How do you react if you use the wrong fuel on your car or motorcycle?

Perhaps you have had an accident that we do not wish anyone: you have the wrong fuel in the tank! When changing the vehicle, out of ignorance or thoughtlessness, it can happen that our diesel ends up with a full unleaded one and vice versa! It has even happened that the distributor is to blame and has filled his tank with the wrong fuel …

This rarely happens, but if you have used the wrong fuel because of the dealer, their insurance will cover the repairs … If you make a mistake on the other hand, act very quickly to avoid engine damage. So you can prevent instead of cure!

An increasingly rare mistake!

However, these days it is difficult to go wrong, newer cars have a filler neck adapted to each pump … It is impossible to put the diesel line in a gas tank, but the opposite is always possible!

The first reflex you should have is not to start the engine if you notice this on the pump … tow the vehicle and empty the tank immediately!

Gasoline in the diesel engine?

Normally your car shouldn’t start, diesel engines are very sensitive to bad fuel. However, if you’ve just leveled your tank then it’s ready to start, and there the bill can get very high! Then the entire injection system has to be changed: pump, injector, fuel line and tank!

As we told you above, the tank inlets on diesel vehicles follow the shape of the manifold … But after all, the bug is still possible on old models! So be careful!

Diesel in the gasoline engine?

The fuel tank inlets are much thinner than on diesel engines and normally the pump tube shouldn’t go in. But the risk remains possible. As with gasoline in a diesel engine, the easiest thing to do is not to start the engine. And empty the tank immediately. In this type of vehicle, a fuel failure can lead to catalytic converter failure and damage to the entire injection system.

What about insurance?

As this is a mistake on your part, the insurance company will not cover the repair. All repairs are therefore the responsibility of the driver. Also, don’t seek civil help, it’s human error but it’s not covered!

If that happens to you with a company car, the conditions are a little different. As a rule, employees do not have to pay for damage to the company vehicle.

Two scenarios:

The employee can argue that no instructions were given about the fuel to be used, the employer pays for the repairs. The employer can prove that the act is deliberate and the employee has to pay … This would also lead to gross negligence which could cause other problems!

Specifically, before renting a car, you should always find out from a colleague or friend what kind of fuel you should use. And trust the tank on newer vehicles, the fuel to be used is usually clearly indicated!

Pay attention to the choice of fuel. Image Credit: Shutterstock / Acumen

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