Monthly Archives: June 2011
Recently, at Fuelfixer we have had quite a few call outs for ‘suspected misfuels’, i.e the car has broken down or is portraying symptoms of a misfuel, but the customer can’t remember if they have put the wrong fuel in. Or they have had a friend borrow their car and think that they might have put the wrong fuel in. And a lot of the time, the customer is right, it is a misfuel.
Now, it isn’t always a misfuel, but we are always happy to give advice and help you as best possible. If your car has symptoms of misfuel; it won’t accelerate no matter how much gas you give it, it has jerky and lerching movements, misfiring, or all together just brakes down and won’t start up again, there is a good chance you have put the wrong fuel in it.
Five times in the past two weeks I have been called to different suspected misfuellings, 4 of which were a case of wrong fuel and all i had those customers up and running again as quickly as possible.
I always try to do my best to get a car up and running again, and when its the customer isn’t sure if its a matter of the wrong fuel, i’m always happy to do my best to point you in the right direction if it isn’t.
There is nothing worse that not knowing what is wrong with your car, hopefully the symptoms above will help you figure it out. If you suspect the wrong fuel is in your car, call us, there is a good chance you are right!
There is always the nasal test, open your fuel cap and have a sniff, its not pleasant or healthy and (more than 2 sniffs is considered self medicating), diesel should smell like diesel, its got a duller oily smell, petrol is much stronger and sharper because it vaporizes constantly, if your diesel “smells a bit like petrol” then chances are it is petrol, if your still unsure sniff a diesel cars filler cap first for comparison.
Summer is here and we are as busy as ever,
I have neglected the site for the past few months but thought I would write a note about something that I am seing more often
As fuel prices are now the highest they have ever been, and diesel costing £1.40 a litre and up, more and more people are turning to cheaper fuel – and it doesnt always work out!, every few days we do a fuel drain on a car or van that has “something funny” in it, here are some examples;
Red diesel; red diesel is perfectly fine for car engines, BUT it is illegal to use it on a road car, it is often sold in containers that get contaminated, mostly with water or solvents, diesel traded out of the back of vans in leftover chemical containers is not exactly high quality compared to the highly structured supply chain of petrol stations
Bio Diesel; buyer beware!, bio diesel is an excellent way to help the enviroment and reduce your motoring costs, but.. if it is not made properly and stored properly it can cuase problems – ie you will be calling us for a fuel drain. only buy from sources you trust.
Stolen diesel; a huge ammount of diesel gets stolen through fuel card abuse, the usual method is the driver will use a company fuel card to fill up a truck and also fill a container at the same time, this then gets sold on for cheap, last month some scally was running around petrol stations in north london and selling “diesel” for 90 p a litre, it turnd out to be water, needless to say we were busy. the moral is obvious.