Drivers could face ‘huge repair bill’ and may need new engines after fuel shortage mistake

Fuel shortages: Tentative signs of stabilisation says Grant Schapps

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

Experts at LeaseLoco warn the damage to petrol and diesel cars “could be severe” in some cases which could set drivers back with expensive repairs. John Wilmot, CEO of car leasing website LeaseLoco warned misfuelling was already a “common error” even before the current shortages.

However, he has confirmed it was more dangerous for diesel drivers to make the mistake with petrol than vice versa in a major warning.

He said: “Even under normal circumstances, 400 motorists accidentally put the wrong fuel in their vehicles every day.

“But these aren’t normal circumstances, and with stress levels rising and tempers flaring at petrol pumps across the country, there’s a very high chance that we could see a record level of misfuelling incidents.

“If you do put the wrong fuel in your car, what you do next can determine whether you’re going to face a huge repair bill, or not.

“Unfortunately, putting petrol in a diesel car is the common error, because petrol nozzles can fit into most diesel filter necks, and it’s the mistake that can cause the most damage to the engine.

“Petrol damages diesel engines because it increases friction between parts in the engine.

“Diesel on the other hand, acts as a lubricant helping the fuel pump do its job.

“The more petrol that’s pumped through the engine the more damage it will do. And the damage to fuel pumps, injectors, fuel-tank could be severe.

DON’T MISS
Fuel crisis chaos: ‘Selfish’ drivers savaged after frenzy [COMMENT]
‘If you’ve got half tank don’t fill up!’ Edmund King on fuel shortages [INSIGHT]
Drivers may ‘not be covered’ by insurance after E10 fuel damage [ANALYSIS]

“The worst-case scenario, you may even need a new engine.

“If you put diesel into a petrol car, the diesel will clog up the spark plugs and fuel system and will probably result in the car not starting.

“However, there shouldn’t be any lasting damage once the fuel has been drained out.”

The warning comes after the AA said they had seen a “dramatic rise” in misfuelling compared to last weekend.

Save 10% on your MOT

It’s Kwik Fits’ Midsommer Madness sale and you can take 10% off your MOT Test with the UK’s #1 MOT tester – just click the link to book online.


Source: Read Full Article