Mobiles, computers, meetings and tasks, there’s a lot we all have that keeps us distracted. Routine things seem to fall apart at times when we are so distracted. Something as simple as filling fuel in your car may also go wrong at times. Petrol on a diesel car or diesel in a petrol car; this might happen to you if you’re distracted at the fuel station. However, worry not; we’re here for you. Here’s what you need to do if you have accidentally filled the wrong fuel in your car.
Diesel in a Petrol Car
Diesel in a petrol car is not as bad as petrol in a diesel car. Suppose you have realized that without starting the car, then it’s even better. If less than 5% of your tank has diesel, you can safely drive that car without any issues. If it’s more than that, you will need to flush out the tank with clean petrol to ensure a safe drive. If you have driven the car with diesel in your tank, then you need to stop immediately and call RSA and have your car towed away.
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Petrol in a Diesel Car
Petrol in a diesel engine is highly harmful to your car. This is because diesel lubricates every part of the engine to keep the car running, while petrol uses spark plugs to ignite the engine. If you fill a diesel tank with petrol, the petrol will probably reach every nook and corner of your engine once you start the car. This will need a lot of repairs, and the costs will solely depend on how much petrol enters the engine. If you realize that you have filled petrol in your diesel car, please do not start the car at any cost. Has your car been towed away to a professional immediately?
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A few things to keep in mind
- First things first, be careful when re-fuelling, clearly communicate whether you want diesel or petrol.
- Take a look at what you’ve filled before starting your car.
- DO NOT start your engine if you suspect that you have put in the wrong fuel.
So here are a few things to keep in mind if you have accidentally filled the wrong fuel in your car. GoMechanic is only a call away at such instances!
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