Removing water from the Virage petrol tank

Garry has devised a relatively simple and quick method of detecting and removing water from the Virage fuel tank should you be unlucky enough to get some in there.  Here are the steps – photos will follow when we next have the lid off.  It’s easiest done with two people – no skill is needed for the second person.

1.  Remove the aluminium cover from the top of the engine (this covers the fuel rails and injectors).

2. At the front of the fuel rails, you will see a copper u-bend (in 10mm or so copper tube) that is connected to the fuel rails with compression fittings.  Take this off, and fit some rubber tubing in its place that leads into a clear glass or plastic bottle.

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3.  Now turn over the engine.  It will not fire as there will now be no pressure, but the turns will force petrol into your bottle.  Check the appearance – if there is water the output will look cloudy.  On J*hn’s car it took nearly 20 turns to expell the 6 litres of water that had accumulated in the tank.  If the pump runs and then stops before you have expelled all the water, see the note below.

Virage pumping out water from fuel line small



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4. The engine will run faster when it is running on pure petrol as opposed to a petrol/water mix, so that is one way to determine that you are finished.  Keep turning till you are done.

When switching on the ignition the pump should run to pressurize the system. It will probably only run for a limited time as the  immobilizer usually cuts it off if the engine has not started.

There should be two wires at the pump, black=earth and white/yellow=live feed.  To run the pump continuously connect the white/yellow wire to the battery.

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Removing water from the Virage petrol tank — 5 Comments

  1. hi does anyone know where I can get wiring diagrams from as my horn and cruise control arrent working also temp guage not working. I think its an earthing issue as get horn to work if I add a earth wire to the existing earth but would like to check. thanks john

  2. Hello ! I bought a Virage 1992 No. 351 last week in Italy and I’am very happy to have found your Corner to get some better feeling to be able to keep the car in good condition with acceptable effort.
    Helmut Hirth

    • Helmut

      Congratulations! And good luck – it’s a wonderful car with very many quirks. The exact opposite of precision German engineering. I have quite a bit of new info which I will be putting up on the site in the next week or so – so watch out for updates.

  3. Thanks for your information – I purchased a 92 Virage last week and have had the same problems you have had. I pumped 3 gallons of water out of the tank on Sunday after a wet Saturday. I also have the same starting problems. Now I hopefully know how to sort them!

    Many thanks


  4. Hello! I am the owner and caretaker of Virage, #333, and I’m so GRATEFUL to have stumbled upon your Virage Corner. Thanks so much for the time you’ve taken to explain things so well! My 5.3 litre engine is in need of a head gasket and I’ve been told the cost could be as much as $10,000. I think this estimate is on the high side. Also, the gas peddle has stuck to the floor and I wonder if you’ve ever had that experience. I read with interest your comments about your friend’s Virage #331 having the boot lid/gas covers problem solved. I can’t open the boot lid without damaging the gas covers and wonder if you have any idea why that would be. I would also be grateful to read your feature Virage Corner postings – do you have an email broadcast, or should I keep checking back on your website? Thank you, and all the best,

    Doug Mayhew

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