2000 Hyundai Elantra 2000 Elantra - How to remove the fuel

Tiny
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  • 2000 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 69,000 MILES
I'm trying to change my fuel filter on my hundai elantra. I have the Haynes manual but the instructions aren't too clear. I've removed the top fuel line from the filter, but I can't seem to get it out. Looking at the replacement filter, it seems that the bottom part of the filter is threaded onto the fuel line it's connected to there. However I can't seem to get the filter to twist free from the line. I tried getting in there with 2 wrenches(one for the line, one for the filter) to twist it free, but there is barely enough room and it still will not budge.

It might just be the impossibly small amount of space that I have to fit 2 wrenches underneath the fuel filter.

I have a few questions:

We took a picture of under the filter to see what it looks like below, and the fuel line beneath the filter looks partly twisted about 2 inches below the filter(see attached image.) Is this supposed to be a solid line, or is it a rubber line that is able to twist? Did I break something? :(

Has anyone had any experience replacing one of these that might be able to give some advice? Am I doing this wrong somehow?


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/376371_FuelLine_1.jpg

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 AT 10:09 PM

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Tiny
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From the picture, it looks like a rubber hose, but I can't tell without being there. If you tap on it with a wrench, does it sound like metal or rubber? As far as the space, you are doing it right. Use two line wrenches and it should come loose.
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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 AT 12:52 PM
Tiny
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I had the same problem and after 2 days I ended up cutting the fuel line and putting the filter in a bench vise with a cheater bar to get the nut loose from the filter. There was no way I would have ever gotten the filter loose from the fuel line while it was on the car. From your picture it looks like the fuel line is twisted. Mine was metal so if that is the case you may have cut the line at this point but please do be careful dealing with gasoline.
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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 AT 10:04 PM
Tiny
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I currently am changing the fuel filter in my 2000 elantra. I had to put it off for the day since I lost day light.

Anyways, there is supost to be a nut at the bottom on the fuel like that you are to take a wrench to, to unscrew the filter. I had to go get a metric wrench set today just for that purpose. After using the wrench to untighten the nut you should be able to break the filter free from the line to change it.

Now as for the picture above of the fuel line, if your's is metal like mine is, then you have twisted your fuel line. That's not a good thing.

I hope my words of wisdom have helped you some. :)
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Thursday, December 30th, 2010 AT 5:31 AM
Tiny
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The only thing you can do is carefully cut the line and replace it. NOTE: Do not make sparks when you cut it.
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Thursday, December 30th, 2010 AT 6:09 AM

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