If you have filled your vehicle with the wrong fuel and need wrong fuel recovery in South Wales then look no further! Help Wrong Fuel recovery service are South Wales’s premier fuel drain and wrong fuel recovery operator. If you put the wrong fuel in your vehicle. CALL US on 0333 666 8685 for immediate response anywhere in South Wales.
Attending thousands of vehicles in South Wales with the wrong fuel in over the years, Help Wrong Fuel are considered South Wale’s most professional mobile fuel drain companies. Help Wrong Fuel Recovery are part of Swansea Tyre Clutch & MOT Centre based in Swansea. Although we have full workshop facilities in Swansea, Help Wrong Fuel cover from Fishguard in West Wales all the way to Bristol. We have several rapid response fuel drain vans covering the whole of South Wales and are able to attend a wrong fuel issue within 40 minutes of your call (depending on traffic).
If you have put the wrong fuel in your vehicle, here is a quick guide on what to do while you wait for your Wrong Fuel Recovery Operator:
- Don’t panic
- If you are at the Fuel Station, let the fuel station staff know the issue (they may even have one of our business cards)
- If you have driven away from the fuel station, turn the engine off as soon as its safe to do so and leave the ignition off
- Call Help Wrong Fuel on 0333 666 8685 (mobile friendly)
- Wait for your Fuel Technician to arrive (usually within 40 minutes)
Whats Worse, Petrol in Diesel or Diesel in Petrol?
This is a common question we get asked. The truth is, they are both as bad as each other in terms of engine damage.
Diesel in Petrol (not so common as the diesel pump nozzle is bigger than unleaded)
Where a vehicle is misfuelled with diesel (in a petrol engine) the will be the hardest to get started if it has been driven as the spark plugs will be covered in diesel and the engine bores will be “diesel washed” which means there will be diesel in the cylinder bores. Diesel is NOT FLAMMABLE and will not burn in a petrol engine. Diesel only combusts under high compression and therefore the diesel put into a petrol engine will not burn away whilst the engine is running (in most modern fuel injected engines). This diesel can (when the vehicle is running) pass the piston rings and dilute the engine oil and cause badly worn main and big end bearings (also damage turbos and top end bearings) if not corrected ASAP. Also, the fact that the spark plugs are covered in diesel oil, will stop the engine firing correctly. In extreme cases, the diesel oil will pass the valves and fill the catalytic converter with diesel. The catalytic converter can reach temperatures of over 1000 degrees C (at this temperature, diesel will ignite causing the car to catch fire!
Petrol in Diesel (The most common mis-fuel issue)
Putting petrol into a diesel engined vehicle is more common, this is because the diesel pump nozzle is bigger than an unleaded petrol pump nozzle. This way round is not so bad from a point of view for starting the vehicle. If all the wrong fuel is out of the vehicle and the wrong fuel recovery company have managed to remove all the petrol from the fuel system, the engine will normally fire up immediately (assuming there is no ongoing damage from being driven). Once the correct fuel is in the vehicle there is pretty much nothing to worry about. Most engine damage occurs from not removing the incorrect fuel or not removing it correctly. As petrol is a solvent, and diesel is an oil, when you misfuel a diesel vehicle with petrol, you wash all the lubrication from the high pressure fuel pump (over continued use) this rarely happens nowadays as most common rail engines will not run with petrol in the diesel system and the vehicle just cuts out. The worst advice we hear on a daily basis is a “friend says just top it up” this will just waste more fuel and also cause issues further down the line (assuming the vehicle starts at all!).
If you have put the wrong fuel in your vehicle and require wrong fuel recovery services in South Wales, call 0333 666 8685 and we will be with you in 40 minutes (dependent on traffic).