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Old 05-02-2014, 08:53 PM
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Hello everyone, If you are a petrol head or a diesel head as i am and you look after your cars as much as your wife, then if you fill the tank to the brim with the wrong fuel then this creates much weeping and nashing of teeth.
Basically mk mk4 toyota supra with it's 370 bhp, (my rocket ship), which i have owned from new in 1996, now 40K miles on the clock. I took it to the filling station and put 12 galls of fuel in it, like i have done for 16 years, but when i tried to start the engine on a buisy forecourt there was nothing, despite much cranking, some out of embarassment.
So i checked all the usual things, immobiliser, plug leads, vac pipes etc.after 30 mins phoned the wife to come and tow me in. Whilst i was waiting the petrol station attendant came over and asked if i was having problems ? she with a smile on her face asked me was my sports car a diesel. ? i resisted saying are you kidding ? she then said you just put 12 galls of diesel in your car. ! I froze and then looked at my receipt, yes i had, what a pillock.

So i pumped all the diesel out, or at least 11 galls, this fuel was destined for my merc. td. i then bled off the fuel rail and the fuel filter, i then added a litre of "redex" fuel cleaner and then 5 galls of petrol. Then started cranking for 4 or 5 mins, it eventually started on two cylinders and i kept cranking to build up momentum untill it sprang into life on all six cylinders, elation followed as i thought i had knackered it, there was then 5 mins of dense smoke and then the sun came out, a perfect tickover and the usual performance on a trip around the block.
I will now run her for a couple of weeks and then replace the spark plugs, the fuel filter and the engine oil.
So be carefull when you fill up, it's not nice and unless you can resolve the problem yourself it is costly, the fuel call out boys charge 200 and you lose your fuel, so circa 300. My car has the competition fuel filler so the hole takes the diesel nozle easy, this is not the case on petrol cars less than 10 yrs old as they have the foolproof hole size which will not take the large diameter diesel fuel filling nozle, all be it you can still get the diesel in there if you hold the nozle back a bit and just dislodge the sprung flap at the base of the aperture.
So take care, don't do what i did, and take filling up as a non brainer operation, and be nice to your wife if she does it for you. lol. herbiemercman.

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Old 05-02-2014, 08:59 PM
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All's well that ends well then ......

It's a lot easier to put petrol into a diseasal car ....... apparently! (but like you I sorted it myself for minimal cost )
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:06 PM
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I have yet to own a diesel Herbie,,, the only diesel I have ever had was a tipper, and I had a tank of diesel in the garden.
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12 whole gallons takes ages to stick in the tank and at no point did you not look at the pump handle and wonder why it wasnt green ??
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:27 PM
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The car should run when hot on a 50/50 mix, when the fuel rationing was in place many years ago I emptied some road works paraffin lamps into my tank,,, the white smoke was unbelievable.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:45 PM
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All's well that ends well then ......

It's a lot easier to put petrol into a diseasal car ....... apparently! (but like you I sorted it myself for minimal cost )
I got that T shirt a few years back!!!!!
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:52 PM
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In some ways youre lucky if it was a car with a catalyic convertor especially ones straight behind the manifold itd more than likely have destroyed it

petrol in a diesel can be major engine failure due to lack of fuel lubricity
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:00 AM
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mk4 toyota supra with it's 370 bhp, (my rocket ship)... ....12 galls of diesel...
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WOW!

You are incredibly lucky to have survived this - congratulations!
- I read about a Beemer driver (well his wife actually) who did it the other way (petrol in a diesel) and it immediately blew 5K's worth of engine!
- I think you should go and buy a lottery ticket or something while your luck's in!
- But remember I told you when it comes up heh heh!

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My neighbour's wife did the same thing, but different. She necked the diesel Vectra with petrol. That morning I awoke to a strange smell of petrol in the house and when I went outside, there he was using the car's fuel pump and a disconnected pipe to squirt petrol into a 5 litre plastic bucket which was being tipped into a 50 litre drum. Needless to say there was petrol everywhere and about ten litres of it sloshing around on the tarmac NEXT TO MY BLODDY DRIVEWAY! He made sure he wasn't doing this in his own territory.

Eventually, the battery gave out and he brought his wife's Fiesta over to help the Vectra out with jumper cables. As I stood asking him what the fkn hell he was doing, he attached the cables from a running car to a dead one. (Don't forget the large pool of petrol on the floor) Sparks flew and I ran like hell. Luckily nothing happened.

When I ventured back to ask hime to move the whole lot away from my house, I got laughed at for being chicken. I mentioned that we were lucky not be fried chicken when I noticed the pool of petrol running under the Fiesta. I asked if he knew what temperature the cat was running at and he proudly said... "Several hundred degrees, I think". I put the hot cat and loose petrol together in his tiny brain as his wife came around the corner and before he did, she screamed as we all bolted once again. He eventually bullied his wife into moving the Fiesta as I was calling Fire and Rescue. The big red lorry came along with a couple of cops and it all came to a conclusion.

Reporting back, the Cops said the guy hadn't a clue and had just done what his mate had told him to do, including "Don't do this on your own driveway". The tarmac outside my house dissolved and created a hell of a mess. His Vectra is once again on the road and I have resolved never to go near him again if he looks like he's in charge of a car.
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My neighbour's wife did the same thing, but different... ...large pool of petrol...Sparks...
.....I have resolved never to go near him again if he looks like he's in charge of a car.
Hmm. The second frightener is the bare fact that people like this are legally allowed on the road in charge of a lethal ton or so of motor vehicle.
- Look around with great care- they're everywhere... there's probably one near you NOW!
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