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Old 06-25-2010, 02:22 PM   #1
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Can someone tell me the easiest way to remove the gas from my tank?
I have a '95 SL2 DOHC

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Old 06-25-2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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Crawl under and remove the fill and vent line and then use your oklahoma credit card(siphon hose) to drain the gas out. Check for any anti siphon devices and do not get the hose stuck. If the fuel pump works just uncouple the discharge line and power up the pump. You can either jumper out the fuel pump relay or disconnect the plug and power it locally.

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Old 06-25-2010, 04:39 PM   #3
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ok....thank you. I'll try that

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Old 06-25-2010, 11:04 PM   #4
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Even easier is to just use a syphin bulb with a long hose on it. Put the hose down the filler neck and then start the syphin. You don't need to take anything apart. These cars don't hold much gas. I usually have 2-3 10 gal cans around the garage so its pretty easy to drain even a full tank.

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Old 06-25-2010, 11:37 PM   #5
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There is an anti siphon device in some of the years and it will capture your hose. That is why you take it apart. Some have it and some do not. 98 and newer it is part of the fill pipe. The older models it is not mentioned.

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Old 06-26-2010, 03:21 PM   #6
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Are you trying to do this because the pump is dead?

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Old 11-15-2011, 07:46 AM   #7
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Crawl under and remove the fill and vent line and then use your oklahoma credit card(siphon hose) to drain the gas out. Check for any anti siphon devices and do not get the hose stuck. If the fuel pump works just uncouple the discharge line and power up the pump. You can either jumper out the fuel pump relay or disconnect the plug and power it locally.
I wasn't aware that the fuel pump was rated to run continuously or prolonged periods of time like in emptying a full tank.

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Old 11-15-2011, 10:12 AM   #8
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my 95 sw2 has the anti-siphon device.

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Old 11-15-2011, 10:18 AM   #9
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I wasn't aware that the fuel pump was rated to run continuously or prolonged periods of time like in emptying a full tank.
Fuel pump runs continuous while driving or idling.

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Old 11-15-2011, 01:40 PM   #10
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Steelmanwy that's good to know. I never looked into it before and thought the pump brought the system under pressure and kept it there by intermittently turning on /off. It seemed logical based upon hearing the pump run upon initial ignition and rarely thereafter.

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Old 11-15-2011, 03:58 PM   #11
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Bernie - I've pumped out many a gas tank by jumpering the passenger fuse block and powering up the pump. I use a piece of hose that the fuel line connector will fit in then run it to my gas can.

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The fuel pump will work fine to empty the tank. It is always running when driving. With the car not running, it will only run for a few seconds, then it is turned off to prevent draining the battery.

However, you should be careful to turn it off as soon as the tank is empty. The pump is cooled by the fuel running through it--it will very quickly overheat once the tank is empty. This is why it's bad to run completely out of gas. As long as there's fuel going through the pump you're fine (contrary to some people claiming that anything below 1/4 tank will ruin the pump).

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