How to Disconnect Common Fuel Line Fittings

  • Published on Apr 20, 2012
  • This video is about how to disconnect common fuel line fittings. Airtex is committed to providing the most up-to-date, in-depth fuel pump replacement information that professional technicians need to diagnose, repair and install today's complex fuel delivery systems. Airtex is the only U.S. automotive aftermarket manufacturer that designs and builds electrical AND mechanical fuel delivery system components, including modular reservoir assemblies, electric fuel pumps, mechanical fuel pumps and in-tank sender and hanger assemblies, for a full range of car, truck, fleet and specialty vehicles.
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Comments • 229

  • Lakario Davis
    Lakario Davis Day ago

    omg, why so many different ones!!! and none of them are the one I'm looking for on my Toyota Prius of course. Id like to be put in a room with just one of the people that designed these damn things! lol

  • pdufusc
    pdufusc 4 days ago

    It's a sad day when innovation creates at least one more hour to a thirty minute job!!!!! when that hose you have to remove routes towards the frame, and sitting almost against the floor of the vehicle.....That means you are going to have to drop the tank just to disconnect " A HOSE "....

  • 1pcmedic
    1pcmedic 18 days ago

    Good info, thanks! Quick and to the point!

  • sam ben
    sam ben 19 days ago

    great show thancks man

  • fisqual
    fisqual Month ago

    The one I need isn't here. Go figure.

  • Dalak Eyal
    Dalak Eyal 2 months ago

    ok. my connector just broke.. how do I connect a new connector to the line itself ? is that possible? or do I need a whole new line?
    thank's !

  • Alfredo Verdun
    Alfredo Verdun 2 months ago

    Nice video .many thank.greeting from Uruguay

  • kell durb
    kell durb 4 months ago

    Ok the connectors on mine not shown in this video , that figures. I hate working on cars thank you.

  • Zahir Shah
    Zahir Shah 4 months ago

    Thanks a lot Bro. I learn i Did

  • Sighlense
    Sighlense 5 months ago

    Had a fitting on my Hummer H3 that i coudn't figure out. Did a search and it brought me here. Thank you!!

  • gReGsKi GmAiL
    gReGsKi GmAiL 5 months ago

    thank you for the video, but I have to ask and this is not meant for you the author but in general


    Why do we need to watch how to videos on how to disconnect something as elementary as a hose clamp, why did they do this to us, it should be intuitive and I know about the higher fuel pressure I am not saying use the old hand cutter fitting on these lines, I am ranting about using one that unscrews or something like god intended.

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  5 months ago

      Different connectors for different pressure, locations and what the engineer feels appropriate. Engineers need to feel special too!

  • mark b
    mark b 5 months ago

    Could you put the name of each of the fittings in the description section?

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  5 months ago

      Connector names and time stamp: Push Type: 30 seconds - double sided, 45 seconds - single sided. Push & Lock: 1:02. Pinch Type: 1:31. Spring Style: 2:05. Clamp: 2:30. Pinch for Emission: 2:52. Horse Shoe: 3:06.

  • randy eastman
    randy eastman 6 months ago

    ok so how do you remove the fitting from the fuel line?

  • notchjohnson1
    notchjohnson1 6 months ago

    this helped me so much with the push and lock connector.... i was about ready to lose my mind!

  • Larry Teckmeyer
    Larry Teckmeyer 6 months ago

    Music sucks but video was instructive! )

  • Kendia Perkins
    Kendia Perkins 7 months ago +1

    Thank you so much :D You just taught me how to change my fuel line in my 2003 pt cruiser! Best wishes!

  • JoceyVDV
    JoceyVDV 8 months ago

    None of this are the ones I have

  • Niggar Family
    Niggar Family 8 months ago

    How does this work on scaly rusted metal pipe lines tho? It took me 4hrs to take off one clip because it was so rusted on that the inner plastic was stuck with the outer plastic end and then the metal pipe was so soft and rusted that i couldnt even use too much force to pull the pipe off

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  8 months ago

      I live in the "Salt Belt" state of Ohio. I understand your frustrations. There isn't much one can do to eliminate or even reduce the corrosion under a car other than to faithfully hose off the underside and hope for the best.

  • BlackManOps
    BlackManOps 9 months ago

    Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!

  • J Miller
    J Miller 9 months ago

    Thank You very much for putting this together.
    I just lowered my gas tank tonight, and saw the aluminum quick connects-which I now know takes a special tool for release-thanks to this video.
    Originally, I thought I was looking at some fancy compression fitting.... and I was about read to give on trying this myself.
    Now I have a new understanding of how to finish this project. Thanks for posting up this great information.

