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Contaminated Gasoline

I filled up with gasoline at a Marathon Station in Talladega, Alabama. I drove 25 miles into Anniston, Alabama and the Colorado quit running. I was able to continue to start the engine about every 4 truck lengths and coax it out of traffic. I called a Chevy Dealer and had the truck towed into the shop. After about 45 minutes they told me I had contaminated gasoline. They drained and dried the tank; cleaned the fuel lines; Pressure cleaned the injectors; and had to replace the fuel pump and filter. I have a quart of the contaminated gasoline. Who do I contact to test the gasoline to determine the contaminant? I have a lawyer in Birmingham, Alabama who will handle this for me. The repair bill was $1,571.00. My family had to get a rental car to continue to Chattanooga, TN. I stayed in Alabama. There are motel and food bills as well as the car rental bill.


  • edited October 2009
    If you have a decent lawyer, he or she should be able to recommend a lab to which you can send your sample.
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    Thanks for your input. I asked the lawyer last Thursday, but did not get a response. We spoke very briefly on the phone. I live in Mississippi and will call him on Tuesdat about this matter again. I will also fax to him all my receipts.
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    I have a lawyer in Birmingham, Alabama who will handle this for me. The repair bill was $1,571.00.
    You have a lawyer who will handle a bill like that and a family member couldn't get a lawyer to handle a medical malpractice suit with obvious negligence. Relative should move to Alabama.
  • edited October 2009
    It is possible once he sees the total receipts total a little over $2,000.00, he may decide not to handle it. I have no idea how much he figures mental anquish is worth. If he should decide not to handle it, there is a lawyer here in Ocean Springs, MS who has already said he would handle it.
  • edited October 2009
    You could not have been the only one who purchased the "contaminated" gas...There would have been dozens if not hundreds of others who suffered the same fate as you.. have you made any attempt to contact the station where you purchased the gasoline?? You might not need a lawyer, just a phone call..
  • edited October 2009
    Caddyman: I did contact the station where I purchased the gasoline and they denied any other problems associated with Pump 3, where the fuel was dispensed from. They had a load delivered they said before I made my purchase and there was no way the gasoline was contaminated. I purchased gas in Ocean Springs, MS, my home, before departing for Gaylesville, AL and my wife continuiong on to Chattanooga,TN. We had no problems on the way. Once I refueled in Talladega, we went only 25 miles and the truck quit running. So the contamination had to have come from the fuel I purchased in Talladega. With their constant denial on the phone, I contacted a lawyer. I have faxed all the receipts for expenses incurred as a result of the contamination. I was hopeing at the time all it would take was just a phone call.
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    I'm always suspicious of claims of contaminated gas, mostly because of what Caddyman mentions-- if a gas pump has been dispensing bad gas all day long, it's not like it's just going to cause problems in one or two cars. It's a pretty big deal when there actually is a pump dispensing bad gas-- it'll usually be in the paper or on the news. And most gas stations will have insurance for just such an occurrence and so the stations themselves are pretty good about fixing people's cars when these things happen.

    I'd also be very interested in the diagnostic process that lead to a: that it was bad gas and b: that the injectors needed cleaning, fuel pump replacing, etc. With most gas contamination, you drain and refll the gas tank, change the fuel filter (that's what it's there for, after all!) and away you go.
  • edited October 2009
    GreasyJack, the fuel that was drained from the tank was clear with no tint and had a diesel-alcohol type smell to it. The truck would start and quit running almost immediately, prior to the tank being drained. They cleaned the tank, fuel lines, injectors and rails and put new gas in the tank. The truck would not run. They then installed a Fuel Pump Cycle Control Module Kit, GM Part #19167115 and the truck started and ran just fine. My undertsanding is that the filter is an intergrated part of the fuel pump and that there is no in-line filter to replace.
    They made their diagnosis based upon the truck starting and not running, draining the gas tank and fining that it did not actually contain 100% gasoline, the smell of what was in the truck, etc., etc.. I am able to base any repair decisions on what the service manager and automotive technician tell me. I thought just as you are thinking that it is a simple matter. But was told that with the newer vehicles, contaminated gasoline presents a major problem for the vehicle. I can only pass on what I have been told. As far as the paper and/or news I did not remain in Talladega, AL, where the fuel was purchased, nor did I stay in Anniston, AL where the Colorado was being repaired. I was 2 hours away staying with relatives until the truck was repaired. It ran for about 25 miles after I filled the tank in Talladega. I don't know how to give 1 word answers.
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    "They then installed a Fuel Pump Cycle Control Module Kit, GM Part #19167115 and the truck started and ran just fine. My undertsanding is that the filter is an intergrated part of the fuel pump and that there is no in-line filter to replace."

    End of story.... It would seem THIS was the problem right from the get-go...Forget the lawyer. And yes, there is an external, in-line fuel filter. The in-tank filter is just a sock/screen that lays flat on the bottom of the tank and acts as a fuel pick-up..
  • edited October 2009
    Caddyman, if I am understanding you, are you saying that the fuel pump went out and there was no contaminated gasoline? If there was no contaminated fuel, why is it clear? It doesn't look or smell like gasoline? I forgot to tell you: That after they replaced the Module Kit, I was standing there watching everything that was done, the truck started but was runnning very rough. The technician then pressure cleaned the injectors again, and the truck ran fine and still runs great.
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