Mechanics: Spoko Fuel mix up likely caused little damage

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Storage tanks at Spokane Fuel meant for unleaded gas were contaminated with diesel fuel, according to Spokane Tribe officials.

Officials said that the mixture may have remained this way for up to 12 hours before someone caught the problem. They are still waiting to find out the exact time it happened by the supplier, R.E. Powell.

The Tribe also doesn’t know how many people filled up with the contaminated fuel. But some customers reported Tuesday that their cars ran rough. Some even reported that their engine stopped.

Experts said that putting diesel in a gasoline tank causes minimal to no damage, depending on how much was mixed in.

“The repair would be to recover all the contaminated fuel out of the tank, and then change the fuel filter, and then refill it will gasoline, and see where we stand,” said Gordy Kacelek, Clark’s Tire and Automotive Master Tech. “Probably will be the fix for most of the cars that have the diesel contamination.”

Though Kacelek said putting gas in a diesel tank can cause serious engine damage.

The fuel station was expected to have the problem fixed by Tuesday night.  

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