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Hmmm Can you figure this out??

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Lordtimothy, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Lordtimothy

    Lordtimothy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171


    Nope, the only reason we figured it out was purely by accident. I was down getting fuel for the mowers and just shooting the breeze with the gal down there. Apparently her husband was hauling fuel for the Gas Stations and made a HUGE whoops in listening to the owner of the station and dumped half a tanker truck of Diesel into the unleaded tank.........so the gas station owner (which is a complete idiot by the way) just told him to finish filling that tank with unleaded and no one will ever know a mistake was made.

    We ended up running highly diluted unleaded fuel in the mowers for a few days. Only thing we can figure out it was getting past the rings or something. Just one of those strange things you run into.
  2. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,329

    That was my next guess. Im surprised the engine performance didnt drop off.
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  3. jdunk

    jdunk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    someone was not checking the oil level properly
  4. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    I'd be worried. Adding diesel fuel lowers the octane rating dramatically increasing the risk of engine knock. If they ran without making any knocking sounds they should be fine though.
  5. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    That would have been the last time I was went there. Luckly the owner didn't get sued.
  6. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,248

    Don't know how I missed this thread when it appeared. Reminds me of an incident that occurred with me about 3 or 4 years ago. A widowed gal called me and informed me she couldn't get her mower running.

    I always throw in a few tools and a can of brake cleaner when I go to make a pick up of a no start problem. I pulled the air cleaner, gave it a shot of brake cleaner and it started briefly, belching dark smoke and smelling like diesel. One smell of her fuel container revealed that, at the gas station, she had filled it with diesel rather gasoline.

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