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Old 04-14-2011, 10:40 PM
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My 96 SS is going to be sitting for a while and i want to drain the fuel tank, i bought a transfer pump, but can't seem to get the tube into the tank. What is the easiest way to do this without making a huge mess?
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Well on my parts cars, I usually just disconnect the fuel filter, clamp a piece of rubber hose to the end and point it into a fuel container. Then I jump the fuel pump test lead (lone red wire not connected to anything) up by the underhood fuse/relay box. This will cause the pump to stay running with the car off and it'll pump all the gas out for you. Don't let it run completely dry though, as it's not good for the pump. But I usually don't worried about running it completely out, since the cars usually get scrapped.
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Thanks, this is perfect!
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When I had to replace my fuel pump and siphon out the 18 or so gallons, I found it easiest to remove the filler neck from the tank itself. That made it REAL EASY to get the hose into the tank and start the process.

I wasn't able to get the tubing I used to siphon going down thru the fill spout into the tank to work, so like I wrote removing the neck where it attaches to the tank was the best process.
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I considered that last night, but my car is on a downward slope, and has about 11 gallons in it. I think if i did that it would flow out onto me! I'll probably go with the fuel pump method.
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A very large funnel and taking your dear sweet time and you can get everything out where the tank meets the fill pipe without making a mess.

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My 96 SS is going to be sitting for a while and i want to drain the fuel tank, i bought a transfer pump, but can't seem to get the tube into the tank. What is the easiest way to do this without making a huge mess?
How long is a while? If it is a year or less and your system is clean, don't worry. I have gone longer than a year (on FI cars) with no problems. I have a neighbor who was abroard for 3 years. He did nothing to his garaged car all that time (I advised otherwise). When he got back, he charged his battery, and drove away like he was never gone - he always likes to boast about that.

I am not suggesting you will be so lucky. But again - what is a while?
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Not exactly sure how long, at least a month, anywhere up to a year maybe, i'm not sure at this point so i figure it best to just drain it.
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Not exactly sure how long, at least a month, anywhere up to a year maybe, i'm not sure at this point so i figure it best to just drain it.
It's your money - like a $100 - that's now. In a year...........???
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