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Gasoline in a diesel engine, stupid car thieves

Our diesel pickup was stolen. The police found it abandoned along the freeway. Judging by the distance from our house, we’re thinking that the thieves drove it until it needed fuel. The police said they filled it up with gasoline! We’re wondering specifically what damage was done. Is the engine seriously damaged? Can this vehicle be salvaged? It is a 2002 with 30,000 miles on it and we really wanted to keep it long term. We use it to pull our camper.

Get the fuel system flushed out, refill with diesel and drive on. This is not the first time this has happened. Chances are it simply quit when the gas got into the cylinders. IF you have comprehensive coverage on your truck’s insurance policy any (unlikely) damage should be covered.

Contact your insurance company. Likely they will pay for the work. That is what you have been paying that insurance for.