Post # 1
So my 2004 Jeep Liberty has been running in perfect condition until last night… Yesterday before work I was almost out of gas so i stopped in at the dreaded Walmart gas n go next to my work to fill up before heading into work. When I left work last night my jeep was acting funny. Idling really fast and rough when sitting and then when i went to pull out of the parking spot it was really jerky when i accelerate… you about have to put the pedal to the floor to get it to go and then when you do it jerks and stops and acts crazy… when it is driving it feels really rough ride almost like you are driving on a rough gravel road or something.
My check engine light came on and is flashing since i pulled out of the parking lot. I managed to make it home but I am beginning to wonder if bad gas could be the culprit & if there is an easy way to fix this problem to see if that is the case.
Also could the gas station be responsible for damages? How would you go about that? Unlucky me though first time ever i have paid in cash and didn’t get a receipt
Post # 3
I work at a dealership, though not in the service dept., but I remember the techs talking about a customer who brought in a vehicle that had watered down gas in her tank. They had to completely empty the tank and flush the fuel lines. I know they were saying that she could try to go back to the gas station, but unless she had complete proof that thier gas was the problem there was little she could do to them. You might want to call the Better Business Bureau on them and report the problem. Hopefully you have a Jeep dealer close by that you can call first thing in the morning. I would be careful about driving it …not sure what other damage can be done.
Post # 4
yeah i luckily have another car to drive… but i dunno if it could be the cause it just seems suspicious to me
I would imagine that if it is the gas that more than just me are having the problem dont you think?
I dunno but that sounds like a very costly fix that i do not have money for right now 🙁
Post # 5
It probably is costly….just in labor since it wouldn’t be a quick fix. But from what I’ve learned being around the dealership and personal experiences…could be the fuel injectors are getting clogged, but that I dont think that would happen all of a sudden like you mentioned. My Fiance isn’t home right now, but i’ll ask him when he get’s home if he remembers anything about that one customer. (he’s a service writer at the same dealership). He can’t fix a car but has heard a lot of differant complaints and fixes. Have you been doing regular oil changes and maintenance? I’ll be sure to get back to you once he’s home and let you know if he has any ideas.
Post # 6
I just checked with my Fiance and the only other thing it could be is the fuel pump aka sending unit. You said that your check engine light is flashing….that’s worse than being a steady on, so you have something really not good going on. Sorry to tell you but your going to need to see a shop to have it checked out and fixed. Atleast give them a call and see what a diagnostic charge would be. Doing that much would tell you what is wrong and most places will put that fee towards the cost of the final repairs if you choose to have the work done. (we charge $90)
Post # 7
Youre not going to like my answer, but this exact thing happened with me. I could not for the life of me figure out why my car started acting “funny” out of the blue…all the same things you described. To make a long story short, after taking it to a few mechanics and having some costly repairs done, one mechanic suggested water in the gas might be the problem. He told me the same thing had happened to him a few years ago and the car was acting the same way. He told me that fixing it was worth more than my car, and there was no way to prove it was the gas station’s fault. He said even with a receipt, it would be impossible to prove. I ended up selling my car, which I loved, on craigslist for scrap for $200. 🙁
This mechanic told me that when gas is “new” i.e. a truck has just come and filled the tank at the station, the gas “separates” and a bunch of water sits on the top. This gets pumped up first when you’re pumping gas, and you get a tank of watered down gas. Thinking back, the last time I filled up there had been a gas truck filling the station pumps, and this is probably ultimately what killed my car. He told me, which is a recommendation for anyone out there, if you see a gas truck filling pumps at a station, KEEP GOING and do not get gas there. It’s possible that maybe this isnt your problem…cars are complex, but if it is water in the gas, I’m really sorry! I hope everything works out.
Post # 8
Go to Auto Zone and buy the bottle of fuel addictive to burn off the excess water. It costs $5 and isn’t harmful at all. This will save labor costs and tell you if it is an issue with water or something more.
Actually, Auto Zone will also read the code your check engine light is sending. Ask them to check. It’s a free service.
Post # 9
OK Just an update… had my car fixed Fiance knew a fellow fireman who did mechanic work as his second job… he said it could have had alot to do with bad gas which flared the problems all of a sudden, but the ultimate problem was engine was in strain because of some bad parts.
Cost me $60 in parts he only charged us $40 in labor and my jeep runs better than ever lol
Post # 10
I’m glad it turned out well for you. My dad made me get receipts for gas and write down the odometer reading on each receipt every time I fill up as a way to “prove” when and where I got my gasoline in case something like this happens.
Post # 11
glad to hear that this was so easy (and inexpensive) to fix!
I just spent waaaay more than that getting a new windshield on my car because its been soooo windy in denver that I lost some of the front windshield molding and the glass was jiggling loose.