In a previous thread, I got excellent suggestions on removing bad gas from a Dodge minivan which has been sitting at least 4 years. ok4450 suggested removing the schrader valve on the fuel rail, and pumping the old fuel out into a suitable container. Caddyman added smelling the fuel, and checking color, then draining as much as possible, replacing filter……
When I thought of the filter, I wondered if that provides a better way to drain the tank…would it SIPHON out of the tank from there? Seems I’ve had to stopper the fuel line right there when changing a filter on my current Caravan. Wouldn’t some or all the fuel forward of the filter drain back as well?
Otherwise, if siphoning from the fill opening, any suggestions on specifics of starting the flow without sucking on the tubing? I’ve done that long ago, once was enough. I’ve seen a simple device for siphoning at Autozone, a sort of squeeze / pump thing. The clerk told me it was real slow, but I’d like to empty as much as possible manually before introducing electricity and sparks. Any additional tricks worth trying?
I figure that I’d get as much out of the tank as possible, then move on to pumping residual out at the fuel rail as ok4450 suggested.
Barkydog mentioned starting fluid, which I have, but don’t know how I might get it into a fuel injection system.
Last…a safety question…is there a potential hazard from sparks when jumping the fuel pump relay (ok4450’s suggestion) in the vicinity of the hose and gas container attached to the fuel rail? An explosion and fire might ruin the whole afternoon.
Just want to be armed with as many good ideas as possible when I dive into this. Thanks for the helpful ideas so far.