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Old 10-30-2013, 02:50 PM   #11
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I once accidentally (how else?) put about 5 gallons of diesel in our Pathfinder, which probably had three or four gallons of gas in the tank. Although I pushed the 87 octane button (I watched the selected button and price window light up), I picked up the diesel hose and the pump put fuel in. I was about 2 miles down the road when I noticed the engine was stumbling going up a hill. I took a look at the ticket and saw I had put in diesel.

I gingerly drove back to the station and, without shutting the engine off, I filled the 20 gallon tank with 93 octane. Over the next week or so, as it burned the mixture out, it ran okay. It never knocked. I attribute that to the engine having a knock sensor. Until we used up the mixture, it ran a little rough and smoked for about a minute after a cold start and smelled like diesel, but there were no permanent problems.
Had a friend tell me it was his method to clean carbon deposits off the valves. Never felt it a good idea to test it. As I recall it smoked a bit.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:59 PM   #12
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Had a friend tell me it was his method to clean carbon deposits off the valves. Never felt it a good idea to test it. As I recall it smoked a bit.
Years ago with carburetors, my dad would put 1/2 gal of diesel/kerosene in a full tank of gas about once a year to supposedly clean the valves. Didn't hurt the old 41 or 50 Studebakers at the time.
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:15 PM   #13
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IIRC, we usta put some in the crankcase oil and run it for a few minutes before draining to get all the sludge out, too...
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:21 PM   #14
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In my '94 International\Ford 7.3 IDI you could run up to 50% gasoline in the system if necessary. It had no injectors so all was good. That information was printed clearly in the 1994 F350 7.3 IDI owners manual.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:03 PM   #15
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In my previous life I worked as a GM technician and I had a few gassers that had been filled with diesel. Most of the newer cars have check valves in the filler neck that will not allow for siphoning of gas...we would jumper the pump and pull the supply line off and empty the tank out enough to get it out without getting hurt.

Surprising enough a fuel filter is typically all that was needed and a fresh tank of gas.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:23 PM   #16
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OK true confession. Once put half a tank of regular in an unleaded tank when I was a gas jockey about a hundred years ago. The shop mechanic used a spare unleaded nozzle on the regular pump. Not as exciting as diesel in a gas tank or vice versa but did bad things to the customers catalytic converter. There was a distraction (female) involved. Not her car at least.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:08 AM   #17
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A few years ago in the middle of summer the wife ran out of gas in the mower, so she gets a gas can out of the barn fills it up and starts mowing again, after a few min the mower starts smoking out the exhaust so I ran out front to discover she filled the mower with diesel I had for the tractor. Smoked like crazy for a while, drained the tank and replaced the filter and put gas in it and told her to keep on mowing. Needless to say we didn't have any mosquitoes for a while!
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:16 AM   #18
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I always have a careful eye on full serve stations with the Liberty. Coming in sounding like a tractor, green gas cap, and "Diesel Fuel Only" doesn't mean anything to a gas pumper who said "Jeep never made a diesel".
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