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Sad @#$&@#(*$& Vandals! Part II :(

Unfortunatly, whoever screwed up my car last time did it in. Last wednesday, after class and on my way to my job, I found a 5lb bag of sugar strewn over the gas tank side of the car, including quite a bit in the throat of the gas tank as well as water marks from whatever douchebag decided to dissolve it into the tank.

Report made to the sherriff as well as insurance, but as it wasn't covered by my insurance, I'm going to have to write the car off because it's too damned expensive for me to fix right now. Fuel filter+pump+gas tank flush came to over 400 at the nearest shop that could do it, but bare in mind I'm in the boonies so to speak.

Car has not been driven since then, so engine is still good, and I guess this is where I commence parting it out.

If you need anything off a Chargold 94 trep, let me know and we can make arrangements. Will edit this thread and link to B/S/T thread for part-out.

Thanks much guys, hopefully I'll be able to get into a new trep in a few months or so.

Edit: Link to parts thread here.

https://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...479#post966479

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Fix it yourself, if you have the time. If the car hasn't been started since then well the fuel that is tainted hasn't made it to the engine or anywhere past the gas tank. I would just unhook the fuel filter and drain the gas into a container then wash out the gas tank until it is clean, then replace the filter and all should be ok. I would also recommend getting a locking gas cap.
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Suck to hear that but why don't you get the tank cleaned out insted of getting rid of the whole car. Then buy a locking gas cap. I have one I will give you if you want it.

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Yeah, I always ran a locking stant cap througout college for that reason! Punk ass bitches!!!
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Sugar isn't soluble in gasoline. That's an old wive's tale that it will get through the lines and wreck your engine. Not that I'd want to take the chance--
Basically, tho, forget all the filter, injector, pump, etc cleaning and just do the tank.
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Fix it yourself, if you have the time. If the car hasn't been started since then well the fuel that is tainted hasn't made it to the engine or anywhere past the gas tank. I would just unhook the fuel filter and drain the gas into a container then wash out the gas tank until it is clean, then replace the filter and all should be ok. I would also recommend getting a locking gas cap.
yeah, what he said.
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Thanks for the advice guys, I've heard from several different mechanics that sugar will screw up the fuel pump regardless... I don't have the time or energy to do the repair with the credit load I'm currently holding. According to my hayne's manual, it looks like I need to dissasemble most of the suspension to drop the tank out... Also, will just using water clean out the tank and get rid of any residues? It's an iffy thing for me to attempt right now, so if it sits for a couple months, will that be a problem when I go to do it?
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Myth busters did something on this awhile ago and think they busted it...
If your just going to part it out why not just continue to drive it then?
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My cousin had sum hatin azz kats put sugar in his regal gs tank and he just put seafoam treatment in tank. 9months later still no problems
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Just drop the tank and flush it out. If you haven't run the car, you'll be fine.
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yeah, sugar won't do anything much. the water they put in it is more of a problem. I would not even mess with dropping the tank, I would remove the fuel pump (which can be done from the trunk of the car), and then siphon the gas out of the tank and pour new gas in. plus put a can or two of heet to get any residual water out.

http://www.snopes.com/autos/grace/sugar.asp

shouldn't take you more than an afternoon to do.,

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Forgive me but, i didnt read your first thread about the vandals. Did you do something to piss off someone or were they just random douchebags?
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Sugar isn't soluble in gasoline. That's an old wive's tale that it will get through the lines and wreck your engine. Not that I'd want to take the chance--
Basically, tho, forget all the filter, injector, pump, etc cleaning and just do the tank.
So true! All it will do is clog the fuel filter and if you are really unlucky, the injectors.

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Oh great, H2O in the tank.

You can use any product containing Isopropanol or Ethanol. DO NOT USE METHANOL PRODUCTS! The fuel system is NOT compatible with methanol.

Seafoam motor treatment (mix of petroleum distillates and Isopropanol) does a good job at getting rid of water, in your case, 2 cans is in order though.

Actually, these products don't make water disappear, the alchohol mixes with the water to form a flammable mixture..... it's like how vodka burns even though its only 40% alcohol with the rest being water.
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Just for info I read somewhere it takes more than a 1lb bag of sugar to harn a cars fuel system. Plus its proably more junk in gas from stations than sugar in your tank.
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