Petrol into Diesel

Submitted: Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 17:15
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Hi all,

My son just rang to say an employee of his has filled their work vehicle, a Ford 2.5ltr Turbo Diesel with Unleaded and has driven it until it stopped.
I told him to take it to a diesel mechanic and get it cleaned out.
And that it was possibly stuffed.
What damage do you think may have happened?

I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

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Reply By: Roughasguts - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 17:30

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 17:30
Mate of mine did the head gaskett with just 20 litres of petrol in the tank.
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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 18:20

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 18:20
If it's the old 2.5 TD and it didn't go bang and just stopped,I wouldn't think much has gone wrong with it, purge ALL the petrol out and see.
If it has the new CRD motor in it, that may be a different story, the flashy Euro TD's MUST go to dealer's and expect to pay $$$, have no idea with the Ford/Mazda and Is difficult to give an accurate prognosis with your description.
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Reply By: Member - mike H (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 18:25

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 18:25
Unfortunately the chances are that the engine stopped when the injector pump ran out of lubrication from the incorrect fuel.
If it is a common rail engine it will be a very expensive repair. We have had to supply parts for repairs of this nature. Big long list!!
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Reply By: StormyKnight - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:11

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:11
Its not always doom & gloom, the better half, half filled the tank on our 2001 Diesel Prado one day with ULP...

She then drove it to McDonalds driv thru where it then failed to respond to throttle input....it was still idling but that was it.

Not that the Prado engine is run by computer & even the throttle is fly-by-wire. It must have known there was sonething wrong & wouldn't allow the rpm to increase...

We got it towed, drained & all was well again...that was 2 years ago now & at least 50,000km...

Cheers, I hope it works out OK.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 20:27

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 20:27
Unfortunately it is the late model CRD.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 11:45

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 11:45
Ran the GQ once with close to 30-40ltrs of ULP in the tank by accident.. 36hr shift at work, was knackered, 3am filling it up at servo... didnt realise until tooo late. Apu at servo was no help at all.

Drove it home, drained tank in morning, car is still runnin fine 100k klms + later.
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