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Water found in pumps at Raleigh gas station

Posted September 28, 2010
Updated September 29, 2010

— Pumps at a Raleigh gas station have been shut off by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture until further notice. Officials said Tuesday that the Han-Dee Hugo's gas station at 2837 Wake Forest Road has water in its gas pumps.

Justin Miller said he bought 10 gallons of premium gas from that Han-Dee Hugo's store on Monday evening before his 1998 Range Rover broke down.

“I had no clue what had gone wrong. I had just filled it up with gas not even a mile before it broke down,” Miller said. “All of a sudden the car started shaking, and just cut out in the middle of the road.”

Miller had his vehicle towed to King’s Auto Service in downtown Raleigh to be checked out.

“What we found was that it was full of water,” King’s Auto Service technician Daniel Williams said.

Williams said that Miller's Range Rover had eight to nine gallons of water in the fuel tank.

On Tuesday, officials were seen checking the contents of the gas tanks.

“I’m not sure exactly what happened, but the tanks have water in them, so we stopped selling (gas),” Art Rupard, motor fuels inspection manager for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, said.

Rupard said four inches of water was found at the bottom of the premium tanks. A little less water was discovered in the regular gas tanks. As a result, officials shut down all the pumps until the problem is corrected.

“It's likely that a large percentage of what he (Miller) was buying was water,” Rupard said.

Miller said fixing his SUV could cost hundreds of dollars.

Han-Dee Hugo's management told WRAL News that customers should contact the store if they have vehicle repairs due to the water in the tanks. They hope to have the pumps cleaned out and back open by Wednesday.


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  • UPTOP Sep 30, 2010

    I wonder how all that water get into the gas lines !!!!

  • oleguy Sep 30, 2010

    I dont know much about cars, I drive some 80 years old,, have several with 600,000 miles on them,, I have always added alochol to get water out of a tank, Its for sure 1600.00 sounds like a lot of money,,,I would want to see all the parts...
    O yeh I lied, You have to know a lot about cars to drive one 600,000 miles, and I do my own repairs, been thru automotive and diesel school. Dumped a lot of tanks, bled the fuel system and gottum running again,, for nothing.
    But I'm just an Ole guy that knows nothing

  • bear2010 Sep 30, 2010

    BP, you were supposed to separate the water from the oil in the gulf BEFORE distributing it.

    Now thats funnny!!!"Hey..I know where I can get buckets of oil, nice and cheap and maybe free"

  • intuit Sep 30, 2010

    BP, you were supposed to separate the water from the oil in the gulf BEFORE distributing it.

  • bear2010 Sep 30, 2010

    from the words of Jamie foxx "blame it on the al al al alcohol...and cut the obama bickering and blaming..someone try to get over and sell water instead of petro...and thats bottom line

  • thisguy80 Sep 30, 2010

    Hey yo D! Youre famous. When do I get an autograph? Cantstandgoloanymore, just to add to Mr. Williams point, Mr. Miller is lucky more damage didnt occur. When water enters a combustion chamber, it doesnt compress under pressure and lose its liquid properties like gasoline does, rather it retains its properties, and when the piston tries to reach top dead center, if there is enough water in the chamber, bad things happen. Lets just say the water doesnt give, but heads, seals, rings, connecting rods, and crankshafts, which are all made of metal, except the seals of course, do give and there goes your engine. Thank you for your understanding of this situation and please refrain from negative publicity of one of if not the best car service center in Raleigh, Kings.

  • visionsofsugarplums Sep 29, 2010

    We have been customers of Kings Auto Service for well over 30 years, and our parents were before that. They have always been extremely professional, honest and upfront about costs and repairs, explained fully what was required, and have always stood behind their work. You couldn't find a more reputable place in Raleigh to have your car repaired. That business strategy is exactly why they have been successful for 60+ years.
    It sounds to me like they have another satisfied customer in Mr. Miller.

  • mpheels Sep 29, 2010

    Sorry uzzle81, you didn't have your sarcasm font on and 9/10 Golo-ers are serious when they blame it on Obama.

  • uzzle81 Sep 29, 2010

    mpheels...it is no surprise that (and I am guessing here) that a tarheel fan cannot take a joke.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 29, 2010

    It must be Bush's fault :-)