Putting wrong fuel in your vehicle is easy to do. Many factors can make you susceptible to making such a mistake. It could be that you are driving a car you are not used to, a personal error caused by poor pump marking at the petrol station, or a personal shortcoming. Having wrong fuel in your engine puts your car at risk or engine damage or even failure to start depending on the type of fuel.
Unfortunately, these mistakes often occur when you least expected. What do you do? You should not panic or fret about it as there is nothing you can solve by complaining. You should also not add salt to injury by starting the engine. The best thing to do is to call in a car mechanic or fuel removal expert and have fuel drained. That said, here are three things to do when you put in the wrong fuel.
What should you do?
Do not turn on the engine
In most instances, most people realize that they have put in the wrong fuel when they are cruising on the motorway. The main symptom for this is a sudden loss of power. Again, the best thing to do is to call in a fuel removal expert. If you realize that you have put in the wrong fuel before starting the engine, consider yourself luck as it can save you from other costly damages. For instance, if your car runs on diesel, putting petrol is in danger of dissolving lubrication, thus causing the metal parts to grind each other.
How much have you put in?
Although most experts recommend complete draining of the fuel, this is not always the best course of action. If you realize that you have made this mistake early enough, you need to try and calculate how much you have put in. If the amounts are less than 10% of the capacity of your tank, you only need to top up with the right fuel and drive away. However, if you are not so sure about the correct amounts, you should consider draining the contents of the tanks before it’s too late.
Call for assistance
In case there is nothing you can do about the situation, the best and most reasonable thing to do is to call a professional. Fuel removal services require some technical skills and experience, which most people do not have. So, the moment you notice you have made this mistake, keep calm and call in a professional.