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How can I drain the fuel tank of a 1998 RAV4? Someone put diesel in it!! Any other pointers to get it going? Thanks

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You cant drain it as such as no plug,connect an old electric car pump to the supply pipe under the bonnet and draw it out that way ,this will remove 99% of fuel in the tank then put a couple of gallons of petrol in to start it,no problem this normally takes about 15 mins to empty tank ,cuppa and a *** time then to put petrol in and take to garage to refill with petrol, stop in cafe on way back for a bacon buttie and another cuppa ,then boss charges customer for removing the tank ,flushing and refilling,new fuel filter ,a bill with a meal.dont know how you got diesel in a petrol though as the nozzle wont go in the tank filler

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