I have no power after putting in some bad gas and problems are getting worse.

Gwynne Long

Asked by Jun 20, 2015 at 10:51 AM about the 1996 Chevrolet S-10 2 Dr LS Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have replaced out the fuel filter but now I noticed a fuel leak.  Check engine light is on.  
I can only get up to 35 on flat roads.

4 Answers


bad gas you didn't happen to put the new bio fuel or alcohol base fuel in it sounds like fuel pump dieing check pressure should be about 37 pounds


Bad gas is a really bad problem because it really means dirt in the gas- and now that dirt is all the way through your fuel system- everything will have to be replaced and/or cleaned- this is an expensive job, and the gas station should pay for it- have you dropped the tank and cleaned it? there is no doubt dirt in your injectors, or, if you have a throttle body injection system, that carb is filled with dirt- etc. etc. good luck-


You might try getting a large bottle of Lucas fuel additive. Cost about $10. Pour the whole bottle in. This will not hurt anything. By adding the Lucas, you will get more power and that may be enough to keep you running until you figure out the problem. If the tank and engine has to be worked on, then the $10 is minor..

John Carson

If the bad gas was water, there is an additive to put in the tank to fix it. You may have to have the gas tank pulled, cleaned, gas line blown out to clear it, all filters again replaced and the EFI system and injectors pulled and cleaned. I'd go to the gas station and see if other's had the problem. If so, talk to an attorney to recover your cost and rental while it is fixed. You also can go to a small claims court, but make sure you can prove it was "that" gas station that caused you the problems.

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