Mercedes Sprinter - How To Change Diesel Fuel Filter




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Jay Cee: For those that are having trouble with priming the air from the fuel system after a fuel filter change (which i did), i thought i would share what i did to bleed the fuel system, and it worked. For starters, the O rings, i took the old ones to a place that sells every type of seal you could imagine, and they did not have this size, - The O rings have to come from a Mercedes Benz dealer as a spare part, they are not a standard size O ring, and if you try to fit anything else other than the Mercedes Benz ones, they will probably tear going in - SO USE MERCEDES BENZ O RINGS!!!! - VERY IMPORTANT!!! After you have the O rings from Mercedes Benz, make sure there is no dirt where they seat, and put a smear of grease on them, like in this video, or they will probably tear going in. If you have any tears or cuts in the O rings, the system will draw in air, and the engine will not start and/or run. After the filter is fitted, remove the middle fuel line from the top of the filter, (the one with the little clip holding it), Get a small funnel that fits snug into the middle hole in the top of the fuel filter, and fill it up with diesel (about 250ml should do it), then loosen the bleed screw on the top of the filter until you see air bubbles coming out of the sides of the screw (the diesel in the funnel is pushing the air out of the filter, keep filling the funnel if you have to), when the bubbles stop coming out, and all that comes out is diesel, tighten the bleed screw back up, leave the funnel in the top - the funnel still should have some diesel in it. Ok, the filter is now bled..... Then, get hold of a fat syringe that will hold about 100 to 200ml of liquid, (i got mine from an auto spares shop) with an end on it that fits snugly in the fuel line that has been removed from the fuel filter (the middle one we took of earlier), fill the syringe full of diesel and make sure there is no air in the syringe at all. Then stick in the fuel line/hose that goes to the middle of the fuel filter (make sure its a snug fit), and start pushing the syringe and push the diesel through the fuel line, when i did it, a few bubbles came up through the funnel full of fuel, i kept pumping the syringe and it moved in about 1/4 inch. Now the fuel line is purged. Remove the funnel, and make sure diesel is full to the very top of the middle hole (MAKE SURE ITS FULL TO THE VERY TOP) then fit the middle fuel line back on to the filter. Then start the engine, dont touch the accelerator pedal, it should fire, mine did I hope this helps someone out, i had major trouble getting mine to start, it just would not fire at all, when i tried this method, it started within 5 seconds. Good luck.

Jeff Hayes: If l may give a bit off advice that Mercedes told me change the water trap filter for a non water trap one as it is a common fault for the to say you have water in your fuel after taking my tank off to check it l was given this tip and it worked a treet

sarah newman: Thanks sooooooo much for showing me the RIGHT way and not the Haynes way! The book says start the van. dont worry its self priming! Self priming my arse!

Jeff Hayes: Thanks mate

Madlookin: great video...a friend replaced my filter (prior to me watching this vid) van has been running...but now won't start, blown down the fuel line and can hear bubbles in the tank, do you think problem could be filter wasnt purged properly...and what to do?

Madlookin: followed your video...filled the filter, even poured diesel back down the fuel line...started first turn of the key!...something she hasn't done for along time...so many thanks for the vid.

1nd1p0p: Another excellent video: thanks for sharing. One question: are there different options for the filter? On my 2000 311, there is no no water sensor on the bottom of the fuel filter (nor anywhere to connect one). Most dealers I've checked out online assume the filter has the sensor so don't offer an alternative. 

Bevoin1970: Danke Eric :-)

Bevoin1970: @dumbell2312 Air bubbles in the fuel line are BAD !!! in normal working situations, however if you have just changed the fuel filter, you cant avoid getting air in the system. By filling the diesel filter up with diesel, you enable the engine to fire up quicker after filter change, then if you drive a few miles around the block, this will purge the pipes of any remaining air in the system, and all will be back to normal. Good for you for attempting this yourself. Thanks for watching :-)

Bevoin1970: Its an electric fuel pump on the newer Sprinters, what you have to be careful of is not sucking in more air once your engine is up and running. This is where you need to take care in refitting diesel fuel pipes back to your new filter, so long as the pipe connections are good and tight, air tight etc, once initial air is bled from the fuel system all should be ok. Once running take her for a spin, cover a few miles to fully bleed the air out the fuel lines.

Hesam0000: @Bevoin1970 The last time I went to a dealer for service was 15 years ago for diagnosis and that was when no one else owned diag. equipment. Now in America you can buy cheap diag. equipment, buy cheap parts online and have some mechanic install them at a low, pre-set charge. I love to put the sprinter engine plus 5-speed trans on a 1990-91 mercedes 350 SDL.

bassmandudge: @Bevoin1970 Leaving alone..but TBH the red light has never come on..even on start up..I always thought it was just there as a warning light and it had never been needed..lol..

Chipchoo: Hi Sprinter Lovers from Seattle, USA I have done filter change myself on the V6, 2007 model. It is a little bit easier since it you don't have to deal with the water drain plug at the bottom of the fuel filter. My comment was: doesn't he need a special pair of pliers to take off those special hose clams? and Doesn't he need to disconnect the battery terminal before he change the filter? Just some thoughts!

Begbucks: @Bevoin1970 ^_^

Tom Seddon: this isnt easy for a new movano!

bbky77: Hay mate.my water lite not competing on at all and will only clutch start.will not start with key.

dumbell2312: Excellent video! I recently changed the diesel filter on a renault kangoo 1.5dci, it was very straight forward, only thing I would be concerned with is the air bubbles in the tube but its driving ok, Is it ok to have some air bubbles in the system? or do you nedd to get rid of all of them?

bassmandudge: I set about a full service on my 04 sprinter following all your vids for fuel air and oil service. Absolutely brilliant. Thanks you for uploading these. One question though..the water sensor has never come on in my van since i have owned it (5 years) the electrical connector plug on the loom doesn't click into the sensor..it feels like there should be a retaining catch on the left side but no matter what I do I can't get it to engage, should it? of is it just a simple push fit? Thanks

Bevoin1970: @antpilk No I have never heard anything like that, saying that I have changed this filter many many times and never had a problem in 300,000 miles.

