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Old 11-10-2015, 09:09 AM   #15
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Call your insurance company

I just read a blog post with a similar story:

Putting Regular Gas in a Diesel Vehicle | Camper Chronicles

The upshot is that your insurance company will likely cover it under "accidental fuel contamination."

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Old 11-10-2015, 09:32 AM   #16
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Do you suppose that it is just a coincidence that the dealer has a $9,000 solution to a problem that I have gotten out of for about $200 plus towing three times now?

Sorry about my skepticism, SOMETIMES "the experts" are all about making a buck....

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Old 11-10-2015, 10:47 AM   #17
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A costly fix it can be, my repair bill was over $1500.00 on my RAM ecodiesel. After filling up with DIESEL as I usually do, I drove home, Later that day as I pulled out of my driveway the truck had almost no power & the valves were clanging. Towed to the dealer it was determined that the fuel I got was contaminated and the repairs not covered under warranty so I filed an insurance claim & only had to pay my deductible of $250.00. Allstate is investigating the cause. What I did learn was that even if I had put gasoline in or mixed it with the diesel my insurance would still cover the repairs under the comprehensive part of my policy.
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:49 AM   #18
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Whatever you do, do not start your motor!! Tow your vehicle to the dealer ASAP.

1) Fuel tank will hafta be removed and thoroughly drained.

2) Fuel tank should be sent to a radiator shop for professional cleaning.

3) Whether you started the engine or not, fuel lines should also be thoroughly drained.

4) Replace fuel filter(s).

This is not the time to take short-cuts. If there was ever a time to be thorough, this would be it. Leave no stone unturned.

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Old 11-10-2015, 11:03 AM   #19
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Somewhat on the subject they need to get rid of this bio fuel nonsense. Serves no purpose other putting money into someones pocket and just confuses the consumer. Getting fuel use to be a no brainer now we all have to take a double look at the pump to make sure what we are getting is what we want.

Hopefully no damage done.
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Old 11-10-2015, 11:06 AM   #20
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Been there done that!

I, too, was a victim of momentary inattentiveness due to haste combined with the BP infamous green "branding" on their gasolibe handles. BP uses black handles for their diesel. I learned this from the blogs that are filled with exchanges between BP and unwary consumers. Yes, a standard should be in place. That is routine in most industries regarding safety issues. And being stuck on the freeway is a safety issue.

After putting gasoline in my Jetta Sportswagen TDI I drove for about 4-5 miles onto I-95 in SC and I then felt a sudden engine miss. I stopped immediately and checked my fuel receipt. My heart sunk when it read "Reg" fuel.

I called AAA and was towed on a flatbed 100 mikes to the VW dealer in Fayetteville, NC. They drained the tanks and lines and inspected the injectors, compressor, etc. they said I averted a likely $8 - $10,000 repair bill because I stopped immediately. They said there was enough undiluted diesel in the fuel lines and system to get me the distance I drove, but after that I would certainly have done major damage. Good news: the car is still in great shape after another 50,000+ miles (despite the current VW defeat fiasco).

I now take even more care when fueling my Grand Cherokee Eco Diesel. And my wife and I now are quite deliberate in our language concerning the difference between the words "fuel" vs. "gas" as a frequent reminder.
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Old 11-10-2015, 11:12 AM   #21
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It should not cost $7500 to repair it. The fuel filters should have alerted you of a problem. I suspect the worse case scenerio would be you burned up a few fuel injectors. The engine is designed so that injectors can be easily replaced. Eventually they fail under normal conditions.
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Old 11-10-2015, 11:29 AM   #22
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Several years ago my neighbor filled his ford 7.3 powerstroke with gasoline, he drove almost 40 mile,noticed the miss, hauled it to my shop, I drained the tanks, changed the fuel filter, blew out all the fuel lines with diesel fuel, it run fine for 6 weeks, then changed injector pump and injectors, 6 months later it took a reman engine. Very expensive lesson, the new computerized injector are very expensive...
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Old 11-10-2015, 12:30 PM   #23
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I did the exact same thing in Wisconsin with my then new 2011 Sprinter, used the green handle, drove a couple miles, ran funny, went back to station to discover BP used green for gas. Siphoned out the tank, pushed it back to pump, filled with diesel and drove off. Filled again in 100 miles (to delete as much as possible) and kept doing that for the next 500 miles on way back to California. That was 60,000 miles ago, no issues.
Sadly, it had happened once before with my 7.3 Ford in Ashland, Oregon (where they must pump the fuel) the attendant put in gas while I went inside. Droving to California, went about ten miles to border where it quit running. Towed to Ford dealer in Ca. He said it happens @ 20 times a year from Oregon. They flushed system in a couple hrs, assured me there was not any damage and I put another 100,000+ miles on it without any issues.
You SHOULD be fine
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Old 11-10-2015, 12:55 PM   #24
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First time diesel owner here and reading this thread with interest. I'm going to be very careful I read the pumps and will watch who pumps for me in the goofy states.

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Old 11-10-2015, 12:55 PM   #25
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I have almost done the same thing a couple of times. I have become a little paranoid about it and now smell the fuel nozzle before putting it in the truck. The smell of diesel is very distinctive. Doing this makes me pay more attention to what I'm doing.

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I always sniff the nozzle before pumping diesel in my truck or my boat.
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:44 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by J. Morgan View Post
Do you suppose that it is just a coincidence that the dealer has a $9,000 solution to a problem that I have gotten out of for about $200 plus towing three times now?

Sorry about my skepticism, SOMETIMES "the experts" are all about making a buck....

Brevi tempore!
Same story here, I fueled my VW Jetta Diesel with regular gas, discovered it within a mile and had it towed. Dealer quoted $700. A local German automotive specialist did it for under $200.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:34 PM   #28
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My wife did the same thing to our pickup - she drove it home and then remembered!!! I drained the tank, refilled it with diesel and all was well - except we did burn the valves a little bit but nothing to worry about. Gasoline floats on diesel so if your tank draws from the bottom - and most do - you should be able to drive it for a little ways without any damage - unless, of course, you're driving on the bumpiest road in the USA!!

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