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Wrong Fuel in Car Repair Garages

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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!

Enter your registration number in the form above to receive quotes from garages in your local area!



Top garages for Wrong Fuel (4,823 found)
Brook Street Motors Bury
388 Jobs Completed
Bury
4.9 / 5

Brook Street Motors are an established independent garage in Bury. We are Vauxhall specialists with over 10 years main agent experience under our belts. We have a wide experience of all other vehicle makes in the motor industry, so we are able to carry out repairs on most makes and models.

We are new to this site, but have 5* feedback on another work based website, and have good reviews on our own website, please feel free to check. We take customer service and satisfaction seriously, and pride ourselves on word of mouth for a lot of our work.
Every car leaving our premises is checked over for safety and peace of mind.

We offer a free collection and delivery service or the use of one of our courtesy cars, subject to availability.

M.R.Car Sales
214 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
4.7 / 5

M.R Car Sales is your local garage that is run by a team of experienced and skilled car mechanics. We understand every aspect of vehicle repair, hence no job is too big or small for us. One of the most common reasons for our positive feedback is our free on-call consultation. Not every vehicle issue needs to be addressed at a garage. With years of experience, our car mechanics propose resolutions for minor vehicle trouble over a phone call.

Westbourne Motors Mobile - Portsmouth
9 Jobs Completed
Portsmouth
5.0 / 5

The Westbourne brand is the South’s leading repairer for household names such as Green Flag, AA & RAC.

For the majority of repairs we can offer a mobile service with over 70 fully trained mechanics ready to fix your car at home or work, saving you the time and fuss of driving to a garage.

For major jobs we also operate repair workshops and offer courtesy cars to use whilst we fix your car.

The Westbourne name is synonymous with convenience, efficiency, courtesy and great value and all of our repairs carry a nationwide guarantee.

We are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to your call.

Niche Autos LTD
779 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

Autofix Paisley
34 Jobs Completed
Paisley
4.9 / 5

We are a genuine family run vehicle repair centre in Paisley. We specialize in all makes and models and have been established for over 20 years in the motor trade and in that time have built up an excellent reputation for service and reliability which we constantly strive to maintain.

Apollo Car Services
632 Jobs Completed
London
4.7 / 5

Apollo Car Services

A Dixon Autos Ltd
298 Jobs Completed
Blackburn
4.6 / 5

A Dixon Autos is a mobile vehicle maintenance and enhancement company owned and run by Tony Dixon.

Tony has worked in the motor trade ever since leaving school, and in 26 years he’s amassed a broad range of technical skills, got to know cars inside out, and also learned a thing or two about great customer service.

During his 20 years in recovery services, including the AA, Tony has received literally hundreds of commendations from customers whom he’s helped. His experience means he’s ideally placed to provide swift diagnoses and carry out accurate, reliable work when dealing with vehicles of all kinds.

As we are a mobile service we can come to you! So, whether; your car isn’t running quite right; has failed it’s MOT emissions test; you’ve got a warning light on your dash; you want to improve you car’s performance, MPG or BHP; want to protect your alloys from kerbs and potholes - we’ve got a service for you!

Automotive Components Specialist Ltd
1492 Jobs Completed
Cheshunt
4.9 / 5

Welcome to our organisation, our aim is to provide solutions for all your motoring needs with the aim to reduce your cost of ownership of your motor vehicle. We specialise in new motor vehicle components for all makes and models, O.E.M (Original Equipment Manufactured/Pattern), O.E (Original Equipment/Genuine), we can advice on advantages and disadvantages of both product ranges. We stock a wide range of parts and specialise in all makes and models. We provide the highest level of customer services and our aim is to be the best, so if you are looking for a garage in Enfield for car repairs or an MOT, look no further than the quality services on offer at Automotive Components Specialist Ltd. With many years of experience in the trade, you can count on us to repair and service your car to the highest possible standard. We are VW Audi Specialists but can offer the same high standard of service for all makes and models.

AEC Motors (Mallusk)
601 Jobs Completed
Newtownabbey
4.7 / 5

We at AEC Motors have been working on Audi and Volkswagen vehicles for over 15 years, however we have over 30 years of experience in the motor trade and have worked on most makes and models by now. We use state of the art Mac Tool’s and Snap-on car diagnostic equipment which can read the fault codes in your ECU’s memory. Our fully trained technicians are then able to produce a report and inform you of any necessary repairs, to get you back on the road quickly and safely.
And Have won BEST GARAGE Northern Ireland By WCFMC on its annual Awards 3 years running which is a FIRST for any garage both here and in mainland Britain

We are happy to provide a free collection and delivery service for vehicles within 7 miles of our garage depending car is drivable & roadworthy.
**Note If car needs recovered there will be a recovery fee applicable**

Mobile Mechanics and Tyres
1428 Jobs Completed
Barnet
4.9 / 5

Services provided:

