The gut wrenching moment when your vehicle all of a sudden cuts out and you realise what you've done, put the Wrong Fuel in the tank. It happens more often than you'd think and to even the most experienced of drivers. Luckily for this customer they wasted no time in getting a hold of Fuel Doctor and a dedicated local Fuel Doctor was on site within an hour of the request to drain the 35 litres of Diesel, clean the Audi Fuel tank and fill up with the correct Petrol. The customer was back on the move in no time at all, vehicle working perfectly and customer relived.
If you or someone you know find themselves in a similar predicament you can call us on 0333 444 9000 to request a local Fuel Doctor.
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With the COVID-19 lockdown it's been tough for businesses and business owners, but here at Fuel Doctor we are still providing our fuel drain services throughout the UK.
Below are some recent images of recent fuel drains we have worked on in Telford, Matlock, Walsall and Lichfield. As you can see, with each fuel drain we take care to conform to social distancing and at no point whatsoever during the process of the wrong fuel recovery do we need access to your vehicle.
Our Fuel Doctor's will always be atleast 2 metres away.
if you live in any of these areas, you'll be met with a professional fuel drain service that you come to expect from the 4th emergency service in the UK. We work with both the commercial and domestic markets and we aim to be with you within the hour to get you back on the road again.
Read our article about what to do when you put petrol in your diesel car and if you put the wrong fuel in your car or run out of petrol, you can call us on 0333 444 9000
People of South Wales will be relieved to know that they will getting their mail this week as we helped a Royal Mail postman back on the road after he mistakenly put the wrong fuel in his car in Newport South Wales.
We got the call via our national call centre and was on hand within the hour to to aid the stricken vehicle. The driver had managed to get back to the main depot with the vehicle so he could swap vehicles and get about his business.
As you can see from the picture, we were already in a safe space to deliver our wrong fuel recovery service and proceeded to drain the wrong fuel, drain the tank and flush the bad fuel out. Once we had fully drained the tank we then proceeded to add £10 worth of diesel to the engine to get the van to the nearest fuel station.
We work with both domestic and commercial customers throughout the UK and we are the UK's number 1 wrong fuel recovery company with fuel doctors throughout the UK.
We can provide maintenance contracts for transportation companies, logistic companies as well as smaller businesses so if the worst should happen, you know you have the best fuel drain company there partnering with you to get your business moving again.
For all commercial enquiries, why not visit our partner page to learn more.
So, in all the time it had taken for this Manchester fuel drain was around 45 minutes from call out which is super quick and why to our customers we are known as the 4th emergency service. If you ever put the wrong fuel in your car in Manchester, Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale, Ashton or anywhere in the Greater Manchester area, call 0333 444 9000 and we'll be there for you nationwide.
So, as you probably already know, we are the best independent fuel drain provider in the UK, when you put petrol in your diesel car your heart sinks and you think the worst! No, I've ruined my engine, my car will never be the same again!
We thought we would write up an article to explain how a fuel injection system works so you get to know more about what happens when you add fuel to your car. Read on and fear not, if you have put the wrong fuel in your car you'll be absolutely fine.
Diesel Injection Engines
Diesel engines work much differently to petrol engines that they use a method of direct injection where the diesel is injected into a special cylinder which in turn then controls the compressed air. So, this compression then helps to self ignite. This then turns the pistons and drives the engine.
What Happens When You Put Petrol in a Diesel Engine
Now, if you put petrol into a diesel engine then this can have big repercussions if left untreated. Generally speaking if you add a small amount of petrol to your tank then you'll be more than fine, but left untreated with large amounts of petrol a diesel engine can cause long term damage as the petrol will begin to act as a solvent and the metal to metal contact will create small particles of metal that can run through the engine and start to erode parts.
So, an small honest mistake where you can be rushing and not notice the colour of the fuel pump could potentially be very costly if the fuel is not drained properly, so if you do put petrol in your diesel car then we recommend you call a professional wrong fuel recovery company like Fuel Doctor to drain the contaminated fuel from the tank, lubricate the engine and get you on your way with the right fuel.
Which is Best - Petrol or Diesel Car?
Regardless of technological advancements, the motor car remains one of the best resources that we have available to us. Few people can look at a motor vehicle and not understand its importance, we do the school runs, shopping and day to day grind and without our trusty motor life would be that much more difficult.
Yes, in the next 40 years we will all be electric, but until then you'll probably go through around 10 different types of cars/vans/motorbikes in that time, so choose wisely.
However, there’s also something of a puzzle when it comes to motor vehicles. There are two different variants available, and you can either have a petrol model or a diesel one. The two have their differences, but is there any one which is better than the other? That’s what we want to find out.
So let’s start this off by taking a look at diesel and the benefits it can bring to someone. By and large, diesel cars are known to be more efficient than their petrol counterparts, which means that generally, you’ll get more from them on a full tank.
