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Old 11-28-2012, 07:21 PM
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Default Removing a recalcitrant fuel drain

Anyone got a foolproof way of removing one of these babies when stuck?



I've got to drain the fuel out of a tank to fix a leak but I'll be darned if I could get it (or its partner) to budge. They went in when it was a lot warmer; it's a lot colder up in flyover country now.

I'm a little worried -- a lot worried, actually -- about breaking the darned thing off; that's how reluctant it was to turn when I put a wrench on it.

Also, can you confirm this is a typical "righty tighty, lefty loosey" deal?
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:24 PM
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...Also, can you confirm this is a typical "righty tighty, lefty loosey" deal?
Lefty loosey is operative in this case.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:27 PM
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Mouse milk?
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:32 PM
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Thumbs up Socket or Box wrench

Bob find a socket that will fit it or a box wrench so you won't accidentally round off the edges and strip it. You could warm it up a little with some hot water then just use some steady pressure and it should come right off. At least that's what I would probably do.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:38 PM
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Use a six point socket or tubing wrench. Heat it up enough with a heat gun to melt some candle wax into the threads. May be hard to do with all that "coolant" on the other side of the sheetmetal. Or try "PB Blaster" penetrant. Way better than other stuff. Good luck.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:40 PM
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:32 PM
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Use a siphon hose to get as much as you can out of the tanks, and then disconnect the hose to the mechanical fuel pump and use your electric pump to pump out the rest - should pump out at a rate of ~30 gph or better, and you should have ~5 gallons or less per tank to pump so about 20 minutes with the electric pump should do both tanks. Connecting a battery charger before starting the pumping will keep the battery in reasonable condition.

Then you can leave the fuel drains alone.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:39 PM
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If all else fails use a pipe wrench and replace it
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:46 PM
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Use a siphon hose to get as much as you can out of the tanks, and then disconnect the hose to the mechanical fuel pump and use your electric pump to pump out the rest - should pump out at a rate of ~30 gph or better, and you should have ~5 gallons or less per tank to pump so about 20 minutes with the electric pump should do both tanks. Connecting a battery charger before starting the pumping will keep the battery in reasonable condition.

Then you can leave the fuel drains alone.
Good idea, but when it comes time to replace the o-ring on that quick-drain, he'll still have a problem
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:18 PM
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Also, can you confirm this is a typical "righty tighty, lefty loosey" deal?
Reminds me a time not long ago when I was trying to remove a plumbing fixture under a sink. Try as I might I could not get it to budge until after significant wasted time I realized that I was looking at it backwards and was tightening it the whole time.
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