Petrol in a diesel car?
Petrol in a diesel car needn't be a serious problem. Simply give us a call and we'll sort it all out for you and have you back on the road in no time.
Petrol in a diesel car: Our Service
Whether it’s a case of you put petrol in a diesel car or diesel in a petrol car, fuel contamination as it stands today is a very common occurrence and is often encountered by thousands of car owners every year. We are a national 24/7 fuel drain emergency call-out service, able to get you back on the road after a misfuel.
We come out to you and fix the car right there and then - no need for expensive recovery costs or nebulous dealership man-hour fees.
Petrol in a diesel car: Causes
Let’s be honest, at some point we’ve all heard our friends or anybody complain about petrol in a diesel car. This is a very common mishap because the petrol filling nozzle is way smaller than the diesel one and it fits easily into a diesel filler neck. In case you are currently battling with this unpleasant situation or you are just curious about gaining first-hand knowledge about what to do as a preventive measure for any unplanned future occurrence, the guides below will undoubtedly be of great help to you.
What to do if you put petrol in a diesel car
If you have put petrol in a diesel car and drove it:
- Stop driving: More often than not you are faced with the thought of driving even after you aware of fuel contamination in your car. If you have put petrol in a diesel car by mistake and drove it the best bet is for you to stop driving immediately. This should be your first line of action whenever cases of fuel contamination are discovered. Don’t even consider moving your car any further distance.
Of course, you need to ensure that it is safe before doing so and also put in place danger warning signs to alert incoming drivers of a motor breakdown ahead. Specialists are able to drain the petrol out and repair your car.
- Drain before you drive: Don’t risk it at all. Starting the engine circulates the fuel along the fuel lines and common rail system. Just ensure the car is completely drained of petrol first and then filled with the right fuel before you kick start the engine again. This is mostly done by fuel specialists (also know as a fuel doctor) and you shouldn’t do this except you have the required skills. Starting the car with the mixed fuel in it would only make the petrol sink further into the bottom of your fuel tank thereby causing damage to the fuel pump and the engine in the long run. Never drive a car that has been mistakenly filled with petrol instead of diesel (or vice-versa) without properly draining it to get rid of the petrol. Once you have been reassured by a fuel recovery specialist that your car is completely drained of the contaminated fuel mixture, you are ready to hit the road once again with full functionality restored.
- Full diagnosis: This is also to be carried out by a professional and is often carried out after the wrong fuel has been completely drained from the car. The engine management system is diagnosed fully in order to check for any other damage that might have been done to the car. This ensures that your car has been fully repaired and is okay for full use again on the road.
The bottom line
Putting unleaded petrol into your diesel car, or even putting diesel into a petrol, is not a mistake anyone would be willing to make because of the numerous dangers it poses to the car. However, the good thing about this is that it is completely avoidable if you put the necessary precautions in place. What’s more, even if you’re unable to prevent this from happening, there are myriads of solution available in order to get your car repaired and back to work again. Keep in mind the simple steps highlighted above and put them to good use when the need arises. No one is excluded from making such mistakes but what matters most after all is said and done is how to make use of the available solutions in the appropriate manner.
Petrol in a Diesel car Helpline
0800 711 7114
We are a 24/7 national wrong fuel drain service and cover the entirety of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We have technicians based in strategic locations around the country to ensure that we are able to get out to most locations within the shortest time possible. Our average call-out time over the last 2 years has been 49 minutes.
We have professionally trained technicians and call-centre staff who are able to give relevant and honest advice and guidance on the subject of misfuelling. We are able to attend all makes and models – including modern vehicles that other service operators tend to shy away from (this includes hybrids).
We are certified to operate on petrol station forecourts, roadside or at commercial or residential locations.
If you have any questions at all about contaminated fuel issues or need us to drain the tank then please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are open 24 hours a day and are always ready and willing to help.
Note: we are not mobile mechanics and will not deal with or address any issues not related to contaminated fuel.