DIY: Removing a Push Lock Fuel Line Fitting

  • Published on Nov 1, 2013
  • Video tutorial on how to remove the push lock style fuel line fittings on a vehicle. This is a very common style found on most vehicles today that are used on a variety of applications on the fuel system, but can also be found on other components such as transmission lines. This style fitting does not incorporate a clip that needs to be remove or a tab that has to be depressed. A speciality tool is required which is very inexpensive. You can make your won removal tool as well, but with that comes the risk of damaging the lock on the fitting or having the homemade tool break during the removal process. This particular tutorial was done on a 1997 BMW 540i.
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    Tools/Supplies Needed:
    -fuel line removal tool
    -o-ring dressing
    -cup or container
    -safety glasses
    -when working on a pressurized system containing a fluid, it is important to wear safety glasses to risk having any fluid spraying in your eyes
    -if you are working with the fuel system, make sure the system is bleed from any fuel which can spray in your face
    -this can be done by removing the fuel pump relay or fuse, then turn the engine over as if you were going to start it
    -there will be a certain amount of fuel which still comes out of the line, so keep a cup or rags handy
    -using the fitting removal tools, pick the correct size and clip it onto the fuel line
    -push the tool into the fitting, then pull back on the fitting
    -the line will come off with little effort
    -to reinstall the firing, ensure the line is clean and free of any dirt or debris which can cause sealing issues
    -sometimes o-ring dressing can be applies to help with seal seating
    -push the fitting back on the line until you hear a clip
    -then pull back to make sure it's on properly
    -bleed the system from any air
    -then pressurize the system and inspect for any leaks
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Comments • 203

  • S P
    S P 28 days ago +1


    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  24 days ago

      No problem, happy to help :)

  • Dennis Kirkey
    Dennis Kirkey Month ago

    How do you release pressure in fuel line?

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  Month ago

      Either pull the fuse or fuel pump relay, then try to start the engine. That should bleed off most of the fuel pressure.

  • andinconclusion
    andinconclusion Month ago +1

    Oh DUDE !! You have put me out of my misery. At last, the solution.

  • Daniel Garcia
    Daniel Garcia Month ago

    Hows going there good video. I have a 2006 Volvo vnl670 with an d12 engine and iam wanting to change out the fuel filter housing butiam kind of skeptical on do in it cuz i never done it b4. Are the fuel line fitting are the same as the Volvo d12 engine ?

  • Thunderhorse
    Thunderhorse 2 months ago +1

    Well articulated and succinct. Best that I have seen. Thank you!

  • devin schmelter
    devin schmelter 3 months ago

    Might be cheap. But when your broke. They are expensive πŸ˜£πŸ˜’

  • Jerseyhighlander
    Jerseyhighlander 3 months ago

    I have NEVER been able to get one of these GM quick connect fittings off with anything less than a saw & a cold chisel.

  • Eric R
    Eric R 3 months ago +3

    Dont buy any of the autozone fuel line removal tools..none of then work!!

  • Fluffymiyster
    Fluffymiyster 4 months ago

    This is but one obstacle that stands in my way if I want to change the gasket seals on my car but here I am, probably foolishly hoping to still fix it myself, lol. I saw the gas lines though and stopped. I think I'll toss a pack of these onto my Amazon list with other parts I'm getting, either way. Thank you for the video!

  • Russ Perkins
    Russ Perkins 4 months ago

    If only it was that easy! These connectors suck!

  • Sergio GARZA
    Sergio GARZA 5 months ago

    Mine doesnt fucking snap like that!!!

  • danny brown
    danny brown 5 months ago

    Thanks, very well explained

  • Donald Thompson
    Donald Thompson 5 months ago

    I'm about to scrap my 2004 Jeep Liberty Renegade, I cant get the damn high pressure fuel line off to pull the fuel rail to replace the fuel injectors.

  • Peter Schulhof
    Peter Schulhof 6 months ago +1

    Very helpful and to the point

  • Poo Ass
    Poo Ass 6 months ago

    You can get these on rockauto for about $1 plus about $3 shipping. If you get them at autozone for 10 dollars, but it is a waste of money in my opinion.

  • John Doe
    John Doe 7 months ago

    What did we do before YT?

    • POV Adventures
      POV Adventures 6 months ago

      Paid expensive mechanics and broke A LOT OF STUFF

  • John Doe
    John Doe 7 months ago

    Thank you

  • Jagsta
    Jagsta 7 months ago +1

    Thanx for the demontration!

  • Damnit Bobby
    Damnit Bobby 8 months ago +8

    Trust me, do this... Get a Magic Marker, one that has the fat tip, probably buy one at the Dollar Tree store for $1 If you can't find one around the house. I had a dried up marker in my tool box. Cut the end off the marker cap so you have a tube, it's about a 3/8" diam. Cut a slit down one side of the hollow marker cap. I had to remove about an extra 1/8" from the slit in the marker cap because the plastic was so hard it wouldn't open up and slip on over the fuel pump pressure line (1998 Ford Ranger). Once the marker cap is on the fuel pressure line push it towards the connector while pushing the connector towards the marker cap. You should feel the line disconnect, pull the fuel line off.

