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      04-09-2008 12:29 AM #1
      OK, here's the deal my girlfriend totaled her car today (she's doin ok now) and when I got her home she realized she had just put gas in it the day before so its basically got a near full tank sitting in a tow yard somewhere in pompano. My quesation is, how hard would it be to siphon the gas out and do you think the tow yard will let me do it?

      I'll be damned if I'm gonna let almost $40 just sit there and rot away.

      Would you do it??

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      04-09-2008 12:33 AM #2
      blow into a portion of hose submerged in gas tank, be prepared to gargle gasoline, and take it like a man

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      04-09-2008 12:33 AM #3
      Quote, originally posted by punisher89 »
      OK, here's the deal my girlfriend totaled her car today (she's doin ok now) and when I got her home she realized she had just put gas in it the day before so its basically got a near full tank sitting in a tow yard somewhere in pompano. My quesation is, how hard would it be to siphon the gas out and do you think the tow yard will let me do it?

      I'll be damned if I'm gonna let almost $40 just sit there and rot away.

      Would you do it??

      The tow company has probably beat you to it lol free gas.

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      04-09-2008 12:38 AM #4
      Like white rat said, it's probably gone, but if not, the easiest/messiest way, take a pan container of some sort and stab the damn thing. catch the run off. there are pump kits you can use, I've seen em at local auto parts stores, and Harbor Freight. If nothing else.. grab a hose and suck that golf ball. LoL.. buying a pack of gum prior to siphoning is a good idea. Its not that bad.

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      04-09-2008 12:39 AM #5
      Quote, originally posted by SiviK »
      Like white rat said, it's probably gone, but if not, the easiest/messiest way, take a pan container of some sort and stab the damn thing. catch the run off. there are pump kits you can use, I've seen em at local auto parts stores, and Harbor Freight. If nothing else.. grab a hose and suck that golf ball. LoL.. buying a pack of gum prior to siphoning is a good idea. Its not that bad.

      Or find a crack whore. They'll suck on anything.

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    6. 04-09-2008 12:42 AM #6
      Quote, originally posted by SiviK »
      Like white rat said, it's probably gone, but if not, the easiest/messiest way, take a pan container of some sort and stab the damn thing. catch the run off. there are pump kits you can use, I've seen em at local auto parts stores, and Harbor Freight. If nothing else.. grab a hose and suck that golf ball. LoL.. buying a pack of gum prior to siphoning is a good idea. Its not that bad.

      make sure you have a lit cig in your mouth too .

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    7. 04-09-2008 12:49 AM #7
      Easy as pie. Find hose. Insert hose in tank. Suck on hose. Get high from fumes. Get mouthful of gasoline. Drop hose, inadvertently breaking siphon. Lather, rinse, repeat. Eventually you might get some gas into a gas can. Procure stiff drink. Your mouth will still taste like gas, but you won't care as much.

      I lost track of how many times I did that to the Squareback.


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      04-09-2008 08:06 AM #8
      Nice, I knew I could count on quality answers from TCL.

      But seriously I ain't suckin a damn thing, anybody used a kit/pump that they would recommend?

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    9. 04-09-2008 08:10 AM #9
      You can get a siphoning tube with a check valve. No sucking required. If you were in Canada I would say Crappy Tire, but in FL I'm not sure, pepboys? LOL

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      04-09-2008 08:15 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by punisher89 »

      Would you do it??

      No. Because it's probably been drained or siphoned already.

      The insurance company will make your girlfriend whole on the total. Consider $40 of that check "covering" the gas.

      ...and it's just 40 bucks. Is your time/effort and a mouthful of gas worth that?


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      04-09-2008 08:24 AM #11

      Most tanks I have seen have some sort of drain, its usually a plug in the bottom of the tank. If its just going to the junkyard, you can always drill/stab/axe a hole in the tank, thats what the junkyards usually do anyway.

      You can also get a hand pump from AutoZone or wherever but you might need to extend the line on it to get to the bottom of your tank.

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      04-09-2008 08:24 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by Jman5000 »

      ...and it's just 40 bucks. Is your time/effort and a mouthful of gas worth that?

      yes, it is. I don't know about you, but I've never gotten 100% of the value of my car from the insurance company


      Modified by Neon Washer Nozzle at 8:26 AM 4-9-2008

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      04-09-2008 08:31 AM #13
      Quote, originally posted by Neon Washer Nozzle »

      yes, it is.

