Misfuelling advice - What to do if you put the wrong fuel in your vehicle

16 January

| Putting the wrong fuel in your vehicle could be disastrous for your engine as well as your pocket, but if you act quickly and effectively it can be less costly.

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Putting the wrong fuel in your vehicle could be disastrous for your engine as well as your pocket, but if you act quickly and effectively it can be less costly.

If you or one of your drivers, have misfuelled and realised before you have got into your vehicle and driven off, you must not turn the key. Starting the engine draws fuel through – if you don’t, it can be siphoned out, avoiding more costly repairs to your fuel system. If this is too late and you or a driver has only just realised, you should ground to a halt and call your breakdown cover service immediately.

How do you prevent misfuelling?

If you’re used to driving several different cars, or are a fleet manager with a range of vehicle types, here are some helpful tips that could help you avoid the cost and hassle of misfuelling;

  • Don’t rely on the colour of the hose or nozzle. Check the label on the pump trigger and the fuel grade indicator on the pump.
  • It’s recommended that you have a strong prominent labelling system. Every fuel cap should have an attention-grabbing sign displaying its fuel type.
  • If you have a vehicle or a fleet of diesel vehicles, consider buying a device that fits into your filler neck to prevent you inserting the narrower petrol nozzle.
  • Consider a specific cover like the AA Fuel Assist Service. With this service, the AA will charge you a fee of around £200 for each call out. Note that the AA fee doesn’t cover any replacement parts of engine rebuilding that may be necessary.

Protect yourself

AA Fuel Assist service is standard to most Allstar fuel cards.

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