As our lives become busier and busier, the mistake of putting the wrong fuel in your car or truck in Perth is something that any of us could potentially do. Although this can be a stressful situation to be in, it’s important to know what would happen in a situation where you’ve put petrol in a diesel engine. The first thing you should always remember is that as soon as you’ve realised you put the wrong fuel in your car, do not drive or start the engine. Secondly, you should acknowledge that this is a salvageable situation if you call the right specialists for the job. The mobile diesel mechanics at Diesel West can come to you, ensuring we fix this potentially hazardous mistake before any significant damage is done. 


Putting Petrol in A Diesel Engine

Diesel fuel is what powers your engine. But, many people don’t know that it acts as a lubrication oil helping to keep the fuel pump and other components running smoothly in a diesel engine. Petrol, on the other hand, acting as a solvent when mixed with diesel, has the complete opposite effect. Adding petrol to a diesel engine creates greater friction between these parts, causing damage to the fuel lines and pump inside. 

When looking at the other way around, putting diesel in a petrol engine is not nearly as bad as the reverse. Because diesel needs to be compressed before it’ll ignite, there is a strong likelihood that you won’t even be able to start the engine. 

If you don’t notice your mistake of putting petrol in your diesel engine and simply drive away, you could be setting yourself up for disaster.  Even just turning the key in your ignition with petrol sitting in the tank could end up causing substantial damage to the diesel engine. You’ll need to put your car into neutral, and with the assistance of a helping hand, push the car into a safe space to wait for your mobile diesel mechanic to arrive. 

Call the Experts at Diesel West 

If you are in the position where you have filled up your diesel car or truck with petrol, please do not drive your vehicle. Instead, get in contact with the mobile diesel mechanics at Diesel West who will come to you to help resolve the issue and get you back on the road in no time. 

Our mechanics will thoroughly drain and clean the fuel system of your vehicle as best as possible. We will also change your fuel filter as well as ensuring your fuel system is bled up properly. After these are fixed, we can then fill up your vehicle with the correct diesel fuel so that you are able to operate it safely once more. 

Call Diesel West on 0427 501 378, or make an appointment through our booking page