I presume you mean put it in the gasoline tank?
If the motor was already warm, it might continue to run. However, it
wouldn't restart if cold. You'd have to drain out the diesel and replace
with gasoline to get it running again.
No major damage.
It doesn't appear to have hurt it (well, besides it quit running and
flat out refused to restart), but it sure was belching smoke and
generally complaining a bit. It took a couple of pumps on the button
and restarts for it to run smoothly.
I am so relieved as I have a bit of a knack for making machines
Actually, adding kerosene or diesel to a gas motor would do a lot to clean
out the motor, that's what engine degreaser is made of, but you wouldn't get
it started and running until the tank is drained out and gasoline is flushed
back into the lines and tank. Nothing would damage it, though. Maybe smoke
a little out of the exhaust until the residual diesel burns off.
My FIL put kerosene into a gas lawnmower, by mistake. The funny thing
is that, since it was hot when he did it, it ran just fine and he
finished mowing the lawn. After that, it would not start. I had to
take it apart and wash the carb parts in gasoline.
I accidentally poured about 3 gallons of diesel fuel in my gasoline
car some years ago. The car only had at most 2 gallons of gas in it.
It ran like crap, smoked a lot, but did get me to the nearest town (15
miles away). Then I filled the tank with gas and the car ran better
but still smoked a little. I never drained the tank or anything.
After a few fills of gas, the diesel was gone and the car ran fine.
Nothing was damaged. The car was an old late 60's chevy with carb. I
dont know what would happen with modern fuel injection.
I think I'd just drain the mower tank, and then fill it with gas. It
might be a little sluggish for a few minutes from the diesel in the
lines and carb, but sould be fine after that.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.