  • Richard
    Richard 10 months ago

    Richard. Thanks. A+ vid. The fuel lines at the canister on a 1999 Beetle are similar to what you show at 55s. Long needle nose worked best for me ... several were still a bitch to remove. $166.00 for the rubber lines at the dealer. Criminals.

  • Dalton Nadeau
    Dalton Nadeau 10 months ago

    What is the name or brand of the connector at 3:01

    • Dalton Nadeau
      Dalton Nadeau 10 months ago

      Oreillys didnโ€™t have anything close at all but thanks for the help!

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  10 months ago

      @Dalton Nadeau Dorman Products; sold and distributed through most parts stores, has a catalog dedicated to quick release connectors. Your local parts store should be able to source whatever connector you may need.,

    • Dalton Nadeau
      Dalton Nadeau 10 months ago

      When I look that up it does not come up as that.. can you give me a link on where to buy one, Iโ€™m doing a fuel pump on my gf 2007 Colorado

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  10 months ago

      It is referred to as a pinch fitting. No branding, just a common fitting used primarily in emission system fittings.

  • Dalton Nadeau
    Dalton Nadeau 10 months ago

    What is the name or brand of the connector at 3:01

  • Kelly Harmon
    Kelly Harmon 10 months ago

    I broke my fuel line quick connect on my pt cruiser next to the thermostat housing and I need help

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  10 months ago

      Your best bet will be to visit your local parts store that carry the Dorman product line. Dorman has an extremely large selection of fuel line repair components with all the quick release fittings.

  • gohunting13
    gohunting13 10 months ago +1

    Thanks for taking the time for the great video

  • Aaron Rusting
    Aaron Rusting 11 months ago

    Thank you for the simple and to the point video I'm glad not everyone on TVclip is an incompetent asshole

  • MrSammy
    MrSammy Year ago +2

    ๐Ÿ˜’ you know, if u really think about it getting these disconnected in real life is like solving a Level 10 Puzzle! ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ซ

    • MrSammy
      MrSammy 10 months ago +1

      @andre92h โ˜บ๏ธ

    • andre92h
      andre92h 10 months ago +2

      MrSammy for you yes

  • John Jones
    John Jones Year ago

    You just know that "how hard is it for an executive decision maker to remove the fitting while sitting at their desk" is how 90% of these "good ideas" got the green light for being really safe fuel line fittings. Then it sits under a car for 10 years and removing it is like taking off a bra in the dark. God i hate technical debt so much and it's absolutely everywhere you look. If patent law didn't exist, nor would 99% of these bollocks fuel fittings. There'd be the one way we all use because it's the best. Job done.

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  Year ago +1

      Part of the "Executive Decision" is based on assembly in the plant. All MFG's look at assembly first with, unfortunately, little regard for the repair side of the equation.

  • Wonderous1
    Wonderous1 Year ago

    thank you so much, figure out how my pinch connector works and how it needs a new female piece to hold in place!

  • MrSammy
    MrSammy Year ago +1

    ๐Ÿ˜’ hmmmm i hate these fconnectors ๐Ÿ˜’๐ŸšŽ๐Ÿš๐Ÿš‘๐Ÿš’๐Ÿš“๐Ÿš•๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš™๐Ÿšš๐Ÿš›๐Ÿšœ

    • MrSammy
      MrSammy Year ago +1

      @Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps โ˜บ๏ธ thats makes sense heehee โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ปโ˜ ๏ธ๐Ÿ 

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  Year ago +1

      @MrSammy Richard has done hundreds of these connectors. If anyone can make it look easy he can.

    • MrSammy
      MrSammy Year ago +1

      @Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps ๐Ÿ˜ yeah they dont come off as easy like the video shows ๐Ÿ˜ต๐ŸŽƒโ˜ ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ป

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  Year ago +1

      Definitely not fun. Once you figure them out it's easy as can be. Until then... make sure the kids are out of earshot!

    MICHAEL BARNETT Year ago +1

    One of the most useful videos on YT for mechanics. Thank You for taking the time to post.

  • Aldina
    Aldina Year ago +2

    saved me from buying a new fuel line!

  • Javed Mohammad
    Javed Mohammad Year ago

    hallo iwaent chinge filter nissan patrol v8 midliste plise send the video

  • Danielle Cox
    Danielle Cox Year ago

    This is the most helpful video ever!!!!! Thank u so much!

