Siphoning Gas 2002 Mazda MPV


#1

Thought I would save a trip to the gas station by using a siphon tube to get gas into my lawnmower. The tube goes in but does not make any contact with gasoline. Tank is full. Anti-siphon in the filler neck?


#2

Yep, it’s pretty tricky to siphon gas out of a modern car. That’s why gas theives have been resorting to punching a hole in the bottom of people’s gas tanks.

An old coworker of mine who mowed lawns on the side had a contraption that I’m pretty sure he made himself that had a female schraeder valve connection on one side, a 6-foot long hose and a little squeeze valve on the other end with a nozzle. He could screw the schraeder valve onto the fuel rail of his truck, turn the key to run and, viola, instant gas pump!


#3

Yea as Greasy said, it is not easy or safe.

Buy a good gas can or as I did, an electric mower.


#4

Years ago, I bought a siphon pump that consisted of a bellows with a check valve. One line went into the gasoline tank and the other to a container that was lower than the tank of the car. It never worked very well. In fact, I found it far easier just to go to the filling station with a good gasoline can. I really don’t like carrying gasoline containers in the car, but I haven’t found any other way to get gasoline to the mower.

BTW, I just read where the sale of gasoline power mowers is down because of the price of gasoline. However, I’m not ready to switch to a non-powered reel mower. I remember pushing one when I was in elementary school. When the lawns got ahead of us, it took three of us kids to operate the mower–two pushing and one pulling with a rope tied to the front of the mower. We got 75 cents a yard. If I could do it myself, it was all profit. Otherwise, we made a quarter apiece.


#5

What’s blocking you is the anti-rollover check ball that lives in the filler neck…Sometimes you can slip a smaller hose past it, 3/8" tubing…But it takes a long time to get 2 gallons of gas…