Decided to start on my service today. Did the engine oil & filter along with the fuel filter.
The new fuel filter has 2 sizes molded into the plastic body. 1/4" & 5/16" I think. Seeing the fuel line was all the way against the fat part of the old filter. I figured that the 1/4" ends needed to be cut off the new filter. Was trying to have everything ready to go before pulling the old one off. Well after removing the old filter I found the 1/4" ends still attached. Apparently JD just stuck the whole tube into the fuel line. I got the 5/16" ends into the stock fuel hoses without too much problem. Then I found out that the stock spring clamps wouldn't fit over the bulge at the end of the new filter. So I pulled it back apart to remove the metal spring clamps from the fuel lines. Then used small zip ties for hose clamps.
Has anyone else ever come across this? If the fuel line is only 1/4" it shouldn't be shoved all the way up to the filter part. If the fuel line is 5/16" the 1/4" ends should be cut off. So the smaller orifice doesn't restrict fuel flow.
Another problem I ran into is trying to remove the small plastic panel next to the fuel filter. Figured it would give me better access to the filter. I removed the middle bolt and small plastic push in fastener at the top. That made it loose but I still couldn't get it to come out. Even loosened the metal bar for the snow plow angling handle the sticks through the middle of the panel. What am I missing?
I did work on the fuel filter while the oil filter was removed. This gave me some extra room to at least get one hand in.