Wrong Fuel Myths Busted
There are many myths associated with the wrong fuel industry and all require busting so that unsuspecting motorists don’t get fooled into taking unnecessary risks after putting the wrong fuel into a vehicle. Just because a friend or colleague has read about how to deal with a wrong fuel issue on the internet or has been speaking to a bloke down the pub about it, we can all appreciate that it doesn’t make them an expert. Your best bet is to speak to a genuine expert who deals with wrong fuel situations day in and day out on all manner of vehicles.
Here are some myth gems that we have encountered:
Petrol floats on diesel so you only have to remove the petrol portion of the fuel tank content
This is not correct, petrol and diesel will mix, the diesel will be diluted and won’t have the level of lubricating quality that it normally has. Don’t believe that you can just take out the top 20 litres of fuel from the tank and you’ll be fine because the residual petrol will mean long term damage to the fuel system components and your vehicle will suffer.
If you’ve just put in a small amount of petrol, top up with diesel and you’ll be OK
Again, this is not true for the reasons mentioned above. Diesel is a lubricant, there are some intricate and sensitive working parts in your vehicle fuel system where there is metal to metal contact. The diesel is the only lubricant in the system and if you dilute it with any amount of petrol then wear will occur and long term damage and problems will materialise at some point further down the line.
My car is new, so if it’s modern then I won’t have a problem if I put in a little of the wrong fuel type
Unfortunately, the opposite is true here. The newer your vehicle then the more sensitive and intricate the working parts in the fuel system are. If you try to drive the vehicle with any amount of petrol in the tank then irreparable damage is highly likely to occur, leaving you with a huge repair bill. Don’t take the risk.
If I get an electric pump I can pump the fuel out myself, everything will be just fine and I won’t have to pay
Removing contaminated fuel should never be done by someone who is not experienced and who doesn’t hold a licence to do so issued by the Environment Agency. Fuel is a dangerous, highly flammable substance and should be handled with great care. Besides, pumping the fuel out yourself will only get so much out, there will be some petrol left in there. Also, if the vehicle has been started then there will be petrol in the fuel system as well as the tank. A thorough, professional fuel system flush is the only way to be sure that all traces of petrol are removed from the system. Don’t do it yourself folks, there will be problems down the line and it can also be a messy, smelly and dangerous job without the correct equipment.
I’ll just get the dealer to carry out a fuel system replacement and claim on the insurance or the vehicle warranty
Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security here, check your insurance policy or warranty covers the introduction of wrong fuel into the vehicle fuel system and check the terms and conditions associated with this situation before you commit to anything more costly than a simple fuel drain.