Don’t panic! You are not the first and certainly won’t be the last person to put the wrong type of fuel in your car! According to RAC statistics, on average someone puts the wrong fuel in their tank every 3 minutes in the UK – that’s roughly 150,000 motorists making the mistake every year!
So, no you don’t feel as daft knowing you aren’t alone in making this faux par…what’s the next steps you should take to resolve the issue
First things first…do not start the engine! Don’t even turn the key in the ignition if you can avoid doing so. If you are lucky enough to notice your mishap straight away, then by not starting your engine you could save yourself a great deal of money in repairs to your fuel system. Most breakdown service companies will have a special number to call where they can send someone out straight away to drain your fuel tank of the wrong fuel – you want this to be carried out as soon as possible so second step is too call the fuel assist service as soon as you can. If you happen to drive away from the fuel station before noticing you have put the wrong fuel in your car, you won’t get too far before your car comes to a halt and you’ll soon notice the mistake you have made. Make sure you try and pull up in a safe spot before calling the specialist fuel assist department of your breakdown company and they will send you some road side assistance.
How much damage you actually cause to your vehicle will be dependent on a number of factors:
- Whether you’ve put diesel into a petrol car or vice versa
- How much of the wrong fuel you’ve put in
- Whether the incorrect fuel has reached your car’s bloodstream
Petrol in Diesel Car versus Putting Diesel in Petrol Car…
You may be surprised to hear that putting petrol in a diesel car is the more common mistake to make as the diesel pump nozzle is actually physically bigger then the neck of the petrol tank on most cars, where on the other hand petrol pump nozzles rarely have difficulty fitting into the neck of a diesel tank.
To conclude, putting the wrong type of fuel in your tank isn’t the end of the world, it is just a bit of a bother and can be a costly mistake but remember these three steps and you should be back on the road in no time..
Step 1: Don’t panic
Step 2: Don’t turn your key in the ignition or turn on the car’s engine
Step 3: Call your breakdown company’s fuel assist department to get them to drain your tank as quick as possible.
Author: Rebecca McGinty