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Have you put the Wrong Fuel in your car?

Accidents happen, and occasionally drivers fill up their diesel car with petrol and vice versa. When this occurs, the first point of call is to get help and NOT start the engine!

Keeping the engine off will decrease the damage done but fear not as our garages can solve a range of wrong fuel mishaps and get you back on the road!

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Top garages for Wrong Fuel (4,984 found)
Balmoral Motor Company
32 Jobs Completed
Dalkeith
5.0 / 5

Vehicle repair services and MOT centre in Dalkeith, Midlothian. At the Balmoral Motor Company Ltd, we have more than 60 years of experience repairing and servicing all makes and models of vehicles. Over the years we have built up a reputation for outstanding customer service and excellent mechanical repair work.

Why choose Balmoral Motor Company Ltd?
Experienced professionals
MOT test centre
Comprehensive vehicle repair service
Daewoo & Chevrolet specialists
All makes & models welcome
Courtesy car available

We provide a vehicle collection service to:
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Penicuik
Gorebridge
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All of the parts we supply and fit are under warranty and all of our workmanship is fully guaranteed for added peace of mind.

Best Motors Coachworks LTD
83 Jobs Completed
london
4.6 / 5

We at Best Motors service centre have been providing our customers and the general public our superb service each and every time for 25+ years. We are a officially VAT registered Mercedes Benz garage.
We are open from 8.30 to 6 on weekdays and on Saturday from 8.30 to 2.
We undertake all jobs for all cars at all ages, our elite team will attend to all your cars needs from mechanical to electrical to MOTS.

Greens Mobile Mechanics
258 Jobs Completed
Pontypool
4.5 / 5

Established in 2016, Greens Mobile Mechanics is a mobile service that brings all the qualities of a garage to a place that is convenient to you, whether it be home, work or roadside. We offer an efficient and reliable service in addition to honest advice, all at affordable prices. You will never be surprised with hidden costs. All our repairs come under warranty and are carried out to the highest standard.

All our mechanics have been through thorough training and have gained a vast amount of knowledge over the years and expanded their skills which allows them to carry our all services and repairs on cars and motorbikes. Our goal is to provide a fantastic service to customers at a place and time that is convenient for them, removing the stress of going to a garage.

Offering a 24/7 mobile service gives you peace of mind that we can be there any hour of the day. Our team has access to a well-equipped workshop and basic recovery when required.

MDK Vehicle Repairs Ltd
49 Jobs Completed
West Sussex
4.8 / 5

Hello
.MDK Vehicle Repairs Ltd offers a mobile solution for your vehicle repairs, some of the services we offer are Alternators, Batteries, Brakes, Drive Belts, Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspections, Servicing, Starter Motors, Suspension and General Repairs. .Having over 40 years experience in the Motor Trade working in main dealers and large independent garages, I also worked for the RAC for 12 years from 2003 as a patrol and was one of the top 50 patrols in the Company. I am City & Guilds qualified and I keep myself up to date with the latest technology. Quality of work and delivering excellent customer satisfaction is extremely important to me. I work mobile and can come to either your home address or place of work if you require.

I also offer preparation of classic vehicles for touring rallies, for many years I have been the mechanical support on the Liege - Brescia - Liege Rally and have provided running repairs to numerous makes of classic vehicles from 2 stroke Berkleys, Micro Cars,, Triumph TR 2's TR 6's, E Type and XK Jags, TVR's to name a few.

Thank you in advance for considering me to look after your vehicle.

Regards

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Niche Autos LTD
1019 Jobs Completed
Wakefield
4.9 / 5

OFFICE CONTACT NUMBER IS (WAKEFIELD) 362 072 Established for many years, we are a family run business that believes in great customer service to encourage repeat business with every customer. Our pricing is very competitive and all of our mechanics have the best equipment at their disposal to get the job done correctly and efficiently. We undertake all aspects of vehicle repairs, MOT tests, Clutches, Brakes, Exhausts just to name a few as well as very competitive rates on vehicle detailing using only the very best products

LEVOFIX LTD
17 Jobs Completed
London
5.0 / 5

I am a specialist car mechanic with a wide range of experience. I have been a mechanic for 14 years and have experience working on all car types. I love my job and enjoy helping people. No job is too small. I work on Sundays and bank holidays.

kevs auto services
115 Jobs Completed
raynes park
4.9 / 5

repairs to most make and models inc cam belts, clutches servicing diagnostics brakes mot,
we take all major debit cards

London Motor Sports Ltd
447 Jobs Completed
London
4.3 / 5

London Motor Sports professional garage with great experience in the car industry, based in White-City London W127AH.

