RACQ has warned motorists to take extra care when refuelling their vehicles following a spate of mis-fueling call outs over the last 12 months.
The Club’s Fuel Assist patrols had attended 515 call outs to members who had mistakenly put the wrong fuel in their cars since July 2017.
RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said putting diesel in a petrol car, or vice versa, could cause significant damage to the vehicle and be a costly mistake.
“You’re looking at paying anything from a few hundred dollars to up to several thousand to have your car repaired,” Mr Spalding said.
“It doesn’t need to be much to cause problems either – even just putting in a small amount of the wrong fuel in your car can damage the vehicle.”
Mr Spalding said drivers who put diesel in a petrol car would find the engine wouldn’t run or would run badly.
“Drivers will notice a loss of power and they might see dark exhaust smoke emitting from the car. Make sure you pull over and turn the engine off straight away,” he said.
“If you’ve caught the error early, before starting the engine, don’t turn the key, this will help minimise the damage by stopping the incorrect fuel going through the vehicle’s fuel system.”
RACQ members in south east Queensland could call RACQ Fuel Assist to have a technician come to help.
Extracted from RACQ
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