-- Can build and assemble machines or mechanical components according to requirements
-- Able to Inspect machines, engines, transmissions etc. and run diagnostic tests to discover functionality issues
-- Will aim to troubleshoot reported problems and resolve them in a timely manner
-- Will perform thorough maintenance on machinery, equipment and systems
-- Will clean and apply lubricants to components
-- Will replenish engine fluids and components
-- Will provide consultation on correct maintenance and preventative measures
-- Can also undertake other duties (e.g. repair of hydraulic systems)
-- Can provide logs of work and report on issues

Experience:

Proven experience as Mechanic for 12 years.
Excellent knowledge of machinery and hydraulic, electrical and other systems and their components.
Experienced in using various precision tools (I have equipment to perform most mechanical work).
Will follow established procedures and practices with a strong commitment to health and safety.
Very good communication skills with problem-solving capabilities.
Very good physical strength and stamina

Qualifications:

BTEC national diploma motor vehicles (2 year course)
HNC motor vehicles (1 year course)
HND motor vehicles (1 year course)
IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) MOT Certification NT / AE / Site Manager

Classes of Vehicles tested:

Class Descriptionwheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)
4 Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)
4 Motor caravans
4 Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)
4 Dual purpose vehicles
4 Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
4 Ambulances and taxis
4 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)
4 Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)
4a Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation checkPrivate passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)
5 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)
5 Playbuses
5a Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
5a Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
7 Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight

AJH Vehicle Repairs
175 Jobs Completed
Didcot
4.9 / 5

Established in 2016, we are a relatively new, independent company with a wealth of experience in car servicing and car repairs. Our professional mechanics are trained to NVQ Level 3 with more than 50 years of experience in the motor trade, and can fix any car problem on any make or model of vehicle. We are focused on providing Didcot residents with efficient and reliable garage services, including car servicing packages, annual MOT testing and accurate vehicle diagnostics with modern equipment. Our aim is to deliver outstanding garage services at affordable prices, with a 12-month insurance guarantee for labour and parts.

Here is what Didcot motorists can expect from us:

• Free estimates for our garage services, including car repairs
• Friendly, family-run business dedicated to serving domestic clients
• Emergency call-outs and mobile repairs available in the local area
• Experienced mechanics that are fully-insured to carry out car repairs
• Competitive prices for car servicing and vehicle diagnostics

LM Mobile Mechanics
425 Jobs Completed
sale
4.7 / 5

Welcome to LM Mobile Meachanics we offer everything you need from major repair and servicing to air conditioning Regas and system work, we are a fully equipped and insured garage with 12 months parts and labour warrenty on all of are work. You can also take advantage of our mobile service and repair vans if you don't have time to get you car to the garage we can send one of our mobile vans out to carry out your required work weather it be at your home or place of work.

Derby Vehicle Solutions
254 Jobs Completed
Derby
4.7 / 5

Derby Vehicle Solutions provide the highest level of customer services and our aim is to be the best, so if you are looking for a garage in derby for car repairs or an MOT, look no further than the quality services on offer at DVS.

Specialists in vehicle servicing; DVS will service your car to the highest standard, ensuring all parts are OE specification, meaning all parts fitted will not invalidate your vehicle warranty.

As our commitment towards added value service, we carry out a 50 POINT safety check on every vehicle!

Luton Automotive 1
1249 Jobs Completed
Luton
4.7 / 5

Hi

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO MINIMISING RISK DUE TO COVID-19 WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING OUR CUSTOMERS A FREE COLLECTION AND DELIVERY SERVICE. PLEASE GET IN TOUCH TO BOOK IN!

We operate from 3 locations : LUTON; MILTON KEYNES and OXFORD.
We offer a pick up and drop off service for a small fee where we leave our vehicle outside your address and pick up your car and repair it then return it back to you.

We also provide you with mobile service where we can repair minor and quick repairs outside your address. subject to availability
We have a recovery truck with a small charge pick up cars that require a ramp and heavy work such as gearbox or clutches.
We are approved & experienced with:-

WINDSCREEN & BODY GLASS
WINDSCREEN CHIP REPAIRS
BODYSHOP REPAIRS
MECHANICAL & DIAGNOSTICS
ROADSIDE RECOVERY
AIR CONDITIONING
MOT's
Please call us as all work carried out is warranted.
17 years business portfolio
"Service without compromise"

http://www.lutonautomotive.com/

Integrated Auto Solutions
341 Jobs Completed
Denton
4.9 / 5

Integrated Auto Solutions are a local independent garage based in Manchester. We are a newly formed company who have been established a little over a year, and we are going from strength to strength. We are looking to expand our client base and are eager to help customers get their vehicles road worthy ASAP. We can undertake all forms of mechanical repairs, maintenance work and servicing, with no job being too big or too small. Our team of 4 technicians have all been chosen specifically for their area of expertise, and have many years of experience working on all makes and models of vehicles.

We can offer a recovery service to customers with non-starters, and some smaller jobs can be done mobile too as we have a fully equipped mobile unit too.

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Wrong Fuel in Car Repair Garages
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.

Average rating for  Wrong Fuel  bookings

5.00

9 reviews

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
Nissan£158.64
Audi£159.41
Vauxhall£173.34
Volvo£166.36

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 04/01/2020 and 03/04/2020.

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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