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Drive it! But if you can't, make sure your car is tuned, cleaned and filled. Steven Greenspan, an educational manager and ASE-certified master technician at trade school Universal Technical Institute in Arizona, offers these tips to consider for our cars while they sit. Gasoline and diesel will last no more than six months without degrading. The key is to put in a full tank if the car is going to sit for a few months. Weather and temperature fluctuations can cause the lighter-weight chemicals to evaporate, and in winter, condensation can create enough water to freeze the gas lines solid.
What Happens When You Put Diesel in a Gas Car?
Accidentally putting diesel into a car that runs on gasoline doesn’t happen that often, but when it does it can do a lot of damage to your vehicle and your wallet. Check out these fivecould save you a ton of money.
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Different Nozzle Sizes
First, if you’re worried this is going to happen to you, don’t be — it’s hard to fill up your car with diesel if it takes gasoline. The nozzle on diesel pumps is typically bigger, so it won’t fit in your gas tank. And normally it's green, and at a separate, clearly-labeled pump. Put your phone away so you’re not distracted and check to see that everything looks normal before pumping your gas. To make sure you don't run into any other costly car problems, check out these.
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Diesel Fuel Can Cause Clogs
To most people, diesel and gasoline might seem like similar substances. Both come from a pump at a gas station, right? But they’re not. “Diesel is a much thicker substance than traditional gasoline and it is ignited by pressure rather than a spark-ignition,” says Jake McKenzie, content manager at. “Because of its thickness, even a small amount of diesel fuel in a gas vehicle can clog the engine’s fuel injectors, filters, and lines.”
Don't Drive the Vehicle
In the unlikely event that you did put diesel into your car, and you notice your mistake before you start driving, do not start the engine. Get your car towed to a body shop right away so they can pump out the diesel, flush the fuel system and replace the fuel filters. “Time is of the essence. Even if you don’t drive the vehicle, diesel fuel in the tank will still begin to clog up the fuel system, engine, and injectors,” says McKenzie. This will likely set you back around $400 to $500. Plus learn about these.
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If You Accidently Drove Your Car...
If you do start driving your car with diesel in it, you won’t get far. A gas engine can't combust diesel fuel, so your car will move a few miles, make some strange noises, then come to a stop. McKenzie says it will cause “incredibly costly cylinder and timing issues” in your car’s engine. This type of damage could easily cost you about $4,000 to repair — sometimes up to $17,000, McKenzie says. In many cases, it can end up costing more than the.
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