Putting the wrong fuel in your vehicle is very common, sometimes due to you driving a car you don’t typically drive, or because you were distracted while at the station. Knowing what to do if it does happen is essential to not cause irreparable damage to your vehicle.
Keep Your Engine Off
The first and most important thing to keep in mind, if you happened to put the wrong fuel in your car, is to keep your engine off and to not start your car. By switching on your vehicle, you will activate the fuel pump and cause the fuel to circulate.
Containing the fuel in your vehicle’s tank minimises the chance of any damages occurring and reduces repair costs. Remember that inserting the key in the ignition can cause your car to move fuel around, even if it’s turned off.
I’ve Started Driving, What Do I Do?
You might not notice straight away that you’ve put the wrong fuel in your car, and you might already be driving by the time you realise something’s wrong. Your vehicle may have developed an erratic acceleration or you might see some smoke coming out of the exhaust.
Staying calm is important; you should pull over straight away somewhere safe and remove the keys from the ignition to prevent further damage. The extent of repairs needed will depend on many factors, including how long it’s been and if you put petrol in a diesel car, for example. Petrol is a strong solvent, which a diesel car’s systems are unequipped to deal with.
Whether you realised your mistake at the station or after you started driving, it’s vital to call a service of fully trained technicians to assess the situation and drain the fuel from your vehicle. As a team of professionals with more than nine years of experience, here at Wrong Fuel we provide an expert service with only the latest technology and equipment.
We always ensure that all fuel is drained from your car, so you can safely and confidently drive your vehicle. Our 24/7 mobile services are available throughout London and the South East and, independently of where you live, we also provide a service of agents across the UK to ensure you are fully covered.
If you want to get in touch with us to know more about our affordable services, you can give us a call on 0800 634 9827.