I like to stand back a few feet and fire off a .41Mag round into it, but
your choice of gun may vary.
Actually, if you need to drain it so you can replace the fuel pump, or
similar work, then just drop it with a floor jack or similar and roll it out
from under the car. At that point you can easily remove the fuel pump and
siphon off the fuel.
I suggest you take a look under a 2002 Camaro. You have to almost remove the
rear axle, and the rear exhaust system to drop the tank. Was hoping there
was another way. I just need to get the fuel out.
Al, if 'adding an access panel' doesn't affect your car's value--I have
an '02 with 12K miles & would not do this to mine--talk to your friendly
dismantler at your local salvage yard. He should be able to help by showing
you where to "cut" to access the top of your tank thru the floor above the
tank, giving access for siphoning, or better yet, for replacing the fuel
pump w/o removing tank. Afterwards, a neat 'patch panel' can be cut &
screwed over the new hole, caulking it with body-seam putty. (An air
powered chisel with a split-end, panel-cutting tip makes a neat hole.) HTH
& good luck, sdlomi2.
I see you're ignoring my earlier profound advice Al. If you're insistent on
pursuing this the hard way, then I guess we'll just have to knuckle down for
the work at hand.
Can you gain access to the rubber part of the filler neck from underneath,
without a great deal of difficulty? If you can, then you can remove either
end of it and use a decent sized hose to siphon it out. Otherwise, you'll
probably be restricted to a small hose to go down through the top of the
I have never tried to remove or work on the gas tank on your model car, so I
don't know what the accessibility is like. I have though, pulled the tanks
on many small cars - smaller than your Camaro, and access to the rubber neck
tube is usually pretty straight forward.
Why are you draining it? To replace fuel pump? You mention driving it. If
the fuel pump is working use the schrader valve on you fuel rail, where you
would hook a fuel pressure gauge. Hook to the schrader valve and hot wire
the fuel pump relay. Takes a while. Make sure you shut it off as soon as you
loose fuel pressure or you will likely kill a pump. If the pump is bad and
you are draining to replace you might want to do a web search. There is a
quick easy method of cutting out a flap (3 sided) and doing it from the
trunk. Pretty easy and its under the carpet when you are done. Seal it up
good and nobody will ever know.
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