KENTLAND, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s a sound nobody wants to hear coming from their car, but a sound nearly a dozen customers heard after purchasing gasoline from the Go Lo gas station in Kentland.
“They were just stalling out and dying, and wouldn’t go anymore,” said gas station manager Carrie Cadena.
That’s because the gasoline customers were putting into their fuel tanks was mixed with water.
Cadena said they had inspectors come out and check the station’s fuel tanks, but inspectors couldn’t find anything wrong.
“We’ve had all of our tanks’ tightness tested and state approved,” said Cadena. “So, we don’t really have a reasoning of why it happened yet, but we’re working on it.”
Mechanics over at Emerson Sondgerath motors are working on it too. The cars that is. Tom Sondgerath said since this weekend, he’s had about four cars come in to his shop all with the same problem.
“As you can see from the fuel sample, it is pure water,” said Sondgerath.
Having pure water in a gas tank is something he said can take a few hours to completely fix.
“We’ll pump all of the water out first, and put it into hazardous cans until we hit good fuel,” said Sondgerath. “Then, we’ll try to clean up what good fuel is left in there.”
Sondgerath said the bill for that service alone could cost customers a couple hundred dollars. This time, it’s costing Go Lo.
“Probably about $10,000 or $12,000 to fix everything,” said Cadena.
Cadena said they’ve filed an insurance claim and will be paying for all damages. It’s a gesture she said she hopes will help keep her customers coming back.