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Old 09-01-2010, 04:32 PM
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Maybe I can get some advice from the THT brain trust. I was getting fuel for the boat and one of the 5 gallons jugs overturned and resulted in a little bit of diesel fuel spillage in the back of my Dodge Durango. I cleaned the cargo area and cleaned the carpet as best as I could, but 2 weeks later and the smell still lingers a little. I'm open to all suggestions on how to get rid of the smell.
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Remove the padding and get new, shampoo the carpet.

I brought my Denali to my buddy's autobody shop for some body work, he sent it out to get detailed, because of the same thing that happened to you, but mine was almost 5 gals. I told him it will be a waste of time, he did it anyway. I still have a little smell 3 mos later I didn't replace the padding yet.
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Orange hand cleaner with a stiff brush, you might have to add water to get it deep down in the soiled area, also do the underneath area, i get Diesel fuel on my clothes often, as well as gear oil, it works for me.
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Very tough. Replace every thing you can. There is an odor absorbing powder that is made for oil, don't know if it would work in a vehicle.
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I just went back and read that it was a Dodge Durango. I agree "Match"!
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A match will work better with a little gasoline first.

You're going to have to gut anything that got wet.
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Diesel vapors are absorbed by plastic, vinyl and rubber. Will help to lift up the flooring.

Use strong detergent and carpet and stain remover. Keep windows open all the time. Use a lot of carpet fresh and vacuum it up every few days.

Will take a long time.
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A match will work better with a little gasoline first.

You're going to have to gut anything that got wet.
I agree - just tell the insurance company you were smoking and the s**t just blew up!
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If the area is no longer wet from the fuel then I'd try an ozonator before I pulled the carpet and underlay.
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Well..since it's a Durango..I'd trade it before it flies apart
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throw some lemon juice on it.............

oh...its already a lemon!

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throw some lemon juice on it.............

oh...its already a lemon!

heh..I know mine was!
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maybe try some crushed up charcoal???? if that don't work , it'll at least help it burn hotter
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I know fueling up on the water is expensive, but is it this expensive?
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Its not that bad. I cleaned and dried the spill, but there is a lingering odor that I'm trying to get rid of. I'm winning, but its a slow battle. Just thought that one of you might have some something that might work particularly well. All in all, I spilled maybe a pint or quart.

I got some deoderizing spray from home depot that seemed to have finally done the trick.

And all the jokes about the "match"......well if I didn't just put a few sheckles into the truck I might very well have done just that. I agree...I had plenty of issues with the truck and I agree with classifying it as a lemon. I bought it certified pre-owned and got plenty of mileage out of that warranty. I'm not overly concerned, its a 2001 with 130K on it, and I use it as a spare vehicle, for my boat towing, home depot trip making, moving large crap vehicle. It serves its purpose....I'd love a new truck, but I just can't justify one at this time. That said speakin of trucks, I miss my old S-10 (4.3)........never had any real issues with her.

And I usually do fuel up on the water, but I was making an offshore trip the next day and I wanted to top her tanks off and the fuel docks were closed so I got some diesel from the local Hess station.
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Naptha on a Terry cloth... Should be very clean when you're done. In that spot.
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Fresh coffee grounds will absorb any odors. Put the grounds in a container with no lid under a seat or on the floor. You can laugh all you want but it works.
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Some milk on the carpet, and then park the car on the sun.
The diesel smell will dissapear for sure.
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I think a small jug of real lemon juice poured on the spill (also suggested by an earlier poster) is what I would do next.
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