Can't get the fuel out.....

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:28
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Sister In Law and 3 kids visited for hols.... lovely.
Headed off yesterday, and stopped for fuel. Luckily realized that she had filled her you-beaut new VW sedan with petrol [it's diesel].

Total Care to her aid.... but they can't drain the tank or syphon out, they had to remove the fuel tank to solve the problem. $60 fuel down the drain and $280 later [plus extended visit] and she is now back on the road.

Surely there is some way to get fuel back out of a tank without pulling the whole tank out?
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:51

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:51

Given the ramifications of turning the key in a diesel car that has just been filled with petrol I wouldn't be too worried about 60 bucks worth of fuel ... she is a very lucky sister in law ... and that's not just because you are her brother in law ...


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Reply By: Member - Axle - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:55

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:55
Sounds a bit sus?... Maybe tip the car upside down and shake,

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 19:09

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 19:09
All old cars had a drain plug.. Show the brain power of the modern gurus!! Michael
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 08:06

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 08:06
More likely the power of the cost accountant!

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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 19:09

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 19:09
My neighbour accidently put petrol into his diesel vehicle, the RACQ fellow who attended the recovery job hooked up a compressed air line to the fuel lines and blew the petrol out into a drum, he disconnected the fuel filter connections on the fire wall, and blew the air through the return line that goes back to the tank, and the fuel came out through the delivery line to the filter connection, the whole process took about 30 minutes, he got rid of the petrol and no problems with the vehicle as yet, this happened 18 months ago.

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Reply By: happytravelers - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:29

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 20:29
The key to this is she didn't start the vehicle. Quite often you can get away with starting the engine if the dilution of the diesel with petrol is not too much. We have a new diesel Triton in the workshop where the owner filled with petrol and drove it until the injection pump siezed because petrol will not lubricate the internals of the pump. When the pump siezed it stripped the timing belt of teeth causing valve and piston contact which distroyed the engine, even both camshafts have broken in half. This is the 2.5l engine with only 3000km on the clock.
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 00:48

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 00:48
- Blush! -
Yes, a friend did the same to his nice new VW Jetta early this year. Cost him towing and several hundred dollars to get all the petrol out. He kept blaming the colour of the nozzle of the servo pump! Good thing he didn't drive off, but spotted his mistake.
Now we never let him forget it :D

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Reply By: DesF - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 17:18

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 17:18
Hi, Know what you mean , I have a Pajero and a Magna and they both have anti siphon baffles in the filler pipes.
I had filled the Pajero up 92ltr and we decided to go in the car, being a jew I tried to get the fuel out to swap over but no go, but they reckon if you take the fuel line off and turn on the ignition it will pump it into a container, make sure the coil lead is out to prevent a start.
Cheers des.
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