A confession to make

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by The Cardinal, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. The Cardinal

    The Cardinal Guest

    years ago... when I just started driving I was overwhelmed with so many thing to know. In my second week of driving they assign me to cover a route that has a diesel truck ( I think you know where it's going ). The gauge indicator was low so I pulled at the GAS pump and pumped 18 Gal of Gasoline. after I took off I noticed the sign " Diesel Only". OH...#@$#&* I am gonna kill every fly. By 10.30 I was smoking at 2:00 you could trace my movement on the streets of 1 Mile sq ft by 4:00 I must have destroyed every fly, insect even the bird were not safe from me. motorist pulls next to me and say: Bad engine? and I say ....Yep. I remember one time I was going to make my last pick-up and I was smoking heavily I guy was driving behind me getting covered w/ smoke, he was weaving left and right with passing option not available. When I finally got back to the building I could not even dare to park it in for unload.
    next day I acted nothing happened.
    So I wanted to get this off my chest and express my apology for the mechanic who had to clean the engine next day
    I hope you found this amusing
    Please Drive and Work Safe
  2. mattwtrs

    mattwtrs Retired Senior Member

    How many other drivers have put the wrong fuel in a UPS vehicle? I bet every center has stories to tell. The time that automotive changed engines before checking for diesel fuel in the gas tank was the funniest! The mechanic was on vacation & another center's mechanic was covering and started the job. The replacement engine smoked & ran rough the same as the old (supposedly blown up) one.
  3. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    I have put in the wrong fuel, too. We have both types, gas and diesel. Cardinal, if you had a deisel and put gas in it you are lucky you didn't blow up the engine. There is a reason that deisel has so much oil in it. From the sound of your description of the smoking I am guessing you had a gas engine and put deisel in it. Gas engines will run on deisel but will smoke like a chimney. No long term effects, but a deisel engine on gas will burn the cylinders and ruin the engine. Not a pretty sight to a mech. LOL
  4. sx2700

    sx2700 Banned

    I sense a troll. Diesel engines will not run on gasoline (no spark plugs). Gas engines will run on diesel though not very well.
  5. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    Deisel engines will run on gas for a very short time.
  6. freeloader

    freeloader geek

    The easiest thing to do would be to make the diesel pump nozzles too big to fit into a gasoline tank.
  7. sx2700

    sx2700 Banned

    As long as there is enough Diesel mixed with the gas to keep the octane level low enough that the compression in the cylinder will cause the fuel to combust.
  8. rod

    rod retired and happy

    another can of worms opened up:peaceful:
  9. feeder53

    feeder53 ADKtrails

    Gas in a diesel does not work, it would ruin the engine. Smoking would not be the issue.
  10. Big Babooba

    Big Babooba Well-Known Member

    My diesel powered truck was filled up gas one day. I had the previous day off and a supervisor & a trainee covered my route. I started the engine and it knocked and smoked more than usual. I just passed it off as being cold since my truck was loaded outside. As I drove through the yard, I noticed that the engine lacked power. I left the property and noticed that the power & smoke situation wasn't getting better. I made it to the neighboring property whwen I turned around and brought it to the shop. The mechanic checked the fuel and red tagged the truck right there. I called my sup to the shop to find a spare. They pushed my truck to the fuel island and drained its tank into the underground gasoline tank. They said that the amount of diesel wouldn't affect the gas. I took off with my airs and a supervisor brought my truck out to me when the mechanics were done changing filters and purging the fuel lines. The two people who had the truck the day before just pointed their fingers at each other.
  11. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    go and sin no more my son, oh yah !! 6 hail mary's and 2 our fathers for you!!!!!
  12. Dutch Dawg

    Dutch Dawg Active Member

    Yea I had a similar situtation once, only difference was I mistakenly put AVGas in my package car. Boy was I flying low all day. Got in an hour early and they sent me back out. Keep this to yourself...I vowed right then and there to be more diligent at the fuel pumps and it never happened again that I know of.

    Or wait a minute...was it Jet A, anyways that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
  13. UPS Lifer

    UPS Lifer Well-Known Member

    Not a bad idea - accept that you still will have those folks that put the smaller nozzle in the oversized opening!
  14. It really does seem like a good idea. Perhaps make it a different shaped one? However that probably wouldn't work either as often times we try to cram a square peg into a round hole around here (figuratively) enough as it is. :slap:
  15. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Where I fuel my deisel truck on route there are pumps with big nozzles and small. The small must be for cars and light trucks. I had the first deisel in our center in 1995 and while on vacation one of the cover drivers put gas in it. Someone caught him while he was fueling so it didn't wreck the engine.
  16. brownrodster

    brownrodster New Member

    My truck is magically full when I start it up every morning :)
  17. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    Our carwash guys fuel our trucks. It happens about once or twice a year in our building. It always shocks me that these people do this everyday and yet this mistake surfaces once in a while.
  18. The Cardinal

    The Cardinal Guest

    You guys are right.( scary huh...? still cant get it right) it was gas engine that poured diesel fuel in it. you are not suppose to able to that because the gas tank inlet hole is smaller but I guess this was not
  19. JustTired

    JustTired free at last.......

    Drivers fill their tanks around here. Who ever thought that you could make $40+/hr pumping gas?

    "Check that windshield, sir?"
  20. Big Babooba

    Big Babooba Well-Known Member

    It wouldn't matter. You've heard the old saying - Where there's a will, there's a way.