  • Christina Faye
    Christina Faye Year ago

    After you reconnect the fuel line and put the fuse back in do you just turn the car back on or do you have to do something else to start the car back up???

    XBOX360ROOK Year ago

    Thank you life saver

  • theeasybeats
    theeasybeats Year ago

    Do all these work where the metal fuel line goes into the nylon fuel line? It has the same connection only metal. I'm not sure if they all work there, one of the quick connectors was sent to me for that

    • Pretty fly for a WiFi
      Pretty fly for a WiFi Year ago

      @theeasybeats well partner..thought I would let take know it's definitely a crack at the top of the male tube where the quick disconnect is..I tried bigger orings and even putting the damn hose over the male and clamping it old school..and still smh...well time to order a pump next week lol..found one a direct replacement for $ thanks for the help tho man...before this..I never even seen a fuel pump

    • theeasybeats
      theeasybeats Year ago

      I've seen videos of people rigging lines on here rubber and nylon together. hope it works! I didn't trust any heat gun around gasoline, there is a temperature gas hits where it explodes!

    • Pretty fly for a WiFi
      Pretty fly for a WiFi Year ago

      @theeasybeats I actually replaced the nylon with 80pound rubber fuel line lol..can't stand this vinal's pure garbage...yeah I put like 2 stainless steel clamps on...but that's from the quick release from the tank to the metal line that runs under the car..I had it trying to get that nylon crap on the fitting...I tried the boiling water,hair dryer,even bought a heat gun...yup..melted it lol.. but yeah I'm going to get a lil bigger o ring for the inside quick release fitting and if that's a no go..then the new fuel pump it is.Whoever invented this quick disconnect and nylon line needs to be banashed to a deserted island and blown up.

    • theeasybeats
      theeasybeats Year ago

      Used to use clamps with the old rubber fuel lines, those were the days these lines are different more pressure because of fuel injection

    • Pretty fly for a WiFi
      Pretty fly for a WiFi Year ago +1

      @theeasybeats yeah I was worries about that because the male nylon fitting doesn't have ribs on it and will probably come lose after time with normal road vibrations if I just clamp it it's stupid nylon,I might crush it tighting it...I'm gonna try a bigger oring and if that doesn't fuel pump it is.

  • Melvin Davis
    Melvin Davis Year ago

    Forgot to tell if it breaks your screwed at the end of the video lol

  • castirondude
    castirondude Year ago

    It would be really helpful to have the name / part# / ordering information of all these fittings !!

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  Year ago

      Happy to help!

    • castirondude
      castirondude Year ago

      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps great thanks! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  Year ago +1

      Yes, they are basically comparable other than the diameter; 3/8" and 5/16".

    • castirondude
      castirondude Year ago

      Are they basically all compatible? It looks like there is the basic 3/8" and 5/16" fuel line but as far as I can tell they all basically clip to the same shape of hard lines and take the same plastic line..?
      I retrofitted an EFI motor in a 1950's car. Not knowing what I needed I ordered a bunch of Dorman piece parts. I found that some of the brass coupling pieces had two barbs and some had three barbs. After a couple of months the two-barb fittings started popping off. I replaced them with the three-barb brass pieces and they are still holding up after 5+ years. So it's kind of curious that some of these pieces seemingly fit together and then come apart.

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  Year ago

      If it was feasible we would. With the number of clips and the number of suppliers it becomes rather difficult to list all the potential numbers as each supplier uses their own numbering system. Contact your local parts store, they should be able to assist in determining what clip you may need.

  • David Lopez
    David Lopez Year ago +1

    Muy bueno

  • DennisK
    DennisK Year ago

    Which connection type is used on Chevy Trailblazer fuel lines?

  • sbecktacular
    sbecktacular Year ago

    hey there againโ˜บ๏ธ
    you were so awesome to answer my question, i thought i might take a chance and ask another lol...the reason i asked about the horseshoe retainer is because i recently changed the fuel pump in my vehicle-
    but after the install, i had something strange happen..
    so the question is as follows, and if you can help iโ€™d be so grateful!
    i recently had my fuel pump start to go out on me (sputtering under load), so i put a new one in... before that my oil and temp gauges read normal-
    now, the temp and oil gauges go high 2/3 up the gauge- and it was right after putting the new fuel pump that i noticed this.
    also, nothing appears to be wrong in the engine-
    no excessive heat and it seems to run fine-
    why would replacing the fuel pump make my other gauges read weird?
    also- itโ€™s an in-tank electric fuel pump on a
    regular-carbureted 1987
    ford e350/460. 7.5L
    any advice/info?
    oil sender and temp sender are relatively new..
    no leaks!
    ok THANKS!!!๐Ÿ˜„

  • sbecktacular
    sbecktacular Year ago

    i have the horseshoe style... he said you need a โ€˜new โ€˜ one for reinstall...
    canโ€™t you just put the old one back in?
    if not, why?

