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Have you ever put Petrol in your Diesel vehicle?
If you answered yes, then you aren't alone. It's estimated that at least 150,000 drivers put
petrol in a diesel car each year, one every three and a half minutes!
Putting Petrol in a diesel car has become more popular over the last fews years and is easily done. The nozzle of a petrol pump is smaller than a Diesel nozzle, and therefore fits into the fuel tank without resistance. All you need is for something to catch your attention and you have an expensive repair bill on your hands (and sometimes an insurance claim!)
If you put petrol in your diesel vehicle and start the engine the chances are that you will need to replace the whole fuel system. Some newer vehicles these days do come with a misfuelling device fitted, but this is still quite rare.
This web site provides information on products available on the market for any Diesel vehicle, from commercial vans to family cars. For a small investment you could save yourself literally thousands in repair bills.
Why you need to prevent Diesel Misfuelling?
What is the Cost of Misfuelling?
What happens if you put petrol in a diesel car?
- If you've put petrol in a diesel car, don't turn on the ignition or start the engine as this will circulate the contaminated fuel increasing the risk of damage to the vehicle.
- Diesel fuel pumps operate on very fine tolerances and are lubricated by the diesel fuel itself. Petrol in diesel acts as a solvent – the lubrication reduces potentially causing damage to the pump through metal to metal contact.
- The further the contaminated petrol goes in the system the more drastic the impact. In extreme cases it may be cheaper to get a new engine.
- If the vehicle is still under warranty you should check with your dealer regarding their advice and correct remedial action.
- If you've added more than 10% (5 litres in a 50 litre tank) petrol – the car shouldn't be run and the tank should be drained
- If you've added less than 10% (5 litres in a 50 litre tank) petrol – the tank can be topped up with diesel and the car run normally unless the manufacturer has advised otherwise