Petrol in a diesel car – Myths
People react differently in stressful situations and filling up your car or van with the wrong fuel, such as petrol in a diesel car, is definitely stressful. It usually happens at the most impossibly inconvenient time; when you’re late getting the kids to school or getting to work, or just before you have to get off on a long journey down the motorway. Many motorists are unaware that the wrong fuel recovery industry even exists as it tends to be the kind of thing you do once and are then forever checking yourself when filling up to make sure that you don’t put in the wrong fuel again.
The first thing that tends to happen in a petrol in a diesel car situation is that the motorist tries to recall any information about fuel or removing the wrong fuel from a vehicle. Many will do an internet search for related information, some may phone a friend. Whilst many will find a good solution, such as calling out the Fuel Medic team, others may take a different approach and try to resolve the situation themselves. This article is offered as a sanity check for those who want to attempt to solve a wrong fuel problem themselves. Please take heed of the following information, it comes from years of experience within the wrong fuel recovery industry and may help you avoid making a bad situation much worse.
Petrol in a diesel car Myth 1: I’ve only put in a small amount of petrol, if I fill up with diesel everything will be fine
Petrol is a solvent and it does not have the lubricating qualities of diesel. If you have any amount of petrol in your vehicle fuel tank, even if it’s mixed with diesel, the lubrication of components within the vehicle fuel system will be compromised. Wear will occur where there is metal to metal contact between components. Tiny metal particles will make their way to the fuel injectors. You may be lucky and this may not affect your engine depending upon how much “swarf” is created. The other possibility is that the injectors become blocked and you have to get them replaced. This is an expensive job, do you really want to risk it?
Petrol in a diesel car Myth 2: Petrol is lighter than diesel and so it floats on top of any diesel that is already in my tank. I’ll just get a hand pump and take out the top few litres from the tank.
This simply isn’t true I’m afraid. The petrol and diesel will mix in your vehicle fuel tank especially if the vehicle has been in motion. Even if by some miracle you manage to get the majority of the petrol out of your diesel vehicle fuel tank, there will be some residual petrol. This will in all likelihood damage your vehicle engine in the long term. See you previous myth for details.
Petrol in a diesel car Myth 3: My car is new, a little of the wrong fuel type will be OK because a modern system will compensate for any lack of lubrication.
We’ve included this one because it’s amazingly common and we’ve heard it no end of times. In fact, the opposite is true, the more sophisticated the fuel system and associated electronics, the more likely it is that damage will occur resulting in big repair bills and bills for resetting of the system ECU.
Petrol in a diesel car Myth 4: I can do this myself with an electric or hand pump and a bit of rubber hose.
Many of the jobs we attend are retrospective jobs where the motorist has attempted to do the wrong fuel removal job themselves and has ended up in a pickle. The truth is, if they’d called the Fuel Medic in the first place then it would have been cheaper than buying the fuel pump, getting the vehicle towed home and spending all that time messing about. We have state of the art equipment that will completely remove all trace of the wrong fuel from your vehicle fuel system. It is very expensive but is used all day everyday, does a thorough and complete job and is used by experts in wrong fuel removal.
Petrol in a diesel car Myth 5: I can just get the repair work done and then I’ll claim on my insurance or vehicle warranty.
Again, we’ve heard this one a lot and have attended many jobs where a poor job has been made by a main dealer in attempting to resolve the issue. The motorist has been unable to claim on their insurance or warranty because the small print says that they’re not covered which is very often the case with most policies. Our wrong fuel engineers are experts with many years of experience and they can get the job done properly and far cheaper than your main dealer or local mechanic or even your roadside recovery company.
Please take heed of the information above. If you need the wrong fuel removed from your car or van. Call in an expert, the Fuel Medics on 08456 447 991.