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Author Topic: Fuel tank drain.  (Read 464 times)

Offline Russats

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Fuel tank drain.
« on: April 08, 2021, 06:08:04 PM »
As my Mk3 is going to be scraped.

It has half a tank of diesel, what’s the best way to drain it please?

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Fuel tank drain.
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2021, 06:53:52 PM »
Not sure, maybe just disconnect the fuel line from the filter and pump it all out?

Or maybe ask the gaffer at the dump if he’ll buy the fuel off u
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

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Offline brianh

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Re: Fuel tank drain.
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2021, 10:39:11 PM »
If its got an intank pump, disconnect the feed to the front somewhere easy to get to, put a suitable piece of hose over it, and use the pump to pump it out into your container of choice (you might need to find the fuel pump relay and connect a bridge wire across it to get it to run, or you might be lucky and find it runs as soon as the ignition is on but not with the engine started.

Just be aware that when I've tried this on some other cars, you end up with diesel coming out from two places, so you might need a decent length of hose for it.

If there isn't a pump in the tank, your down to something like this on the end of the same hose as above
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-60W-Electric-Oil-Fluid-Diesel-Extractor-Transfer-Pump-Motorbike-Car-Siphon/303677778637

Or access the tank via the tank hatch, though that can be a pain to do. Don't try going down the filler, it will be an exercise in frustration as they are usually full of anti-syphoning designs to prevent you being able to do that.

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Re: Fuel tank drain.
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2021, 11:09:15 PM »
The main thing is definitely do NOT be tempted to drill a hole through the tank and collect it in a bowl, the friction from the drilling could generate heat and set the whole thing on fire, extremely dangerous
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

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Re: Fuel tank drain.
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2021, 11:51:06 AM »
I definitely won’t be doing that. Lol I might need to drive it to the scrap yard yet. Hopefully they’ll collect.

 

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