Mechanics explain how to recognize flooded gas tanks

Mechanics explain how to recognize flooded tanks

Mechanics put down their drills and take out their fuel gauges to check gas tanks as evacuees head home. 

Mechanic Del Outlaw says it's an obvious find.

 "If we was to pump it, and this was in there, that's why your car ain't runnin', it wont run on water."

The Georgia Department of Agriculture reports water in gas, possibly from Irma's heavy rainfall, could leak into gas reserves.

They said they'd closed down stations in Bibb County and Peach County due to contaminated fuel.

This means trouble for vehicles.

"It will sputter, it will spit, it will stall," Outlaw says.

Then, it's a trip to the auto shop, where they perform their own kind of surgery, starting at the gas tank. 

"Pop a fuel line loose, take a clear container and let the fuel pump pump this full, if there's water in it, you can visibly see it," Outlaw explains.

Though this may seem like a small task, Outlaw says the cost can range anywhere from $40 to upwards of $1,000.

However, at Del's Automotive, they will try to make the stress as little a possible, putting their neighbors before themselves when it comes to service.

To report problems due to contaminated fuel, you can call the Fuel and Measure division at toll-free at 1-800-282-5852. 

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