Have you ever filled diesel in a petrol car or vice-versa? You may think this as a very foolish act, but believe us when we say that this problem is more common than you think. It may happen due to the following reasons:
1. Driver or Petrol station attendant is distracted
2. Driver is not aware of the fuel type of the car
3. New variants of car launched – for e.g. petrol Innova has recently been launched
But it can be easily prevented if you are alert when refilling your car.
However, if you have done this or if you wish to prevent the dangerous outcomes of such a mistake then you should know what to do and how to not let it become a pain and ultimately avoid a costly repair.
What happens if you put diesel in a petrol car?
Diesel is a much denser fuel than petrol and it doesn’t get evaporated like petrol does. As soon as your car starts moving the petrol in the fuel lines is replaced with diesel and the first part that gets affected is the fuel filter, which will tend to clog up quite quickly as diesel is relatively more oily. The next thing to get affected are the spark plugs. In a diesel engine, the diesel is compressed to ignite but in a petrol engine the petrol is ignited with a spark generated by spark plugs. Diesel, being heavier than petrol coats the spark plugs ceasing them to generate any spark and ultimately cutting out the engine.
Signs of Diesel in a Petrol car
- Engine Misfiring
- Engine Won’t Start
- Engine Cuts Out
- Dense Smoke Comes Out Of Exhaust
What happens if you put petrol in a diesel car?
It’s altogether a different horror story if a diesel engine is topped up with petrol as diesel engines are not as merciful as petrol engines and this mistake can lead to a more expensive damage.
Some parts in diesel engines, such as the fuel injection pump, highly depends on diesel’s lubrication properties to run smoothly. But petrol does not offer such lubricating properties and can therefore damage it.
Symptoms of Petrol in a Diesel car
- Black Smoke
Driving with the wrong fuel can lead to your car’s engine seizing and costing you a bomb to repair. Speak with our team on 8010696969 if you need Assistance in such a situation.