Pumped the wrong fuel in your car ? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. In the modern days this is not an common issue but it still happens. All you need to do is not to worry and follow these steps.
“Don’t turn on the ignition or start the car, it can seriously affect the engine”
1. Don’t try to start the car
- This is important – starting the car can cause permanent damage and mean costly repair work.
- Remove the keys from the ignition instead.
2. Push or tow your car to a safe place
- Put the car in neutral.
- If you’re still at the petrol station, get someone to help you push the car to a safe spot.
3. Call For Assistance
- Make sure to call your service provider or the nearest workshop.
- They will drain the wrong fuel and fill in the right one.
- And you’re all set to go
What happens if you put petrol in a diesel car?
Putting petrol into a diesel tank causes more damage than diesel in a petrol car.
Petrol damages diesel engines because:
- Diesel acts as a lubricant, helping the fuel pump to do its job.
- Petrol does the opposite – it increases friction between parts in the diesel engine.
- The friction isn’t good news for your diesel engine.
- The more petrol that’s pumped through the diesel engine, the more damage it’ll do.
- That’s why it’s so important not to start the car.
Common rail (or HDi) diesel engines are particularly likely to be damaged by the wrong fuel. If there’s a lot of damage, it could mean new fuel pumps, injectors, pipes, filters, fuel tank – or even a whole new engine.
What happens if you put diesel in a petrol car?
It’s not as bad for a petrol engine to have diesel in it so there’s usually not as much damage.
Here’s what happens when you put diesel in a petrol car:
- Petrol ignites by a spark from the spark plugs.
- Diesel in a petrol engine clogs up the spark plugs and fuel system.
- That means the car simply won’t start.
It’s a real pain. But it’s not as bad as the damage that petrol can cause to a diesel engine. Your petrol engine shouldn’t have any permanent damage once the fuel’s drained out.
How can you prevent from filling the wrong fuel?
- Turn off the car while fuelling
- Make sure there’s an petrol/diesel indication sticker on the fuel cap
- Exit the car and have a look while fuelling your car
Have a happy and safe driving!
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