When it comes to the gas tank of a car it is important to make sure that the right fuel is used. Using the wrong type of fuel can be damaging to some vehicles, especially if it’s done more than once and driven any amount with the improper fuel in it. Putting diesel fuel in a car that takes petrol is bad, but it can be quickly remedied by topping the tank off with regular gas. It will drive right out and won’t really damage the vehicle if it’s a one time thing. It’s not the same when it comes to putting petrol in a diesel tank though.
What Does Diesel Fuel Do?
Diesel engines are different than regular petrol fuel engines on a vehicle. For one thing, diesel fuel has a lubricant in it that petrol does not, and that lubricant helps keep the vehicle running properly and keep the fuel pump lubricated. If the wrong fuel is used it is going to damage the fuel pump and the engine. In fact, most newer diesel engines are made very sensitive to the needs of this lubrication.
What To Do If Using The Wrong Fuel?
Once it is realized that the wrong fuel has been put in the diesel vehicle it is important to not start the engine. Once that fuel starts pumping through it will immediately begin the damage, and it may not be reversible (not for cheap anyway). Keep the vehicle shut off, notify the gas station attendant that the vehicle cannot be moved, and then contact a repair center or tow truck to come get the vehicle into the shop.
How A Shop Can Help
If a person has put petrol in a diesel car the fuel tank can be professional drained and flushed and the wrong gas will never touch the engine, saving the vehicle from what would likely be thousands of dollars worth of damage. This is only possible if the vehicle was never started after the wrong gas was put in though.
What Will Happen If It’s Driven With The Wrong Fuel?
The car or truck will likely start just fine, even with the wrong fuel in it, but then as it heads down the road it may begin to sputter or shake some, and it the engine may even seize up leaving it stranded on the road. If the vehicle is stopped before it seizes, and the mistake realize, there is still a chance the tank can simply be flushed. Instead of panicking it is wise to call someone with vehicle experience to come have a look.
The important thing to remember here is that putting the wrong fuel in a vehicle is a common mistake, and one that can be fixed as long as it is dealt with quickly. Instead of pumping in a hurry it can be smart to have people take their time when they fill their tanks and work to ensure that the right fuel is used every time.