    I had bought the $10 special plastic disconnect tool set like in this video, the 3/8 tool fit perfect on the fuel line at the fuel pump but it WOULD NOT release the fuel line connector. I tried for 2 days farting around with that paid tool. Then I watched a video on TVclip about making my own tool out of a Sharpie pen cap. It didn't work and I was about to give up (lol). After I made the plastic tool from the Magic Marker cap (very tough plastic), the fuel line came off in two tries and no cussing. DO IT, IT REALLY DOES WORK!!

    • Gary McMichael
      Gary McMichael Month ago

      But the then dies. Oh the humanity!!

  • Jose Cardona
    Jose Cardona 8 months ago +3

    SIR THANK YOU!!!! Guys if you have this same problem SPIN THE METAL PART ON THE PLASTIC TOOL

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  8 months ago

      Happy to help and thank you for the tip!

  • Barry
    Barry 8 months ago +4

    I had to replace a leaking heater hose fitting to the firewall. Same style fitting (2000 Silverado). Bought the same plastic tool kit and it was a snap. Worth the few bucks to avoid the annoyance of trying to make some tool.

  • Beverly Harrold
    Beverly Harrold 8 months ago +1

    this gives us a small chance of having our towns ice cream truck on the road today thank you

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  8 months ago

      Happy to help and best of luck!

  • stevetdeacon
    stevetdeacon 8 months ago +1

    Pain in the ass! Definitely quick connect not quick disconnect πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I would suggest the plastic moveable ones i used a back handle one with 2 pieces you have to try to get into it. I did mine on a 03 yukon

  • Luke Watf
    Luke Watf 9 months ago +1

    Thanks helped a lot on how to remove fuel from my vx commodore

  • 1984s 'Horizon Band'
    1984s 'Horizon Band' 11 months ago

    semi truck air lines work the same way.

  • rob wells
    rob wells 11 months ago

    home made ones work great : )

  • majorlopez1992
    majorlopez1992 11 months ago

    When the engine is off is there still pressure in the pump side of the line or do they all come off dry

  • Tony F
    Tony F 11 months ago

    Where did you but this tool? I have the same fitting in my vehicle and cannot remove the push lock fitting unless the line is physically cut. What is the name of this tool and where did you get it? Thanks

    • Carlos Reyes
      Carlos Reyes 10 months ago

      Can you tell me what they are called? And where you got them at? Thank you

    • Tony F
      Tony F 11 months ago

      Just founded and bought it - Thank you! Now on the way to fix the hose problem.

    SOUFYANE dz Year ago

    This is the bad system ever

  • Alan Medina
    Alan Medina Year ago +2

    This video is exactly what I needed to address my fuel rail fitting.

    • Alan Medina
      Alan Medina 10 months ago +1

      @Michael Walter
      I cant comment on a Buick because I have not been exposed to one.
      What I do know from working on other cars is that the oil rings are found in the fuel injector heads.
      You have the fuel line which uses the fuel release tools on this video and then the fuel line feeds the fuel rail with the fuel injectors feeding the combustion chambers.
      Hope it helps.

    • Michael Walter
      Michael Walter 10 months ago

      I'm working on a '99 Buick Century with the same fitting. Is there an O ring seal inside that fitting that I need to be aware of? Will using this tool compromise that seal?

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  Year ago +1

      Happy to help!

  • ThatGuyYouMetToday VLOGS

    My god thank you so much for this...I was ready to jump off the roof lol

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  Year ago

      No problem, happy to help!

  • mike48632
    mike48632 Year ago

    I have a 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup with the 5.7 hemi and the line that couples to the fuel rail will NOT loosen up and come off even after buying different tools both plastic and metal , Can you cut the line above the coupler and put a high pressure hose where you cut ?

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  Year ago

      Have you tried pushing it on further or rotating the connections? I'd be hesitant using a gear clamp connection and there isn't a hose barb, so you can risk the link sliding off under pressure.

  • Jose Alvarez
    Jose Alvarez Year ago

    Whats the name of the tool you used?

  • TheBurgold
    TheBurgold Year ago +1

    Very helpful

  • jjonathan360
    jjonathan360 Year ago +2

    This is the most helpful video I've come across on this subject. I've never had to disconnect this particular kind of fitting before now, and Ive been banging my head against the wall trying to figure out what the right tool to buy is. Thanks!

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  Year ago

      No problem, happy to help :)

  • Maurice Arney
    Maurice Arney Year ago +1

    Thanks man... You're a life saver!

  • peet kok
    peet kok Year ago +1

    super video

    D BLEEZY Year ago

    Thats bullshit mine wont come off man ... And i have the right tools... I'm pissed that's the only thing I have to get off to get the pump out and I can't...