Our main focus has always been to deliver best quality service to our customers. We provide our customers best deals on MOT, Wheel Alignment, Mechanical Servicing, Diagnostic, Body Work Repairs and any other car related problem.

London Motor Sports is capable of fixing all types of repairs, and can set up accounts with professional industries such as Taxi Companies.

We make sure that all the repairs completed are up to the Manufacturers Standards and guarantee on all work completed by us.

SAI Wimbledon Ltd
216 Jobs Completed
London
4.3 / 5

SAI MOT Centre is one of Wimbledon's leading auto repair, full car service and MOT testing stations for many models of cars and other utility vehicles. SAI MOT Centre can undergo MOT testing at our facilities as we’re DVSA approved testing stations in South London and more specifically in the Wimbledon area. Whether your vehicle needs its first MOT after three years or your annual MOT test is due – we can help you out and provide you with quick, reliable MOT testing. You can now book an MOT in Wimbledon using our interactive live, MOT booking system, giving you a real-time solution right to your fingertips. We aim to provide convenience with our cheap MOT services that start from just £29 and we will gladly pick up your vehicle and drop it back off after it has been tested.

SAI MOT Centre is a local, independent business in London near Wimbledon that has years of experience in MOT testing, car servicing and repairs. We offer a range of quality services and repairs including arranging MOT testing, servicing and diagnostics, tyres and wheel alignment, exhausts and suspension, batteries and brakes, clutch, cambelts and air conditioning. We will always reassure you that you’ll be receiving quality work. We are committed to making our services and repairs affordable, providing our customers with huge savings leaving them coming back to our MOT station time and time again.

Southwick Road Motor Repairs
89 Jobs Completed
Fareham
4.8 / 5

Are you looking for a well established and reliable company
that can provide car servicing and repairs in Wickham? If you
need help with your vehicle, look no further than Southwick
Road Motor Repairs. We have 21 years experience and the know
how to give you the right service for your car and we offer a
quality customer experience as standard

Genisis Autos
551 Jobs Completed
liverpool
4.2 / 5

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JR Vehicle Services
295 Jobs Completed
Maidstone
4.9 / 5

We are an independant garage that caters for most of your vehicle needs.

We are fully qualified, fully insured and very keen to repair vehicles honestly and as reasonably as possible.

We try to keep our prices as low as possible but we will quote for work to be done thoroughly so it's worth comparing our quotes to see exactly what you are getting.

We like to do things properly so quote accordingly, what we quote is what you pay.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Josh

The Motor Company PPS Ltd
251 Jobs Completed
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2.6 / 5

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A.R. Autos
138 Jobs Completed
Bishops Waltham
5.0 / 5

A. R. Autos is a local independent vehicle workshop based in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire that specialises in Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Fiat vehicles. However we are able to cater for all makes and models.

With a combined 30 years experience in franchised dealerships and reaching various professional level’s ranging from dealer expert technician to workshop controller we witnessed first hand the advantages and the pitfalls of a main dealership. Using that experience we decided to open a vehicle workshop specialising in Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Fiat vehicles that exceeds dealer standards. Our target is to provide the customer with a top level dealership service using the same equipment and procedures but with sensible and affordable prices.

CENTRAL MOT
223 Jobs Completed
Oldham, Greater Manchester
4.6 / 5

Established in 2018, our highly-skilled team of mechanics has over 40 years’ experience combined. With a wealth of knowledge, they can carry out a wide variety of mechanical repairs and services on all makes and model, from clutch repairs to MOT’s, no job is too big or too small. Our workshop is home to 3 ramps and all the latest equipment which allows us to deliver a reliable and efficient service to every customer.

A customer waiting room is available for those who wish to wait around where you can enjoy some refreshments and WIFI. All our parts are sourced from reputable suppliers and come with a standard manufacturer warranty, leaving you with peace of mind.

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Frequently asked questions
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What happens if you fill your car up with the wrong fuel?

