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Petrol in diesel car on roadside

PETROL IN DIESEL CAR

Have you put petrol in your diesel car? You are on the right page. We can fix your car at your location without towing the car anywhere in no time. our wrong fuel recovery service takes about 35 minutes to drain and flush your car.

WHAT TO DO IF PETROL IN DIESEL CAR

Don’t turn on the ignition or start the car – call us straight away on

07818 672024

If you've put the wrong fuel in your car, you're not alone. Every 3 minutes someone does this mishap. Putting petrol in a diesel car is a common mistake, and putting diesel into a petrol tank is also possible.

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. Get to a safe location
  • Put the car in neutral.

  • If you’re still at the petrol station, inform the staff and ask someone to help you push the car to a safe spot, away from the forecourt.

3. Call us
  • Our wrong fuel doctors are on-hand to come out to you.

  • We drain the wrong fuel and put the right one.

  • You'll have enough of the correct fuel to get you going.

Petrol in diesel car

PETROL IN DIESEL CAR

If you start your diesel car after adding petrol fuel, this mixture will circulate – and friction between the vehicle's components will increase, which can cause damage to vital parts such as the fuel lines and pump. Petrol fuel in a diesel engine can also cause damage to the catalytic converter.

We provide 24/7 wrong fuel recovery roadside assistance if you've put petrol in diesel car in Suffolk
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WRONG FUEL IN CAR SYMPTOMS

Putting the wrong fuel in your car and starting up the engine can lead to some pretty nasty symptoms, such as:

  • Your engine starts making lots of unusual noises

  • Your car starts shaking, shuddering and jumping while you’re moving

  • Your car starts spewing lots of smoke from the exhaust pipe

  • You get an engine misfire

PETROL DAMAGES DIESEL ENGINE 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. 

CAN 5 LITRES OF PETROL DAMAGE A DIESEL ENGINE?

Yes, 5 litres of petrol in a diesel engine is more than enough to cause catastrophic damage if left long enough, and particularly if you start the engine. Make sure to call us right away for fuel assistance on 07818 672024.

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