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Why Do More People Put Petrol In A Diesel Car Than Diesel In A Petrol Car?

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Why Do More People Put Petrol In A Diesel Car Than Diesel In A Petrol Car?

Melanie Kamdar
May 10, 2013


Misfuelling, the practice of putting diesel in a petrol car or petrol in a diesel car, is a common problem and it has been on the rise over the past few years. This increase could be attributed to the rise in sales of diesel cars over the past decade, with sales of diesels overtaking sales of petrol cars for the first time ever in 2010.

Diesel cars have become quieter over the years and the number of incidents of misfuelling is also increasing. This is because people tend to forget they are driving a diesel car as it doesn't have the familiar noisy engine. Couple this with the fact that diesel nozzles are bigger than petrol nozzles, you can see why it is easier to put petrol in a diesel car than vice versa and why diesel drivers may more frequently require the help of a mobile fuel drain specialist.

So diesel drivers don't despair that you are falling prey to this simple mistake more than your petrol head counterparts, in fact don't despair about your misfuelling mishap at all. It is an easy mistake to make and can be quickly remedied with as little damage to your pocket as possible. Here's what to do if it's happened to you:

Step one

Do not drive the car. Driving your car even a short distance can cause damage to the engine, so if you haven't already, stay where you are. If you have already driven the car stop immediately to prevent further damage.

Step two

Don't automatically call your roadside assistance provider, you'll probably be charged for this service so it is worth looking around. Call a reputable, fuel drainage specialist who can come and fix the problem wherever you are. Moving your car will be expensive so instead of getting it towed to a garage choose a company that can come to you.

Step three

Ensure that the company is properly insured. This is your car, and is one of the most expensive things you own. Make sure the company draining the diesel out of your car t is covered else it could end up costing you more than you'd bargained for.

Step four

Ensure that the company you choose is fully accredited including being Environment Agency approved. A reputable fuel draining company should hold an ISO or equivalent accreditation.

Step five

Make sure the mobile fuel drainage company will drain the wrong fuel, flush the system through and put in some new fresh fuel of the right type.


If you get stuck after putting diesel in a petrol car, contact Fuel Rescue today on 01827 282336 or visit http://www.fuelrescue.co.uk/whatwedo.



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