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Audi SUVs (Q7 & Q5) and other V6 TDIs Discussions area for Audi Q7 and Q5 TDI (2009+ in Canada & the US) as well as others with the V6 TDI such as the A6, A7 and A8 sedans.

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Old December 10th, 2018, 09:23   #1
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Default 2016 Q5 Fuel Filter replacement tutorial?

Anyone have a link to a how-to for swapping out the fuel filter on these cars? It looks like the part is an inline fuel filter. Will I need a special tool to do this work? Where is it located? Any photos?

Oddly, I can't find anything when I Google it. Thanks in advance.
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Old December 10th, 2018, 09:39   #2
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Under the right (passenger) side of car, you'll need to remove the shield underneath... against the unibody rail.

Out in the open once the shield is dropped, two clamps, kinda sits in a little bracket than needs to be taken loose first. It is pretty self explanatory once you see it. Have a drip pan ready.
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Old December 10th, 2018, 09:47   #3
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You are a rockstar! Thanks. Do I need special pliers to loosen the lines?

Also, when you say right side, are we talking right rear near the fuel door? Mid near where front and rear door meet? Front?

Also, the shield. Torx 30? Torx 20? Phillips?

Thanks!
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Old December 10th, 2018, 10:07   #4
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Midship, about half way between the axles.

Slip joint pliers for the clamps, I think the shield and bracket is just 10mm nuts.
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Thanks!!!
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Old January 1st, 2019, 13:50   #6
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does the filter need to be primed?
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Old January 1st, 2019, 14:41   #7
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does the filter need to be primed?
Yes. Prime it.
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Old January 21st, 2019, 07:49   #8
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If you tackle this any pics you could supply or advise about your experience to help others (me) would be appreciated! Do you use the VCDS to prime the filter?
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Old January 31st, 2019, 09:37   #9
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Anyone have an update on this? Or a resource where a handy fellow can get instructions? Thanks!
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Old February 1st, 2019, 06:22   #10
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I did not need to prime mine on my A6. Just made sure to lose as little fuel as possible by quickly swapping the filter.
It is an easy swap once you see it. Check flow direction on filter, I believe there was an arrow indicating which direction to install it in.
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Old February 1st, 2019, 12:21   #11
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Thanks Radman! So the location is on the passenger side mid cabin underneath on the A6 too?
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Correct, it will be obvious once you remove the belly pan.
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Old February 4th, 2019, 06:55   #13
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Thanks Radman. Just got some race ramps (rr-xt-2-hd) since I’ll be servicing my Audi going forward. These things aren’t cheap but I’m still ahead after a fuel filter and oil change with what the dealer charges.
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