Tri County Collision Center
by admin, February 28, 2022, Tips
How many times have you grabbed the diesel fuel instead of the regular fuel pump, or vise versa? We’re all in a hurry rushing and getting gas is never fun. Especially in the winter months. Putting the wrong fuel in your car can lead to some big issues and expensive repairs. There are ways of fixing this issue. Here are some solutions to putting diesel in a gas tank, ethanol in a gas tank, and how to fix things when there’s water in your gas tank.
Putting the wrong fuel in your tank can be very dangerous to you and your car
Gas engines make use of spark plugs to ignite the fuel, whereas diesel’s power generates heat through compression – each is made to function using specific fuel types, only. A misfuelling mistake can cause a serious amount of damage to the fuel system of both diesel and gas-powered cars. Gasoline and diesel are very different in composition and application, and as a result, the engines they power are built very different as well.
Diesel into gas – this is less common since most diesel nozzles are too large to fit into a regular gas tank. If for any reason it did fit you will see a lot of smoking, you can drive a short distance, but eventually the engine will seize up. Best not to drive it and have it towed to your nearest trusted mechanic.
Gas into Diesel – Much worse than the reverse since Diesel contains lubricants such as oil mixed with the gas and gas is a solvent.
Running Ethanol/E85 gas in a regular gas-powered car
This is pretty hard to mix up, but it happens! Ethanol is an alcohol made from corn, sugar cane or other biomass, E85 is a flex-fuel comprised of 85% ethanol and 15% regular gasoline. This won’t cause any serious issues but if you do top it off with only the Ethanol gas due to its corrosive nature, especially over time, as aluminum, rubber, and magnesium parts will slowly start to erode on cars not meant to run on E85. You can modify your car to accept this fuel but is very costly.
Premium Gas cars running with regular gas
It won’t seriously damage the vehicle, but to attain the maximum performance out of an engine, it is highly recommended to use the correct octane rating. If you hear engine knocking, then you most likely are using the wrong grade of gas and your cars’ performance will decline.
Water in the gas tank – You will know if there is water in your tank by watching for these signs
To solve this issue:
How can we prevent putting the wrong fuel in our car and should we do?
Most shops will drain your tank and refuel, as well as flush the system. Leave to the professionals.
Tri County Collision Center wants you to stay safe on the roads. If you need any help please give us a call at 215.322.5350 or just stop in if you’re in need of auto collision services.
Tri County Collision Center is an ASE / I-CAR® GOLD certified auto body shop located in Southampton, PA. Call one of our technicians today to learn more about our collision repair and auto painting services. We are OEM certified collision repair facility for INFINITI, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Acura, Honda, GM, Chrysler, Ford, Dodge and Jeep.
Tri-County Collision Center is conveniently located near the PA turnpike, Route 95 and Street Road, County Line Road and Second Street Pike at Tri County Collision Center’s shop hours are Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, and Saturday by appointment. We would be happy to supply you with an auto repair quote online or over the phone and we always welcome comments and suggestions.
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