Sometimes, even though you may have put the right fuel into your vehicle, it can become the wrong fuel. Confused? Then read on!
This is probably the right time of year to bring this topic up. Holiday time. Now, most of us can only get away for a few weeks in the sun at most during the summer and leaving your vehicle at home on the drive or on the airport long term car park for a few weeks is fine. Nothing untoward will happen to the fuel left in your vehicle fuel tank. But, for some lucky souls who are able to get away for a much longer period of time or for those not so lucky souls who need to work abroad for long periods of time, leaving a vehicle stationary for a long time with fuel in the tank can potentially cause issues. Fuel issues also often crop up for classic car owners who leave their beloved vehicles in storage for the winter and only get them out on the road for a few weeks during the summer.
The cause of the issues is fuel oxidation and the symptoms can range from complete failure to start, through to misfiring, occasional power loss and poor performance. In the majority of modern cars fitted with a plastic fuel tank and fuel lines the system is sealed tight and the fuel should be just fine for up to a year. There is, however, a chance of condensation forming inside the tank which may get into the fuel and affect the performance when a vehicle has been left standing for a long period. The problem is exacerbated with older vehicles and classics fitted with metal fuel tanks and fuel lines. The system is less likely to be completely sealed and there is much more potential for fuel oxidation to occur, sometimes to the extent that the fuel becomes completely unusable. This is when we get the call, either from a mechanic looking to get the bad fuel completely removed from the vehicle fuel system, or from the vehicle owner asking for advice upon the recommended course of action. The situation is usually easily resolved with a fuel drain and fuel system flush with new fuel but we will also run a check on the condition of the metal tank and fuel lines where condensation can be a big problem because of its potential to corrode the metal parts.
If you have stored a vehicle for a long period of time and you think you may have a fuel oxidation related problem, please do call our team of wrong fuel experts who can offer you a very cost effective solution. Also, if you are going to be storing your vehicle and would rather store it with no fuel in the tank and lines, we can evacuate the whole system for you. Fuel can then be stored in sealed plastic or steel containers to be put into the vehicle when you’re ready to drive it again.
Call us and talk to one of our experts for further advice.