By Jean Lotus
Three Oak Park BP gas stations may have sold tainted gasoline for two weeks in August.
On Wednesday, BP released a list of gas stations that sold "off-specification" gasoline produced at the Whiting, Ind., refinery. This includes the stations at 203 Madison, 6119 W. North Ave. and 727 N. Harlem Ave.
One station in neighboring Forest Park located at 7204 W. Washington, was also on the list.
According to BP, each station was ordered by Wednesday to immediately stop selling the tainted gasoline, clean out tanks and dispose of the fuel.
All three grades of gasoline may have been affected, according to the BP press release.
If your car experienced hard starting, rough idling or stalling, or other "drivability issues" after purchasing gas at one of the listed stations, have your car towed to a repair shop to be checked out and call 1-800-333-3991 or 1-800-599-9040 to make a claim, the release states.
Scott Posson, at Forest Automotive on Desplaines Avenue in Forest Park, where one BP station sold the tainted fuel, says his shop has seen two vehicles that wouldn't start after filling up on the gas.
"We had to drain the fuel tank, flush the line, put in a new fuel filter and additive," Posson said. "It's costing between $200 and $400 dollars per car."
Posson said BP provided a rental car for his repair customer.
"[BP is] pretty good about taking care of people," he said.
The company provides a claim number and mechanics submit estimates to BP.
"It's similar to an extended warranty process," said Posson.
So far, the company has received almost 10,000 claims for damaged caused by problems in the refinery's alkylation unit, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The list of gas stations that were selling the tainted gas can be found here:
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