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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-27-2019, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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I did a bad thing

We were on a trip to Chicago towing a 9000 pound enclosed car trailer. In Springfield IL I decided to top off the tank so that hopefully we would not need to buy fuel in Chicago proper. I pulled in the lane that had an arrow that said "Diesel" and stopped the engine. It had just under 1/2 tank showing on the gage.

Started pumping fuel and realized it was E-85! Shut it off just under 7 gallons. Started cursing myself for being so stupid. Told the wife we would probably be staying in town for a couple days.

Just then a fire truck pulled in on the other side of the row of pumps where all the diesel was. My wife suggested I ask them for instructions on who best to call. I walked over and started talking to them about my mistake.

The firemen had a diesel mechanic on staff who they called and then put me on the line with. He asked if I had turned the key on. I said no. He said fine, you are going to be OK if you follow my instructions.

Long story short, the firemen took my credit card and went shopping. They came back with 5 five gallon gas cans and one yellow diesel 5 gallon can. They also bought a siphon pump with 10 feet of hose. I siphoned the tank until it was dry. Then filled it to the top with fresh diesel.

While I did get fuel all over myself it turned out great. We made it to Chicago and are now back home without incident. I sent the fire station in Springfield a cookie gram. Those guys are the best!


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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-27-2019, 11:30 AM
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GLAD it worked out !!!

LIL expensive though

Here in MD you gotta LOOK because the pump handle could be green or black or yellow . Truth

IE: Some stations the gas pumps are all black , and the diesel are green , ok i can get down with that,, and others the gas could be green or black and only the diesel pump is yellow !!
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Man, I'm happy for you that you saw your mistake before starting the engine, whew. You're not the first one to do something like that, so don't beat yourself up over it. All's well that ends well. Good job.

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Yup, that's a sinking feeling when you realize what you just did. You're certainly not the first or the last. Glad you were able to get it fixed on your own with no further problems. Local dealerships charge about $700.00 for what you were able to accomplish for the cost of a few fuel cans and a siphon hose. I hate that the color codes at the gas pumps keep changing. Awesome that the Fire Department stepped in to help you out when you were on the road.
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My boss topped his ford diesel off with unleaded, maybe 7 gallons, if I remember right. I know it is a Ford, but it destroyed a pretty reliable, older Powerstroke. The piston cooling jets were in the oil pan. The worst of it was, he knew what he did and ran it anyway.

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Dump in 1 gal of outboard lube TC-W3 per gal of gas accidentally pumped in.
Let set for 1/2 hr to mix. Drive pickup back and forth short distance to slosh fuel/mix.

On your way.

NO outboard lube, hydraulic oil works< ISO 46 or ISO100.

Better than walking out in a snow storm 50 miles back in the brush.
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I made the same mistake but at least now I know a 12 valve will run on 75% gasoline 25% diesel just fine. I had one gas truck and one diesel truck at the time so it was probably bound to happen.
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You’re not the first and certainly not the last. I’ve dealt with this situation many many times (not me, I’m a diesel mechanic).

Those firemen are pretty stand up guys for helping you out like that. Cheers to them!
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I put a locking green Stant diesel fuel cap on the tank to slow me down at a fillup station. It makes me think more about what I am doing.
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I did that one time with a pump that had a black handle in the diesel lane of an Exxon station while someone beside me was trying to start up a conversation. Pumped about 8 gallons gas on top of 10 gal of diesel before I realized it. I was not even 1/4 mile from my driveway. Drove there, took rubber connector apart on top of tank & siphoned out what I could, loaded up with 5 gals new diesel and a couple of small bottles of 2 stroke, then drove back and filled up completely. Never had an issue. It happens more often than not to many of us.

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I put a locking green Stant diesel fuel cap on the tank to slow me down at a fillup station. It makes me think more about what I am doing.
I have the same cap and I love it.

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Had the same thing happen to me about 8 years ago in the company Ford Powerstroke. Darn gas pump had like 2 black pump handles and one green handle and took for granted it was diesel. Pumped maybe 4-5 gallons of gas before I noticed. I was low on fuel anyway so I think the diesel diluted the gas and ran it out through the system as it seemed to still run good afterwards.

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