      Enjoy $100 of time/materials to reclaim $40.


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      04-09-2008 08:48 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Jman5000 »

      Enjoy $100 of time/materials to reclaim $40.

      Hardly... I think that pump costs about $8. And if that tank has a drain plug it would only take about 5 minutes to drain it.

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      04-09-2008 09:00 AM #15

      -You have to go buy the pump, maybe some other tubing/hose in case you have to siphon.

      -You need to have or acquire 10+ gallons of hopefully correct gasoline containment

      -The junkyard has to let you in to do this. If you show up w/the above gear they're going to ask you what you're up to and will likely kibosh the idea of violent metal-on-metal contact to puncture a tank of flammable liquid.

      -Of course this doesn't account for the likelihood that the gas hasn't been drained by the yard for safety and/or to fuel their rigs....which is likely has.

      -If the wheels (or even 2) are salvageable from the car, they're gone and the car is now resting on it's belly. Good luck accessing a drain.

      -If the damage is a total, but the car has decent salvage parts value, it'll be held in the junkyard-first-crack-at-it area to pull airbags, ECU, interior bits, battery, etc. Insurance won't allow someone into that area.

      It's a minor victory in the face of losing the whole car, but there is a hugely diminished value attempting to chase down the gas.


    16. 04-09-2008 09:54 AM #16
      "Otto, i think you know what to do with this (hands him a hose)"
      "oh man i should've saved the mint for last"
      name the reference

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      04-09-2008 09:56 AM #17
      I don't see the tow yard letting you do this...too much liability, especially for someone that couldn't figure out how to do it on their own...
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      04-09-2008 10:10 AM #18
      Simple

      1) Cut gas line
      2) put jumper wire in fuel pump relay
      3) Trun key to "ON"
      4) Fill cans.



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      04-09-2008 10:12 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by smashingpimp01 »
      "Otto, i think you know what to do with this (hands him a hose)"
      "oh man i should've saved the mint for last"
      name the reference

      First thing I thought of was " A Fish Called Wanda "

      Probably way off.


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      04-09-2008 10:16 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by smashingpimp01 »
      "Otto, i think you know what to do with this (hands him a hose)"
      "oh man i should've saved the mint for last"
      name the reference

      Simpsons. They were on a field trip to a Civil War reenactment. Uter (sp?) didn't make it back to the bus.

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    21. 04-09-2008 10:31 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by Big M »

      Simpsons. They were on a field trip to a Civil War reenactment. Uter (sp?) didn't make it back to the bus.


      Winner!!!! they didn't have enough money to see the civil war reinactement so they were peaking over the fents as Otto was syphoning gas from the other field trip busses. That's all i have to add to this thread

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      04-09-2008 10:57 AM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Jman5000 »

      of violent metal-on-metal contact to puncture a tank of flammable liquid.
      .

      Gas tanks haven't been made out of metal for a long time. They are all plastic nowadays and have been since the 1980's.

      Quote, originally posted by Jman5000 »

      -Of course this doesn't account for the likelihood that the gas hasn't been drained by the yard for safety and/or to fuel their rigs....which is likely has.
      .

      Most tow rigs are diesel nowadays, good ones anyway

      [QUOTE=Jman5000]
      -If the wheels (or even 2) are salvageable from the car, they're gone and the car is now resting on it's belly. Good luck accessing a drain.
      QUOTE]

      Nothing a jack and a pair of jackstands can't fix. Assuming the car was wrecked recently they have to allow you access to it to get your belongings out of it before they start parting it out. Also, if the insurance has yet to make a decision they can't touch it.

      If the car has only been sitting a couple of days and its being held at a place close to you it might be worth pursuing, otherwise just write it off.

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    23. 04-09-2008 11:08 AM #23
      Quote, originally posted by Jman5000 »

      -You have to go buy the pump, maybe some other tubing/hose in case you have to siphon.

      -You need to have or acquire 10+ gallons of hopefully correct gasoline containment

      -The junkyard has to let you in to do this. If you show up w/the above gear they're going to ask you what you're up to and will likely kibosh the idea of violent metal-on-metal contact to puncture a tank of flammable liquid.

      -Of course this doesn't account for the likelihood that the gas hasn't been drained by the yard for safety and/or to fuel their rigs....which is likely has.

