Wylie, TX asked in Products Liability for Texas

Q: In June 2020 my F250 quit running. The dealership said bad fuel. Repair cost was $ 10,793.00 was this a bad fuel pump.

I have fuel receipts, dealership repair statements, fuel samples.

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: Before someone pays the law says you have to be able to show 1) it was their cause and 2) they were careless. With fuel, the issue tends to be that some engines don't like ethanol, or if you are using diesel, some newer engines have issues with low sulphur.

The problem is you need someone to do an analysis. It's not impossible that fuel can be good when pumped, bad if it sat around got bad. Assuming yours didn't sit around you don't know for sure that fuel was bad.

The fuel people may say "not our problem, some crud in your fuel tank." 10 k is a huuuuuge repair. If it's a newer model, check to see if there has been a Technical Service Bulletin or TSB on it.

I would start with what the service people said was going on. Then the question is whether what they did was necessary for that. Usually if an engine dies because of bad fuel, my understanding is that they clean the carb, possibly new lines, check the cylinders but bad fuel alone wouldn't necessarily equal 10k. An experienced truck mechanic might be your best guide.

But for 10k, worth pursuing the issue. The type of thing you can bring in small claims. But the judge will, unfortunately, not just let you bring in the gas company and ford and say "one of you is at fault"

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