I decided I'd share an experience I had over thanksgiving with y'all just in case someone els ends up doing it. Let me just start off by saying that i have always thought there was no way, no how i could ever do this, but i did.
I was on my way from south TX up to the DFW area for the thanksgiving and decided to pull into a HEB in Waco to fill up with diesel. All the pumps were full so i pulled around and waited behind a gas pump at the end of the row of pumps. At this particular pump there was a completely separate pump that i assumed was the diesel pump. so when the car left in front of me i pulled up, got out, stuck the card in and started pumping. I left the truck running, as it was 35ish degrees and lightly raining, and i usually do anyway. i had my dog with me and hadn't stopped since we left so i let him out. he did his thing and we went back to the truck and about the time i closed the back door the pumped clicked off. went to pull the nozzle out and thats when i noticed it. it was a small nozzle. first thought was "no f-ing way". turned around to hang the nozzle up and it was E85. i dang near had a heart attack. quickly i jumped in and put it in reverse and just let it idle back into a parking spot no more than 30 feet away. right as i got into the spot the motor started to clack and thats when i shut it down. sitting there thinking what the f am i gonna do, I knew i would need to somehow drain the 20 something gallons of shět out of my tank and change my fuel filters. call it luck, but there was an Oreilly's right there. went over and got some fuel filters and some DK fuel lube, and a diesel can. came back and started to think how i was gonna drain the tank. thats when i remembered that if you dont crack the fuel bowl loose under the cab before you pull out the yellow drain plug, it'll continue to drain out the fuel, so thats what i did. after about 45min, it started to drain real slow. i figured to flush out the last 3-5 gallons the fuel system wont pick up out of the bottom of the tank i would put 5 gallons of diesel in 3-4 times and drain it each time. wishing i had my aux air line/tank hooked up to my ride right system, i could speed up the process by pressurizing the tank. well i ended up finding a small funnel in my toolbox and some scotts towels, so i stuck the funnel through the middle of a towel and then stuck that in the filler neck (towel acted as a gasket between funnel and filler neck) and started blowing. by god it worked. and im sure everyone that saw me doing all this was wondering what in the heck this guy was doing. finally got to the point that i felt i had flushed the tank enough and it was time to go ahead and change the fuel filters. i specifically bought a 1-14" socket (i think it is) and breaker bar to keep in my toolbox just for changing the lower filter, so thats what i was using. also, i would like to remind y'all, its dămn near freezing, raining, and by now its about 11:30 on a sunday night. well i got the fuel bowl off and switched out the filters and rubbers. screwed the bowl back on by hand, went to tighten the bowl the rest of the way with the socket and SNAP!!!! The dămn plastic nut broke off the bottom of the fuel bowl. well f***. im done, theres no hope now of fixing my truck tonight. i layered up on cloths, climbed in the truck with ol duke and tried to sleep it off till morning. but ill tell you what, that was one of the coldest nights ive ever had.
that next morning my dad came from DFW to tow me to the ford house there in waco. told them the story and they suggested that i let them drop and clean the tank and back flush the fuel system just to be safe. sounded good to me. the tech called me the following day and said my truck was running good and i had caught it in time before it did any damage. outstanding. id rather spend $500 that i have than $10k that i dont for a new fuel system. cause when i picked my truck up, there was another 6.7 in the bay next to mine that did the same thing but his cab was lifted above the rest of his truck.
ive put almost 1k miles on since i did that and still running fine. and i know some of yall are thinking, "well maybe you should have paid more attention". and you're right. also, i know that diesel nozzles are green, and this one was yellow. but in my defense on that is that there is a gas station that uses yellow handles for their diesel pumps, i think its either valero or shell, but i have seen and used a yellow diesel nozzle somewhere. but still, i should have paid more attention to the pump. i have always wondered how someone could put gas in their diesel, but now i know lol
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