Filling Up with the Wrong Gas

March 4th, 2021 by

Filling up with the wrong gas is a fairly common mistake. Most gas stations offer regular, mid-level and premium gas which is based on the octane rating.  Many believe that using a higher-octane fuel will improve your car’s performance. This is not true. It should not cause damage either;  but it is important to use the correct octane level for your car. Check the owner’s manual or call the dealership if you unsure. Conversely, do not try to save money by using a lower octane fuel than what is recommended. You will notice negative effects fairly quickly and can possibly damage your engine.gas tank

Even more problematic is filling up a gas engine vehicle with diesel fuel. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. Fuel pumps are lined up in a row. People are often distracted or in a hurry. Our service department sees it more often than you may think. Generally, the diesel nozzle is off to the side and most cases has a different colored handle cover. It used to be that the diesel nozzle would not fit into the tank opening on a gas- powered car, but that is no longer the case.

Diesel generally has an octane level of 25-40 and a much different consistency than regular gasoline. If you put diesel in your gas tank it will begin clogging the fuel lines, as well as, the entire fuel system. In the end will lead to the engine seizing.

If you accidentally put diesel gas in your car, DO NOT START THE ENGINE. If you started the engine, turn it off as soon as you realize your mistake. The car needs to be towed to a service center. It is a very expensive mistake. Just disposing of the diesel fuel costs up to $10 per gallon. In addition, we not only drain the fuel tank, but have to flush and clean the entire fuel system. Depending on your vehicle it could range between $1-2000.

Moral of the story. Be careful at the pump. Very careful.