I wanted to give those that have not noticed a heads up to a problem I got caught up in yesterday.
Some gas stations are changing the color of the diesel pumps or in some cases just the handles.
BP wants to be known as an ECO friendly company and has decided to go for the green color. Now the diesel pumps are black and the gasoline pump handles are green.
Hess stations are now going to the color orange for diesel pumps to indicate ULSD fuel. Never mind that ULSD is mostly all that is available these days. So orange it is for Hess pumps
Not even giving it a second thought, I had accepted that diesel pumps (handle and/or hoses) are mostly if not always green in color and that the associated meter panel is directly above the hose being used. The standout green color always makes it easy to spot when trying to figure out which pump has the diesel and how accessible it is to a vehicle that is combined about 60 to 65 feet long.
Well after having to dump 100 gallons of diesel and gasoline mixed together, I am not sure how green that makes them in my book. I am going to write a letter to BP to ask if they ever thought about the problems they have now created. Needless to say I am going to avoid BP stations. This was my first visit to a BP station for diesel fuel that I can recall in 8 years of having diesel motor homes and probably my last.
I spoke with Cummins regarding the problem when at the pump. I discovered it before restarting the engine and Cummins immediately asked if I happened to be at a BP station. They apparently have been having many of these calls lately. The towing company indicated that I was the second person towed this week with the mixed gas in diesel issue and he had several more prior to this week. This for me was about an $800 joke being I didnít start the engine. I wonít even try to guess what the expense would to be if you do start the engine. Cummins indicated I would not have made it home (2 miles). That was an expensive topping off of my tank of diesel fuel.
It looks like we now have two things to watch out for regarding non standard colors, diesel and coolant. Several months ago a FL dealer added the wrong anti freeze to my OAT coolant (but they were both red). Yep, another dump of fluids.
How is that for being ECO friendly? Perhaps from a marketing perspective, that is about it.