    • sbecktacular
      sbecktacular Year ago

      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      thanks for your reply!

    • Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps
      Airtex-ASC Performance Pumps  Year ago +1

      On the retainer clip it has a small safety tab to keep the horseshoe clip in, once removed the small clip usually breaks off rendering it useless. That is why a new clip should be used each time a line has been removed.

  • Steve Barz
    Steve Barz Year ago

    impossible to do without cursing, will not work, thats why this video has a voiceover.

  • Frank Zook
    Frank Zook Year ago

    Just what I was looking for thank you

  • pintu mondal
    pintu mondal Year ago

    Very good. Now I can repair fuel line without damage. Thanks for this video.

  • deftoner
    deftoner 2 years ago

    thanks for the video, very informative

  • nartholomule
    nartholomule 2 years ago

    Best video on the whole internet.

  • Gitsum
    Gitsum 2 years ago

    This is bleeping GOLD!!!

  • Bradley Slavik
    Bradley Slavik 2 years ago

    Great video. My fuel filter has three of the connectors from 0:29 to 0:45 in the video. I got one off, and the others would not come off. I put it back on and drove to a oil change place, and THREE of them worked on it for over 20 minutes before they got it off. They they worked for another 15 minutes getting it back together because one of the lines blew off when I repressurized the system. It was marvelous to watch such teamwork. I am very glad I gave up and let bigger guys with more leverage (standing in oil change pit instead of lying on back under car on ramps) work on it. I do not think I would have succeeded.

  • DSC800
    DSC800 2 years ago

    Still, every fitting except the one I have.

  • Tomas Ramirez
    Tomas Ramirez 2 years ago

    This video is awesome. I was really stumped and trying not to break this connector that I can barely reach, and cannot see.

  • Dave cee
    Dave cee 2 years ago

    Greatly appreciate this informative video. Replaced the fuel filter on my rancher 420 and was getting irritated with the same green clip at 1:41. Found this great vid and it saved me a bunch of head ache. THANKYOU

  • Bernie R
    Bernie R 2 years ago

    To remove the spring style fitting, buy the special tool, clamp it over the line, break it, buy another, clamp it over the line, break that one too, and repeat until the nice people in white jackets come and take you away to a happy place.

  • Kevin O'Brien
    Kevin O'Brien 2 years ago

    MAN, THANK YOU! the tip about using a zip tie Tightly around the pinch type connector REALLY saved my a$$. I was about 2min from bailing out of this ford fuel pump project and taking it to somebody.....after spending too many friggen hours and couldn't even get the evap unit off!.
    tempted to go to dearborn and punch out a ford engineer who 'designed' these POS fuel connectors.
    once I got the zip tie as tight as possible on the button it let me use both hands to fight the connector off. luckily no limit on curse words on this one.....definitely a patience tester (but it saved me hundreds in labor charges)

  • Joe Smith
    Joe Smith 2 years ago

    Great video. Very informative. I have a 2003 F 150, V6, and I have a red fuel fittings clip which looks like the green one. I messed it up, and I can not find it. I have been looking everywhere, even the dealers don"t have it. What do you suggest besides using a fuel line repair kit. Thanks.

  • Drew DoWN
    Drew DoWN 2 years ago

    so can i use any type of clip i busted one on my 1995 yukon

  • Johnny Todd
    Johnny Todd 2 years ago

    the fitting that is described at 1:34 is giving me a nightmare, no problem getting it off, the problem is when I put the connections on to the new fuel pump they click right on but they leak like a sieve, I can't find any information on what to do about fittings that don't seal...................I'm ready to use seal all and permanently attach them to the pump, "seal all" supposedly works ok with gasoline exposed products not sure about PSI

  • Iam D
    Iam D 2 years ago

    Oh you do not know the trouble you just saved me, thanks!

  • TheTruthCanHurt
    TheTruthCanHurt 2 years ago +10

    Thanks for the vid ! ! Lets hope there is a special place in Hell for these engineers and their bosses.

    • MrSammy
      MrSammy Year ago +1