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Wrong nozzle used at the filling station - diesel instead of

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Hi wrong nozzle used at the filling station - diesel instead of petrol.
JA: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual?
Customer: yes to both not starting well
JA: What is the make/model/year of your car?
Customer: Journey 2014
JA: Are you fixing your Journey yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: haven' t tried anything yet
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No parked at home
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  kalamykid replied 6 months ago.

This is not as bad as you may think. You will need to drop the gas tank and drain and clean it out very well, then replace the fuel filter, and blow out the fuel lines. Then wash the fuel pump out in a parts washer, or use carb cleaner to get all of the diesel fuel out of the pump. Then you can put it all back together, but do not connect the fuel line to the new filter. You will need to run a gallon or two through the pump and lines into a bucket first to make sure all the diesel has been cleaned out well. You should also pull the injectors and clean the injector rail as well as the injectors. There should not be any damage to the engine itself. Diesel is more like oil then fuel, so it will cling to everything. I would also replace the spark plugs just to make sure they have not been burning to hot and the tip worn off.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
essentially, I would need to call in a mechanic to come and do these.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 6 months ago.

As long as you have the tools and time, you can clean all of this yourself.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I know nothing about cars. I never service the car myself.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I take it to the Dodge sales/service station every 6 months for service
Expert:  kalamykid replied 6 months ago.

I can help walk you though the clean up if you would like. It really is not that hard to do, and I should have diagrams that will make thing easy for you. You will need a good floor jack, 4 jack stands, and a metric socket and wrench set to do the work.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
you see, I don' t even know what a jack stand, metric socket are
Expert:  kalamykid replied 6 months ago.

Then yes you should take it to your mechanic and have them clean the system. DO NOT let them talk you into just adding an adiditive or just adding more high test gas to it. The engine should not be run any more then it has to till the system is manualy cleaned.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I would have to get it towed to the mechanic
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
you there?
Expert:  kalamykid replied 6 months ago.

I would. just to be on the safe side. Diesel will burn even if the ignition system is turned off, so the engine can keep running even if the ignition switch has been turned off.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Really? How is that possible?
Expert:  kalamykid replied 6 months ago.

All diesel needs to burn is heat and compression. Diesel engines do not have spark plugs.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Ok
Expert:  kalamykid replied 6 months ago.

Do you need anything more?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Can you send me the step by step instruction with diagrams?