Life has become so fast that almost everyone is entangled in his hectic engagement physically as well as mentally. There is even no single iota in saying that we are engaged in some activity but at the same time our mind is engrossed in some other happening associated with us. Furthermore, our mercuric nature also adds into it a lot as we are always in a bit hurry and sometimes our attitude puts us in serious threat.
Same is the case of putting diesel in petrol car when we, without concentration, opt to get wrong fuel in our precious car resulting not only spoilage of our time but also detrimental loss to the car. So care should always be taken to avoid this. So this is the outcome of moment’s distraction, tiredness, stress, or even plain old forgetfulness when such mishap incidents occur of the wrong fuel.
Truly speaking, this is the mistake which is done not deliberately but by chance. Although, both are injurious to your car; whether you get petrol in your diesel car or diesel in petrol car. But the experts say that putting petrol in a diesel car is a graver act. By this, after having petrol in a diesel car, when you start the car, the car engine will circulate mixed fuel throughout the engine. And definitely, a car engine is affected but it is also a reality that it does not happen all that often because the diesel pump nozzles are larger than petrol fuel necks.
This is also to be noted that putting diesel into a petrol car, is not so much injurious, as, by its chemical structure, diesel before ignition needs compression. Now let us have a look at some instant actions needed in this regard:
You must be very vigilant while fuelling into your car. Furthermore, there are some labels on the fuel tank opening cover. If you find a circle, it will be an indication of petrol that your car is petrol-based while if you notice the square, then it will be a sign of diesel. You will also notice some letters identifying the fuel type explain which renewable fuel is going to be put into the car. E specifies ethanol, and B specifies bio-diesel. Likewise, some numbers are also affixed which are for the percentage of the fuel mixture. E5 is a symbol that this fuel has 5% ethanol while B7 represents that this diesel has 7% ethanol.
It would be worthwhile to look at the chemical nature of petrol and diesel so that we could have a clear distinction about the damages about wrong fuels. Usually, petrol has 5-15 carbon atoms while diesel is less refined and has 20 or more carbon atoms. Similarly, diesel is designed on the principle of self-ignition, so in diesel cars in which engine temperature and pressure cause to ignite the engine whereas petrol is lacking self-ignition due to blending. Petrol can only be ignited by a spark plug. It becomes quite clear that neither petrol can be used in diesel car nor diesel can be used as fuel in a petrol car. Eventually, to fuel petrol car with diesel could hurt engine efficiency. And in severe cases, this wrong fuel leads to engine damage.
It can be concluded that though the issue of wrong fuel, in case of diesel in a petrol car, is not so severe, yet you have to have great care, even then. To resolve the issue contact the experienced technician who could solve your problem expertly because there are chances that fuel tank, injectors, valve seats, catalytic converter, fuel pump and valve guides might be damaged. Hence, the services of a skilled mechanic would be needed to resolve the issue completely. That is why it is well said by Dutch Philosopher Desiderius Erasmus that Prevention is better than cure.