10 days ago, I got gas and then went to a near-by store. When I left the store, my car wouldnt start. I had it towed to my repair shop, who said the fuel pump needed replacing. After they did that, it still wouldnt start, so they did elec/wiring stuff etc, but still would not start. They spent hours + 10 days trying to find the problem (+ me with no car). Well today, they finally called and said that there was DIESEL FUEL in my tank and not gas. I called the place where I got the gas and they said that no one else had called with any problem + they referred me to their Corp. Office, who also said no one else had this problem. I went back to check the exact pump I used that night. There are 2 diff nozzles, 1 for diesel + 1 for gas. But, the Diesel button was so clearly marked and far away from the gas buttons, that there is no way that I hit the wrong button, for diesel. I get regular always. The only thing I can see that I might have done was to grab the diesel nozzle, yet still hit the regular gas button. Plz help...what would happen if you put the diesel nozzle in yet pushed the regular gas button? Would it give diesel? The gas station said that there are 2 separate underground tanks.Any knowledge would be appreciated for this. thanks
Plz Help- there was diesel fuel in my tank... on 2000 Toyota Camry
by Ladyinamansworld in Glenolden, PA on August 17, 2012
2 answers 7 comments
ANSWER by pushrod on August 18, 2012
Should be able to drain and flush fuel system,add gas and drive.
COMMENT by Ladyinamansworld on August 18, 2012
Thanks. But, I guess I am really trying to figure out HOW the diesel got into my fuel tank in the first place. I know I got regular gas that night. Yet there was diesel in the tank. But the station has had no other complaints, so it couldnt be just me? IF I grabbed the diesel nozzle by accident, and hit the gas button.......would that explain how the diesel got there?
COMMENT by pushrod on August 18, 2012
NO,THE PUMP CAN NOT SWITCH FROM ONE FUEL TO ANOTHER! I'LL BET YOU PUT DIESEL IN THE TANK. DIESEL PUMP NOZZLES ARE USUALLY GREEN IN COLOR,NEXT TIME YOU ARE AT THE STATION CHECK IT OUT. IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFOR AND WILL BE DONE AGAIN. SO DON' T FEEL BAD. STUFF HAPPENS!
COMMENT by ziptie12 on August 19, 2012
Seen it many times at the dealer , definitly not the first! Usually when symptoms you describe happen shortly after a fill-up thats the first thing I do, is take a fuel sample (easy and quick) as long as the customer has been up-front with history of events.
COMMENT by Ladyinamansworld on August 20, 2012
Thx guys for your input. The 3 gas buttons are altogether and the diesel button is totally separate and far, far away from the other 3 buttons. Also, it is framed and very large with yellow lights around it. I was not distracted or talking or anything. There is NO WAY that I hit that diesel button accidentally! I swear! There are 2 diff nozzles, gas and diesel. And yes, the diesel one is green. That is why i say that I MAYBE chose the green nozzle but there is no way that I pushed that diesel button. I know that. I swear! I tried to find the receipt from that night but no luck. I DO know the dollar amt cuz I used my debit card. I paid $28.53 and got a half tank. Which is probable, with the gas price at that time. Diesel runs $ 0.18 more that reg gas there. I am supposed to file a complaint with the gas stations corp office and they will investigate. IDK?? Any other people have any similar situations?
COMMENT by pushrod on August 20, 2012
LADY, I DON'T KNOW HOW OR WHAT HAPPENED AT THE TIME YOU GOT DIESEL FUEL ADDED TO YOUR TANK.BUT IF IT HAPPENED TO YOU THEN IT HAS HAPPENED TO OTHERS. WEATHER IT IS THE PUMPS FALT OR YOURS DOESEN'T CONCERN ME,WHAT DOES IS HOW IS YOUR CAR RUNNING?
COMMENT by ziptie12 on August 29, 2012
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ANSWER by ziptie12 on August 29, 2012
On aug 16th I mentioned taking it to a dealer. I stand behind my suggestion 100%. ten hours to diagnose incorrect fuel is absurd....forget about how it got in there .... I could've driven to your place diagnosed and fixed it in that time. SORRY.
COMMENT by pushrod on August 30, 2012