draining out old gas


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Tony Mills
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draining out old gas

Postby Tony Mills » Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:44 pm



Any one know an easy way to drain the old gas from a 1983 goldwing? Thanks, Tony



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BRIANINMAINE
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Re: draining out old gas

Postby BRIANINMAINE » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:50 am

What I did was drain as much as possible from the petcock, then remove the sending unit, then use a large turkey baster from the dollar store. Took a while but it worked. Then I used a stick with clean rags to get all the crud off the bottom. I took my time and did a nice job. I also blew some air in the petcock backwards in both positions to make sure no crud in the lines.

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Re: draining out old gas

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:49 am

I've used this pump to do exactly what you're trying to do. Works reasonably fast, you can save the gas, and the pump is only $7.

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BRIANINMAINE
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Re: draining out old gas

Postby BRIANINMAINE » Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:45 pm

On another tank I have removed, the PO had used some Kreem to seal the tank. It peeled terribly. Now I have a couple gallons with junk in it and even some water (must have been stored outside?).

What do I do with the garbage gas? I don't want to even strain it and use it in my lawnmower! Maybe I could burn it? Is there a reasonably safe way to dispose of it? Our town transfer station only takes oil. The attendant told me to find a back road and dump it in the ditch!

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Re: draining out old gas

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:17 pm

I'd go out somewhere far away from anything flammable, set a metal pan on the dirt, pour the gas into it, throw a towel into it to act as a wick, then light it with a match at the end of a broomstick. :)

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Re: draining out old gas

Postby goldtr6c » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:25 pm

Ant killer! When no one's looking I use old gas on the fire ants. Keep in mind though if some tree hugger sees you and calls it in, those state and federal boys will flat take you to the cleaners.

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Re: draining out old gas

Postby N2PPN » Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:09 pm

If anyone comes up with a good idea for disposing of old gas, I got about 20 gallons of foul smelling old gas from a boat fuel tank that needs to find a new home.... the jerry jugs are getting to heavy to keep moving around and since here on LI we have storm drains that go to recharge basins for our aquifers, I can't even think of pouring it down the storm drains or sewers...

Won't even put it in my lawnmower.... arrgh!!


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Re: draining out old gas

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:53 pm

Tony, what I did was cut a water hose and siphoned it out the old school way.

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Re: draining out old gas

Postby WA9FWT » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:35 pm

Tony Mills wrote:Any one know an easy way to drain the old gas from a 1983 goldwing? Thanks, Tony

If I spill gas, which I do all the time working on engines in my shop.I just use a rag and I hang that rag on the back fence,and no time it evaporates. You can come back in as little as a hour and it's gone.No need to burn it.
If you have a gallon or more, poor it into a flat pan and by morning it's gone. Or the neighbors cats are drinking it, but it's gone all the time...
WA9FWT Phil

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Re: draining out old gas

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:31 am

I believe Advance Auto Parts will accept oil and gasoline at no charge (last I heard). Or, put an ad in Craigslist (it's free), "free gasoline, come take it away."

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Re: draining out old gas

Postby Rick_MD » Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:24 pm

Advance Auto Parts cannot take any flammables, just used oils. They cannot even take them if contaminated with water or antifreeze.

A lot of their heater & a/c equipment for the stores run off of natural gas which would create quite an explosion from the fumes of the gasoline coming from the oil storage tank if they did.

Please be safe. Most landfills will take and recycle flammables for you free of charge. Even bad paint and thinners.

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