“The problem with water is, it’s not combustible and in newer cars it gets recycled through the fuel system and turns to steam,” says mechanic Jay Zembower. “If you buy fuel from a fuel station that has not maintained its tanks, and you get a full load of water, right then you’ll know there’s a problem.”
That problem, according to Zembower, can start at a few hundred dollars and quickly escalate to several thousand dollars depending on how severe the damage to the engine is and what needs to be replaced.
“In the older days when we had carburetors you could drain the system or add
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