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Old 06-11-2015, 08:54 PM   #15
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My wife complained that I wouldn't help with the laundry. One wrong heat setting on her sweaters in the dryer and I was told to never touch the laundry again. "EVER"
21 years on that same plan.
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:06 PM   #16
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Al,

I realize there's little to be gained by telling you that shouldn't have done that, but you shouldn't have done that!

You shouldn't have put gasoline in the diesel tank. Once you realized what you had done, you shouldn't have run your engine. you should have immediately had the tank pumped out without running your diesel engine at all.

Now you have burned about 8 gallons of this fuel mix, which means possibly about 4 gallons of gasoline ??

You may have damaged the fuel injection pump, the fuel injectors and possibly the pistons.

At this point in time, my recommendation is to drain the fuel tank, change the fuel filters, fill the fuel tank with DIESEL, and also add an overly very generous portion of a good fuel additive that adds lubricity to the fuel.

After that, it's the luck of the draw. Time will tell.

Good luck.

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Old 06-11-2015, 09:15 PM   #17
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You can find mobile fuel polishing services too. They use them for boats often. They can remove your contaminated fuel or simply recirculate it through very large filters as well as spray the inside of the tank with high pressure return lines to remove sediments and algae. Just google fuel polishing and a local place should pop up.
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:21 PM   #18
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A guy that used to work for us filled up a Mercedes diesel van with DEF instead of diesel fuel and then drove the van until the engine quit. $13,800 later and the van is fine. This wasn't the guy's first mistake with us but it was his last. DEF really damages the fuel system of a modern diesel.
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Here's the latest information. Local NAPA store gave me three clean 55 gallon drums. I put 25 gallons of diesel in one drum and proceeded to fill the other two with the tainted blend. I then pumped the 25 gallons of diesel back into the empty tank.

Had a hard time draining the tank. You can't put a tube down the fill spout. Had to open the fuel line just ahead of the injector pump and connect the transfer pump there. Took several hours but the tank was drained.

Actually had several friends tell me it was no big issue and keep putting in diesel until the blend was diluted to the 90:10 no problem ratio. These friends are long time heavy equipment operators and diesel mechanics. Running a D-7 in the Middle East sand pile is child's play compared to an RV.

The engine will not start, but I know why not. I lost prime on the transfer pump. May also have to bleed each injector. It's all in the engine manual.

Luckily my old engine has no electronics, smog gear, or other crap to mess it up. It's a pretty simple Diesel engine. They where invented before Henry Ford was born. A beautifully simple engine. Am confident it will be up and running tomorrow. Will keep you posted.
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Another way to drain the tank is to remove the drain plug. Drain the fuel into a pan while the transfer pump is sucking it into a drum. Another thing that bugs me is normally nozzles are color coded for diesel & gas. Yellow or green is SUPPOSED to be for diesel. But at BP stations green will be for gas. If not paying attention you'll end up with a big...... OOOPS!
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You know we all like brag about something we fixed or some clever solution for these beasts we call RVs. But, sometimes we also have to admit major blunders.

We were driving I-40 and stopped for fuel at a Loves outside Flagstaff. I wasn't feeling all that well and mind was on other things when I automatically picked up pump handle, put it in the hole, hit "regular unleaded", and proceed to wash the windshield. I put in about 30 gallons when I starred at the black handle in total disbelief. I quickly shut it off and topped off with diesel.

I estimate that I've got about a 65/35 of diesel/gasoline blend. The engine ran good for the 107 miles to home, but it now stutters and stalls at idle. No over heating or apparent loss of power - yet. I'm not running the engine until I drain the tank.

I've had this motorhome for 11 years and I have to admit this is worst thing I've done. As you might expect I've lost some sleep over this.

Local NAPA store says they will give me a couple of 55 gallon drums and they will take the fuel mixture for their shop heater. So, I'm out shopping for a fuel transfer pump before picking up the drums today.

So, confession eases your pain, right? I wonder how many Hail Marys this one is going to take?

Al, you've renewed my confidence in humanity! Most folks would never admit that, but I've come VERY close to doing the same thing!
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The BP pumps cost me a lot of money In Iowa. I had my Durmax GMC hauling 6 motorcycles back to Texas. Went to BP and filled with gas. I avoid BP Like the plague.
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This post makes wanting to fuel up with the big trucks a lot more appealing.
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21 years on that same plan.
Ahh, sweaters?

I used the red shirt in with a load of whites that came out pink trick. Hated wearing those pinkish underwear for a while but it was worth it!
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My wife complained that I wouldn't help with the laundry. One wrong heat setting on her sweaters in the dryer and I was told to never touch the laundry again. "EVER"
I washed and dried a silk blouse once. I also do not do my wifes laundry again. By the way did you know that womens silk blouses are really expensive ?
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Here's the latest information. Local NAPA store gave me three clean 55 gallon drums. I put 25 gallons of diesel in one drum and proceeded to fill the other two with the tainted blend. I then pumped the 25 gallons of diesel back into the empty tank.

Had a hard time draining the tank. You can't put a tube down the fill spout. Had to open the fuel line just ahead of the injector pump and connect the transfer pump there. Took several hours but the tank was drained.

Actually had several friends tell me it was no big issue and keep putting in diesel until the blend was diluted to the 90:10 no problem ratio. These friends are long time heavy equipment operators and diesel mechanics. Running a D-7 in the Middle East sand pile is child's play compared to an RV.

The engine will not start, but I know why not. I lost prime on the transfer pump. May also have to bleed each injector. It's all in the engine manual.

Luckily my old engine has no electronics, smog gear, or other crap to mess it up. It's a pretty simple Diesel engine. They where invented before Henry Ford was born. A beautifully simple engine. Am confident it will be up and running tomorrow. Will keep you posted.
I hope it works out for you. Thanks for the update.
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It costs about $300 to drain tank and a new fuel filter at mile post 9 west of Kingman. 30 gal tank.
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