There are many points in your life when you may have put the wrong fuel in your car, we will look at why this is happening more and more and how to recover from it if you ever happen to make such a drastic mistake.
Why do vehicle owners put the wrong fuel in their vehicles?
One of the main reason why people do this is because more and more people are swapping their petrol engine vehicles for diesel motors. Situations arise where motorists simply forget that they have taken ownership of a diesel car and fill up with petrol as that is what they are used to doing.
It is quite rare to have a situation where a petrol engine car has been filled up with diesel fuel because the standard diesel fuel nozzle is larger than the petrol fuel tank opening, and so in this case the problem is detected before refuelling takes place. On a normal working day, demand is usually higher in the mornings and evenings when vehicle owners are either going to or coming home from work. The daily commute can be a stressful enough due to people focussing on the necessary work tasks planned for the day ahead in the mornings, or they are tired and rung out in the evenings, these are the times absentmindedness strikes.
What happens when people fill up with the wrong fuel?
The vast majority of unfortunate victims of the wrong fuel problem are filled with a sense of dread or go into panic mode altogether. More often than not, vehicles are expensive investments and the thought of having possibly seriously damaging their vehicle and having to face a large repair bill due to lack of concentration, is a hugely frustrating experience. Combined with the fact that they may be late for work, an important meeting or to pick up their kids, it makes sense that people would panic in this situation.
How can a Breakdown Recovery Company Such as Top Auto Recovery Help?
Wrong fuel recovery engineers are very aware of the possible state of mind of drivers in this situation and this is almost always the first thing that they do once appearing on site to help. The drivers needs to be calmed and reassured. In most cases all that is required is a simple, inexpensive fuel drain of the vehicle fuel tank.
The engineers involved in the wrong fuel removal industry tend be very experienced mechanics who have a very good working knowledge of most modern vehicles. As mentioned earlier, most of the time a fuel drain will fix the problem simply and efficiently. The engineer will then assess the situation, If the vehicle is still on the grounds of the petrol station then, if necessary and if possible, the vehicle can be pushed to a safe place out of the way of other road users.
If the vehicle has been driven away from the fuel station and has broken down on the main road, then it may be required to tow the vehicle to a safer location. This is typically the situation that engineers find themselves in as most drivers who have filled up with the wrong fuel don’t realise until the vehicle has stalled further up the road.
If the vehicle is a standard mass produced motor vehicle, then in almost all cases, the engineer can then just get to work on removing the petrol from the diesel fuel tank. In any of these situations you can rely on a breakdown recovery service such as Top Auto Recovery to help you out of the predicament.