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    Unhappy I'm a F**kin' Numpty - Help needed

    I have just committed an epic fail by filling my diesel mk5 with unleaded
    Luckily I realised within a few hundred yards of the station and have since been towed home by the AA.
    I dont appear to be able to get a syphon tube in to drain it assuming it has a restrictor of some kind.
    Does anyone know where the sender guage is to enable me to drain via the hole its in, or is it easier/safer to undo the main hose where it goes in the tank and let it dribble out from there until low enough to pull off fully and then syphon.
    All and any idea's welcome
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    i had to drain the tank on my astra g diesel i brought a second hand fuel pump like on the older cars connected one end to the fuel pipe , i disconnected the pipe that goes into the filter from the tank and put the other end in a can and drainned it was suprised how quick it drained

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    Id just jack up the car take the pipes off the fuel tank (probably from the fuel filter) and let the tank drain empty then reconnect the pipes and brim the tank with deisel.

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    every time i have to do this with someones car, i disconnect at the fuel rail, connect a hose from there into a container, and switch on the ignition, the fuel pump will pump for a few secs, turn off, turn on and pump will pump again, turn off, and repeat. gets it all out of the lines as well.
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    Not sure what the pump setup is like on the Mk5 but I know on the Mk4 you'd avoid running petrol through the diesel pump as it kills the bearings (no lubricant).

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    Remove rear bench,carpet flap,plastic plate cap,fuel lines,electrical plug and then tank locking clip(note there is a specific tool for this that you wont have,but a large screwdriver and hammer can save the day,remove lid,pump and drain tank completely and also use lots of rags to get into all the nucks and crannies,blow out fuel lines to filter,change filter,refit all above£20 quid minimum diesel and try and start,note will be difficult to start and batt may dye also
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    Just some info;

    I remember to recall that atleast the diesel mk4's had a self bleeding system for the diesel lines, so you don't need to bleed the fuel lines.

    I reckon the same "technology" is continued on to the mk5's.

    Hope this helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linea Oro View Post
    Just some info;

    I remember to recall that atleast the diesel mk4's had a self bleeding system for the diesel lines, so you don't need to bleed the fuel lines.

    I reckon the same "technology" is continued on to the mk5's.

    Hope this helps!

    yes if you just undo one of the fuel lines under tank it will come out of pipes naturally,however from experience i estimate about 5 litres still sits in tank due to its shape that does not naturally flow out
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    Quote Originally Posted by DucatiEvo View Post
    Not sure what the pump setup is like on the Mk5 but I know on the Mk4 you'd avoid running petrol through the diesel pump as it kills the bearings (no lubricant).
    Dont do it my way then!
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    Thanks to all for the idea's, ended up going the fuel sender route via the back seat. 4 trips to the local petrol station with an emergency can and then tried to start. Sounded like a bag of spanners being rolled down hill in a metal bin for about 10 secs then it fired. Ran lumpy for about 20 secs then settled down, so job done I think. Will runnoff 1/4 tank and keep refilling to dilute any further residue. Lesson learned the hard way I think, I would't mind but the filler has a sticker, the cap has diesel on it and it has a red band with diesel on it. Despite all that I must have suffered a complete and utter brain fart!!!!
    The only upside is my petrol Tigra's tank was empty so I have somewhere to put the unleaded. Thanks again to all.
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