Man says Brooklyn gas station mistakenly sold him diesel fuel, damaging his car

A Brooklyn man says he has to pay over $2,000 in car repair bills after the fuel pump he used at a local gas station contained diesel fuel instead of regular gasoline.

William Ayers says it was a routine fill up at the Left Pure Energy gas station on Malcolm X Boulevard on May 5.
“I got about a mile or two in and my car started smoking,” he says.

Ayers said a mechanic determined he had diesel in his tank.

He now has to pay $2,069.00, on top of the $25 he paid for regular gas, to change damaged parts on his 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Ayers says his Jeep runs on regular gas and diesel can ruin his engine.

He claims to have used the regular nozzle at the Pure Energy pump, not the diesel pump.

Ayers says his Jeep didn’t have these issues before it unknowingly had diesel.

News 12 randomly showed up at the station on May 23 and took the News 12 team car to a local mechanic for evaluation. This mechanic told News 12 that there appeared to be regular gasoline in the tank.

A man who identified himself as the manager of Pure Energy told News 12 the station does not sell diesel. He admitted, however, that “a few” customers had the same complaint. He said he was not authorized to give News 12 the name of the station’s provider or its owner.

Ayers is asking to be reimbursed for the damages and is now pursuing legal action.

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