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Jefferson City Break Time location selling unleaded fuel again after diesel mix-up


A Columbia-based business is starting to resume the sale of unleaded fuel at some of its gas stations.

MFA Oil Company, which owns Break Time gas stations, posted to Facebook on Thursday about the issues with the fuel. According to the company, workers learned late on Wednesday about a problem with unleaded gas at the Break Time location on Truman Boulevard in Jefferson City.

The sale of unleaded gas a the Truman Boulevard store has resumed after the company suspended sales. MFA Oil Company said the problem is a result of how the fuel is delivered and mixed with different octane levels.

An investigation further revealed possible fuel issues at other Break Time locations. That includes:

  • Break Time - 1200 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Break Time - 1904 W. Main St., Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Break Time - 1907 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Break Time - 808 E. Broadway Blvd., Sedalia, Mo.
  • Break Time - 318 W. Broadway Blvd., Sedalia, Mo.
  • Break Time - 200 W. Buchannan St., California, Mo.

MFA Oil Company reports customers are safe to buy unleaded fuel from the following locations:

  • Break Time - 2601 W. Broadway Blvd., Sedalia, Mo.
  • Break Time - 101 Rebar Rd., Sedalia, Mo.
  • Break Time - 600 S. Hwy. 5, Tipton, Mo.

Anyone who believes their vehicle is experiencing issues is asked to call 800-876-6357 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customers will want to press 1 for human resources and then 2 for the claims team.

A to Z Auto Repair mechanic Steve Heimericks said most cars will not even start if using the wrong type of fuel.

"They get enough of it in there it's probably not gonna start and run at all," Heimericks said. "They're gonna know right away. It's gonna misfire and not have any power, things of that nature."

Heimericks estimates it would take between two and four hours to flush the fuel lines if diesel is put into a car that requires unleaded.

"They're gonna have to get it to a shop, get it all drained out, fresh gas put in, probably try to flush it best we can," Heimericks said. "I mean there's not really a good way to flush the fuel system. But get as much of it out as we can and get good, fresh gas in it and go from there hope it doesn't damage anything."

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