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Old 05-10-2007, 11:29 AM
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Siphon gas?!?

Hello, Well the 97 altima has been sitting for 8 months getting a massive overhaul and i finally took her out for the first time this past weekend and filled her up with gas. I am attending Hot Import Nights (Philadelphia) tomorrow and in the facility you can only have less then 1/4 tank of gas! I tried all the regualar methods of siphoning the gas out but i was un successful. I also used a minature fuel pump that works great but was unable to pump the gas out. I figured im just not getting the tube into the actual tank. i had enough line to go into the tank but i could only get a small stream out for a couple seconds. Is there any kind of screen that blocks a tube from entering the tank? Is there any other methods or pipes i can disconnect to drain this fuel?
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:28 PM
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Gas is so expensive these days... I'll take what you don't want, lol jk. Just find another way of getting there or burn off the gas to 1/4 tank. Besides, do they really check to see what you've got?
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What I had to do was take off the filler hose from the tank, then insert your siphon hose directly into the tank. I think there's some kind of anti-siphon protection. It's work, you'll most likely have to try multiple times because of the bends in the tank.

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damn i figured it wasnt going to be easy. I was thinking about letting the car run all night, but im sure thats not good for the motor.
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It might be easier to tap into the line at the fuel filter under the hood. Connect the siphon hose onto the end of it, then turn the car on and let your fuel pump run it out. Just an idea...
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There's an access cover to the tank under the rear seat bottom. You take that cover off and the fuel pump and that should give you plenty of room to pump the gas out.
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It might be easier to tap into the line at the fuel filter under the hood. Connect the siphon hose onto the end of it, then turn the car on and let your fuel pump run it out. Just an idea...

I tried this as well last nite, but the fuel pump only runs for 5 seconds before it is expected to start. i would have to turn the accessory on like 100000 times and im sure thats not good for the ignition as well as all other electropnic parts to be turned on and off that many times.
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There's an access cover to the tank under the rear seat bottom. You take that cover off and the fuel pump and that should give you plenty of room to pump the gas out.

I saw the cover but havent cracked it open yet. Will i have to take out the fuel pump to access the gas? or can i work around it?
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I tried this as well last nite, but the fuel pump only runs for 5 seconds before it is expected to start. i would have to turn the accessory on like 100000 times and im sure thats not good for the ignition as well as all other electropnic parts to be turned on and off that many times.

jump the fuel pump harness 12v and it will pump constantly

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Ther should be a drain plug under ur tank just take the plug out and drain ur gas

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Here's what the fuel pump setup looks like. You'll have to remove it to actually see the gas in the tank.
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Yeah, my moms 95 has a white drain plug. Right at the back
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Im goign to try to locate the drain plug first before i jump the fuel pump. I gave a quick glance before at the tank and i didnt see a drain plug. Maybe i missed it but does every first gen tank have one?
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just take your dash apart and set the needle at 1/4 then fill it up after and set it back... quickest way I can think of..and way easier
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or just disconnect the plug for that section of the dashboard. It's not like it's going to be on.

or unplug the fuel gauge wire from the fuel pump/sending unit.

Check out the FSM in my sig for which wire you need to disconnect.

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