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Old 10-01-2018, 02:49 PM   #1
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Contaminated Fuel

Be carefull out there with your fuel folks.... Got some bad fuel in South Carolina yesterday. Looks like the Cummins will be getting new injectors $$$$ and the lines and tank flushed out. Yes and of course a new fuel filter to...

Good thing I don't have a trip planned for a couple weeks since all the diesel guys are a couple weeks from being able to get to it. Got to get everything all documented properly so I can go after the gas station.. Anybody got any pointers for that process?

This is what I drained from the filter...
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:06 PM   #2
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:10 PM   #3
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hit the diesel forums... but generally if you go see them and take the bill along with the evidence they just pay it... worst case you have to get an attorney...I bet you aren't the only one!
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Be carefull out there with your fuel folks.... Got some bad fuel in South Carolina yesterday.

This is what I drained from the filter...
After all the rain they got I'm not surprised.
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:57 PM   #5
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Sorry to see that! Hope you get it resolved fast. I need to go drain my water separator after seeing that.
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:31 PM   #6
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Sorry to hear what happened. This is a diesel owner's worst nightmare. Hope the gas station steps up and quickly (and fairly) compensates you for your troubles.

FWIW, some insurance companies cover engine damage resulting from fuel contamination. If they do, the insurance company will immediately cut you a check and relieve you of the hassle of dealing with the gas station directly.

A couple of weeks ago (on our annual cross-country vacation) we pulled into a truck stop in west TX to get fuel. Just before I got out of the truck a young guy walked up and warned us not to purchase fuel there. He pointed to his truck about 50 yds. away. Couldn't help but notice a couple of folks dropping his fuel tank. Apparently this truck stop's diesel tanks were contaminated with gas during their last fuel delivery. Fortunately this guy smelled the gas while he was fueling up. We thanked him profusely for taking the time to warn us. If he hadn't . . . our vacation would have probably ended about 5 miles later.

Lastly, after fueling up we always get a receipt. Without a receipt it's much harder to prove liability in situations like this.
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A coworker had a similar issue with his fairly new gas engine car. He purchased gas by his house and it was full of diesel. The gas station paid the $5K repair bill.
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Lastly, after fueling up we always get a receipt. Without a receipt it's much harder to prove liability in situations like this.
I have started doing this just in the last year or so. Not sure why something just clicked in my head...
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"Lastly, after fueling up we always get a receipt. Without a receipt it's much harder to prove liability in situations like this.[/QUOTE]"

I always pay with a credit card so the transaction is recorded by CC company.
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I pumped my diesel full of gasoline years back. It seems that some brands use green on their regular pumps and most use green markings on the Diesel. It was my fault for not reading the writing.

I realized the problem before I cranked it up and had it towed to my dealer.
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