DEF in fuel - dodged a bullet
My DEF was getting low so I decided to go and purchase some at the local auto store. I have filled it a few times and had the dealer do it before (at crazy cost). Previously I have had the boxes this time I got the plastic jug with flexible filler (much better ). However not having used it before I was unsure and concentrating on not spilling any. So I ended up with the filler in the GAS tank but fortunately by the second "glug" I realized what I was doing !!
After checking on line I was scared to death of the consequences. There are some horror stories out there $10,000-20,000 stories. Next day I simulated how much I had put in and was happy to realize it was probably only 2 or 3 ounces.
The fuel tank was full and I had added the cetane booster/additive. First thing Monday I called the dealer but could not get any answer. I had read that we have 2 water filters situated right by the tank, so I decided to drive to work and see what happened. I arrived OK after my 13 mile commute feeling relieved. I had to make another trip during the day but after driving about 5 miles I got the water in fuel warning light. After a minute it went out so I continued, it was back again soon after. I checked the manual, after 5 times stop the vehicle. I turned round and headed for the dealer about 5 miles away, the warning was on number 6 by the time I arived.
They were too busy to look at it yesterday so I got a rental. I picked it up this evening and after changing the water filters, draining the lines and a little fuel from the tank, plus getting and oil change and service, I have it back. $280 all in. It could have been a lot worse, just a few seconds of distraction can cost you a fortune. The good news is if you put a very small amount in the tank it the water filters will catch it.