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2006-04-29 20:10:57
2006-04-29 20:10:57

One or two gallons of gasoline to a tank of fuel won't hurt your diesel, but if you filled it up with gasoline you MUST get it all out. That may involve removing the fuel tank to drain it. You could just disconnect the fuel line at some convenient point, siphon everything out that you can get, then re-connect the fuel line. Drain everything out that you can get, as close as possible to the injectors, then attempt to start the engine, but recognize that there is some risk involved. You may need to use some starting fluid even though the manufacturer recommends against it. After you once get it started the remaining gasoline should work through quickly and if you don't destroy the engine in the process everything should be ok. Otherwise, take it to a diesel mechanic to have the gasoline bled out professionally.

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