Un­der the pump

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Ask Smithy -

I topped up my 2012 Ford Ter­ri­tory diesel with petrol but I didn’t start it and had it towed to a Ford garage. They re­moved the fuel tank and drained it and said that I would have to fit a new fuel pump as once it had been in con­tact with petrol it had to be re­placed. Is this cor­rect? I kept the pump and no­ticed that one of the out­let fit­tings was bro­ken, pre­sum­ably dur­ing re­moval, and would not have been re­pairable. Per­haps this was the rea­son for the re­place­ment. If so, would I have any claim on the com­pany?

Robert J, email If you didn’t start the engine you should be able to get away with just drain­ing the sys­tem and flush­ing it. If you had started it and run it for any time you would prob­a­bly have done sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the engine, and you would cer­tainly have to re­place the fuel pump. The Ford dealer is prob­a­bly be­ing cau­tious in re­plac­ing the pump. I doubt any claim would stand up.

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