PUT PETROL IN A DIESEL CAR? DON'T PANIC
Every day we receive hundreds of calls from stranded motorists nationwide who have put petrol in their diesel car. Don't worry, on average 1 person every 3 minutes puts the wrong fuel into their car, so you're not alone. Call us to book your fuel drain. Here is some information we have compiled for people who have put petrol in a diesel car.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT PETROL IN YOUR DIESEL CAR
Filling up with the wrong fuel these days is a common thing. It happens, on average, every 3.5 minutes just in the UK! Don't worry, call the UK's number 1 Fuel Emergency Service today. We will normally be with you within the hour and make sure you are back on your feet as quickly as possible - anywhere in the UK!
Putting petrol in a diesel car is generally not a major issue, as long as you have it removed. In fact, if you have not put much petrol in your diesel tank (under 5%) you might even get away with running the car. Our professional advice, however, is always to have the mixed fuel removed from your car as soon as possible for complete peace of mind. Even if you are not sure what to do and want advice about the wrong fuel in your car you should seek professional help. Call our National Control Room on one of the numbers above for further advice.
In line with car manufacturers' recommendations, Fuel Doctor advise that any diesel fuel contaminated with petrol should be removed from the tank and replaced with clean fuel before the ignition is turned on and the car started. In some cases this may not be possible but care and consideration should be taken. The best course of action is to seek advice from professionals who have a full understanding of the mechanics and electronics involved with the fuel system.
Modern diesel fuel pumps run to very fine tolerances and are lubricated by the diesel itself. When petrol, a solvent, is mixed with diesel, an oil, it reduces the lubrication in the pump. This may cause the metal parts of the pump to wear very quickly, potentially distributing fine metal particles through the fuel system and engine. As the diesel pumps are not designed to be exposed to petrol, parts like the seals and fittings may also be damaged too. This would need to be checked by a fully qualified fuel drain technician. As a general rule, if the wrong fuel is removed from your car with the minimum of delay there is unlikely to be any lasting damage.
HELP! I'VE PUT PETROL IN MY DIESEL ENGINE
If you are unfortunate enough not to realise your mistake of putting the wrong fuel in your car whilst filing up and have switched on the ignition the damage could be more costly. Fuel could be contaminated by the pump wear caused by lack of lubrication and if this reaches the injectors, low and high pressure pumps, filters and the fuel tank it can mean that all of these parts will need to be replaced. However, do not fret, we have had customers that have filled their cars up with the wrong fuel and got all the way home and realised their mistake after. We have still managed to drain the fuel from their car and there have been no ongoing issues. Whatever the situation, don't panic.
If you have managed not to turn on the vehicles ignition you may be able to remedy the situation quite simply and at a comparatively lower cost.
What to do if you put the wrong fuel in your car?
"THE TRUE COST OF PUTTING PETROL IN YOUR DIESEL CAR" Success stories from Fuel Doctor
"I was coming back from work in a rush for New Years Eve to get things ready for a home party when I stopped in the petrol station to refuel, I had only had my new car two weeks and was used to putting petrol in, not diesel. In my rushing about I put the wrong fuel in my car putting petrol in my new diesel car. The car started, then after a minute began to jump a little bit, then I realised the horror of my mistake. I was 6 miles from home but it seemed like 3,000, I quickly searched online "put the wrong fuel in my car" and Fuel Doctor came up so rang them up. They turned up in 40 minutes, drained the fuel out of my car by the roadside and put the diesel in for me. The price was great considering the effort they have to go through and within an hour I was back up and running and my car was like new again. I have never put the wrong fuel in my car again ever, however, if I do, then I will make sure I call Fuel Doctor. Thanks for saving my New Years Eve!"
Alexia from North London put the wrong fuel in her car after moving from a petrol car to a diesel:
"I put the wrong fuel in my car after buying a new diesel car, I just didn't think, I put £25 worth of petrol in the car and only realised I had made the mistake when as I put the fuel nozzle back! I then searched online about it and the man in the garage told me to call Fuel Doctor who would come out a drain the fuel from my car. So I called them up and within an hour a Fuel Doctor was out, drained the fuel out of my car and put £25 worth of diesel back in the car for me. I was back in the road in 90 minutes. It's a mistake anyone can make, when you are used to putting petrol in your car and then you move to a diesel, it's easy to put the wrong fuel in your car. Thanks to them it was not an issue and didn't harm the engine!"
Jane from Edinburgh put petrol in her diesel car:
"Thanks Fuel Doctor, you saved my bacon. I put the diesel in my petrol car and managed to get home which was round the corner. It wasn't until the next day that it clicked that I had put the wrong fuel in my car and found Fuel Doctor on the internet. They were round in half hour, had a cup of tea and they put the petrol back in my car to get me back to the petrol station. Really simple, don't read the horror stories on the internet about how you might need to get a new engine, just call Fuel Doctor."
A Simple Method To Flush Out The Wrong Fuel in Your Car
All our vehicles are fitted with all the latest developments in fuel drain equipment. We can safely hold over 250 litres of contaminated fuel in each of our vans which means we can get to each customer as quickly as possible. Generally speaking, from the initial contact with our National Call Centre we will have a dedicated Fuel Doctor with you within an hour. Wherever you have put the wrong fuel in your car, one of our Fuel Doctors will be on hand to drain the contaminated fuel from your car and provide you with the correct fuel. The whole process usually takes around 30-40 minutes, depending on the individual vehicle and how much fuel is in the tank. If the vehicle has been started then your Fuel Doctor will draw the correct fuel through the engine and flush out the contaminated fuel from the system.