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Old 05-22-2009, 05:35 AM
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Diesel in a gasser

Just learned that my neighbors 19 year old daughter put diesel fuel into his 07' Toyota Rav 4 on her birthday. Kinda hard to get mad at her on her birthday! But he was wonderin what sort of damage there could be? She drove it about 8 miles, it started pinging and sputtering and died. They towed it to a dealer but not sure what to expect and he doesn't want to get takin for a ride. Anybody have any ideas what the worst case scenario might be for him?

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i wouldnt think it would hurt it, just drain it and refill with gas. but if it was gas in a diesel now that would be a motor killer.
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Drain refill change fuel filters run it. If it misses change spark plugs
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What dave said. On older vehicles it would just run like crap...but I think it can really foul up newer vehicles if run for any length of time.
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what dave said..
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what dave said.....
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I saw this with a friend recently. They ended up draining and flushing the fuel tank and lines with fresh gas, changed the fuel filter, and ran OEM injector cleaner through the rails and injectors. They also changed the spark plugs and changed the crankcase oil as well. The unburnt diesel is most likely dripping past the rings into the crankcase, especially if enough got in to shut the motor down.

It could also be possible that the unburnt diesel in the exhaust carbonized in the catalytic converter, so be mindful of that once he gets it restarted.

My friend had all of the work done at the dealer, Home Owners Insurance covered it.
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I thought a diesel nozzle wouldnt fit in a gassers fuel tank? The nozzles bigger aint it?
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i wouldnt think it would hurt it, just drain it and refill with gas. but if it was gas in a diesel now that would be a motor killer.
this actually happened to me about 2 years ago in my '97 f350. I pulled up to a full serve station and the attendant was standing right next to the diesel pump and motioned me up to her. I told her to fill it up. about 5 miles down the road I got to thinking about the total price I paid and the price per gallon and it didn't ad up. luckily I got a receipt which I checked and it said NL 87. the dumb b**ch put gas in my truck . luckily the tank was only half empty so I was running a gas/deisel blend. the truck ran fine, but I called my local dealer and had them drain it out. when I called the station she told me she remembered me and that my truck wasn't a diesel. wow, I about flipped. I did get everything squared away with the management and no damage to the truck, but wow. funny thing about all of it was when I talked to the manager of the station he said "oh no not again".
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:59 AM
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I thought a diesel nozzle wouldnt fit in a gassers fuel tank? The nozzles bigger aint it?
Thats only at truck stops. At smaller gas stations the nozzle is the same size
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