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A few weeks ago I posted about not being able to siphon gas from a 2002 T&C as instructed by the factory manual. Problem was that I wasn't able to get the hose all the way into the tank. On closer perusal of the manual, I noticed that the fuel tank removal procedure instructed to use 5/16" diameter plastic tubing with the insertion end cut to a 30-degree point that would allow it to get past the fuel inlet check valve. I tried this and it worked! (I originally used 1/2" diameter plastic tubing without the tip cut to a point.) The fuel pump replacment instructions only said to "siphon remaining fuel from the fuel tank," failing to mention that the siphoning procedure was described in detail the "fuel tank removal" section.
 

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Most fuel pumps or sending units have a siphon port covered by a rubber cap and held on with a clamp. That's the best place to siphon.
My Spirit, Reliant, and Breeze had siphoning ports, but for some reason the gen 4 minivans don't. Maybe it's because the fuel pump/sending unit mounts on top of the tank, necessitating that the tank be lowered to gain access. My Pontiac Vibe GT (aka Toyota Matrix SXT) has an access plate in the floor pan under the rear seat cushion that let's you replace the fuel pump from inside the car without dropping the tank. Got to hand it to the Japanese for that one. I would assume that Stow 'n Go prevents Chrysler from doing that with the minivans, but my 2002 T&C doesn't have Stow 'n Go!
 
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