Furthermore, they also have lower CO2 emissions, which makes them better from an environmental perspective. However, this is also counterbalanced by the knowledge that typically the vehicles are more expensive than their opposites. Furthermore, people will find that from a pollution perspective, noise is much higher, which can make the experience less appealing overall.
So let's take a look at the competitor to diesel - the petrol vehicle. As a vehicle, this is not different externally. From a financial perspective, diesel is more expensive than petrol, so it's a much cheaper way of getting around. They also are not typically as noisy as their diesel cousins.
But there are a handful of things that you should probably know about too. For example, they are worse for the environment than diesel-based engines. They are also not as efficient from a fuel consumption perspective, so you may struggle to get the same distance.
Which is Best?
So, is there a best option? Is there one choice which is better than the other when it comes to getting around? We aren’t sure personally. We think that it depends a lot on the situation.
The vehicle that you pick will depend on your needs and preferences as a driver. If you are looking for a vehicle which has cheaper fuel costs, then you will obviously want to pick a petrol model. However, if you value those extra miles on a full tank, you’re going to want to get yourself a diesel model.
In conclusion, people will pick a different car according to their specific needs and requirements. The two models differ purely in terms of performance and fuel, but discriminating between them to find the best option can sometimes be difficult. It is your responsibility as the driver to assess your needs, and then make sure that you have selected the vehicle which best suits those demands. Most people over the course of their lives will get a chance to drive both types of vehicle, so you will probably have a reference point. However, if you don’t have a lot of experience, it can be a good idea to ask someone who does, if you do move between petrol and diesel then chances are you might have put petrol in your diesel car, if this happens then neither petrol or diesel would help!
Ok, so you have just been to the petrol station and in your usual mad rush between seeing to the kids, running errands or fighting the rush hour traffic in your daily commute, your car starts to do funny things and you're not quite sure about it. First thing, don't panic, get yourself to the side of the road and then think about the next 5 warning signs of wrong fuel or fuel contamination in your vehicle.
1. Car Jumping
If you have just left the forecourt and got down the road and your vehicle begins to jump suddenly, this is the number 1 warning sign you have just put the wrong fuel in your tank, this could be petrol in your diesel car or vice versa, but you will know if this happens.
Every time you accelerate it will feel like the car loses power and jolts backwards and forwards as the petrol sticks to the pistons and then acts as a solvent causing damage to the pumps and corroding the lubrication which in turn means you have metal on metal, this can cause long term damage, but not if you get it drained quickly. There are many parts of a diesel engine that is not compatible with petrol, these parts can also be damaged too.
2. Smokey Exhaust
One tell tale sign of a common mis-fuel is the smokey exhaust. If you notice your exhaust smoking heavily then stop the car right away and turn off the ignition. This can be the petrol heating with the diesel causing extreme heat and burning on the exhaust and you don't want to be forking out for a new exhaust!
3. Engine Misfires
Sometimes you will hear a big bang or maybe a few splutters depending on the type of vehicle you have. Most cars will misfire, so too will vans and bikes. Lorries and larger vehicles may jolt too as the pistons struggle to cope without lubricant. Again, stop the engine and seek emergency roadside help.
It's not all bad news....
The good news is that putting diesel in a petrol is far less serious than if you were to put petrol in diesel. You are unlikely to have done any permanent damage to your engine or fuel system. A full flush of the fuel lines and tank is essential to remove any contaminated fuel. Once this flush has been carried out and the vehicle has cleared the remaining residue diesel from the system, your car should run fine.
If you have just had a fuel drain, then we recommend that you change your fuel filter afterwards just as an extra precaution, but again, you should be fine as long as the fuel has been drained thoroughly and the engine flushed through too.
The plus side, your car will be ok, don't read the horror stories on forums about needing a new engine, or your car being written off, it's a simple fix.
When it comes to summer many of us will be heading out on road trips throughout the UK and around from now until the end of the summer we begin to see a sharp rise in wrong fuel recoveries with people putting the wrong fuel in their cars while on holidays, there are a many reasons why this might be the case and we have listed some of them here.
1 - Car Hire
When you go on holiday you might hire a car, we all like to go those sunny places but sometimes we forget to think about if the car is unleaded or diesel. If you have a diesel car at home and then suddenly you now have a petrol car, it's very easy to fill your diesel car with petrol and then realise your mistake before it's too late. We do have many contracts with many of the UK's biggest car hire companies so you may already be covered in the wrong fuel policy, however, if you are not or have not taken out this kind of policy for whatever reason, we are on call with our 1 hour call out service.
2 - Rushing - (Everyone Rushes!)
It goes without saying, when the sun is out we all tend to head to the coast or places of interest here in the UK, this can often cause panics at fuel stations and many of the feedback we get from customers is that they were rushing and not thinking straight. We get that, too much sun maybe? We are only after all human!