      -If the wheels (or even 2) are salvageable from the car, they're gone and the car is now resting on it's belly. Good luck accessing a drain.

      -If the damage is a total, but the car has decent salvage parts value, it'll be held in the junkyard-first-crack-at-it area to pull airbags, ECU, interior bits, battery, etc. Insurance won't allow someone into that area.

      It's a minor victory in the face of losing the whole car, but there is a hugely diminished value attempting to chase down the gas.

      best answer by far the tow company is going to laugh at you make you feel bad for bothering them then send you on your way


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      04-09-2008 11:40 AM #24
      Buy one of these:

      Super siphon.

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      04-09-2008 11:46 AM #25
      Harbor Freight probably has a rubber bellows siphon pump for $3.

      Course... stuff from Harbor Freight has the tendency to catch fire... And their non-powered stuff is no exception.

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      04-09-2008 11:47 AM #26
      "I've met cats and dogs smarter than Trevor and Cory."

      "I think I'm sick. We've been out siphoning gas all day."


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      04-09-2008 11:50 AM #27
      I just recently had a siphoning issue with my car.

      In NJ we have no self-service, and the attendant filled my APR 93 chipped GTI with 87 octane. The station owner offered to siphon it all out, and refill with 93, but we couldn't get the tank to siphon due to the shape and not being able to get a hose into the belly of the tank.

      In other words, be prepared to not get anything out due to the shape of the tank. New plastic tanks are harder to siphon out of than older metal tanks due to the more complex shapes possible from injection molding.

      And to rectify the octane issue, I babied it down to 3/4 of a tank, added 2 gallons of Xylene, and Vag-Com confirmed little-to-no timing pull afterwards.


    28. 04-09-2008 11:52 AM #28
      "How can you tell which one is super?"
      I love that episode lmao

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      04-09-2008 12:27 PM #29
      Quote, originally posted by dab2000 »
      "How can you tell which one is super?"
      I love that episode lmao

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      04-09-2008 12:45 PM #30
      Quote, originally posted by smashingpimp01 »
      "Otto, i think you know what to do with this (hands him a hose)"
      "oh man i should've saved the mint for last"
      name the reference

      Sorry, but I just have to correct the quote for accuracy. I can't help myself

      Quote, originally posted by http://www.snpp.com/episodes/2F19.html »
      Skinner gets out of the bus and approaches Otto.

      Skinner: Otto, why don't you get some more gas? Here's the "credit
      card".
      [hands him a length of siphoning pipe]
      Otto: [groaning] Oh...
      Skinner: And a mint for afterwards.

      ...

      Skinner: Run, children!
      [they take off, followed by the soldiers]
      Start the bus, Otto, start the bus!
      [Otto, siphoning, swallows some gasoline by accident and
      coughs]
      Otto: Damn! I shouldn't have eaten the mint first.




      Modified by squitiere at 9:46 AM 4-9-2008

    31. 04-09-2008 12:54 PM #31
      lol your probably looking that up online. Meanwhile here i am in my office trying to remember the exact wording lol. My co-workers must think i'm retarded because i'm repeating it all outloud to myself.
      I bow before you for your superior Simpsons quoting abilities...

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      04-09-2008 12:55 PM #32
      Quote, originally posted by BillLeBob »
      Simple

      1) Cut gas line
      2) put jumper wire in fuel pump relay
      3) Trun key to "ON"
      4) Fill cans.


      5) Profit.

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      04-09-2008 01:00 PM #33
      Quote, originally posted by smashingpimp01 »
      lol your probably looking that up online. Meanwhile here i am in my office trying to remember the exact wording lol. My co-workers must think i'm retarded because i'm repeating it all outloud to myself.
      I bow before you for your superior Simpsons quoting abilities...

      heh... thanks, and your diagnosis is correct! I actually referenced the quote site in my post


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      04-09-2008 01:08 PM #34
      Quote, originally posted by Gaki »

      5) Profit.

      6) Splurge.

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      04-09-2008 01:17 PM #35
      Quote, originally posted by BillLeBob »
      Simple

      1) Cut gas line
      2) put jumper wire in fuel pump relay
      3) Trun key to "ON"
      4) Fill cans.


      will not work. No battery. Battery is often first to go. Its a tank of gas. Let it go you cheapskate.


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