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Old 06-07-2021, 03:00 PM #1
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Rounded Fuel Filter Nut

Howdy all,

Im in a tight pinch! Just got done with a beautiful tundra brake upgrade on my 97 limited and thought "while the truck is in the air, why not change the fuel filter?"

Well I've gone and done it, the fitting on the gas tank side came out easy, however the engine side fitting is pretty damn round. Tried to be easy on it, but as soon as it gave it was gone, and the fitting is really stuck on there as well.

Now I think I have three options:
1. Try to do the oil filter technique where you drive a screwdriver through it and try to turn it lose of the filter side? No too keen on this one since the nut is so rounded, I think the wrench will just slip off.
2. Get a fuel line repair kit. I think this is a good option but am not too sure how it will go since there is a bend in the hard line not too far off the filter so I guess I may need to get a pipe bender and do some guess work or some careful measuring.
3. Whole new hardline from Toyota. Don't know how much the line costs at the dealership but I think I found the part number for about $45 online. Seems like a tough job to replace it .

Any advice or ideas much apreciated!

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Howdy all,

Im in a tight pinch! Just got done with a beautiful tundra brake upgrade on my 97 limited and thought "while the truck is in the air, why not change the fuel filter?"

Well I've gone and done it, the fitting on the gas tank side came out easy, however the engine side fitting is pretty damn round. Tried to be easy on it, but as soon as it gave it was gone, and the fitting is really stuck on there as well.

Now I think I have three options:
1. Try to do the oil filter technique where you drive a screwdriver through it and try to turn it lose of the filter side? No too keen on this one since the nut is so rounded, I think the wrench will just slip off.
2. Get a fuel line repair kit. I think this is a good option but am not too sure how it will go since there is a bend in the hard line not too far off the filter so I guess I may need to get a pipe bender and do some guess work or some careful measuring.
3. Whole new hardline from Toyota. Don't know how much the line costs at the dealership but I think I found the part number for about $45 online. Seems like a tough job to replace it .

Any advice or ideas much apreciated!

77251-02080 - Genuine Toyota TUBE, FUEL MAIN

Same thing happened to my 97 5 speed. I ended up just changing the hard line to the engine. you can snake it through there and in without taking a part too much except for some vacum lines etc.

Best to have the hard line in your possession before messing with it anymore.

Then after having all your parts in hand. Cut the fuel line at the filter. Replace the line and filter.

Keep in mind, If your tank is full and has fuel in it. You may get a seep coming through of gas. So have something to catch the gas coming from the tank Line if yours seeps too.

Also double check that tube...
When i hit the link it says it not capable with a 1997 v6 limited says for a
for a 1998-2002 Toyota Corolla CE, LE, S, VE|4 Cyl 1.8L

this one is
77251-3D140 - Genuine Toyota TUBE, FUEL MAIN)


As I checked my log and mine was this part number
Part Number: 77251-3D140
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If you you tried pb blaster and a line wrench or flare nut wrench and it's a no go. Just cut the line then put a flare nut on the engine side. Then measure and cut another line going to the tank from'the filter since that line has to get longer by the same amount you cut from the engine side. It's going to be a pita. Good luck.
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Same thing happened to my 97 5 speed. I ended up just changing the hard line to the engine. you can snake it through there and in without taking a part too much except for some vacum lines etc.

Best to have the hard line in your possession before messing with it anymore.

Then after having all your parts in hand. Cut the fuel line at the filter. Replace the line and filter.

Keep in mind, If your tank is full and has fuel in it. You may get a seep coming through of gas. So have something to catch the gas coming from the tank Line if yours seeps too.

Also double check that tube...
When i hit the link it says it not capable with a 1997 v6 limited says for a
for a 1998-2002 Toyota CorollaCE, LE, S, VE|4 Cyl 1.8L

this one is
77251-3D140 - Genuine Toyota TUBE, FUEL MAIN)


As I checked my log and mine was this part number
Part Number: 77251-3D140

sounds good, thanks for checking that link for me. glad to hear that it’s not TOO hard to replace the whole line so that may be what i end up doing. thank you!


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they make socket tools to get rounded nuts off
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Something tells me the PO didn't have a set of flare nut wrenches. If you don't I'd grab some asap
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they make socket tools to get rounded nuts off
And how exactly do you plan to get a socket on it...?
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These; Double-End Metric Flare Nut Wrench Set, 5 Pc.
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Always use line wrenches on lines.. I did and my still rounded soaked with penetrating oil. Besides once rounded your screwed and it needs replaced with a new flare nut. besides that line isnt that hard to get in. I changed it on my 5 speed with some wiggling and some basic line removal for room.

Mine was never changed until 2017. Hence why mine was rusted on. :-(
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Thanks for sharing. Now I know the HF flare nut wrenches are junk. :/ mine are craftsman.

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my bad, should’ve disclosed that i have some gear wrench flare but wrenches and soaked in PB blast. i ended up cutting the line and doing a repair with a dorman fuel line repair kit from pep boys. worked out fine and should work, lemme know if anyone wants pics


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my bad, should’ve disclosed that i have some gear wrench flare but wrenches and soaked in PB blast. i ended up cutting the line and doing a repair with a dorman fuel line repair kit from pep boys. worked out fine and should work, lemme know if anyone wants pics


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Always have to have pictures.. Glad the dorman Fuel line repair kit patched you up and on the road again..
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