What the hell…
Imagine filling up your car’s tank with what you thought was premium gas only to discover that it was in fact diesel. Good lord!
According to WCVB, last month, many drivers who went to the Speedway on Old Colony Avenue for gas, experienced just that – they filled up their tank with diesel, not premium fuel.
So what happens when you accidentally put diesel fuel into a gas vehicle?
Well, according to JD Powers website, the fuel pump will struggle to move the diesel/gasoline mix through the car’s system. Diesel fuel is much thicker and denser than gasoline and it will not easily pass through the fuel filter. Instead, it will clog up the fuel filter – and then it will make its way to the engine and clog the fuel injectors, making them inoperable. This will result in the engine seizing. The gasoline engine may run for a little while after diesel has been put in the tank, but that is only because it is still running on the fuel line’s remaining gasoline.
So how did this happen? WCVB reports the tanker truck had put diesel fuel in the underground tank meant for premium gasoline. This “mix-up” caused damage to at least two cars including Maeve McQuade – whose car stopped working and had to be towed to a dealership and is awaiting thousands of dollars of repair. Yikes.
So is McQuade just shit outta luck? No, Speedway will pick up the tab!
Boston’s Division of Weights and Measures has confirmed the incident and said Speedway told the city it will compensate all affected drivers.
Speedway’s corporate parent, 7-Eleven, said in a brief statement to WCVB that they shut down the station and drained the tanks when they first got reports of this incident. The company also said anyone who believes their car was impacted should call them at 1-800-255-0711.