Water in Gas Tanks Strands Dublin Drivers

6:06 PM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
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A trip to a Dublin gas station apparently left some people with a holiday headache -- water in their gas tanks.

The manager of the BP station on Hillcrest Parkway told 13WMAZ's Katelyn Heck that it happened after a gas delivery on Monday, Christmas Eve.

Since then, he says, they've heard from several people who had engine trouble due to water in the tank.

The station has agreed to pay for their repairs, he said.

Ron Cooke, manager at Dominy Oil, the company that supplies the station's fuel, says their inspector found water in the gas tanks.

He tells us that gasoline with ethanol is more likely to cause moisture problems with your engine.

Bruce Cabral, service manager at Riverside Ford in Macon says when that happens, the ethanol in the gas separates from the water and causes the problems.

He says, "I've got this little blob of water moving around in the tank as I drive along, which is fine, until the fuel pump actually picks it up and sends it to the engine. Well, when I send that blob of pretty much all water and it gets sent to the engine, the engine doesn't run very well on the straight water mixture."

One of the Dublin station's customers, Tammy Carter from Atlanta, brought he car to Cabral for repairs. He says the fuel he found in her car does not look like the usual water-fuel mixture.

He says it would take a chemical test to determine what is in the fuel.

Cabral says he's seen fewer cases of contaminated gas over the past decade, but it's still a problem that can cost thousands of dollars for unexpecting drivers like Carter.

An inspector from the state department of agriculture was also expected to examine the fuel tanks Friday.

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