Instead, follow these simple steps:
- Don't start the engine – book NRMA roadside assistance for a tow to your nearest workshop.
- If you have already started or driven the car, stop it safely as soon as you can and turn off the engine.
- Petrol in a diesel car can cause serious engine damage that's not covered under warranty.
- What should I do if I put petrol in my diesel car?
- Will a little bit of petrol hurt a diesel engine?
- How much petrol can a diesel engine tolerate?
- How long does it take to get petrol out of a diesel car?
- Can diesel and petrol mix?
What should I do if I put petrol in my diesel car?
What to do if you've put Petrol in a Diesel Car. Firstly, DO NOT SWITCH ON YOUR IGNITION. You need to make sure the fuel is drained before you can drive your car again. You'll need to call a fuel drain service to rectify the situation for you, and completely remove the diesel from your fuel system.
Will a little bit of petrol hurt a diesel engine?
Putting petrol into a diesel tank causes more damage than diesel in a petrol car. ... Petrol does the opposite - it increases friction between parts in the diesel engine. The friction isn't good news for your diesel engine. The more petrol that's pumped through the diesel engine, the more damage it'll do.
How much petrol can a diesel engine tolerate?
As a safe amount some car manufacturers will say none though the industry generally accepts 7.5% or less of petrol in diesel is safe. When you work it out for your tank capacity you will soon realise it's not a lot of the wrong fuel before it's too much.
How long does it take to get petrol out of a diesel car?
The whole process usually takes around 30-40 minutes, depending on the individual vehicle and how much fuel is in the tank. If the vehicle has been started then your Fuel Doctor will draw the correct fuel through the engine and flush out the contaminated fuel from the system.
Can diesel and petrol mix?
What happens if you put petrol in a diesel car? ... Once you mix petrol with the diesel that's already in your tank you're basically creating a solvent, which will start playing hell with your car's fuel system immediately, and can lead to you needing a new engine, filters, fuel pump, injectors, and a whole new fuel tank.