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In hospital for over 1 year, my 2002 toyota echo was never started. Can I just siphon out of fill cap? What is best way to get rid of old gasoline. Thank you so very much.

In hospital for over 1 year, I have a 2002 Toyota Echo which now has bad gas. Don't want to run the risk of starting up and having costly repairs. Can I just siphon the tank? What is best way to get rid of all the old gas? Please help me if you can. Thank you so very much!

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  • Stacie T Feb 21, 2012

    Thank you for your response. I REALLY do appreciate it. My husband explained to me that the fuel injectors and the like in my car could be damaged and right now we just do not have the financial resources to repair a costly mistake like starting it up in the hopes that it might be okay. I'm betting it indeed start up if given new battery...it's just not something I can safely bet on a thousand or more miles down the road as the gasoline separates and runs through my fuel injectors, Engine components, fuel filter, and fuel pump in the end. My husband was able to access the fuel directly to siphon the old fuel out via going the way of removing the fuel pump after removing the backseat cushion. (Once the fuel pump was removed, he was able to drop a line into the tank and siphon it all out via a hand pump which worked nicely. More fresh gasoline was poured in and basically flushed the tank out this way. The fuel pump and filter were removed and replaced at the same time. (Why not, right)? Of importance to anyone considering starting your car after such a long while sitting...The color, odor, and crud we could actually see which had separated from itself in the old gasoline made me thank God we decided to go through all of this. We would most definitely tell anyone else to consider going this route if you find yourself in this situation, as well. Good luck and God bless you all.

  • Stacie T Feb 22, 2012

    I thank you so much for all of your kindness and helpfullness. We actually got the idea from another Echo owner, a young lady who also had some medical problems herself and taught traffic school. She, too had many health issues and had to learn to fix her Echo and Tercel cars. Thank you Ms. Gloudeman

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How do you know the gasoline is bad? I have seen vehicles stand for several years and then start okay.Siphoning out through the filler cap is usually fairly hard to do as most cars today have a device in the neck of a tank to stop theft. If you really wanted to remove all the gas I would suggest using a hose of no more than half an inch in diameter. This may just fit down through the filler neck, you would have to play with it to be able to get it all the way to the bottom.
Regards

Posted on Feb 19, 2012

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    trevor_forre Feb 22, 2012

    I think your husband is quite ingenious and deserves a lot of credit

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