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One mistake that many drivers make happens right at the gas pump. You might not realize it, but using the wrong type of gas can cause serious damage to your vehicle. If you happen to use regular gas when you should be using premium gas, your engine could misbehave causing serious damage. Additionally, shoving a diesel nozzle into your fuel tank could also create a large amount of engine damage. If you realize that you put the wrong type of fuel in your gas tank, it is a good idea to get it siphoned out as soon as possible and replace it with the right type of gas.

How Do You Siphon the Wrong Fuel Type Out Of Your Gas Tank?


To siphon gas out of your tank, you are going to need a bucket or some kind of container to put siphoned gas into. Siphoning is performed by using gravity, which means that there are several ways you can get gas flowing. The easiest way is to use a siphon pump. This tool creates suction and makes it easy and safe to siphon gas. Another method involves the use of two tubes. Put both tubes into the tank. Proceed to blow into the end of the tubes to make sure they are submerged in the gas. Be sure not to inhale on the tubes so that you don’t get chemicals in your system. Then, use a cloth or an old piece of clothing and create a seal around the tubes. Blow into the short tube and you should see gas flowing from the longer tube due to increased pressure.

Is Engine Damage Covered by Insurance?

Although engine damage is covered by insurance if you get into an accident, it is not covered if you just fill up your gas tank with the wrong type of fuel. Engine damage is extremely expensive for insurance companies to fix. Although it might be 100% your fault that you put the wrong type of gas in your tank, an insurance company is not willing to pay for this mistake. If you damage your vehicle’s engine by different means, you may find that comprehensive insurance covers you. Comprehensive insurance will cover you in the event that vandalism or something like a natural disaster occurs, which you should keep in mind.

Can Diesel Fuel Go Bad?


Whether fuel goes bad quickly or not, really depends on how it is stored. The best conditions to keep fuel in are cold and dry conditions. Under the best conditions, diesel fuel can be stored between six and 12 months at a time. If you need to store your fuel for longer than that, you’re going to have to add different fuel stabilizers and biocides into the fuel. Another thing that can cause your fuel to go bad is water condensation. To avoid this, try to have as little space left in the tank as you possibly can. This will prevent condensation from taking place and will help the fuel to last for a longer period of time without deteriorating or diluting.

Can Gas Get Old?

Unlike diesel fuel, gas can last for many years without going bad. However, if you leave gas for long enough it will definitely degrade over time which can lead to problems. If you plan to use start a car or something and use old gas, it might not work. Gas is made of a number of different compounds that react with the atmosphere and change composition over time. The most common problem is that hydrocarbons in the gas mix with oxygen and eventually create thick deposits in the gas. If you use old gas, your vehicle might not start until the deposits are removed. Just like diesel, you can also have water condensation form within your gas tank. If you want your gas to last, you may want to add a fuel system stabilizer to it for the best results.

Is Bad Gas Covered by Insurance?

Some insurance companies do cover bad gas, while others do not. Most insurance companies do offer comprehensive insurance coverage, but comprehensive insurance coverage doesn’t always have coverage for bad gas. There are certain companies that do offer coverage for bad gas, but you’re going to have to contact your insurance company to see. Unfortunately, bad gas can do a lot of damage to your engine and if this already happened to you and your insurance company is not willing to cover it, you might be out of luck. You could always try to pursue the fuel supplier for the cost to repair your vehicle, but it might be hard to prove that their gas was actually the cause.

What Kind of Damage Can Bad Gas Cause to Your Engine?

Bad gas can cause several different problems with your engine. The most common problem that occurs is your engine gumming up from gas deposits. The second most common form of damage is corrosion on your engine. Corrosion can have a huge impact on your performance and it can cause your vehicle not to work if it gets bad enough. You may also find that there are dry and brittle rubber and plastic parts on engine components as a result of using bad gas.

What Kind of Damage Can Bad Diesel Cause to Your Engine?


The damage that can be caused by bad diesel fuel is different from that of bad gas. If there is water in your diesel fuel, it can cause algae to form. Algae can clog up your fuel tank and proceed to other areas within your engine. The contaminated fuel can move out of your tank and clog things like your injectors and pumps which can lower your fuel economy. The longer you leave the problem, the more severe it can get.

To Conclude

Whenever possible, you should not use old gas in your vehicle. It does not matter if you have a diesel vehicle or if you have a regular gasoline vehicle. No matter the type of vehicle you have, damage can be done by using old gas. If you find out that you have old gas, you need to remove it as soon as possible and replace it with the type that you are supposed to have. The longer you leave problems, the worse they are likely to become so it is best to fix them as soon as possible.

About the Author: Ashley Miller

Ashley is an insurance content professional and very knowledgeable on all related subjects. Ashley has over 12 years of insurance content writing experience working with various insurance companies throughout her career.