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Old 12-10-2006, 10:33   #1 (permalink)
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Help me please!

Here's my problem......Wife started on trip with 1/2 tank of known good fuel. Topped off with suspected contaminated fuel. (diesel or kerosene) Came out of an unleaded pump. 2003 Sport Trac She then drove approximately 5 miles when truck would only idle and would not accelerate. Black smoke and no power. Towed to Ford dealer where we bought it. They have had it for 5 days and have finally come to the conclusion that it is indeed the fuel and want $3000 plus tax to drain and flush fuel system and replace both catalytic converters and fuel filter/screen. I'm not rich and desperately need some guidance. Do you think that I could drain & flush myself and save mucho $$$? Also, do you think that this incident caused any permanent damage to engine? Thanks!!
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Old 12-10-2006, 19:29   #2 (permalink)
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A couple of issues here. for one, if you're 100 o/o sure it was the wrong fuel from the station pump, they would be liable for it. I would pursue this strongly and probably not too politely.

On the other hand, if it was your own fault, there's not much you can do.

It shouldn't have messed up the engine internally, but may throw some sensors out of wack, (that may clear up.)
Before paying that much to the dealer, here's what I would try:

Drain gas completely, and refill with proper fuel.(wouldn't hurt to change the filter)
Change spark plugs
Then give it a try, it may run rough for a little while, but may clear up.
If she only drove a little ways with the wrong fuel, I wouldn't think it messed up the cats. that quickly.

Maybe someone with more knowledge or experience will come along here shortly with more or better advice.
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Old 12-10-2006, 19:40   #3 (permalink)
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Additional info: We have contacted our insurance company and they have told us that they are going to investigate the incident. We have fuel samples at the dealership and they may even test the fuel at the station. Keeping our fingers crossed.

If they don't pay, then we will tow it to my buddy's place and we will begin the drain and flush procedure. The dealership did get it to run drawing fuel from an alternate source with the converters removed.
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Old 12-11-2006, 02:07   #4 (permalink)
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had the roughly the same thing happen to me dude
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:28   #5 (permalink)
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WFH, What did you have to do in your situation?
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