Bevoin1970: Do you still see air bubbles in your fuel line? if yes & you have just changed the diesel filter, you may have damaged one of the O rings. I have had same situation. I had to replace the centre plastic pipe that goes into the filter, it comes with a new O ring. It sounds to me like your sucking air in from somewhere. Smear a small amount of grease around all the O rings before assembly. I have never changed the water sensor O ring, bottom of filter. No air can be allowed to get into fuel lines

Bevoin1970: I've never changed a diesel Pump, nevaer needed too on this van

Bevoin1970: My pleasure, if you managed to do what I did in this film, successfully, and saved yourself a few £ or $ without much hassle, then I did my job well. Good on you for having a go. :-)

Radojko Cekerevac: Very Interesting That Professional Sprinters Mechanic Won,t Help us The are all Busters from all around the World . So we have to learn from each other , Lets all Professional Busters Go Broke . I am Sprinter Onwer but I am also Intercontinental Professional Ex-Boxer . Box in Belgrad , Paris London Montreal and Toronto . Best Regrds and aprisiasion for Your Video from C A N A D A .

jblp0wer: colegu :)

MAGERIA KAMAU: Thank you very much, we have been calling a mechanic and he pretend to be so important to do just this, Now I do this first thing morning.

Bevoin1970: @Hesam0000 Thats a lot of oil changes... :-)

Bevoin1970: Thats ok, thanks and please keep me informed, Im very interested to find out what the problem is. Good luck.

Bevoin1970: @kkhan42 Thank you - Hope you find them useful to you as a Sprinter owner.

Bevoin1970: @jellysidhu The more air you leave in the system, the more difficulty you will have starting the engine up after a filter change. By filling the filter with fuel, your making starting up easier, then continue to run the engine to help bleed out remaining air in the pipes...

hdidane00: im real confused here i have a mitsubishi pajero and i have just been told by my mecanic to change it at every oil change or 5000 miles now you are saying 30k which is it. also oil filter he said every 2 oil changes or 6000k. pls help.

Bevoin1970: Aaah the dreaded injectors, not changed any myself, although I have heard horror stories of them getting broken off and the head having to be drilled out etc....

Begbucks: @altevespa Just like "Covairwild" uses Thanks for the tip!

degsy49: I had problem with air in the pipes today. changed the middle fuel pipe and everything was ok. Its a standard problem on mercs with not starting or vehice running rough

Bevoin1970: @geisterbahn1 I reckon if you get a good Sprinter, you'll be fine. Anything else that crops up is just down to chance really.

Bevoin1970: You must have air in your fuel lines, you need to get as much air out as possible, and make sure you haven't damaged the 'O' rings on the pipes that go into the fuel filter. It may take the engine quite a while of turning over before it fires up again.

Bevoin1970: @altevespa Thanks for the tip - I'll look out for some on ebay. :-)

Bevoin1970: Sorry I cant help you, I have no idea.

noitatic5: I will take it to the shop and let them check for leaking injectors, will keep you informed on what they find. Thanks again for all your help.

shay clarke: looks complicated!

Supatipanno J: I changed the fuel & air filter today with ease due to seeing your video, however it (fuel) was more buried in the engine bay as the engine is the 2.7 litre 5 cylinder. I couldnt get the oil filter housing loosened using the filter wrench for this model as it is a smaller diameter (75mm). Also where is the cabin filter housed? I couldnt find it anywhere on my 2002 model to fit a fresh one

Bevoin1970: @HashiriyaSquadron Thanks for the comment, hope the Sprinter is ok now? I know that feeling well of a sick Sprinter, not nice....

Bevoin1970: Thank you, Glad to be of some service. England says hello back !! :-)

jelly sidhu: its really helpful. thanks for uploading step by step. i m just wondring if there is no need to get the ai out?

Bevoin1970: Im sure mine is an electrical pump, because if you listen very carefully when turning the ignition on you get to hear it ever so slightly...

degsy49: good video, just like i do it at work at my hire van work

Alexander stiuca-seracu: i would have a question......i have a 2002 sprinter 2.7....i got it (2 owner) at 1750miles in 2012...the van sat or a long time.....now it has 13.500miles and i noticed that the light diesel filter turns on(and stays on for 3-4 sec)when i turn the van on then shuts off....what should i do ? i think it is too early to change the filter everything is new....could i drain the water out ??? out of the drain ???would that help....thx

zack mcclain: @Bevoin1970 yea our untaxed diesel is red that diesel in the vid just seemed to have an blue color to it lol is that like company fuel or something

Bevoin1970: Just like to say Im an owner/ driver, with an engineering mind and an aversion to paying hefty garage bills. I don't possess all the specialist tools available to Mercedes Mechanics, just what's available around the home, so yes there probably are special pliers for doing this, I just don't have them. Also why disconnect the battery just to unplug a water drain plug? It's not live and the ignition isn't switched on so nothing will happen, Im just simply pulling the plug out. Thanx for watching

saycheese10times: Very informative and great presentation. 5 stars for you.

geisterbahn1: Im gonna buy a 02 or 03 plate 311 mwb for trips to paris and back once a week any big problems with the 02 or 03 plates 311s thx nice job
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