All you need to know to put the wrong fuel in your car
How wrong fuel can harm your car? Terrible outcomes of the wrong fuel in your vehicle
Wrong fuelling is something which happens every day in the UK. Usually, people make this costly mistake when they do not give attention to their vehicle. Going to work in the morning and they are not fully awake and out of the bad effects of drinking, they have done last night. In the evening this ratio of putting the wrong fuel in the cars increases drastically and people made this mistake more often. Most of the time, due to tiredness, and being on the phone or busy in any other matter triggers this incident and they put petrol in a diesel. Putting petrol in diesel is more common and it is because of the nozzle size on all the petrol stations. Petrol nozzles are smaller in size and they can easily penetrate in the fuel tank opening of your vehicle. After doing this costly mistake most of the time they do not even realize that they have used the wrong fuel in their vehicle, they start the engine and keep driving the vehicle but the car does not travel a big distance and start troubling, wrong fuel pushed into the fuel delivery system of the vehicle and because it was petrol which acts as a deterrent as well, has ruined everything from fuel pump to fuel injectors and fuel delivery lines.
Diesel itself has some lubrication quality and it lubricates the precision parts in the fuel pump and delivery system while petrol goes the other way, thus the bad thing is the nature of the fuel. Now when driver miss-fuelled, his next question would be what do I do now?
I have put the wrong fuel in my car; what do I do now?
First of all, throw the panic away and turn off your vehicle engine, even you are driving or it is still at the petrol station. Consider yourself lucky that you have realized it in time. Because once the vehicle being driven with the wrong fuel, the chances of damage increase from 10% to 100% in a few minutes. The damage can something from an on the spot repair to an engine replacement which very costly these days.
If you realize that the wrong fuel has been injected into the fuel tank of the vehicle before leaving the fuel station, then the best immediate action to take is simply shut the engine down and call the wrong fuel assistance services for immediate help. Some fuel stations have the equipment in place to handle these situations and they do it on extra charges. But if yours doesn’t offer such kind of service then you might get wrong fuel assistance contact from them or can find some best ones online. They would remove the wrong fuel out of your fuel tank and your engine, clean the fuel delivery system would replace the filters to get you out of the situation but if all this won’t be enough in case you drove your vehicle, you would help you drag your vehicle to any repair station where your vehicle would be repaired.
This is why we always strongly recommend that if you put some wrong fuel in your vehicle, you must not start your engine and drive the vehicle. You must not try to drive your vehicle to the repair station as well. Compression ignition engines will allow you to drive your vehicle for a few miles as they are durable and the system they use is different from petrol engines, but the damage would be there in both cases. So your diesel car would stop only when the damage would be beyond the repairs
If you put a smaller amount of diesel in your petrol engine, you can drive it to the repair centre but for few quid, it might be dangerous and can lift the repair bills to thousands of pounds. However, if you would call the mobile fuel assistance services, they would repair your vehicle there and then and now you do not visit your garage.
What happens if I put diesel in a patrol car?
The main difference between diesel and petrol fuel is the flash point of both fuels and auto-ignition temperatures. Diesel has very high flash points as compared to petrol and this way petrol cars are not actually able to process diesel fuel. If accidentally diesel has been injected into the petrol engine, it is very difficult to process by the petrol engine. Simply shut your engine off and call wrong fuel assistance as you need to remove this fuel out of the fuel tank now. If it gets into the fuel lines and injectors, it can cost you up to 1000gbp depending on your vehicle type.
Filling petrol in a diesel-powered car is far way dangerous than vice versa. As discussed earlier, petrol combust earlier and it also acts as an anti-lube agent while diesel itself works as a lubricant for precision parts. You can face misfires, bad cylinder lubrication and sudden drop in power on the go.
I accidentally put vegetable oil in my diesel car, what do I do?
This is one of the most absurd mistakes, isn’t it? The peak of carelessness, the good news in this situation is, the diesel and vegetable oil share a number of properties which means there is some relaxation in this type of mistake. Technically you can use the vegetable oil in your vehicle but there is some issue, the vegetable oil can only be used if it goes into the engine is hot form. There should be a secondary fuel tank to preheat the vegetable oil and it would run fine.
What happens if I put (E85) ethanol in a petrol engine car?
Well, there are a number of automakers actually making flex-fuel vehicles, and these vehicles can run on both ethanol and petrol at the same time without any problems. But accidentally filling your non-flex petrol engine vehicle with ethanol E85 fuel might result in some power loss or minor issues. It can turn your check engine light ON, and result in rough rides would never ruin your engine like petrol does in diesel cars, ethanol made up of 15 percent petrol and this is where your engine can save any permanent damage.
What happens if I put premium fuel in a car using regular fuel?
Technically speaking there is nothing wrong adding high octane fuel in your regular fuel vehicle, but if you think it would increase your engine life of would give you few extra miles on the meter, you are absolutely wrong because it is not designed to use in a regular fuel vehicle. There would be no significant benefits to doing this.
In the hot weather and long driving, the high octane fuel can help by adjusting the engine timing and adding some longevity to the engine. However, the extra money should be spent somewhere else rather than on the fuel. On the other hand, using low octane fuel in a vehicle which is designed to run on high octane fuel, would cause serious internal damage to the engine. A significant loss in power and performance, worsen fuel economy and rough ride would be there.
Can I put jet fuel in my petrol engine car?
Technically, jet fuel is thicker than petrol and can cause problems. Mixing them both can be even dangerous and it can ruin your engine performance. The most common problems would be knocking and permanent engine damage. But if you are still curious about this adventure, arrange some money to buy a new car as after using the jet fuel in your petrol engine, you might need to buy a new car.