and the employee called the mechanic out from the back with a bag of assorted clips from which I was able to pick out the clip I needed....The bag was labeled FORD.

 
nova1975 
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02-11-09 09:18 AM - Post#1627733    
    In response to dwi189

3222 does look right to me also. Let me know how it works when you do it.
1975 Nova, 1969 K20, 1995 Z28 Vert, 2005 LS Impala
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dwi189 
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02-11-09 09:42 AM - Post#1627753    
    In response to nova1975

I'm going to stop over at the Mom and Pop place on the way to work this afternoon to see how I make out.....I have a smaller 5/16 clip that I picked up along with the 3/8 clip from the mechanic at Chevy that day a few years ago.and I can take that along as a sample.....I did a websearch after reading the info on this thread and found several sources that sell those clips....Unfortunately, some sources refer to the older style clip for GM, so I want to take my sample along to make sure they sell me the right clip....I have a feeling that they'll have to order the clip I need...


 
dwi189 
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02-12-09 12:59 PM - Post#1628570    
    In response to dwi189

Well..the saga continues as far as the search for the retainer clip.....I took my 5/16 sample over to the Mom and Pop place yesterday and they ordered a 5 pack for me of the 3/8....When I went in to pick it up today, I found that it was the wrong style clip...looked like #3105....instead of 3222.

The clerk told me that this was all that was available that he knew of.

I drove over to another Mom and Pop place nearby and took the 5/16 sample clip and a print out of the FMSI page from this post. The clerk went over to the rack and found a 5 pack and it was the same wrong style that was ordered for me up at the other place.

I showed the clerk the pic of the 3222 and advised him that the clip had to look exactly like that one.

He looked through his books and then went on his computer and after 5 minutes of searching, located a 4 pack assortment in a warehouse....2 5/16's and 2 3/8's so I would have to buy the four to get the two I needed.

I told him to go ahead and order it, as it beats breaking another clip while changing a filter and being stranded.....I asked him again if the pic was of the 3222 style...He replied 'yes'......It will be there on Friday morning, so I will have to wait until then to see if they are indeed right.....If they are, I may order a couple more packs as insurance since they seem to be so hard to come by.......

 
Timothys Chevy 
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02-13-09 05:38 AM - Post#1629038    
    In response to dwi189

I just installed a new fuel filter on the Aerostar last night. Took 2 seconds, and this was the factory filter! New filter came with those 3222 style clips.
I seriously don't understand why you were not supplied with those clips. We have tons of them here at Canadian tire, and I replace them with every new filter. I got the filter from Napa if thats any help.
~~Timothy~~

1984 Chevy Citation 2.5
2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD
1993 Buick Park Avenue
2001 Pontiac Sunfire GTX


 
dwi189 
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02-13-09 10:04 AM - Post#1629172    
    In response to Timothys Chevy

The filters do come with a clip....but it is the wrong clip for my car....At some point, the clip design was changed....I have a Chilton's manual which covers the Impala and Monte Carlo and Lumina from '96 to '05 and the manual shows the older clip design for filter changes.

I will have to look for an Aerostar filter next time I'm at the Autoparts store to see if the clip in package is the 3222 style.....For some reason, the Impalas were switched over to a Ford style retaining clip that contradicts the Service manual and also contradicts the clip packaged with replacement fuel filters.

On my car. I have to push up on the clip in order to release the rear flex fuel line from the nipple on the filter.

I broke the clip the first time a couple of years agoby prying up on the clip with a screwdriver....I also find that if I pull hard enough, I can yank the line right off the nipple even with the clip in place.....luckily the line has not blown off while driving.....a regular fuel line fitting would have been a much better idea, such as how the front of the filter is secured where wrenches are used to remove....I don't like the idea of relying on a plastic clip to hold a fuel line in place against the high fuel injection pressures.



 
dwi189 
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02-14-09 05:20 AM - Post#1629676    
    In response to dwi189

Picked up the clips.....they are the right ones.....Dorman Quick Disconnect Part# 800-023.

'FORD-GM Fuel-Line Connector Clips 5/16 and 3/8.'

6 clips are in pack....3 of each size.

I searched the Dorman website afterwards and could not find a part listing on the Dorman site for the 3/8 alone.....so the combo pack will have to do....just cannot use the 5/16 clips from pack.

 
nova1975 
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02-15-09 03:08 PM - Post#1630575    
    In response to dwi189

Thanks for keeping us posted. Please let me know when you change filter on how the clips release.

Darin
1975 Nova, 1969 K20, 1995 Z28 Vert, 2005 LS Impala
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Timothys Chevy 
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02-15-09 04:59 PM - Post#1630634    
    In response to nova1975

Like I said, theres one you pry up with a small screwdriver. Right under that triangle wedge. Sometimes its not a bad idea to use a little spray lube, and push the line in a little bit to give the clip slack to unlock.

The other style, you have to push the line in, and squeeze the 2 tabs sticking out. You may find it easier with needle nose pliers, or a small flat screwdriver, as long as you're careful.

~~Timothy~~

1984 Chevy Citation 2.5
2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD
1993 Buick Park Avenue
2001 Pontiac Sunfire GTX


 
dwi189 
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02-17-09 07:56 AM - Post#1631949    
    In response to nova1975

The first nice free day that I have, I'll change out the filter....I have a trip coming up in early March, so I plan to change the fuel filter in combination with an oil change just before the trip.

 
tsbrewers 
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11-26-10 12:56 AM - Post#2009603    
    In response to dwi189

Bringing up an old thread since it helped me with the same clip problem. also to note that Napa has the correct clips too, part number 730-5020

They are listed as 5/16" not 3/8" Not sure what size they are really, I also have the Dorman pack with the 5/16" and 3/8" sizes and it is the bigger of the two (3/8"?) that work. So not sure how it is really measured, but they both work.


http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Detail.aspx?R=BK_...

 
Szilla 
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09-13-11 07:45 PM - Post#2137110    
    In response to tsbrewers

Making sure this thread stays current. O'Reillys Auto Parts has the Dorman clips for 'FORD-GM Fuel-Line Connector Clips 5/16 and 3/8.'

If you buy the fuel filter for the 2005 Impala it will not come with the correct clip. You need the black 3/8" clip that comes in the Dorman package.

This thread helped me, hope it helps someone else too.


Jeff

 
dwi189 
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06-06-13 06:40 PM - Post#2352674    
    In response to Szilla

The 6 clip 3/8 and 5/16 Dorman clip pack that I ordered from the 2nd Mom and Pop place has worked fine......I have done a few filter changes since this thread was originally posted and broke one clip so the spare clips have come in handy

 
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