With the Department for Transport makes, it compulsory to hand out new labels to all the fuel pumps, to make it understandable as to which fuel you are putting inside your car. Not the fuels but only the labels have changed and this has resulted in drastic confusion in the minds of motorists as they are acquainted with terms like ‘unleaded’ and ‘diesel’. 

The two labels have now changed to ‘E5’ and ‘B7’. This might lead you to choose the wrong fuel accidentally. But there is a way out from this. 

Here’s What Happens When You Put Petrol In A Diesel Engine?

Diesel besides serving as lubrication to maintain the seamless running of the fuel pump along with other engine components also acts as a primary agent in powering up your transport. Petrol which takes the role of a solvent and if you mix it along with diesel might give out opposite effects. When you add petrol in diesel car, it might accelerate the friction between the engine parts and might even damage the pump and fuel lines.

You can end up causing severe damage to your car when you start or drive your diesel car with petrol mixed in diesel. 

Know What Happens When You Put Diesel In A Petrol Car?

When compared with petrol fuel necks, the diesel pump nozzles are always bigger. Henceforth, the chances of misfuelling in a petrol engine are on the lower side. 

Fortunately, adding diesel in a petrol car doesn’t create havoc like the other way around. This is because the diesel to be ignited must be compressed, and the possibilities are that you cannot start the car.

Things To Do When You Have Put The Wrong Fuel In Your Engine

The first important point to keep in mind when you have put the wrong fuel is to avoid starting the car at all costs. Steer away even from inserting the key in your car’s ignition. When and if you have understood your mistake before you are about to start your car, adhere to the following points:

  • Let the fuel pump know what has happened.
  • Keep your engine in a neutral state.
  • Seek help from someone to push your car to a safe area.
  • Give a call to your insurer immediately
  • In case you are covered with a breakdown, reach out to them and they would provide assistance by draining, flushing, and refueling your engine.

Additionally, one of the best ways to prevent yourself from adding petrol to a diesel car is to fit a diesel fuel cap on your car’s fuel neck. This would prevent the cap nozzles from getting fitted into fuel tanks that aren’t designed for. 

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