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Mechanic: Bad gas problem not an expensive fix

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BATON ROUGE- Problems caused by a bad batch of Exxon gas may not be too expensive to fix.

Louis Altazan, President of AGCO Automotive, has seen at least 50 vehicles that were likely affected by the faulty fuel.

"It's very unlikely to cause any serious damage," said Altazan, "What we do is clean the valves on some, some don't need any work at all, it works it way through. The best thing to do, you don't have to empty your fuel tank or any of that, because that would be a huge waste, just dilute the fuel, go in, run it down, get about a quarter of a tank, run it down, get another quarter of a tank, just keep getting a quarter tank at a time and it'll run right on through."

Altazan suggests that if you get a large quote to rework your fuel system to get your car checked again elsewhere.

"I've heard people say they have to drain their fuel tanks or replace fuel pumps, even change engines out, I haven't seen the car so I can't say with certainty, but I would say that's very out of line, if you're told that you need a major fuel system repair, get a second opinion," said Altazan.

Exxon has said it is committed to honoring customers with valid claims and asks anyone with questions to call their hotline at 1-855-300-2659.


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