  • Grab A Sandwich
    Grab A Sandwich Year ago

    I just finished replacing the pump on my 04 Silverado in my driveway. It has 300k (KM) The pump still worked, but rusted out and had a huge hole. Strong gas smell whenever I parked it.
    What a nightmare! The lock ring was fused to the pump from rust. Also rotten was the metal quick connect shown here, part of the metal line on the frame near the tank, and the tank straps.
    Runs a bit better now and no more codes! Have a good one :)

  • steve elliot
    steve elliot Year ago

    these fittings are the worst design ive ever seen. I did the exact same thing you did on my fuel pump fittings. Plastic btw. Could not get those fittings to come out. Ended cutting the plastic fittings off the fuel pump and used a small screwdriver to push the 4 tabs over. They tend to want to snap back so you have to be very gentle and if you can get all four tabs to stay over you then can pull the cut off fitting out. Takes a calm patient person but can be done. I like the idea of making your own tool from a sharpie cap. I'll try that next time.

  • Venson James
    Venson James Year ago +1

    great video, very understandable and straight to the point perfect

  • LD Texas
    LD Texas Year ago +1

    Thank you. Needed that.

  • John b
    John b Year ago

    Where did you buy those disconnect tools?

  • James Barnett
    James Barnett 2 years ago +1

    very good and clear explanation on how to use the tool

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      Thank you and glad to help out!

  • waltwitty
    waltwitty 2 years ago +5

    Thanks for explaining and getting to the point without the confusing endless rhetoric

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      Glad to help out :)

  • Kevin Fitzpatrick
    Kevin Fitzpatrick 2 years ago

    hey i drive 98 volvo v70 non turbo my fuel filter is stuck on would this work for a aftermarket that was put but mechanic cant take it off

  • Jose Diaz
    Jose Diaz 2 years ago +1

    Jose Diaz said thankyou for the all information about the Volvo

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      Glad to help out :)

  • tileman17
    tileman17 2 years ago

    OK hears the thing . my gas lines wear very rusted got to different tools the line wouldn't release end up just pull the line out clip and all and transferring the seal and clip ,the tool might work great with no rust but when rusted be ready to just pull everything out and transfer the seal and clip

  • Vertigo
    Vertigo 2 years ago +1

    Warning: Do not attempt removing your Fuel Filter without a positive attitude and a Xanax.

  • Clearanceman2
    Clearanceman2 2 years ago +2

    Great video, very instructive and clear.

    • Clearanceman2
      Clearanceman2 2 years ago

      What do you do if your friend screws around with the push lock too much and flattens the tabs so they won't reingage with the line?

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      Thank you and don't forget to subscribe :)

  • Darin Ridgeway
    Darin Ridgeway 2 years ago +1

    thanks for your video I am trying to undo a fuel tank under the back of a 98 Suburban and the fuel hoses are extremely hard to get to buying this tool will definitely make this job a lot easier. as I suspected my fuel tank and pump are good it is a leaking fuel line.

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      Glad to help out and thank you for the feedback. Don't forget to subscribe :)

  • Patrick McNamara
    Patrick McNamara 2 years ago +2

    Hit everything with PB Blaster the night before

    • TK King
      TK King 4 months ago

      Thanks for that info because I've been working on this fuel line for 4days...

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      Great tip, thank you for sharing :)

  • Adin Kauffman
    Adin Kauffman 2 years ago +1

    i like it

  • Terence M
    Terence M 2 years ago

    I still can't seem to get the lines off with these tools

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      If you're having trouble in the future, either rotate the line to break it free or pushing it further on the fitting usually helps. Don't forget to subscribe :)

    • Terence M
      Terence M 2 years ago +1

      Nevermind, was removed with much convincing

  • Levon Lochikian
    Levon Lochikian 2 years ago

    My push lock fitting was damaged when my engine was swapped. I cant find the exact metal one and i come across what i believe is the aftermarket plastic one by Dorman. Do you know if it can be swapped out?

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      The rubber line with the locks inside were damaged? If so, you should be able to purchase the replacement line or fitting, just ensure it meets the correct pressure rating, is right for that diameter of line it snaps onto, and is suitable for a fuel line application. Being plastic it maybe affect by fuel, drying out and breaking after a while.

  • Ricardo Davalos
    Ricardo Davalos 2 years ago +1

    Thanks a lot great vid!

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      No problem, glad to help out :)

  • Efren Silva
    Efren Silva 2 years ago

    could you tell me please the part number of the tool and where to buy it? i need tha 3/8" size..i bent the tube because i did not a tool existed for remove...thanks in advance

    • Efren Silva
      Efren Silva 2 years ago +1

      4DIYers thanks again...i own you one

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      It's just a generic tool, try an auto parts supplier or an online source. Look for a fuel line disconnect tool, there are different styles available but they all do the same thing.

  • Miss Me
    Miss Me 2 years ago +1

    great video you got right to the point and you did it thank you sir

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      Glad to help out and thank you!

  • vin x
    vin x 2 years ago

    Well done video clear & concise, I need to get this set of tools, what is the proper technical name for them and where would you recommend that I buy one?

  • Scott Pecora
    Scott Pecora 2 years ago +1

    Thank You, taught me something new today, most appreciated. Scott

    • 4DIYers
      4DIYers  2 years ago

      Glad to help out Scott :)