No Rest for the Wicked

Petrol in diesel car

I had decided that I should have a nice quite Sunday to help me recover from the hectic week. Why is it that every time I try to relax it never works out?

Sunday morning for me started bright and early. In fact, by 10 am I already had five of our engineers out on the road to help stranded motorists. There was the diesel Land Rover Freelander just outside Canterbury whose owner had tried to run on petrol; a misfueled BMW 118 (beautiful car) down the road from Gatwick; a brand new Alfa Giulietta that was stuck at on a petrol station forecourt in Tenterden, Kent; and a Nissan X-trail and Ford Mondeo – both in Dunfermline, Scotland – which had been filled with diesel instead of petrol.

As if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy on a Sunday the rest of the day seemed to follow the same suit.

We also attended and did full fuel drains on the following vehicles – all of which had been filled with petrol instead of diesel:

  • Land Rover Discovery 3 in Bramley
  • VW Golf in Crystal Palace
  • BMW X3 in Woodford Green, London
  • Toyota Land Cruiser in Pitlochry, Scotland
  • Toyota Avensis in Edinburgh
  • Peugeot 207 in Maidstone
  • Peugeot 407 in Romford
  • VW Transporter in Brighton

However, probably the most interesting job of the day was an old Ford Transit that had been converted into a Horsebox. The lady driving the vehicle had filled it to the brim with unleaded. Needless to say she should have been using diesel. When the vehicle broke down on the side of an Edinburgh road the lady was very fortunate to have an alternate means of transport in the back. She went off for a little ride while we drained and cleaned her Ford. By the time she was back it was up and running again so she could be off to her horse meet.

So, all in all, quite a hectic day for a Sunday and I obviously didn’t get the rest and relaxation that I was looking forward to.

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