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Old 04-04-2014, 08:52 PM   #1
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Gas in a diesel tank

My sons girlfriend borrowed my truck last night. She put unleaded fuel in a Ford 6.4 diesel truck drove about 10 miles. Dealer says we can do an easy fix of draining the tank replacing filters ext for about 2,000 with the possibility of problems down the road or replace the high pressure fuel system for about $7,000. Any thoughts? Sick to my stomach!!
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:01 PM   #2
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CRAP!! I can't offer you any advice but you have my sympathy.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:05 PM   #3
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Speechless. I hope "hope" that a diesel guru is here with some timely words of wisdom. Best wishes.

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Old 04-04-2014, 09:10 PM   #4
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I have done quite a few of these jobs on older diesels that had gasoline put into the fuel tank. I takes a complete system purge of every line, filter and injection pump. Don't have any experience with the newer ones though. Last one I did was a 06' Dodge Cummins.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:13 PM   #5
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I'd go the cheap way for now, how much diesel was left and how much gas was added and why the hell is she not paying the tab?
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:16 PM   #6
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We had an employee (now former) do this. It was around 7K for complete fix. After the big fix the truck was fine.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:16 PM   #7
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Ouch.
Some ideas:
  • where is truck now - hopefully a safe place it can sit for a bit
  • Don't start truck - till the system has been purged
  • How much diesel was in the tank vs. how much gas was put in
  • Know that the filters need to be changed - fuel system purged
    • 1) Drain tanks.

      2) Drop tank is necessary.

      3) Change fuel filters.

      3) Refill with double additive and fresh diesel fuel.

      4) Drive truck at easy clip (1/2 tank)

      5) Keep topping fuel tank off with diesel and additive to keep the percentage of diesel at max concentration.

      6) Change fuel filters after 1 - 2 full tanks.


      Gas does not lubricate like diesel and will pit or damage an injector real quick!! You may get lucky
The next steps you will need to take all depend on what has happened
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:21 PM   #8
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Truck was drove about 10 miles,, it is at the dealer now,, 1/4 tank of diesel and the full tank of gas
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:27 PM   #9
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It's a crap shoot, drain it, new fuel filter, I would add a double dose of a very well known additive for lubricity, I personally use XPD, either it'll be good or it will give up on you soon. Call your insurance company they may cover complete repair, seen it before, good luck!
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:32 PM   #10
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Note the following is based on our local guys working on diesels - if your ford guys are competent have them do the work
- have the truck towed home
- find a shop that is known for quality diesel work
When something similar happened to my daily driver the shop I deal with purged the lines etc as above -- we noted some some pitting on an injector - this was ~ 200,000 km ago - safest route of course (and most expensive) is to follow the dealers advise and may also be the only option if warranty coverage is involved.
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You may want to call
http://pinellasdieselservice.iarbiz.com/0wD9utU0mBk=
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http://midfloridadiesel.clickforward.com//
To see what options they may have at what costs -
Great suggestion on checking with your insurance provider
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