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Submitted: Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 15:53
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diesel fuel is their any simple tests to tell if the fuel is contaminated or dodgy before you fill up,was on melbourne tv last night using a fire test but do not want to do this any help appreciated thanks
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Reply By: Dion - Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 16:03

Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 16:03
Bluehealer,
not a conclusive test, but more for indication only, in a clean glass jar (honey/jam etc) about 500 ml jar, half fill, then give it a good swirl and allow 15 - 20 seconds to settle. If clear and bright, should be the good stuff.
As far as deliberet additives (kero, Jet A1 etc) go, this method will not show them up quickly.
Also look for layering, because of the different Specific Gravities.

Cheers,

Dion.
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Reply By: David - Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 16:33

Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 16:33
Don't forget your nose too. Not very scientific, but a lot of the rubbish some operators dilute it with smells different.
This HAS saved me in the past from filling my tank with god only knows what. I stopped after about 1 litre- when I confronted the servo he went very quiet- did not deny anything. I tried to dob him in but couldn't find anyone who wanted to listen........... without clocking up a ridiculous mobile phone bill.
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Follow Up By: Peter - Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 17:46

Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 17:46
david,
which service station did you suspect was selling the dodgy diesel?
would be good to know so it can be avoided.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 00:17

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 00:17
Good isnt it, you try to do the right thing, and dob some piece of crap in, and nobody wants to know about it.

Try A Current Affair!! Someone like that.

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Follow Up By: Michael - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 17:37

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 17:37
David, i bet he didnt use his own fuel in his Valiant!!!!!!
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Reply By: David - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 00:37

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 00:37
Have been trying to post a reply but it's playing up
It was about 3 or 4 years ago, a servo near the airport in Sydney- probably quite irrelevant after all this time.
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Follow Up By: David - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 00:40

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 00:40
PS
When I'm away from home I ALWAYS look for the local Woolies servo- not because I want to save 4 cents a litre- tho that helps- but because woolies guarantee the quality of fuel. Have not let me down yet. I know i've had dud fuel at times- goodness knows what harm it causes- but NEVER from a woolies site!!
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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 02:15

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 02:15
Pour some into a metal can (like an old soup tin)- well away from said petrol station - mind you if they've just caused your $50000 4wd to blow up then maybe over the ground at the petrol station.

If it's diesel a match or cigarette lighter will not set it alight.

If it has a mixture of "additives" - most of these are flammable and the stuff should light very quickly - watch out for your eyebrows (use a long barbecue match is best!

If it still doesnt light, let it settle for 20 minutes and try again. Sometimes if the stuff's been churned up in the pump at the station or in the tank of your car they'll mix together but then separate out when left to settle.

PS kids - don't play with fuel and matches - leave this to experienced eyebrowless adults.
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Follow Up By: Suzuki Viagra - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 02:18

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 02:18
For those who don't mind getting their hands dirty - you can normally feel the difference between it and proper diesel too - due to differences in the "detergent" feel of the diesel.

However - this is worse than the "fire" option - handling fuel is bad as it's carcinogenic. Handling "Funny fuel" is 10 times worse - benzene and other alkane type fuels/fuel additives are far more carcinogenic than normal petrol.
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Reply By: bluehealer - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 10:32

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 10:32
thanks for replies will be getting my diesel hilux soon ,wanted to get in early to find out about the dodgy fuel thanks
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Follow Up By: Michael - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 17:35

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 17:35
Hi there , Just buy from the six big suppliers , they all guarantee their fuel, its worth the extra 4 bucks. Burmah and the like all have cheap fuel, the cheaper it is the more crap you must get. Interesting enough that when they tackle them on tele about fuel cocktails, they all deny it, all seem to be of middle eastern decent ,, mmmmm. Michael
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Reply By: Stevo - Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 13:38

Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 13:38
bluehealer, if "contaminated or dodgy" fuel refers to fuel substitution, yes there is a very simple test available. Fuel substitution is the mixing of solvents eg paraffin with diesel fuel with the intention of evading tax or duty. To combat this, legislation requires the addition of a "marker" to the commonly used fuel substitutes. In Australia, a product called Mortrace MP is used and a simple test kit is available from chemical companies to detect the presence of this marker.
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