I don't know for sure about other cars...but I had to drop a nearly full
tank off of a 1988 Buick LeSabre as the pump was in the process of dying. My
first thought was to siphon the gas out of the tank...but I hit something (a
screen?) that the siphon hose would not go past.
In the end I disconnected a fuel line, jumpered the terminals of the pump
solenoid behind the glovebox and let the fuel pump do all the work. It
lasted long enough to empty the tank.
In any event, one way to solve the problem is to drive a Diesel. I would
have to think that this would tend to dampen the spirits of a fuel-stealing
soul who tapped a tank of Diesel and started putting it into a can of
already collected gasoline. You get extra points for having a tankful of
veggie grease onboard if they tap into it!
I tend to think people are silly and paranoid for the most part. Locking gas
caps *can* be broken and removed. I've seen it happen some years back when
my mom forgot the keys to unlock a gas cap on my dad's 1970s-something Chevy
Tell that to the neighborhood mesicans who regularly siphon my 93 Sierra and 93
at night. An 8 inch piece of coat hanger holds that little door open really well
while the hose is
inserted and the fuel extracted. This started when gas hit $2.50 a gallon. My
$100 fillup was 95% gone the next morning. Hell, once they left an empty 5
gallon can sitting by my truck!
The locking caps have worked all this week on both our vehicles. No more
midnight fillups for these guys.
They're working for me, so my $9.95 each was money well spent.
I have seen a lot of people that have had fuel stolen but none of the
theifs want to leave tracks and will not risk drilling the tank to get
fuel because the whole idea is to take some fuel and hope it is
unnoticed and never looked into until a tank that has been holed and
has a big stinky puddle on the ground. Besides only a fool would drill
into a gas because the sparks from the armatur brushes in a cordless
drill could ignite gas as well as the tempature of drill tip because
gas auto ignites at about 490 degrees.
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Reminds me of the thief who tried to siphon fuel out of an
RV using his mouth. Cops found him on the ground,
unconscious and near death. They also found the other end
of the hose he used as a siphon in the septic tank pump-out
(not much light when he was "working"... hell, not much
light up there to work with, anyhow...)
I think people are just plain paranoid. Is it not true that
> car produced since like 1995 (or even earlier) it is nearly
> siphon gas out of the tank?
a piece of large diameter
vacuum line (which is small in comparison to
your average garden hose) will
usually drop down into almost any tank
regardless of year, if you twist it while
dropping it in. it is a
slow way to get fuel out, but it will work if you have
no other way
to drain your tank (and it only takes a fracion of the amount of
suction to get the siphon started).
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