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Old 03-05-2008, 12:15 PM   #1
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my girlfriend'* car is going to the yard soon, and it has a full tank of gas. what'* the easiest way to get it out? i bought a cheap siphon pump, but i'm pretty sure the car (1991 park avenue) has a siphon shield. i've heard you can just drill into the tank itself and catch it in a container underneath. any better suggestions?
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if you don't care about the tank drilling a hole is probably your fastest solution... but be careful not to make any sparks!

if you want to save the tank, you could disconnect the filler and vent hoses going to the tank and siphon fuel out. that should bypass the siphon shield.
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I had a similar issue with an old Ford Aspire that we were junking out.

I disconnected the fuel line going to the rail and rigged up some tubing that emptied into a gas tank. I then simply turned the key on. It filled up the gas can pretty quickly.

It worked for that car. Might not for your PA, but something to consider.
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I did almost the same thing as Vital,
Disconnected the fuel line, ran an extension tube into my 10g gas can, and jumper 12v to the FP test wire to run the pump. This was on my Sable and I was amazed at how empty it actually got to. There was less than a half gallon left and mostly water.
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if you don't care about the tank drilling a hole is probably your fastest solution... but be careful not to make any sparks!

if you want to save the tank, you could disconnect the filler and vent hoses going to the tank and siphon fuel out. that should bypass the siphon shield.
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ahh, i thought of disconnecting the fuel filter, then just turning the key on so the fuel pump pumps it outside into a container i'd have. i'm going to put the gas in my bonnie, so i might even rig up a tube that would pump it directly into my tank.

if not, is the metal on a gas tank really thick? would it be difficult to drill into?
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