This is far less common as the diesel nozzle is physically larger than the petrol filler neck on most cars. Around a third of the calls to AA Fuel Assist are for diesel in petrol, which can cause serious damage – particularly to direct injection (GDI) petrol engines. Once we are on site most vehicles can be repaired within one hour. Some can take longer but the customer will be advised of this before commencing any work.
Prevent misfuellingIf you’re used to driving several different cars, or fill up at loads of different petrol stations, here are a few tips to 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
- While you’re getting used to a new car, or a hire car, leave yourself reminders that it’s different to your usual car
- Keep your concentration at the fuel pump. It’s not a good time to get distracted
- Try not to refuel when you’re in a hurry or stressed