Do Not Panic: Hacks to Solve Diesel-in-a-Petrol-Tank Problem

Petrol TankMotorists often make the mistake of putting diesel in a petrol engine, and it causes many problems. It might come as a surprise, but quite a good number of people make the mistake of filling their cars with the wrong type of fuel. Drivers of petrol engines mistakenly fill up with diesel and vice versa.

If you fail to notice the mistake at the time of filling up a gasoline engine with diesel, the car will probably exhibit some signs soon after leaving the stations. The engine misfires or fails to start, keeps cutting out, or emits too much smoke.

Call for professional help

If you notice such signs after filling up in Auckland, call for a petrol mechanic to flush the contaminated fuel from the car. However, take note of your mistake before leaving the station, call for a mechanic and do not start the engine, says an expert from Dr Diesel. In both instances, a full flush of the car fuel system is necessary to avoid further damage to other car parts.

Possible engine damage

While a flush often suffices to clean out the engine after such and incidence, other times it is not enough and some vehicle develop an emission problem. If you notice your engine is running rough, loses power and emitting copious amounts of smoke, it calls for a visit to an auto mechanic shop .

It is possible that the cylinder walls are affected, and this lowers the lubrication of the engine, causing it to run roughly. Also, the mechanic should inspect the fuel injectors, carburettor and the fuel pump for any signs of contamination. Furthermore, they should examine the rod and crankshaft bearing since diesel can lower their efficiency and increase the wear and tear.

Stay vigilant

After such a narrow escape, you need to be more vigilant when filling up at a petrol station. Do not talk on the mobile phone, skim the newspaper or engage in unnecessary chit chats. Rather, concentrate on the task, after all, it only takes a few minutes.

Paying attention while fuelling is the first line of defence against filling up at the fuel, but if you do, you should call for expert help.