Did anyone else end up on the side of the road this morning? It was roughly -7*C overnight at my place, and I left for work at about 5.45am. I tried to fuel up in town at 6am but the diesel bowser was frozen! I only got another 10 minutes down the road before I must have sucked the last of the "liquid" diesel & starved the motor.
I don't live in an alpine area nor am I in Tassie, so I don't have alpine/winter diesel available in my area. It's obvious the 'normal' diesel got so cold that it separated/gelled up, given the extreme conditions at the moment.
RACV bloke took the discharge line off the priming pump & primed until it spat out liquid diesel, then re-fitted. Next, he put about 10L of slightly-warmer diesel in the tank (I'd gotten close to "zero" when it died, meaning I'd gone through 60L). He then fired up the Hilux & let it idle at 1200rpm for a few minutes, which it did fine. Job done, or so I thought: I only got another 500m down the road when it conked out again, so it went to the dealership on a towtruck so I could borrow a courtesy car to get to work.
Basically all it needed was to warm up enough for the diesel to normalise again. On my way home tonight though I noticed that the Distance To Empty meter read zero (or out of range?), despite having 1/4 in the tank (the needle also indicated 1/4). Needless to say I'll call the dealer tomorrow to have it checked out.
I'm just wondering, as well as whether anyone else had their Hilux die this morning, if anyone on here is familiar with how the DTE gauge works & what could have upset it?
2016 SR HiRider - <Thread>
Factory Options: Premium bullbar, tub liner, tow pack
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