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    My most expensive fuelling - ever

    £229 for 30 litres of unleaded.

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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    Hire car perchance? Been there done that
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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    Amateur...

    I once spent over $4000 of my company's money in a single gulp! (Of about 800 US Gallons!)


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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    £229 for 30 litres of unleaded.

    Diesel car?

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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    He said unleaded so unlikely to be diesel

    Edit : Unless as stated below, miss fueled
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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    I get the feeling someone miss fueled


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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    Maddaussie - spot on.

    I’ve been driving diesels for 20 odd years without ever doing that. Don’t know why, but quite happily put unleaded in. Fortunately realising as I put the nozzle back in the pump.

    Long story short, left car on forecourt, got the name of someone to come out. I had to drive about 10 yards to clear the forecourt, but that apparently is not far enough to introduce contaminated fuel into the fuel pump (£1500 worth) where he pumped out the tank both through the filler and (because it’s a saddle tank over the prop shaft) the other side through the tank access port under the back seat. Put in some fresh diesel, started it up and it didn’t miss a beat.

    Filled right up to dilute any remaining petrol and drove home.

    Won’t be making that mistake again, but could have been a lot worse. The Shell garage staff were very helpful. Still not sure how I came to do it. I was in a hurry, tired, and not feeling too good and it wasn’t a garage I use regularly. Maybe hoses were arranged differently. Or just a brain fart. Who knows?
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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Maddaussie - spot on.

    I’ve been driving diesels for 20 odd years without ever doing that. Don’t know why, but quite happily put unleaded in. Fortunately realising as I put the nozzle back in the pump.

    Long story short, left car on forecourt, got the name of someone to come out. I had to drive about 10 yards to clear the forecourt, but that apparently is not far enough to introduce contaminated fuel into the fuel pump (£1500 worth) where he pumped out the tank both through the filler and (because it’s a saddle tank over the prop shaft) the other side through the tank access port under the back seat. Put in some fresh diesel, started it up and it didn’t miss a beat.

    Filled right up to dilute any remaining petrol and drove home.

    Won’t be making that mistake again, but could have been a lot worse. The Shell garage staff were very helpful. Still not sure how I came to do it. I was in a hurry, tired, and not feeling too good and it wasn’t a garage I use regularly. Maybe hoses were arranged differently. Or just a brain fart. Who knows?
    Never ever start the engine on a mis-fuel. Stick it in neutral and manually push it - recruit others if you have to but NEVER start the engine.

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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    mate... it's not unusual. So long as it's not driven ( a Diesel car miss fueled with Petrol) it's just a dent on the ego and the wallet and ruins your day.

    Lots of worse stuff occuring

    You are safe.

    Diesel in an old Petrol car is a lot less dagerous for engine damage but still a royal pain in the arse. And the SMOKE before it splutters to death!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    Never ever start the engine on a mis-fuel. Stick it in neutral and manually push it - recruit others if you have to but NEVER start the engine.
    That’s what I thought, but the specialist that came out said that it takes about 1/4 mile for the contaminated fuel to reach the engine. I moved it 10 yards at low revs so the amount of contaminated fuel entering the lines was minimal, and flushed about as soon as the tank was filled with the correct fuel.
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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    Oops.... Not managed to do that myself yet, but there's always time!!
    AFAIK, the damage that fuel pump sustains is due to the diesel providing lubrication to it in normal use - petrol being a bit thinner doesn't do this and also eats the seals, and you end up eventually with the pump shredding itself and firing swarf through the injectors which is why just moving the car out of the way under its own power is ok, as you'll need to get everything warmed up to start damaging stuff.

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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    Feel for you m8, I have switched from Petrol to Diesel and am quite frankly papping it in case I forget.

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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    Ouch.

    One of my work mates added petrol to the work van. realized after putting £20 in it and then paid for the fuel and drove the van back to site ( about 7 miles ). Told our boss as what happened and we got the tank emptied and the van was fine.

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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    PeterB if it makes you feel any many years ago I worked for Tesco in the petrol filling station, one night the manager and a tanker driver got the compartments mixed up and dropped 6000ltrs of petrol into the diesel holding tank and visa-versa. Luckily the forecourt was closed and they realised, cue having to get a specialist company out to pump the fuel out clean the tanks... That was a long night but they had a very cool brass pump on a flatbed they used to pump the fuel.

    Oh and it used to happen at least once a month with customers...


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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    Quote Originally Posted by Tumble View Post
    Oops.... Not managed to do that myself yet, but there's always time!!
    AFAIK, the damage that fuel pump sustains is due to the diesel providing lubrication to it in normal use - petrol being a bit thinner doesn't do this and also eats the seals, and you end up eventually with the pump shredding itself and firing swarf through the injectors which is why just moving the car out of the way under its own power is ok, as you'll need to get everything warmed up to start damaging stuff.
    It's not just it being thinner - petrol is a rather effective degreaser, so it will strip the lubrication off the pump, injectors, anything else really. Definitely not good news.

    Diesel in a petrol is less of an issue as a run of petrol will clean any diesel out in short order.

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    Re: My most expensive fuelling - ever

    Quote Originally Posted by MaddAussie View Post
    PeterB if it makes you feel any many years ago I worked for Tesco in the petrol filling station, one night the manager and a tanker driver got the compartments mixed up and dropped 6000ltrs of petrol into the diesel holding tank and visa-versa. Luckily the forecourt was closed and they realised, cue having to get a specialist company out to pump the fuel out clean the tanks... That was a long night but they had a very cool brass pump on a flatbed they used to pump the fuel.

    Oh and it used to happen at least once a month with customers...
    Definitely a whoops moment.

    With hindsight, (and with my normal ‘glass half full’ hat on) it could have been a lot worse. I might not have noticed and the effects would have kicked in when I got on the motorway - worse case, stranded on the motorway at night, knackered car. So apart from a mildly dented wallet and slight embarrassment, I came out of it OK (and got a fuel tank clean )
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