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Water-contaminated gas stops vehicles in their tracks

Ariadyn HansenSky-Hi Daily NewsGrand County, Colorado

Some customers who filled up at the Kum & Go gas station in Kremmling on Friday, June 12, got more than they bargained for. Somehow water had apparently contaminated some of the gas, damaging customers’ fuel tanks and causing their cars to break down.Publisher of the Sky-Hi Daily News, Kim Burner, said her husband’s car only made it 50 feet after filling up at the Kum & Go station.”Basically the car just stopped and it wouldn’t turn back on,” Burner said.The Burners said the local store manager, Starla Quinn, was very helpful in taking incident reports, and was very nice about the situation.A local mechanic, who did not wish to give his name, said he saw numerous cars on Friday with problems related to water in the gas. If this happens to your car, he said to see a mechanic right away or rust could harm your engine. A mechanic would pump all fuel and water out of the tank and out of all the lines. He said it costs about $260 and up to get a new fuel filter and to fix the problem.The mechanic said he had already seen four cars by 1:30 p.m. Friday and had towed one car to Steamboat Springs and one to Silverthorne.Calls made to the Kum & Go corporate office on Friday were not returned.- Ariadyn can be reached at 970 887-3334 ext 19605 or by e-mail at ahansen@skyhidailynews.com

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