3 - After Buying A New Car
Many of our customers report putting the wrong fuel in their cars shortly after purchasing their new car, so many times (and we have done this ourselves) after moving from petrol to diesel or vice versa, we have gone to the pumps and reached for the wrong fuel pump and then began to fill. Here at Fuel Doctor we know this only too well, but fear not, if you have a nice new shiny car, your engine won't be ruined, the wrong fuel can be flushed out ensuring that your engine is kept in tip top condition at all times.
We know adding the wrong fuel to your car may seem the like worst mistake of your life at the time, but don't let your anxiety hit the 100 mark, it's not hard to fix, simply call our Fuel Doctor on our mobile friendly number 0333 444 9000 and one of our fuel doctors will be out to get you by the roadside, all you have to do is read our reviews and feedback to see why we are the number 1 wrong fuel recovery company in the UK
When reading articles on the internet about this, there are many many scare stories about how putting petrol in your diesel engine can ruin your car, how your engine will blow, how it will erode! Ignore them all and just read our article below to get the full low down on what to do when you have just mixed your petrol and diesel cars.
A motor vehicle is a finely tuned and handy machine. Many of us would be entirely lost without our vehicles, and it is easy to see why. Each and every car can transport at least two people from one place to the next without any issues at all.
However, the finely tuned machine can be susceptible to some major flaws and issues. The majority of these are just down to the nature of the car and how it progresses, but in some cases, it can be an accident on the part of the owner. We’re going to be taking a look at what you can do when you put the wrong kind of fuel in a car, and if there’s anything which can be done to change it.
When you first come to the realisation that you have put the wrong fuel into your vehicle, you need to make sure that you follow these golden rules to minimise the damage and prevent a problem from becoming a serious issue.
First of all, do not start the car. If you start your vehicle, you run the risk of the fuel contaminating your engine and damaging it beyond repair. You should take the keys away from the ignition. It’s then a case of making sure that you get the car to a safe location. If you’re at a petrol station, then you do at least have the advantage of asking someone to give you a hand pushing the vehicle. You want the car to get to somewhere where services can provide assistance to you without inconveniencing other people.
After this, you’re going to need to contact your breakdown provider or a roadside services provider. Explain the situation to them and tell them where you are. They’ll be able to come to you and provide aid, so you’ll need to sit tight and wait.
Now, what you need to understand is that diesel and petrol are used in two different ways. As a fuel, they are utilised by the vehicles in different ways. Petrol is ignited, whereas diesel is compressed. What this means is that when you go to start the car, it just won’t do anything. It’s a significant pain to drain the fuel out and put more in, but it’s not going to wreck your engine completely.
Putting petrol into a diesel vehicle, however, is much more damaging and potentially fatal to your car. The mistake which a lot of people make is that the filler nozzle for petrol will fit into a diesel cap, so it is much easier to make the mistake of putting the wrong fuel in.
Diesel acts as a lubricant for the vehicle - it helps all of the different parts in the engine to work together. It also helps the fuel pump to perform its tasks with more ease. The problem with petrol is that it does the exact opposite. It jams up and causes friction between all of the different parts of the machine, which means that when you actually go and start up the engine, it will experience problems and issues which can cripple it.
How Do I Prevent Misfiling A Vehicle?
As you can probably tell, putting the wrong kind of fuel into your vehicle can be a major problem, and so many people really don't want it to happen to their car - a new engine is going to set you back a long way concerning price.
This means that people will need to make sure that they avoid putting the wrong fuel into your vehicle. While it is impossible never to make a mistake, trying to reduce them is crucial. You should always make an attempt to read the labels when using the pumps, which can happen more than you think.
You should also make sure that you avoid refuelling if you’re tired or in a rush where possible. These are the points where you are most likely to make a mistake, which can impact your whole day. It’s also possible to get a special attachment for your fuel cap if you drive a diesel vehicle, which will prevent you from inserting the wrong nozzle into your vehicle.
Overall, these are some of the different things which you can do to prevent the wrong fuel from being put into your vehicle. It’s not something that anyone wants to do, but you have to make sure that you are careful about how you go about putting fuel in.
Putting even the smallest amount of new fuel into the engine can potentially severely damage it. It’s important to understand that it can be easy to make a serious mistake. If you aren’t paying attention and you aren’t thinking, you can do some serious damage. The motor engine is a precise machine. Despite all of the grease and rough work which seems to go on inside garages, it’s actually a carefully maintained system which gives you the car we know and love. You have to be careful with fuel, because not only are you spending more money, but you’re also running the risk of damaging your engine beyond repair. That’s obviously something you want to avoid. It’s just a case of taking the time to look carefully into what you put into your machine and make the correct decision in regards to fuel.
Fuel Doctor are the nations favourite wrong fuel recovery experts and provide the cheapest national independent fuel drain service throughout the UK. With over 45 vans throughout the UK we are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week including bank holidays and Christmas.