Help! I’ve put the wrong fuel in my car. What should I do?
Firstly, don’t start the engine.
Secondly, call Fuel Fixer! Our call personnel will be able to assist you with professional advice on what to do next. This will depend on how much wrong fuel you have put in the car, what type of car it is and the age of the vehicle.
In most cases it will unfortunately be necessary to have the wrong fuel drained out and replaced with clean, fresh fuel (although not in all cases). This will require having one of our mobile fuel drain technicians out to attend the vehicle.
The procedure of emptying out contaminated fuel from a vehicle that has not been started is relatively simple. On the majority of models we will simply use our specialist equipment to access the tank via the filler neck. Unfortunately there are some vehicles which have a “saddle-tank” (most rear-wheel drives and 4X4s) which will require that the tank is accessed via the back seat of the vehicle. There are even some vehicles where access to the tank is almost impossible without removing it entirely. These will mostly be drained by pulling the fuel out from the front of the vehicle.
If you have started the car, or tried to start it and failed, then we will need to also clear the entire fuel system of contaminats. We will flush the fuel lines, filter, injectors and pumps with fresh fuel to purge all the wrong fuel from the system.
All our engineers are trained on the latest makes and models. We operate 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for your convenience. And we can come to you so there is no need to waste time or money having the vehicle recovered or towed.
Depending on the volume of fuel in the tank and whether the engine has been run on the wrong fuel or not an average fuel drain can take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. We aim to have all our customers on the road again within an hour of our arrival on scene.
If you have any questions or need a fuel drain give us a call now or have a look over our FAQs. We’re friendly and like to help.
Free from Landlines: 0800 015 9564
Mobile Number: 07730 357613
So, if you are saying to yourself, “Help! I’ve put the wrong fuel in my car!” give Fuel Fixer a call.