Had a call out on Saturday just passed to attend a classic VW camper van stranded in Devon. The family were on board, as was surfing equipment, provisions and a rather noisy boarder terrier! Being in a remote part of north Devon it took us approximately 90 minutes to arrive at their location
We received a call on Sunday evening from a customer who had filled his Honda VTR1000 with diesel – definitely not a good combination! Our chap was despatched to find the customer had ridden several miles before breaking down off the A3.
The weekend just passed we received a call from a rather desperate sounding customer. He had lent his 12 plate E200CDI Mercedes to a friend who had put 10 litres of petrol into the car, realised his mistake, then put 20 litres of diesel into the tank and attempted to re start.
Another busy weekend – this time with a very exotic motor car needing our assistance – Ferrari Testarossa. Those of you old enough, and those young enough to be into retro US cop shows, will know this car from the Miami Vice series where it became almost as big a star as its driver – Don Johnson.
Putting the wrong fuel into your car can be an incredibly inconvenient and, potentially, expensive experience. Here at Auto Fuel Fix, we have been specialising in the removal of contaminated fuel from a variety of road vehicles since 2006. During this time, there have been certain questions that we are continually asked, so we thought collecting the following responses might prove to be helpful to you if you find yourself in a situation where you have put the wrong fuel in your car.
How Much Does A Fuel Drain Cost?
Some dealerships can charge anywhere between £400 and £4,000 for a fuel drain, depending on the make and model of your car and if any parts need to be replaced. The turnaround time for the fuel drain can be between 1 and 5 days, depending on the availability of parts.
Auto Fuel Fix, on the other hand, will come out to your location and carry out the fuel drain for the all-inclusive price of £168 with a no fix, no fee policy, at any day at any time, and get you back on the road!
Will my insurance cover a fuel drain?
Unfortunately, insurance rarely covers a fuel drain. Unless you have specifically requested fuel drain cover. In which case, you should be aware of the excess.
Will My Engine Be Permanently Damaged If I Use The Wrong Fuel?
If you realise your mistake at the fuel pumps, before you have started the engine then no, your engine won’t be damaged by using the wrong fuel. A fuel drainage specialist can easily drain the contaminated fuel and get you back on the road.
Similarly, if you did start the engine, realised your error quickly, and switched it off again, it is unlikely your car will be permanently damaged. Particularly if the vehicle is relatively new and hasn’t covered a high mileage.
If you have driven the vehicle until it has broken down due to the wrong fuel, it is harder to predict what the long term effects will be on the drivetrain. Our experience would suggest that, if the fuel drain and flush is carried out thoroughly, the majority of vehicles will not suffer any further damage.
However, there have been examples of older models that aren’t as robust as new cars due to parts being worn out over time suffering more far reaching damage. For more information on the potential damage putting petrol in a diesel car could cause, take a look at our guide.