Petrol / Diesel mix ups are common.
Over 170,000 motorists put the wrong fuel in their car each year, so don’t beat yourself up too much if it happens to you too. Diesel cars are becoming more popular due to the reduced fuel costs so this figure is probably going to continue rising.
Putting the wrong fuel in your car can sometimes be expensive, especially if you go to a garage as they would usually suggest replacing parts, however, this is not needed as most incidents can be fixed on the roadside.
What happens when you put the wrong fuel in your vehicle?
Diesel cars actually use the diesel itself to lubricate the engine, however if you were to petrol in a diesel car it would reduce the lubrication as petrol acts as a solvent, this could then cause damage to the fuel pump as there would be metal on metal contact.
Most cars use low pressure electric pumps to circulate the fuel as soon as the engine is switched on, this results in the wrong fuel being pumped around the engine. This is why it is better when you do not turn your engine on, however even if you do turn the engine on we can still fix it on the roadside in the majority of cases.
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