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    I guy at work is thinking about selling his motor. Iam interested in it but he uses red diesel as he works in construction. Iam just wondering would it have damaged engine at all and it smokes abit when first started. do i just change filters and fill with legal diesel then iam fine. cheers

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    As far as i know red diesel is only red because of the dye they put in there to make it red for identification purposes, other than that its just diesel, i know people who have in the past and do currrently run red and i havent heard any horror storys.........it wouldnt put me of buying this car.

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    trouble is it dyes the tank and will a long time to flush. would like to gess if it damages engines as its ment for agricultural use not in a modern car might be ok

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    would't have damaged the engine its the fuel that smokes creates more carbon due to lack of additives plus the dye burns changing the fuel and filters is the way forwards also throw in a bottle of injector cleaner and change the diesel filter again after about 2000 miles to get rid of the last traces

    modern diesels are fine with it even high end hgv engines using scr and egr to meet euro 5 all of our shunters use it without problems

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    Wouldn't touch it with a barge poll tbh. I've heard that red can destroy the seals in the pump. But if you get dipped and there are traces of red diesel you'll fall for it.

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    Red Diesel, as long as your not using it when you get the car you'll be fine...I bought an old td Escort that had been run on red most of its life and never caused any problems at all. Plus I never saw any sign of dying when the engine was rebuilt!

    Think you will be fine, they aren't going to take the engine apart if they pull you over, if they do a test on the car they will just dip into the fuel and if its normal fuel then its all good

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    traces indicate previous running the offence is running on it no crime committed so long as the tank is drained and refilled say 2 gallons at a time around 5 or 6 times this will use almost all the red and then an injector cleaner will help restore spray pattern that may have been affected by the lack of cleansing additives

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    Red diesel will not destrpy anything, as mentioned it is purely for identification purposes. In the Republic of Ireland, there version is green diesel, used for the same reasons.

    There will be traces of red diesel for a while but if you have bought the car in good faith and ran it on normal diesel you would not have anything to worry about.

    Simply log the miles when you bought it, then keep every diesel receipt so you can prove later. But looking at it in realistic terms, how often are you pulled to have your diesel checked?

    In 16 years, and an average of 30,000 miles a year, I have never been pulled over to have my tank dipped.

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    dipped 3 times in the last week but WAS in the wagon lol nah really never gonna happen in a car

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbnlr View Post
    Wouldn't touch it with a barge poll tbh. I've heard that red can destroy the seals in the pump. But if you get dipped and there are traces of red diesel you'll fall for it.
    Any chance thats a rumour started by customs officers?

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