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Posted: 04/21/12 10:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I understand, I did the same thing myself in my 6.4 F-450. I got off easier than you though, no damage just a few hundred bucks to empty the tank and drain the lines. I hope everything works out well for you.

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Drive it 300 yards and it's toast? I say BS. Yes there is a bunch of labor involved flushing every thing out but $10,000? If it is covered I guess I would let them do it, but if not,I would flush everything out myself and drive on.
I know there is lube in diesel and not in gasoline but there probably is some diesel left in the tank anyway with the gas. Very hard to believe I guess---show me the destroyed parts. Just my thoughts.

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Hi,
I wonder if the mechanic at the Ford dealer ever heard that they PUT in unleaded gas to diesel fuel to winterize it?

While I agree that pulling a load with your truck and driving 10 miles or so may have damaged something, I find it difficult to understand that more then the diesel in the fuel filter could have made it into the engine in that short drive.

I read one post that the guy drove his Cummins home and then drained the fuel tank, and put in new fuel, this is more along the lines of what I would have expected to try with the truck. It might not have worked, and then required spending more money on the engine, but I would have tried this first.

What can you do with 30 gallons mixed diesel and gasoline to get rid of it? They do sell mixed fuel as boiler fuel. Know anyone with a oil furnace or oil fired boiler? They can burn this mixture of fuel, and the burner will not change at all. While oil furnaces have not been legal to install in California for many years, they are legal in most other states.

They even build waste oil furnaces, that are designed to burn waste engine oil, drained from engines, to heat a shop that works on trucks or other items. A diesel and gasoline mixture can be added to that type of furnace, to run it.

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Posted: 04/21/12 11:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did some thing like this, I put 25gal of gas in my tank that holds 150 gal. I topped it off and put 2 qts of tranny fluid and 2 qts of oil in my tank and drove off it never missed a lick.

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Interested to know what was damaged, and if it was covered by insurance...


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Posted: 04/22/12 04:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You'd think they'd print what it is somewhere on the pump so people wouldn't have to rely on colors for their choices...........

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There sure ought to be a standerized color for different fuels it would be easy for them to do. I agree with some others I would not think 3 miles of mixed fuel would toast the pump. The fuel lines and fuel filters would have been full of good fuel it would take a while before it even got any of the mixed fuel in it.


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kwlincoln wrote:

Been driving a diesel truck for 6+ years and the first time I've seen regular gas come out of what looked like a diesel pump. Unfortunately I did it to my brand new F350 King Ranch. Guess how much this mistake cost me (my insurance company)?


You have my sympathy....

I think I must be lucky....

I run a gasser and I have noticed a 'mix-up' at the odd pump, when I have gone to get gas and it would have dispensed diesel.

I have noticed even before I have picked up the gun in my case......
as I detest the smell and the feel of the greaseyness of diesel on and around the pumping equipment, it has in my case saved me!

Having driven commercially, many types and sizes of diesel fueled vehicles both in Europe and Canada since 1977, I seem to have an instinct/sixth sense as I approach a 'fuel dispensing' device as to what it will offer up!


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