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Am trying to change fuel filter on 04 Montana, and want to relieve fuel pressure first so I don't get sprayed with gas while underneath the van. The repair manual shows a shrader valve but does not show where it is located in the motor compartment.

I know what to do after I find it -- I just can't find it. I've looked and looked. Feelin' like a dumbass here, but not to proud to ask for help!

Anybody know? (Would be the same for Chevy Venture and Olds Silhouette, if that helps)

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It'll be peeking out on the passenger side from under the rear corner of the upper intake manifold.

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Thanks guys for the location info -- I was able to find it and get the pressure relieved. That sucker was well-hidden, and I would never have found it without your help.

Didn't have as much luck with the actual filter, however. An annoying design on the existing filter left me unable to get the quick-connect fittings off. My replacement filter has a straight pipe, which would make it easy to get the removal tool into the fitting. The old filter, however, has wide-diameter pipes that narrow right before the quick-connects, which make it impossible (at least for a newbie like me) to get the removal tool inserted into the fitting:

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It is not obvious in these pics, but any tool wide enough to get around the thick part of the pipe is too wide to get inside the fittings, unless there is some trick I'm unaware of (a strong possiblity).

I started off with an X-shaped metal removal tool (open and close the X to get various sizes) and then ran out and purchased multi-colored plastic disc removal tools for greater flexibility (was hoping to bend them into the fittings). Neither worked.

Then, in frustration, I tried needle-nose pliers. Big mistake. In the second pic (with the green fitting tabs) you can see the result of my frustration; I accidentally pulled the tabs out a little bit. Hopefully these can get pushed back in after the fitting is taken off? Fortunately, the fuel line is still sealed.

What a lousy day. I spent several hours on what should have been a 20 minute job, and it's still not done! I guess I'll take it to a shop tomorrow. The Bonneville is so much easier to work on!

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Ken, you grab those plastic pieces on the inside with a needlenose pliers, like shown in this pic:

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That's how I got the green ones loose in my second pic... I then pulled and twisted on the fitting, to try to get the line off the filter, and only succeeded in pulling the whole thing out a little. Should I have kept tugging?

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I can only assume so. Maybe someone who has actually done one of these will chime in. I think you're supposed to unbolt that bracket to move it out of the way and get at it, too.

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