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Old 12-07-2012, 11:34 AM   #1
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Fuel Tank Problem

So, my wife brings the car home on empty, i mean 0 miles left I grab a funnel and proceed to fill with 5 gallon gas can. When i'm finished i pull the funnel out and a piece of the funnel breaks off in the tank. (it had a small crack at the end of the funnel and caught the gas tank opening).

Ok, so how bad could this be? Well now it will Not take gas at the pump. Clicks off with even the lightest squeeze of the trigger. It now takes about 15 minutes to fill the tank.

How do I get this small plastic piece out of the tank?

Does the tank need to be drained and removed? What is involved with that process?

Any thoughts?
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:11 PM   #2
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This shouldn't be that difficult..
Safety first*, so do this only in a Well ventilated and lighted area.

Get on of these:


Then, look in the fuel receptacle... the plastic funnel bit(s) should only be a few inches down the pipe so you should be able to see and extract it with the flex-wire extractor.

Hopefully, this will teach you (your wife) to never run it down to empty again.


*Having a fire extinguisher handy near by wouldn't hurt neither.

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:14 PM   #3
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I would just work on it for like 2 hours with a hangar.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:50 PM   #4
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This shouldn't be that difficult..
Safety first*, so do this only in a Well ventilated and lighted area.

Get on of these:


Then, look in the fuel receptacle... the plastic funnel bit(s) should only be a few inches down the pipe so you should be able to see and extract it with the flex-wire extractor.

Hopefully, this will teach you (your wife) to never run it down to empty again.


*Having a fire extinguisher handy near by wouldn't hurt neither.
I do have that tool. How do I access the fuel receptacle?
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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I do have that tool. How do I access the fuel receptacle?
He means the fuel filler hole.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:07 PM   #6
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That is correct.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:47 PM   #7
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Thanks for your suggestions. Might be a little tough to open the flapper and see inside with the extractor, but i will give it a shot.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:44 PM   #8
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Pop the pump and go fishing?
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:10 PM   #9
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Got it. Held the spring cap with long skinny screwdriver and used a long stiff wire and bent a hook on the end of it. Was able to see it with a flashlight, i hooked and pulled it out.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:40 PM   #10
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Good job my friend. Glad to hear you fixed the issue by fishing it.

Now go have a beer.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:54 PM   #11
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Wow impressive. Congrats.
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