Either your car will not start, or it is likely to breakdown shortly into your journey from the petrol station. The use of the wrong fuel may also cause damage to your car’s engine.
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What happens if I put the wrong fuel in my car and start my engine?

If you do start your engine, it has the potential of causing serious damage to your fuel pump and other engine of components. It can make for a costly repair, although if you catch on as soon as possible and stop your car sooner, less damage will be done.
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What are the signs that I have put the wrong fuel in my car?

Putting petrol in a diesel car can be spotted with the car quickly losing power, overheating and eventually breaking down. Putting diesel into a petrol car less likely, but if done that car will probably not start.
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How is the wrong fuel removed from my car?

The process of removing the wrong fuel must be completed by a professional as garages have the specialist equipment to do the job safely. First the incorrect fuel is drained, and the mixed fuel removed from the fuel lines. 5-10 litres of the correct fuel is then pumped into the tank and the remaining wrong fuel therefore removed.
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Am I covered by my insurance for putting the wrong fuel in my car?

The simple answer is yes, although it depends upon your coverage. Fully comprehensive cover often covers wrong fuel incidents under accidental damage. Breakdown cover will cover you getting the fuel pump drained and the vehicle taken to the nearest garage. Any lasting damage, depending on coverage will be an additional cost.

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How much does Wrong Fuel cost?

The cost of a Wrong Fuel can vary depending on your car due to differences in labour time and parts needed. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar.com for some of the top car makes.


Wrong Fuel Cost by Car Make
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Vauxhall£152.46

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 21/07/2020 and 19/10/2020.

So, you’ve put the wrong fuel in your car; petrol into a diesel engine or alternatively diesel into a petrol engine. What happens now?

Whatever you do, do not start the engine! Hopefully you will have realised your mistake before the engine is started, but if not don’t worry too much.

It’s more likely for petrol to be put into a diesel engine because the petrol nozzle can easily fit into the diesel fuel tank.

Petrol in a diesel tank is worse, not only is this an easier mistake to make, it is very damaging to the engine as petrol acts as a solvent and can damage the fuel pump, the injectors and filters- worst case scenario the engine needs replacing.

If diesel is put into a petrol engine, the likelihood is that the vehicle probably will not start. Diesel is heavier than petrol and doesn’t mix very well.



What happens when the wrong fuel type is put into the engine?

Regardless of which way round, putting the wrong fuel into a car will require a complete flush of the tank to remove the fuel.

Starting the engine allows the fuel to move around the engine which is when the most damage is caused and can be expensive to rectify.

If the wrong fuel type has been put into a car the best-case scenario is the engine hasn’t been started and the mistake is realised immediately, in which case a complete flush of the fuel tank by a specialist should remove the contaminated fuel.

Worst case scenario the car has been driven before realising. This could cause serious damage to fuel pump and other engine of components. A repair like this could cost thousands of pounds and will also start with flushing the fuel tank.



Symptoms of wrong fuel

It is possible to put the wrong fuel in a car and not realise. Putting petrol into a diesel car is the most likely situation. You may not realise and continue to drive, however the car will start to lose power, over heat and eventually breakdown.

Putting diesel into a petrol car is an unlikely scenario however if it happens this way it’s unlikely the car will start. As mentioned above diesel is heavier than petrol so they don’t mix and you will realise there is a problem pretty quickly.



What is the repair process?

  • Draining or emptying incorrect fuel
  • Remove mixed fuel from the fuel lines
  • Put 5-10 litres of the correct fuel into the tank- this should be pumped through and flush out the remaining
  • Specialist equipment is needed so it’s a process completed by professionals.



Is wrong fuel covered by insurance?

Depending on coverage, yes. If you have fully comprehensive cover, putting the wrong fuel may be covered under the accidental damage clause. This may only cover flushing the engine and not necessarily rectifying any engine problems that were caused as a result of misfuelling.

With breakdown cover you’ll probably be able to get the fuel pump drained and the vehicle taken to the nearest garage. If there’s any lasting damage, depending on coverage that will be an additional cost.



Preventing Misfuelling

Misfuelling happens more often than you think. The main thing is not to start the vehicle and contact your breakdown and insurance provider to see what options are available.

Additionally, it is possible to get a diesel fuel cap attached to your fuel neck to prevent a petrol nozzle from being able to enter. The price varies due to make and model but is in the region of £15-£20.

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