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Old 07-01-2017, 09:45 AM
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Hi all as the title says my car has been filled full of unleaded she then proceeded to drive down the freeway about 10km before the car lost power and died. So I'm after advice and what to do and how to drain and flush. After googling I get the idea its gonna cost me anywhere from a tank of fuel to 10k. So if with could limit the SHES F--ked mate and stick a Brunswick in it or a V8 and keep to advice on what I need to do it would be appreciated.

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Check your insurance. It may be covered (but most likely wont). Some companies cover for comtaninated fuel.

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Drain the tank and fuel lines and put a fresh filter on it and put some diesel in it and prey no major damage has happened... But driving for 10km i dare say the Injection pump will be screwed.
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tow truck , drain tanks , purge all fuel lines / pump ect replace all filters etc , and cross your bloody fingers .

if it where me I would Dump all the fuel and get it to a decent mechanic ASAP .
I don't think the CRD's handle a gut full of unleaded very well unfortunately.

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I had this happen to my vehicle many years ago but it didn't drive for that far. Anyway I would do what Shanfab and Softy said, drain, change filter throw some diesel in and some two stroke oil and see how it goes. We have seen this happen quite a few times over the years some pull through some don't, for the cost of a filter and 2T it's worth a try. I had fuel for my mower for many years after that episode.........

I've got a mate at a car dealership and he tells me this is very common.

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Thanks guys apart from replacing filter should I be doing anything with injectors etc
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Thanks guys apart from replacing filter should I be doing anything with injectors etc
The 2T will add lubricity to the fuel and could help silence injectors, we usually use 200-1 but for the sake of this exercise 150-1 for a tank wouldn't hurt, petrol will have given them a good bath.....

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Unlucky mate.
Aside from what's already been said, I would consider taking your fuel system (bit of effort I know) out and giving it a f*cking good clean with injector cleaner and than some, so pump / hoses / tank / etc. This would stop further Unleaded getting where it shouldn't. That is what I'd do, bit different but have been in your boat before.

As for insurance that was mentioned above, the contaminated fuel rule of thumb will only cover (in 99% of claims) if the correct fuel did not meet the Australian Fuel Chemical standards, not for this "Oh sh*t I've used the green pump instead of the black one!". They will also take samples, exactly the same as you'd send to Cavpower or Volvo to do testing for your service's etc. That's from my other half who's a Team Leader for Suncorp Insurance Claims. It's extremely common she reckons.
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For what it's worth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtozuGGVFqg

They replace pretty much everything in the fuel system except the fuel tank.

I recall reading somewhere that some guys with a Hilux had this happen and all they did was drain the tank and fill it with diesel and 2T and then crack the pressure relief valve between the common rail and the fuel return line. After a few minutes of the fuel pump running to bleed fuel they tightened the relief valve back up and cranked the engine. It fired almost straight away and seemed to run fine. I have no idea if any permanent damage was done.
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I would see this at least once a month on average in or shop. If the engine has not been started its as easy as draining fuel and refilling with correct fuel, prime and start. If it has been started and driven a short distance without stopping you need to drain fuel, blow lines replace filter, refill with good fuel, prime and it should be ok and have no long term problems. If they have been driven until bad noise/ engine stopping you need to be very lucky to have a common rail restart. I have seen 2.5 Mitsubishis and 3.0 Toyotas come back from this but sorry to say I am yet to seen a 2.5 or 3ltr Nissan survive after driving till the engine drops power and stops. We even replaced injectors, pump and rail in a YD25 last year that started and ran great for about 150klm then picked up a piston. Don't want to sound like a downer but as everyone is saying you will need a lot of luck for this not to cost you BIG$$
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Even though you said "no v8 swaps or this or that" and what not.
It'd work out so much cheaper;

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Spend another $2000-3000 on parts to make it work and you'd still spend about the same as what a replacement CRD will cost once it's turn key ready.

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So lets get through the simple, non costly, testing first before we doom it all to failure and start on engine swaps, he may well come out of it OK yet .
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Hi Guys I drained all the fuel and changed filter etc and now the engine turns over but doesnt start I plugged in a diagnostic tester and it comes up with P0089 Fuel pressure regulator any ideas
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Hi Guys I drained all the fuel and changed filter etc and now the engine turns over but doesnt start I plugged in a diagnostic tester and it comes up with P0089 Fuel pressure regulator any ideas
Mostly likely logging a large fuel leak/ low fuel pressure fault due to a shot fuel pump or injectors leaking back to tank excessively. Also may have the rail releif jammed open.
May get luck and only have a damaged SCV.
Personally id change the SCV and the rsil relief as they are the cheapest parts of the fuel system and both can jam open or closed.

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I would have thought that the injectors would have to be removed to pump any fuel out as well by turning the engine over like you do when a bike takes a gut full of water to help remove any contaminants. Then maybe spray a some diesel in each cylinder and repeat just to help clean it some more but that may be overkill I don't know.
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Dave I'd suggest ring United Fuel Injection first thing Monday.

My missus did this in her CX-5 Mazda, also a CRD, and drove it home from local BP about 1.5kms away at a guess, it konked out in our street and she rolled it on to our lawn.

I rang Matt at UFI and had a sook, I got a mate with a tow truck to take it there and Matt rang me late the next arvo, it was running great and has been perfect ever since (prob about 18 months ago at a guess). I was eternally grateful and I know it's a totally different car but with some luck you, too, may have dodged a bullet.

If you need it towed to UFI (or anywhere else for that matter) try Dirk Van Geest on 0412 324 014, good luck with it I'm sure you have knots in your stomach at the moment, I have my fingers crossed for you...

(For the record I fill her car every time it gets anywhere near half a tank these days lol)
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Dave I'd suggest ring United Fuel Injection first thing Monday.

My missus did this in her CX-5 Mazda, also a CRD, and drove it home from local BP about 1.5kms away at a guess, it konked out in our street and she rolled it on to our lawn.

I rang Matt at UFI and had a sook, I got a mate with a tow truck to take it there and Matt rang me late the next arvo, it was running great and has been perfect ever since (prob about 18 months ago at a guess). I was eternally grateful and I know it's a totally different car but with some luck you, too, may have dodged a bullet.

If you need it towed to UFI (or anywhere else for that matter) try Dirk Van Geest on 0412 324 014, good luck with it I'm sure you have knots in your stomach at the moment, I have my fingers crossed for you...

(For the record I fill her car every time it gets anywhere near half a tank these days lol)
Couldn't agree more, thes talk of engine swaps is premature, I said earlier it may come out of this OK, many do, so worth making the effort to find out from the expert if it is becoming to hard for the OP.
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Dave,
I made the same rookie mistake on xmas night when filling up to go away the next day. I unbolted the main tank and syphoned out as much fuel as I could. I reckon there was still 15 - 20 ltrs still in it that I couldn't get out. I then removed my fuel filter and pumped all remaining fuel out of my lines. Bolted tank back up, replaced fuel filter and filled with diesel. Started car and it ran like crap for about 10-15 seconds until the diesel pumped through. It has been running fine ever since.
Hopefully you have the same luck but the only difference is I didn't drive mine till it stopped.
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