MY car was randomly dying, and before I started spasming I figure it needs some basic maintenance. Then we'll see how we go. Apparently Holden don't like you fucking with their cars - even though you own it - so what they do is make it a pain in the arse to do ANYTHING. Even then though, some things they can only make so hard. I had no idea so I tried googling how to do it - couldn't even FIND the fuel filter - and any of the info never had pictures to help. So, in the interests of helping my fellow cheap fucks, here we go..
YOU ARE WORKING WITH FUEL. DONT BLOW YOUR ARSE UP
If you do, don't blame me
Two things you MUST have if you're gonna dick around with the car is a manual - not the retarded shit Holden give you with the car; a REAL manual. $40ish from Repco. Exy, but worth it. Especially if you consider it will cost you hundreds for Holden to do it for ya.
Second is ramps. A must buy. While we're at this pic, Holden, in all their wisdom, put the fucking thing under the car just in front - towards the engine from behind - of the fuel tank. Ramps for me is like a oil filter removing strap thingo. Just get em.
Rightio, in to it. According to the book you need to release the pressure in the fuel lines before dicking with them. Something to do with fuel injection. First thing you do is remove the fuel cap; this takes the pressure from the tank. This is important for when you take off the fuel filter from the hoses. Trust me. Then you open the bonnet and find the "fuse and electrical centre". That is just on the left wall, on mine, a VT. Under the lid of it you will find a map to the 'fuel pump relay'. Take it out. Try starting the engine after you have removed it and 'run' till it dies. Mine didn't run at all. Then it says to turn the engine over for about 10 seconds. Just do it.
This is the fuel filter. You can get gear for plugging the fuel lines or if you're like me, and just don't want to, just do what the book says and work quick. Laughed at that. This is where removing the pressure from the fuel tank comes in handy. The shit POURS out, under pressure you'd get SHOWERED in it. Some forums I went to suggest I need a special tool ($20) from Holden to remove the fuel lines. Fuck that. I got them off with a standard pair of pliers by squeezing where that white circle is on the raised ridges. Took some fiddling, but got there. I removed the right side first.
I took the right one off and shoved the new filter - cost like 25 bucks - on with the yellow cap still. Pressure popped it off a coupla times but eventually stayed on. I did get some fuel down my arm. Gravity and all that. Next was to work the left one off then shove the new one on that hose. Again, more fuel. The old filter was full of fuel too. There's a strap that you can see on the pic above that holds it in place. The new filter came with a new strap, so I gave the old strap no mercy. Just try not to root the fuel lines. THAT would be a pain in the anus to sort out. Test the new one is attached good by trying - not overly - to pull the lines off, and make sure she's held in place well with the strap.