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Easy Question: How to Drain Gas Tank

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I got a 2001 Dodge Intrepid and my lock cylinder decided to stop working today. So, I will need to use another car temporarily until I can get it fixed. My concern is I just filled the tank up yesterday and would to transfer the gas to my other vehicle. I read there is a drain plug, but exactly where is it? What is the best way to remove gas from my 2001 dodge intrepid tank to transfer to another car? If you got pictures or a diagram that would be great1
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I don't know of any drain plug. If you look around for a "how-to" you could probably fix the lock cylinder faster than draining the tank.

:edit: or if your broke you could take the lock cylinder out and use the old screwdriver key trick until you get the $30 or so to replace it.

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I don't know of any drain plug. If you look around for a "how-to" you could probably fix the lock cylinder faster than draining the tank.

:edit: or if your broke you could take the lock cylinder out and use the old screwdriver key trick until you get the $30 or so to replace it.
The screw driver trick could work; any diagrams on how to remove the lock cylinder and/or replace it?
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I looked around but didn't find it. From what I recall:

Remove the two torx head screws from the bottom of the plastic cover behind the steering wheel. The top will "pop" off with a little force. To take the lock cylinder out you need the key in the ignition and you have to turn it backwards. It's been a long time since I've changed one but I did it without any diagrams. If you get that far you can probably figure it out from there.
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I might give it a shot... otherwise, where exactly is the tank on the 2001? From what I've read on this forum there is a drain plug on the tank.
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The tank is located just about under the rear seat.

Some of them have drain plugs.
If yours has a plug it will be on the driver's side in front of the rear wheel.
It is a plastic bolt.

It may not seal correctly when you screw it back in and they do not screw back in easily!

I've used it to drain the tanks on cars that I scrapped but never on one that I kept.
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just put some stabilizer in it and fill up the other car, not worth trying to drain the tank.
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I was going to suggest punching it with a screw driver, then I read that you wanted to keep it.

Pour stabil in it and call it good. To remove the lock cyl, yes, you remove the column clam shell as stated above, insert the key and rotate it backwards as stated, then using a screw driver, you push up on a catch that is on the bottom of the casing - should be rectangular, and fairly close to the outside end of the cylinder. With a screwdriver pushing up on the clip, the cylinder will slide right out as you pull the key.

Why do you think your lock cylinder is what has failed?
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