Bad gas produces rash of problems
rash of car problems that began in western Washington
and which has spread down the I-5 corridor as far south
as California has been traced to a batch of bad fuel
that came from Ferndale’s ConocoPhillips
Symptoms include backfiring, hesitation on acceleration, hard starting and stalling out.
to Roger Jobs, the Volkswagen and Porsche dealer for
Whatcom County, car owners who suspect they may have
suffered damage should go to the appropriate dealership
for a fuel injector flushing and fuel tank cleaning. “You
don’t need a receipt from a station they supply,
and all costs are covered, including a certificate for
some fresh gas,” Jobs said. All owners need do is
show up and make an appointment, and ConocoPhillips will
pay the bill, no questions asked.
Calls to the refinery in Ferndale, the source of the bad gasoline, were not returned by Kathleen Pennington, the refinery’s media representative.
Conoco sells to Union 76 stations and to independent dealers such as Fred Meyer and Costco, who are normally willing to tell customers where they purchase their fuel. Joe Khoury of Crazy Dazy’s on H Street, for example, said that he buys only “Chevron, Exxon or Shell, nothing but the best, and so far no problems.”