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Old 09-15-2013, 05:44 PM
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Even I (being a Diesel guy) can see that could be a potential problem. You have to really be on the ball when going to the fueling station!
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:01 PM
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My cousin did this in her 2005 Jetta TDI about a week after getting the car (her first fill-up, as this was her first car) and put premium in the tank because the station didn't have diesel and she thought premium would be okay (she is one of the least intelligent people I know). She drove it for a while then it stalled out in a busy intersection. It was towed back to the shop and the tank was emptied and lines cleared and new filters installed, ran perfectly. Then about 2 weeks later on a rainy day, she drove it into the back of a Ford Ranger causing about $4000 in damage to the car, and gave us the story that she was going 15 mph following at least 6 car lengths behind the ranger and when it slammed on brakes to avoid hitting a truck that slammed on brakes, so she slammed on brakes but the car (with brand new all season Michelin tires and some of the best brakes I have encountered) skidded into the Ranger. This may have fooled her mom but not anyone else (she is a very distracted driver). My point in telling the accident story is that a new driver putting gas in a diesel is actually sometimes an indicator that he or she should not be driving at all.
My tricks to remembering what fuel to put in include looking on the fuel door, remembering if the vehicle handled well on the way over to the gas station, leaving the vehicle running if it is a diesel, and looking at the vehicle and determining if it a German work of art (well somewhat subjective on the Sprinter, but not as much the 190D) or a formless American blob (the Grand Marquis).
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It's pretty easy for me: Four wheels=diesel, two wheels=either RUG or pedal power.

For a while I owned both gas and diesel four wheeled conveyances and managed to not make that mistake. I always wonder if I'm going to put diesel in the rental car when I go on orders, but I haven't yet.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:23 PM
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It's pretty easy for me: Four wheels=diesel, two wheels=either RUG or pedal power.

For a while I owned both gas and diesel four wheeled conveyances and managed to not make that mistake. I always wonder if I'm going to put diesel in the rental car when I go on orders, but I haven't yet.
Fairly easy for me as well, as I only have one gas vehicle (1983 AMC Eagle), and I fuel up the Diesel vehicles at HOME. I have not fueled a Diesel vehicle at a station for a long time, so putting the wrong fuel in a vehicle would be hard for me to do.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:25 AM
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When I was 18, I accidentally put premium into my mom's conversion van, we only ever put regular in it. That is the only missfuel so far. I think it helped that my first car was a diesel. That way I was relatively wary from the start.

A friend of mine put a gallon of unleaded into an 87 300d when he ran out of fuel. Could that have made it spin a bearing?
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:08 AM
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I wouldn't have thought so unless he put it in the crankcase.
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I wouldn't have thought so unless he put it in the crankcase.
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I filled my truck with what was labeled diesel, turned out the fuel company had filled the diesel tank with gas. My sense of smell is not that great so did not notice until it quit. My wife noticed the smell of gas, and sure enough it was. Purged it and refilled with diesel from another station and ran for a few thousand miles before the injection pump quit, in Oklahoma.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:43 PM
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I filled my truck with what was labeled diesel, turned out the fuel company had filled the diesel tank with gas. My sense of smell is not that great so did not notice until it quit. My wife noticed the smell of gas, and sure enough it was. Purged it and refilled with diesel from another station and ran for a few thousand miles before the injection pump quit, in Oklahoma.
I would think that you could get the filling station to cover at least part of the cost of replacement, right?
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:19 PM
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Yes. I got a decent settlement from a company which had water in their tank. Course they had a butt load of cars and trucks and so forth which did not get out of their lot because it quit as soon as the water hit the injection pump.
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I have about 30 gallons of Dieselgas here after a driver filled a sprinter with RUG. The door says diesel, the gauge says diesel. The fuel card is a different color to indicate diesel. And the driver was told which station to use, but didn't.

Last summer I ended up with 50+ gallons of dieselgas. Driver put diesel into a Ford gas job. Brought back a vehicle with 20k miles and complained the engine and transmission both failed shortly after refueling. I actually drove it into the shop. I had to use brakeclean to get the engine running long enough to build heat in the chambers so the fuel mixture would burn. Talk about white smoke! And the summer before last I brought home 35+ gallons of dieselgas. That one was gas into a Ford 7.3 diesel. Twice.

Pumps in this area have a different size nozzle for diesel. Most of the time the diesel nozzle won't fit into the gas vehicle but we have cutaway chassis vehicles and the fuel filler has no restrictor installed.
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