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Tank almost empty and husband put diesel in our 2001 rav 4 petrol car. car drove for a little while and has stopped and won't start. what needs to be done to rectify problem. thanks

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Luckily deisel in a gas engine will not wreck a motor but you have to take the tank off and drain it completely. when full of gas again may burp a bit but in no time purrs like a kitten....luck that wasnt a diesel with getting gas put in it that will wreck a diesel if you start an run it if no start same u can drain it off.flush tank ....but with a gas engine a little diesel will probably black smoke a little but should clean more than harm...thanks for using fixya.

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