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Old 06-12-2015, 04:47 PM   #29
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i did the exact same thing, but with E85 and it's yellow handle. In my area of NM diesel is either yellow or green handle and didn't think about it. We only made it 1 mile before it stalled and wouldn't re-fire. Cost me approx $900 to drain 60 gallons of E85, new fuels filters and labor. I was lucky, since I filled my tank completely with E85, no damage occurred because of the limit running time. Best of luck, I know your pain.

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Old 06-12-2015, 05:26 PM   #30
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You said you had put in 30 gallons and that was about a 65/35 mix.. Let'sbe kind and call it 70/30 You then drove 107 miles.. So you;d have used over 10 gallons of gas/diesel mix.. likely around15 total.

Talk to the local service types.. But you may need do nothing but add more of the right stuff and perhaps some cetane booster.

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Old 06-12-2015, 05:27 PM   #31
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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 don't know if this will help, and I'm not recommending it, but when I was young I bought a brand new 1960 Mercedes 190D. The manual said that in an emergency where diesel was not available it was OK to use regular gasoline by adding a quart of 30W motor oil per gallon of gas.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:28 PM   #32
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All swell that ends well. Pumped diesel into the fuel line from the tank and bled the fuel transfer pump on the engine and it still would not start. I was trying to work up the courage to tackle bleeding the injectors when a neighbor walked by and asked how it was going. In our rural area everybody knows what is going on and he knew all about my blunder. When I said I had to bleed the injectors, he asked me to wait so he could go get his tools.

Turns out he spent forty years working on dredge ships off shore. It never occurred to me those big dredge pumps are powered by big diesel engines. He had special wrenches to get on the awkward injector nuts. He talked me trough the whole procedure and showed me the most awesome wrench tricks. The engine fired right up, coughed and belched for about five minutes, and then settled down to its regular smooth 600 rpm idle.

Just dropped off the two barrels of bad blend at the NAPA store. They even unloaded them for me. Guess where I buy all my parts from for now on?

Someone asked about admitting such a stupid mistake on the forum. Well, this forum is supposed to be a helpful, learning tool. You can learn through failure as well as from success. I made a sticker on our label machine and put it inside the door to the fill spout. It reads "I Drink Diesel Only".
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:29 PM   #33
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I could not tell you how many probably everytime when I fuel up I say oh god I did put diesel.
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Stick to truck stops and the truck lanes if you can. They only have diesel in those lanes so then it's a no brainer.


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