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St Thomas feels bad gas pinch

Published:Monday | December 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:

MORE THAN 100 vehicles in St Thomas have been affected by the bad gas saga.

Kurt Williams, who works at a garage located at the Red Hills roundabout in St Thomas, told The Gleaner that the garage has seen more than 45 cars which have been affected by the gas.

"Yesterday, I worked on a Honda and, today, I'm working on a Mazda, both with the same complaint. Every day a different car pulls up with the same problem. People's cars are being destroyed in this the most productive season, Christmas," Williams said last Wednesday.

Shedding light on the procedure for repairing an affected vehicle, the mechanic says they have to pull down the gas tank.

"Fumes aren't coming out so we have to change the filter, which costs up to $20,000 or more. We also have to change the injectors or send them to Kingston to be cleaned. We also have to drain the vehicle of the bad gas because we can't let it stay there.

 

black pepper grains

 

When you pull out the injectors, you see something like black pepper grains on them, which is very unusual," he explained.

Williams revealed that he believes something is wrong with the mixture of the gas.

According to him: "It's not that they are diluting it with water because we would know. When we throw the gas on the ground, it leaves an oil stain which shouldn't be the case with gas. Something isn't right with the mixture."

Another mechanic mentioned that he has been working for more than 20 years and this is the first he has experienced this major gas problem.

The cost of repairs caused by the gas have been estimated at up to $50,000 depending on the model and year of the vehicle, with the newer ones costing more."

Reports from motorists are that upon filling their tanks with gas, the vehicles begin to 'buck and jam'.

One taxi operator recalled the moment he first came in contact with the bad gas.

 

wasn't driving smoothly

 

"I filled the tank because it's the holiday season and the road a run hot. I realised that the car wasn't driving smoothly. It was just bucking and, no matter how small the hill is, it could even be a slope, the car can't go over it.

At first, I didn't know what was wrong, so I went to the mechanic, got it fixed, got the gas drained and refilled, then the same thing happened until I heard some gas station staff discussing it. I got so angry because they weren't telling us buyers that the gas isn't good. they were whispering among themselves," he said.

Another driver, Leisha Douglas, told The Gleaner that the bad gas has been affecting his income.

"It affect my work bad cause, right now, in the Christmas here, I can't make any money. I can't even put a money in my girlfriend hand to send her to grand market to buy what she wants because the car isn't working so no money is coming in. I spent up to $70,000 on the two cars. It hit me, and I fixed up the cars and went somewhere else to buy the gas and the same thing happened, so I've been parked for about two weeks now," he complained.

Anwar Hanchard, owner of the Advanced Alignment and Gas Station in Albion, St Thomas, was pleased to admit that his station has had no complaints where the bad gas is concerned.

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