Mod DescriptionNot the easiest thing to get to but it helps to know where to look.
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The fuel filter is quite well hidden, it is behind the offside rear wheel arch. Jack the car up, remove the wheel and remove the arch liner.
It is not uncommon for these filters to split and leak, the leak is hard to notice apart from the smell of petrol as it fills the undertray before dripping from the car.
On the diesel model, the fuel filter is quite well hidden, it is behind the nearside rear wheel arch. Jack the car up, remove the wheel and remove the arch liner. Lowering the undertray could also help.
The filter looks the same as above. If you see a larger vertically placed canister, that’s the water separator.
Thanks to Bil Gladstone from ClubSmartCar (Canada) for the photo. R.I.P Bil, you won’t be forgotten.
Fuel Filter Removal
On each end of the filter is a connector with an orange clip. To disconnect the pipe you just have to push the orange clip in with your thumb or a screwdriver and pull the pipe off of the filter.
When the pipes have been pulled off you will loose about 100ml of petrol into your sleeves and all over your shoes. The filter can be pulled out from the plastic holder and replaced.
Martyn P says that if you disconnect the top hose and put the plastic blanking cap from the replacement fuel filter onto the top hose connection of the filter you are about to remove, the vacuum will stop the fuel from pouring out of the filter housing when you disconnect the bottom pipe.
On restarting the car you will notice a long delay and spluttering as the fuel pump has to refill the pipes and the fuel filter before it builds up enough pressure for the injectors.
The best way to stop this is to turn the ignition to 1, wait 3 seconds and then turn the key to 0. Repeat this procedure 3 or 4 times, this allows the fuel pump to reprime the system.
450 Fuel Filter Makes & Numbers
Petrol 600cc and 700cc
ANT – SP7006
MAHLE – KL72
FRAM – G5857
FRAM – 10230 (Scott B)
MANN – WK612/1
UFI – 3171000
HENGST – H112WK
ANT – SP7158
MAHLE – KL165
FRAM – P9805
MANN – WK612/6
UFI – 3183500
There are 2 types of fuel tank on the smart, the old 22 litre and the new 33 litre.
To see them you have to remove the screws from the rear undertray and swing it down. As you can see, the 33 litre tank stretches across the car and has the carbon canister attached to the side of it. The pump is located in the top of the tank and is not visible.