If you're one of the thousands of people in the UK who have put the wrong fuel in their car then there's no need to panic and think it's a disaster. We're here to help you rectify the situation and get you up and running again.
If you've literally just put the wrong fuel in your car in Plymouth, then you need to follow these four simple steps:
Step 1: Don't panic. Wrong Fuel UK are here to help you.
Step 2: Turn off your car's engine. This will ensure that the wrong fuel isn't circulated and will prevent damage to your engine.
Step 3: Call Wrong Fuel on 0800 999 3835. You'll speak to one of our expert technicians who will advise you what you need to do.
Step 4: Relax and wait. Our fully trained, insured and experienced technicians will be with you quickly to drain, flush and refuel your car wherever you are in the UK, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you put the wrong fuel in your car in Plymouth a while ago and you may only just have realised as your car has ground to a halt. Don’t panic though, our highly trained team of technicians should still be able to help you, draining, flushing and refilling your fuel tank at the side of the road.
Call us now on 0800 999 3835.
Putting petrol into a diesel car is the most common form of misfuelling. It's not surprising really because petrol nozzles are small and they easily fit into most modern filler necks. As well as being the most common misfuelling mistake, it is also the most serious.
This is because diesel acts as a lubricant, and this helps the fuel pump in your car do its job. If you add petrol to a diesel car, then this makes it act more like a solvent and the more this is pumped through your engine system, the more damage it will do. That is why it is essential that you stop your car and turn the engine off as soon as you realise you have put petrol in your diesel car. Failure to do so and get expert help from ourselves and it could lead you to needing a new engine.
If you have a common rail or HDi diesel engined car, then these are even more susceptible to misfueling damage than normal diesel engines. Even if enough damage isn't caused resulting in you needing a new engine, you could be looking at having to replace parts such as your injectors, filters, fuel pumps and fuel tank.
Thankfully, mistakenly putting diesel into a petrol car in Plymouth is much less common than mistakenly putting petrol into a diesel car. This is because the nozzles for petrol and diesel pumps at petrol stations are different sizes. The diesel nozzle is physically larger than the petrol filler neck on most cars these days which means this type of misfuelling is much less common. Whilst the potential damage to your engine isn't as bad as putting petrol in a diesel car, misfuelling a petrol car with diesel can cause serious damage to your car so it is crucial that you call Wrong Fuel Ltd as soon as you realise the mistake has happened.
The best way to avoid damaging your engine by misfuelling is by not doing it in the first place. We understand that it can be easily done, especially if you drive several different cars or use lots of different petrol stations. We take a look at five simple steps to prevent putting the wrong fuel in your car:
Tip 1: Never rely on the colour of the hose or the nozzle at the petrol station. Instead, check the label on the pump itself and on the trigger and make sure it is the correct fuel for your car.
Tip 2: If you have purchased a new car that is a different fuel type from your previous car's, think about leaving some little reminders for yourself in and around your car. So if you have a button to open your fuel cap, pop little note with the correct fuel type. You may even want to put a note on the inside of your petrol flap too if there is not one there already.
Tip 3: When using a petrol station, try to keep your concentration at the pumps. By not letting your mind wandering off will prevent you from putting the wrong fuel in your car.
Tip 4: Try not to refuel on the run and when you are in a hurry. The more rushed or stressed that you are when refuelling your car, the more chance that you will put the wrong fuel in your car.
Tip 5: If you are a diesel car owner and regularly misfuel it or simply want to prevent yourself ever doing it, there are devices that you can get to fit to your car to prevent you inserting a narrower petrol nozzle.
One of the most famous names associated with Plymouth must be that of Sir Francis Drake, who was once Mayor of Plymouth. His best known ship was the Golden Hind, in which he circumnavigated the world. This ship originally had a different name – The Pelican. The Pelican set out in 1577 with five other small ships, intending to circumnavigate the globe. They were to sail through the Straits of Magellan and see what lay beyond. The Golden Hind weighed only 100 tons and had a crew of about 100, of whom only 56 survived to return to England. Drake spent much time in the Spanish settlements around the Pacific and eventually sailed home via the Moluccas with a cargo of treasure and spices, arriving in Plymouth in 1580. Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth 1 at Deptford for this exploit and was a rich man from then on.
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Putting the wrong fuel in your car does not need to be a disaster. Here at Wrong Fuel UK, we specialise in the safe removal of wrong fuel from all makes and models of cars. Our expert technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across the UK. That means wherever you are and whatever time of day, we can have an expert technician with you quickly to drain your car and give you enough fuel to get to the nearest petrol station.
You can rest assured that you are in the hands of experts with Wrong Fuel UK, with every one of our technicians highly qualified and experienced in working with all makes and models of car. From simple and straightforward engines to more advanced ones such as those with high pressure diesel injection systems, they will have you up and running and onward to your destination in no time.
If you've put the wrong fuel in your car (or even just think you have) then call Wrong Fuel UK now on 0800 999 3835 or 0333 900 3835 (inclusive with mobile minutes).