Can off road diesel hurt your truck in the long run?

i am buying a 2006 ford f250, the reason the guy is selling it is because he got busted driving it with off road or red diesel fuel. Before I buy it i want to make sure that the truck won’t need work because the guy was too cheap to buy regular diesel fuel. Or is it just dye and all a bunch of bull about it being bad for your truck?

, ,

3 Responses to Can off road diesel hurt your truck in the long run?

  1. wvparanormal August 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Off road diesel is exactly the same as on road diesel. Off road diesel is dyed red and has no road tax (fuel tax) paid on it. That’s why it’s cheaper and that’s why you aren’t allowed to use it in on road vehicles.

    As far as will it hurt your truck? Not a bit.

    If you’re gonna run off road diesel in your truck, do yourself a favor. Buy it in a diesel/gas can and put it in the truck somewhere privately and keep your mouth shut about it.

  2. Colonel Dekker August 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Hi gracie. As far as i know its just a coloured die precisely for the reason to colour everything red for identification. you’ll need to drain most of what you can out of the tank and fuel system with reg diesel and then flush through with full tank regular diesel. should be fine. just make sure all traces a gone you dint want to be fined.?

  3. FleetTech August 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Offroad diesel has a higher sulphur content.
    It is not allowed for highway use as it results in increased emissions.
    Since it is not allowed ( illegal ) for highway use it is dyed red to enable the law to tell if it is being used illegally.
    Will it cause damage. Yes. Excess sulphur will go to your engine oil causing premature wear. The sulphur will also cause wear on the injection pump and injectors/ nozzles
    Highway use diesel is low sulphur diesel.
    In newer engines 08 and up it will ruin the emission control componentsThey reqiuire ultra low sulphur diesel.