As a responsible business working in the wrong fuel emergency industry, we felt that we had to bring attention to a very recent case that we attended with some extremely serious safety concerns. We were contacted by a customer who had found some advice on the internet detailing how to perform a fuel drain on a vehicle which has the wrong fuel in the tank. Sure enough, when we did the search for ourselves we found the information on a car rental website for a major operator in the UK. To say that we were amazed doesn’t quite cover it, even though the advice given would be incredibly difficult for even a qualified mechanic to make sense of, there were some aspects of the article that we found to be of great concern. As part of the procedure, the reader was advised to fill a bottle with petrol and then make a small hole in it. The customer concerned had started to attempt to follow these instructions after filling up a Toyota Rav4 diesel with petrol but had quickly realised that maybe “do it yourself” wasn’t the best approach after being overcome by the petrol fumes.
The article concerned made absolutely no mention of vital safety precautions which have to be taken when performing a fuel drain on a vehicle. It is common knowledge that petrol is a dangerous chemical. It is highly flammable, potentially damaging if it comes into contact with your bare skin and its fumes can be overwhelming. You should never handle petrol without ensuring that there is no possibility for the fuel to leak out of a container or pipe, especially in the vicinity of a potentially hot vehicle engine. Our engineers always ensure that the contaminated fuel removed from a vehicle during a fuel drain is isolated into a drainage pump pipeline and safely contained in a certified stainless steel tank. We don’t just carry out the job in this fashion because we are being overcautious, we do this because it’s the law and our engineers could be in serious trouble if they expose a customer to any sort of a health risk related to this activity.
We would always stress that motorists should exercise extreme caution when attempting any mechanical operation on their vehicle involving the fuel system. Always consult an expert beforehand and if you are at all unsure about exactly what you are doing please don’t try this at home! We have attended jobs in the past where customers have had very lucky escapes after following bad advice and have also heard of cases with tragic outcomes.
Call the Wrong Fuel Emergency team even if all you need is some sound advice. Be safe!