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Old 11-09-2015, 07:31 PM   #1
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HELP! Accidentally putting E-85 instead of diesel in AI

I accidentally put E-5 instead of diesel into my 2012 AI. I was tired and the pump was a green color. So it didn't occur to me that it wasn't diesel. Tow operator says that if you had driven with the E-5 fuel, the Mercedes Sprinter will be ruined and cost a lot of money. It may even be totaled. Help!


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Old 11-09-2015, 07:33 PM   #2
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Call your local dealership ASAP. They will know the proper procedures.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:45 PM   #3
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Agh!!!!

Do not start the engine for any reason or you will ruin it! Push or tow it away from the fuel pump.

The tank will have to be drained of the contaminated fuel. It will likely need to be towed to a MB dealership or other competent mechanic to accomplish this.
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I did the same thing last year while in Idaho. I had the good sense not to start it and was towed to Wally's garage where they pumped out my tank, put in 5 gallons of diesel and I was good to go. It ended up costing me 3 hours of time, a full tank of gas and $50 in labor. The tow was on a flat bed courtesy of my AAA card. Oh, and a $20 tip for the tow driver for hooking we up with Wally's.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:02 PM   #5
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Ok calm down, the diesel engine is a lot tougher than you give it credit for. I ran into a guy that did the same thing and he started it before realizing his mistake. Granted this was in an F-250, but the dealer drained the tank and flushed the lines and the truck was just fine. Its a costly mistake but your coach will be back on the road tomorrow. There really needs to be some consistency in pump handle colors IMO. GL and let us know all is well.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:58 PM   #6
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BP is the main offender that I've found on putting green handles on their gas pumps.
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HELP! Accidentally putting E-85 instead of diesel in AI

Drain (most) all of the fuel and replace it with diesel flush the lines, change the filter, and all will be fine.

The water separator will mistake it as water and cut the fuel before engine damage.

I had an employee do this to a Duramax two weeks ago, he then drove the truck until it would run no more.... It was running fine the afternoon of the same day.

Unfortunately, this was not the first time this happened to this truck.

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"Unfortunately, this was not the first time this happened to this truck."

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Thanks everyone for your advice. Sadly, I did drive it a short distance from gas station to entrance onto freeway and just into freeway. But pulled over quickly when I noticed the weird jumpiness of car. I also. Tried turning engine over three times, including once when coach net asked me to and when highway patrol. . It was towed by flatbed to Keys European cars in Van Nuys who are authorized sprinter dealers and repair. Anyone heard of them? I live in Bay Area and considering towing by flatbed up there because I'm know the repair shops and if any problems I can take easily. Your thoughts?


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Used to work at MB dealership, happens all the time. All will be well.
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I did it to my Dodge Ram. Drove it about 20 miles. Had it towed to a Dodge dealer. They replaced both fuel pumps. Cost $7500. Truck has been fine for another 65000 miles so far.
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"Unfortunately, this was not the first time this happened to this truck."

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Thankfully my salesman told me a story about a person driving through that used a BP station and filled up with gasoline. Now there are two things I check before I put the nozzle in. One is to make sure its diesel fuel and second is to make sure it's not biodiesel. I know Mercedes says 5% or less is OK but all my small engine yard tools say that 10% ethanol is OK and they all have had carburetor problems. Switched to alcohol free gas and no longer have carburetor problems. Coincidence? I think not.
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Thanks everyone for your advice. Sadly, I did drive it a short distance from gas station to entrance onto freeway and just into freeway. But pulled over quickly when I noticed the weird jumpiness of car. I also. Tried turning engine over three times, including once when coach net asked me to and when highway patrol. . It was towed by flatbed to Keys European cars in Van Nuys who are authorized sprinter dealers and repair. Anyone heard of them? I live in Bay Area and considering towing by flatbed up there because I'm know the repair shops and if any problems I can take easily. Your thoughts?


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The cost of transporting your AI to the bay area could be cost prohibitive. If like bill said in his post it will cost $7500 to fix it in Van Nuys then shipping might be an option. Remember they need to give you an estimate, you decide how much and what they are authorized to do. I would get the lines flushed and tank drained and see how things go. This only cost you time and a few materials. No matter what, this needs to be done either here or at home. Once that is done then running the engine will either work or throw codes. If the pump(s) are shot then you can cross that bridge when you get there. One step at a time. Keep us in the loop.
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