Although many motorists wont admit it, over 166,000 drivers put the wrong fuel in their car in the UK last year, that’s around one every 3.5 seconds! So, how is this happening, why is is it not talked about and what do you do if you make the mistake! For the benefit of the readers we will start with what to do if you have put the wrong fuel in your car.
Firstly, don’t start the engine, this will avoid the wrong fuel mixture entering the engine and causing damage. You will need to get in contact with a wrong fuel in car specialist to remove the wrong fuel from your car.
The mobile fuel drain company will dispatch petrol in diesel car expert to your location to drain the wrong fuel from your cars fuel lines and filter, once this is complete they will flush the fuel system and add 5-10 liters of the correct fuel and the vehicle will then be started.
If you have driven the vehicle, before you have realized what you have done then call the wrong fuel company to discuss your options, in 95% of occasions when the car has been driven the vehicle has no signs of problems so chances are they will be able to recover your vehicle.
Next, why is it not talked about?
Well anyone will admit it is quite an embarrassing mistake, one where a lot of people will say “I will never do that”. This has made this problem unspoken about; in fact 85% of motorists who have put the wrong fuel in their car have said they don’t admit to doing it. Can you blame them?
So finally how is this happening?
It all started when diesel engines weren’t so popular, and to combat misfueling the manufacturers decided to make the filler nozzle smaller on petrol cars so the diesel fuel pump wouldn’t fit inside it. This however left diesel engines wide open to misfueling as both nozzles would fit into a diesel car, but it wasn’t too much of a problem as only a small amount of people had diesel engines. However this all changed and now diesel car are more popular than ever, and this is the reason why more and more people are putting the wrong fuel in their car by mistake.