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Easily Siphon Your Old Fuel Or Other Fluids

I’m working on getting my 1970 Dodge Challenger back on the road and one of the first things that I need to do is get the fuel tank out. Of course, it’s currently full of old gas, so that will have to come out first. To help with that, I picked up this Koehler RA990 Multi-Use Siphon Fuel Transfer Pump Kit to take care of the job.

It’s a pretty simple thing… pump mechanism in the middle, nipples for hoses on either end. Still, since I didn’t want this foul smelling gas all over me, I made myself stop and read the instructions that are included. Depending on what you’re transferring the fluid into, you might consider getting some longer lines that what’s included. Just make sure you have the lines secure and they won’t get out while you’re pumping or you’ll have a mess on your hands.

Here’s a tip: once you’re done and you think you got all of the fluid out, keep trying to drain the pump because there’s more in there. If you’re working with fuel, like I was, let it sit out in a well ventilated area and air out. After that, get yourself a big Ziploc bag and keep the pump in there until you need it again. And make sure you keep the instructions!

These pumps are also great for changing fluid in differentials because you can often just pull the old gear oil out of the fill plug hole instead of wearing gear oil when you remove the diff cover. Happy wrenching!

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Andrew Galvan
Muscle Cars, Dirt Bikes, and Gadgets. Apprentice Shade Tree Mechanic. Restoring his 1970 Challenger R/T with his son and daughter.
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