What If I Put Gas In My Diesel Truck?

If you’re a seasoned diesel truck driver, you probably already know this, but at Gem State Diesel, we believe that no query is too foolish or apparent. This is a question that has been posed all over the internet, so we decided to answer it once and for all.

Whether you accidentally filled up your truck with regular gas or simply wanted to know what would happen if you did, here’s the answer and how to avoid your pickup suffering as a result of this easy oversight.

So you’re at the gas station and you completely lose track of time, resulting in you dumping gasoline into your diesel tank. You might be worried and thinking to yourself that your pickup is permanently wrecked at this point. Although this isn’t always the case, the next steps you take are crucial.

But first, let’s look at why diesel and gasoline can’t combine in the first place, and what happens when they do.

  • For starters, diesel is substantially thicker than gasoline since it is made up of larger molecules, and it also has a far higher flash point and autoignition temperature than gasoline.
  • When gasoline and diesel mix, the first thing that happens is that the flash point changes. This means that the diesel fuel will have a lower flash point and will ignite early in the engine, potentially causing catastrophic engine damage.
  • Damage to the fuel pump and diesel injectors occurs: When you start your automobile, the gasoline will alter the fuel pump and diesel injectors because, unlike diesel, which is an oil, gasoline is a solvent that will react differently in your engine.
  • Finally, running gasoline will result in black smoke emerging from your exhaust and your computer sensors failing to perform effectively since they will compensate for the gasoline’s lack of lubricity unnecessarily.

Now that you’re aware of the big problems you and your vehicle could suffer as a result of this error, let’s go over the methods to avoid tragedy.

Okay, so you made a mistake, but this can still be salvaged. In fact, if you follow these measures and don’t deviate from them at all, the chances of your vehicle being wrecked by gasoline are extremely tiny.

This may sound obvious, but some individuals don’t realize they’ve made a mistake until the car is running and sputtering. If this is the case, switch it off as soon as possible and call a tow truck. If you need a tow in the Treasure Valley, call our sister firm, NesmithBrothers Towing, at (208) 884-1000, and they will be out to assist you as soon as possible. Turning on the truck if it isn’t on will cause all of the problems listed above, so thinking you’re close to home and capable of driving isn’t something you want to take a chance on.

Make sure your local, dependable technician is available once you’ve contacted the tow truck since the sooner the petrol is drained, the better. Although some sites claim that you can drain your fuel on your own, a professional will be able to ensure that every last drop of gasoline is gone, which is critical. “As little as 1% gasoline pollution will lower the diesel flash point by 18 degrees C,” according to Bell Performance.

The next step is to have your mechanic drain and remove all of the petrol from your vehicle. If your technician specializes in diesel engines, this should be a pretty straightforward and inexpensive procedure that will ensure that your car is not harmed in any way by the fuel.

If you started your vehicle, notify your mechanic so that they may evaluate your engine, diesel injectors, and fuel pump for any damage caused by the gas’s premature ignition or lubricity.

As previously stated, driving your vehicle with gasoline in the tank is one of the last things you should do if you want to maintain its performance and quality. Although many sites claim that gasoline won’t necessarily cause your pickup to break down, the long-term harm could be irreversible. It’s not worth the minor convenience of not having to deal with a tow truck.

When searching online, there weren’t many people who had remedies for forgetful people who were bound to do the same error again. However, putting a small reminder on the gas cap, such as a diesel logo or sticker, was suggested in several diesel forums.

Although it may appear foolish, isn’t it worth it if this small symbol or sticker will save you money, effort, and the worry of damage to your vehicle?

Finally, whether you’re a seasoned diesel truck driver or someone who is just getting started with diesel cars, mistakes happen, and having a dependable group of knowledgeable individuals around is the best way to ensure you’re protected no matter what.

That is why, if you find yourself in the lovely state of Idaho, don’t hesitate to contact us at Gem State Diesel for all of your diesel engine needs. After all, why be concerned about your vehicle when you can let us handle the heavy lifting while you relax and enjoy yourself?

What do you do if you accidentally put gas in a diesel truck?

Don’t panic if you notice you put the wrong gasoline in your diesel engine at the gas station (well ok, maybe a little). There are a few things you can do to keep your car from being seriously damaged. In a situation like this, the top five tips to follow are listed below.

  • DO NOT attempt to start the car. The fuel pump and fuel injectors will operate if the ignition key is turned to the “On” position.
  • If you were able to start the car and drive before realizing your mistake, pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot and call a tow truck.
  • Tow your vehicle away from the gas station by calling a tow truck. Request that they transport your vehicle to a local dealership or a reputable auto technician.
  • The fuel tank must be drained fully, and the fuel system must be cleansed. The fuel will not have polluted any internal components if the car was not turned on.

Does gas mix with diesel?

