What happens if you put Diesel Exhaust Fluid in your diesel tank?
What happens if I pour Diesel Exhaust Fluid inside my diesel tank? This is by far the no.1 question online; throughout all multi media channels.
We have been researching this question for sometime but need your help in filling in the blanks, the point of this entry is to help those of you searching for answers like this.
So, first of all; Diesel Exhaust Fluid has the traditional blue cap on the tank. Diesel also has a colored coded cap and it is typically green. With that being said, we are unclear as to where the problem may be happening; at the retail pumps or private locations? If you have some input, let us know here so that we can update this entry.
Ok, let's jump in. Keep this in mind, the dispensing nozzle for Diesel Exhaust Fluid is smaller than the diesel dispensing nozzle. So, what may be happening is that the DEF dispensing nozzle is finding its way into the diesel tank. Of course, you cannot take the diesel nozzle and put it inside the DEF tank because of the larger diameter. Keep this in mind.
We found ourselves in different forums adding to this ongoing conversation and here is what we have found thus far. The main problem lies with the corrosiveness of DEF. So if we assume that there is a misfill of DEF into the diesel fuel tank, the problems that you will encounter may occur as DEF (although classifed as a non hazardous chemical) is corrosive to some metals. This of course leads will have a negative effect inside the compelte fuel system. Again, keep in mind that the material's used inside the fuel lines may not be compatible with Diesel Exhaust Fluid.
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