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Dodge Sprinter: , we have a Dodge Sprinter diesel work van

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Hi, we have a Dodge Sprinter diesel work van that has accidentently (!) had regular gas put in it. It was driven two blocks before the driver realized his mistake. We, of course, are trying to minimize the damage and hoping for the best. Wondering what we can do at this point!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  b5demon replied 2 years ago.
Hi Welcome to Just Answer! You will need to drain the fuel tank and also change the fuel filter and try to flush out the lines from the tank to the filter you can use either diesel fuel or transmission fluid to flush the lines. Then refill the tank with diesel fuel
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
We have no mechanic experience… is this something we can try ourselves or take to a reliable local mechanic, which we are good with, we really just wanted to know what we are looking at and what realistic expectations are. How would we know if the work is successful. Will it run smoothly immediately? Do we need to use any kind of additional additive? ThanksCustomer
Expert:  b5demon replied 2 years ago.
Best thing to do is take it to a mechanic i would have it towed and not drive it or start it if possible
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
That was our plan… tow for sure. So, hopefully, all is not lost? One mechanic was telling us it is a total loss… we will need a new engine… aaaaahhhhh!!!
Expert:  b5demon replied 2 years ago.
Did the engine shut off by itself or did you turn it off? They don't recommend using any fuel additives on that engine And it may run rough for a few minutes but should clear up and run ok after a few miles if everything is ok
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The driver turned it off after two blocks.
Expert:  b5demon replied 2 years ago.
Ok you should be ok I just had one this week that had gas put in it and it had shut off and i was able to flush everything out and change the filter and it has been running fine
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks so much… you have talked us down enough that we can breathe a little easier!!
Expert:  b5demon replied 2 years ago.
no problem always glad to help let me know if you need any more help with this or in the future
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
We will! Enjoy a wonderful weekend!!
Expert:  b5demon replied 2 years ago.
Thanks! you too!