Will Driving a Car with Wrong Fuel Make Things Worse for Me?

by | Feb 13, 2014 | Fuel Advice | 0 comments

     Every year, 150,000 motorists (It is
an approximate figure) place wrong fuel in their car. UK has a fair share of
such wrong fueling incidents. It happens because the motorist is not used to
the vehicle, driving someone else’s car or simply distracted while fueling the
tank. To be on the safe side, stop engine immediately, otherwise it will pump
the contaminated fuel towards engine, causing massive damage to the vehicle.
     Most people have a question if
driving the car after wrongly fueling it will make the matter worse for them. Unfortunately,
the answer is affirmative. However, the extent of damage is a subject to a host
of factors. If you are using a modern diesel car, its ancillary component is
strong and the engine management system will instantly respond to the fuel in
use, limiting the damage to a minimum degree.
But if it is a modern big vehicle,
petrol is more likely to produce a corrosive effect on certain components in a
system especially designed to be fed with diesel fuel. This explains why you
should act swiftly, because it will minimize the potential damage. There is an
advantage of using older vehicles because the damages would be evident after
you travel a shorter distance.
     Once these vehicles come to a stop,
it will never be easy to bring them to life. It is more than likely that the catalytic
converters and fuel pump are two ancillaries to fail first. Petrol vehicles are
unlikely to take a start after misfueling problem. But even if they do, they will
be able to run beyond a few minutes.

Diesel is much denser but less combustible
if compared to petrol. And diesel in petrol car leads to more terrible
experience and necessitates immediate action of car tank draining. When a car
is restarted after flushing out diesel from the tank, expect a lot of smoke to
emit. This is because, aplenty of diesel still sticks and are burning. To
assess the extent of damage, wrong fuel drainer follows a simple rule. The
older and higher mileage vehicle it is, the greater is the risk of damage.