The long answer is that the gasoline will either not combust or will combust at the incorrect stages in the diesel engine’s combustion process due to the differences in composition between gasoline and diesel (gasoline being generally more volatile and explosive). While a diesel engine is designed to resist the force of combustion, improper combustion can cause catastrophic damage to nearly every component of the engine, particularly the pistons and connecting rods.

Diesel is a lubricant as well, although gasoline is not. If gasoline gets into a diesel engine, it can cause problems with the fuel pumps and injectors. As a result, gasoline will clog the pipes in a variety of ways, all of which can be costly to fix.

Diesel engines may run on a variety of fuels, including biodiesel and used cooking oil, but they cannot run on gasoline. Mixing a small amount of gasoline with diesel is not a good idea, but it is unlikely to be disastrous. A diesel engine can be severely damaged by a huge amount of gasoline.

The good news is that misfueling a modern diesel engine is relatively difficult. Manufacturers began installing mis-fuel protection systems in diesel vehicles around 2009. These protective mechanisms will only accept diesel fuel in vehicles equipped with them (or fuel from diesel pumps). However, if a diesel is older than that, it is still susceptible to misfueling.

If you’re wondering how diesel affects a gasoline engine, the answer is that it affects it significantly less. Because there isn’t enough pressure in the engine, gas engines can’t burn diesel fuel. If you put diesel in a gas engine, it will continue until it runs out of gas, at which point it will stop. However, before the engine can operate again, the diesel must be cleaned out of the fuel tank and the engine itself. Getting all of the diesel out might be a challenging task. The engine may need to be entirely dismantled, cleaned, and then reassembled on occasion.

Which is worse gas in diesel or diesel in gas?

The fuel pump will struggle to transfer the diesel/gasoline mixture through the system since diesel fuel is thicker and denser than gasoline. Additionally, the diesel will be unable to pass through the fuel filter easily. It will instead clog the fuel filter. And any diesel that makes its way into the engine will block the fuel injectors, rendering them useless. The engine will clog up and seize as a result of this. The gasoline engine may continue to run after the diesel tank has been filled, but this is only because it is still running on the residual gasoline in the fuel line.

Even if the circumstance is unpleasant, the alternative — putting gasoline into a diesel tank – is even worse. Because of its enormous combustion potential, gasoline would ignite more faster than diesel fuel. The diesel engine and its components could suffer catastrophic damage as a result of the early ignition and volatility.

How much gasoline is OK in diesel?

Although the industry generally recognizes 7.5 percent or less of petrol in diesel as safe, certain car makers will state none. When you calculate your tank capacity, you’ll see that it doesn’t take much of the improper fuel until it’s too much.

What happens if petrol is used in diesel engine?

It’s normal to put gasoline in a diesel tank, especially if the vehicle is a dual-cab ute with a big filler neck intake that accommodates hi-flow diesel nozzles.

Older diesel automobiles and stationary diesel engines that power agricultural machinery may accept a little quantity of petrol in the system, but newer common-rail diesels cannot, due to the tight tolerances built into the fuel system’s architecture.

A diesel fuel pump is lubricated by diesel fuel and operates with a very tight tolerance at high pressures. When petrol is added to diesel, the lubricating characteristics of the fuel are reduced, which can damage the fuel pump due to metal-on-metal contact and form metal particles, which can cause significant damage to the remainder of the fuel system.

Detonation, also known as pre-ignition, detonation, or misfire, can cause serious engine damage in diesel engines due to uncontrolled fuel ignition under the considerably higher compression ratio.

If you realize your mistake before leaving the service station forecourt, do not attempt to start the car because this will circulate contaminated fuel through the system. A call to NRMA roadside help and a tow to a mechanic to drain the tank, replace the filters, and refill the tank will be the best-case situation.

However, attempting to drive the car could result in thousands of dollars in fuel system repairs and time off the road. If you started your automobile and drove away before realizing your mistake, pull over to a safe location as quickly as possible and turn off the engine to prevent further harm.

Attempting to siphon the petrol out of the tank is not advised; you will not be able to take all of the fuel from the tank, and you may wind up endangering your safety or the environment.

Can you put diesel in a plastic gas can?

Polyethylene is a typical synthetic material used in the manufacture of plastic storage drums, such as the famous blue plastic barrel found in warehouses all over the world.

While plastic drums can be used for a variety of things, from storing food to transporting hazardous waste, businesses frequently question ITP’s staff if they’re safe to use for storing diesel fuel.

Yes, polyethylene plastic (especially a specific plastic oil drum) is safe for storing diesel fuel, although there are some limitations to how long it may be securely stored. Our team shows how polyethylene plastic may be used to safely store diesel in this post, as well as what you should be aware of while using it for fuel storage.

How long will a diesel engine run on gasoline?

How Long Can A Gasoline-Powered Diesel Engine Run? A gasoline engine in a typical car lasts roughly 200,000 miles before it needs to be repaired or replaced. However, the diesel engine can travel 1,000,000-1,500,000 miles before requiring extensive maintenance.