What to Do If You Accidentally Fill Your Gasoline-Powered Truck with Diesel
Let’s face it—mistakes happen. Many times, we find ourselves embarrassed by them, but it’s important that they can occur to anyone and everyone. That’s right, mistakes are the great social equalizer that unites the social classes. While that analogy might be a bit of a stretch, it’s no more unbelievable than filling your gasoline-powered truck with diesel fuel. But, this happens, and it happens more often than you might think. So, what happens if you make this mistake? Well, we’re here to find out.
The Difference Between Diesel and Gasoline
Not all fossil fuels are alike. While you might have noticed that diesel fuel is right next to the 87 octane and unleaded at most gas pumps, there’s a great deal of difference that separates the two. Gasoline is refined a great deal and has a consistency that’s closer relation to water. (Though drinking it can be fatal.) Diesel fuel has a much thicker consistency. Diesel engines are built very differently than ones powered by gasoline. As a result, gasoline engines cannot run on diesel fuel, and attempting to do so will result in your vehicle stalling out.
What Do I Do If I Accidentally Put Diesel Fuel into My Engine?
First, don’t panic. Mistakes can be made but they can also be rectified. Here’s a step-by-step procedure if you happen to make this mistake, that while uncommon, is possible.
- Do NOT Drive Your Vehicle We cannot stress this enough. Driving with diesel in your gasoline-powered engine isn’t the same as driving with a flat tire to the gas station to throw a spare on. Even the smallest amount can cause extensive damage, so turn your car off and don’t entertain the idea for a moment.
- Take Note of How Much You Put into Your Vehicle Before you do anything else, take note of how much diesel fuel was pumped into your tank. Check the meter reading at the pump, or talk to the clerk inside and get a written receipt. Knowing how much is in your vehicle will allow a mechanic to determine how much potential damage there might be.
- Call a Mechanic ASAP While any mechanic might find this situation somewhat comical, their job is to assist their customers. In the event of diesel is pumped into a gas tank, this means having it properly drained. While this might be a costly endeavor, it’s better than having a vehicle with irreparable damage that you won’t be able to drive again.