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Old 05-22-2012, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Duramax run on gasoline for 30 miles...

So my dad managed to fill up his 2006 Duramax with gasoline the other day and drive it 30 miles down the road before it quit.

He said it had about a 1/4 tank of diesel and he filled it all the way up. He managed to get 30 miles down the road before it went into 'limp mode' in the shop driveway. The code said fuel pressure so I hoped that it might just be a fuel filter. When I popped the filter we knew what had happened.

So what might I be needing to fix on this? I'm assuming both pumps, injectors...what else? Entire engine toast?
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You're on the right track for what disintegrates on a CRD when gasoline is introduced.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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had the same thing happen hear several times at work with our duramax

1 drain the hole tank

2 put fresh diesel in tank

3 put new fuel filter on (fill with diesel or clean atf )

4 prime the hell out of the system

5 crank over till she fires

6 dont fill with gas again...


theres only one pump ( the CP3 * High pressure pump* ) on a stock Dmax

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Old 05-22-2012, 11:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I know on mine the shop did just a flush of the system, cleaned the tank and I was on my way...

at worst you may need injectors...

at best you will only need filters and a tank cleaning...

make sure to clean all the lines out, especially at the fuel pressure regulators and injectors.

Good luck...
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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1 drain the hole tank
I would suggest draining the whole tank
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If I were footing the bill I'd drain the tank and refill, replace all filters and drain lines as best as possible. I'm do my best to crack and clean all lines. I doubt gas did anything in that short time span.....I'd get on the flushing quick though.

If someone else were....whole different story.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have seen this happen more than once working at different shops and here is what I do.

1. Drain the tank.

2. Get the gas out of the fuel lines going to and from tank.

3. Fill tank with diesel, a gallon of engine oil or ATF, and a bottle of Stanadyne.

4. Replace fuel filter but instead of priming it with diesel use Stanadyne.

5. Crank it over until it starts and then run it.

Hopefully no permanent damage has been done.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Since no one has asked........how do you fill your diesel truck with gas on accident??
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Since no one has asked........how do you fill your diesel truck with gas on accident??
Wrong colored pump handle. Very common mistake
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Ive came close a couple times. All diesel pumps here are green, but when out travelling I've found some gas pumps which were green, or they all were all yellow, when your driving at midnight running on caffeine you don't pay good attention.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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When I did mine it was 3am... I saw a green pump and put 30 gal. of unleaded in before I realized what I had done... the pump itself was green but the handle was black.

I've seen diesel pumps that were blue with yellow handles, black with either green or yellow handles... but I try to stay to the truck stops... where green IS Diesel
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wrong colored pump handle. Very common mistake
BP stations are bad about this. 87 is green diesel is usually black.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:40 AM   #13 (permalink)
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That's the usual standard in the UK and europe.
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BP stations are bad about this. 87 is green diesel is usually black.
Yeah, that almost got me once.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:52 AM   #15 (permalink)
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the local BP station has all the gas handles green, diesel is yellow.

they don't seem to have any rhyme or reason.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:02 AM   #16 (permalink)
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We just make someone else pump it for us in Oregon - then we blame them when they jump it full of unleaded when you said diesel...
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:49 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Remove fuel filter, replace and fill new filter with ATF, add 15 quarts of ATF to tank, top off with Diesel. Prime system as normal. Once you get to 3/4 full top off with diesel again.

I work at a GMC dealer and we see and hear people doing this quite often. It it was at a shop we would drain tank, flush lines and replace filter. One the road we did the above to a friend of mines Duramax coming back from a trip. He filled his with gas. Two cases of ATF (dextron) and he made it home. 3 years later still no problems with it.

General rule is one quart of ATF to one gallon of gasoline. My boss runs all his farm equipment on the used ATF (and diesel 50/50 mix) we have after trans flushes.
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on my way to work, 430 am i begin pumping and walk inside to get a rockstar. my co worker comes in and says " hey your filling the truck with gas" i replied with " yep thats why were here, just like every morning" . it took me a good couple seconds for it to even register. i didnt drive it but across the lot. syphined 70% of whatever mixture out of it, topped it off with diesel and never a problem, however my dads 6.0 didnt make it 2 blocks before it died. complete fuel drain, filter and diesel and it was fine

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Old 05-26-2012, 08:32 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Around here more often than not I see the opposite problem, most people (especially women) fill up thier car with Diesel .

How you do this is beyond me because the nozzel is larger and won't fit into the filler neck. It doesn't stop them, I see at least a couple cars and mini vans a year come in full of diesel.

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I sure was missing a P pumped 12 valve when I was changing out a CP3 yesterday.

Ridiculous...
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:07 AM   #21 (permalink)
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When I was a kid my Mom's boss filled a diesel school bus with gas and ran it. I never forgot that and am now super anal when filling the power stroke to make sure to read the word diesel and not rely on the pump color.
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I put about a gallon of gas in my truck the other day and thank god realized what I was doing before it was too late. I drive a half ton gas for for work and fill it up daily.

I seen it happen a lot years ago at a small station i worked at in HS. They would drain the tank flush the system change filters and done.
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I sure was missing a P pumped 12 valve when I was changing out a CP3 yesterday.

Ridiculous...
So flushing it didn't work? Or was this on a different truck?




A few months ago at a local station. . .

Fuel company filled the wrong tanks at the station. Gas in the diesel, diesel in the gas. They figured it out within an hour or so. But it caused some damage in the meantime.
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So flushing it didn't work? Or was this on a different truck?




A few months ago at a local station. . .

Fuel company filled the wrong tanks at the station. Gas in the diesel, diesel in the gas. They figured it out within an hour or so. But it caused some damage in the meantime.
somebody would be buying me new stuff if that was the case.

how the fuck does the delivery guy not notice he's filling the tanks wrong?
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somebody would be buying me new stuff if that was the case.

how the fuck does the delivery guy not notice he's filling the tanks wrong?
Dunno, but is unemployed. I buy fuel from that supplier occasionally.

Heard they ruined several fire trucks that day, but the damage didn't spread much beyond that. One expensive clean up though.
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