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Old 10-25-2020, 05:56 PM   #1
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Hello. I just overfilled my sprinter with diesel. It was actually spouting out once I stopped it. I see now the issues after googling it. Will this dry out and run? Or do I need to be towed.

Stuck on side of road, as it won’t start now. Still the newbie.
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Hello. I just overfilled my sprinter with diesel. It was actually spouting out once I stopped it. I see now the issues after googling it. Will this dry out and run? Or do I need to be towed.

Stuck on side of road, as it won’t start now. Still the newbie.
Sorry to hear of your trouble Bill.

I don't have a diesel model but I'm replying to bump up your post for others to see. Tough that it is on a Sunday, but you probably want to call for a tow to a Sorinter repair shop to get it and your family off the side of the road as soon as possible.

Please be specific on your tow request so they send only a full carrier tow truck (not one that just picks up the front end) and stress repeatedly that it is an rv so they send a tow truck with a bed long enough and strong enough to handle the weight. Otherwise, they might only send one for a standard Sprinter van.

Interblog posted her towing tale of woe a year or so ago.
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Thanks very much. Tow truck on its way.
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Did you put diesel in it, or did you maybe put gas, or maybe def in it? Overfilling should not keep it from running!!!
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Did you put diesel in it, or did you maybe put gas, or maybe def in it? Overfilling should not keep it from running!!!
I was wondering the same thing. What did you read on the Internet concerning no-starts due to fuel overfill? Does it damage the evap system or something?
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I had my diesel tank overfilled once due to a malfunctioning nozzle and lack of attendance, a little clean up and we were on our way.
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There is something not apparent with the OP's post.

I have over filled my Sprinter diesel many times - especially when filling with a truck nozzle.

Never a problem of starting up and driving away.
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I agree that this sounds like more than overfilling. One thing I learned very early with our Sprinter is to never set the nozzle flow adjuster to anything other then low, and to watch it like a hawk. Early on, I had a couple of overfills where the nozzle did not shut off, and so I live with a slower fill and watching the thing.
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I agree, there should be no problem with starting just because one overflowed upon filling with diesel. Must be another problem.
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Yeah, we have a Sprinter and have badly overfilled it when a pump nozzle stuck, too. Ran fine after.
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I too have overfilled when the nozzle didn't shut down. I hadn't had a problem after. I am leery of any pump island now that has diesel staining on the ground.
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I too have overfilled when the nozzle didn't shut down. I hadn't had a problem after. I am leery of any pump island now that has diesel staining on the ground.
I've never seen one that didn't have diesel staining on the ground, especially if the pump has a truck nozzle.
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I avoid truck nozzles as well. I never go to the islands dedicated for the semis.
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I avoid truck nozzles as well. I never go to the islands dedicated for the semis.
Sometimes there is no alternative. Been to lots of those.
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Sometimes there is no alternative. Been to lots of those.
They are handy when you need a DEF fill-up. If it is a busy truck stop, you can be pretty confident that the fluid at the DEF pump is fresh.
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