Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: AZ, near Tucson
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Stretching the diesel dollar
My Jeeps both run on gasoline, but when I don't need them for the power or traction, I drive an old Volvo diesel. For the last 18+ months I've been running it on ~10% used crankcase oil, saved from years of oil changes. It also has some ATF and gear oil, and maybe some paint thinner, too.
It runs the same on this mixture as on straight diesel. It stinks a little, but not much. I carry a spare fuel filter, because even though I pump the oil through a fuel filter before putting it in the tank I have gotten a plugged filter.
This may not be for everyone, but this oil that was worthless is now $4.00/gallon saved. I would rather have biodiesel, but this is cheaper and handier.
I swear, I'm not nuts - I was a diesel/heavy equipment mechanic for 35+ years!
Don't force it - - get a bigger hammer!!