Gas Station Fills Customers' Tanks With Water

Woman charged $3,000 for replacement parts

A woman in New Jersey is fighting to have her car repaired after she filled up her tank with what turned out to be tainted gasoline.

Adrienne Roetman topped off her nearly empty tank at a gas station in Midland Park, New Jersey. After doing so, her 2013 Mazda3 stopped dead, just a short distance from the station, CBS New York reported. She had the car towed to a dealership where mechanics discovered her fuel tank was filled with mostly water.

Dozens of other motorists were stranded because of the tainted gas, as well. Management at the station blamed the the issue on a bad fuel delivery, but still took full responsibility, paying for the damage incurred by each driver -- except Roetman.

The Mazda dealership replaced the fuel lines and injectors on her Mazda3, which resulted in a bill for $3,000. The gas station owner is refusing to pay that amount, saying that the replacement parts were overkill for the problem.

"I do not have the money to put out to pay for all these expenses that your gas station has incurred on me," she told CBS New York.

The owner of the station has not been fined, but may face sanctions from The Bergen County Division of Weights and Measures if he does not pay for Roetman's repairs.

The chances of getting bad gas in your car are small, but it does happen. It's most likely to occur when the tank at the gas station is near empty. Why? Gasoline is lighter than water. If there is water in the station's tank, it will collect at the bottom.

There isn't much to do to guard against this problem. Experts agree it's best to avoid filling up from a pump attached to a tank that is being refilled by a tanker truck. When this is happening, it means the tank is low, exposing possible water. It is also the time that water, if it is in the tank, sloshes around with the gas before it settles.

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