AVON LAKE, Ohio (WJW) – A fuel mixture at a local gas station costs some drivers thousands of dollars in repairs.
The phones rang on Wednesday at Automotive Specialty Services in Avon Lake.
“We started getting calls on Tuesday morning about no start, stop. At diagnosis, we discovered that there was fuel contamination, “said service consultant Casey Fields.
Drivers are concerned after learning about a fuel mixture that happened once on Monday at Speedway on Walker Road.
“We have a text alert system for our customers that tells them this happened. We have received 80 to 1[ads1]00 calls from people saying they were getting gas at the local gas station,” Fields said.
Justin McElhannon from Avon Lake said he got gas there Monday night.
“Tuesday morning I went to leave, and my car got off to a very tough start. It was barely possible, and I did not even reach a kilometer before it would not go any further, “he said.
His car was towed to Automotive Specialty Services where they discovered the problem.
“Usually when it comes to pollution, it comes from the introduction of diesel,” Fields said.
To fix this, McElhannon’s fuel tank and fuel lines had to be emptied and flushed.
“The fuel system needs to be cleaned, fuel injectors. Many times spark plugs need to be replaced. In his case, his fuel pump was broken,” Fields said.
“The estimated bid was just under $ 2,500, so it hurt,” McElhannon said.
FOX 8 contacted Speedway’s parent company, 7-11, which confirmed the fuel mixture.
“On Tuesday 9 November, we received reports of polluted gas and implemented immediate measures to stop the sale of petrol. We have closed gas operations to remove and dispose of contaminated gasoline. We plan to reopen the gas business after the corrections are completed. ” said the company in a statement.
Meanwhile, the workshop warns people who pumped gas there on Monday and Tuesday that they may not experience car problems until later on the road.
“Does it stumble, stall? That is a number one concern. If it’s not, keep an eye on things, “Fields said.
McElhannon said right now, he has to pay for the repair of his own pocket. However, he has opened a claim with Speedway to hopefully get a refund
Customers who believe their car was affected should call 1-800-643-1948.
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