Add one more to the list......

Discussion in 'Engine' started by Stratman, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Stratman

    Stratman Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    4,534
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Location:
    Sunbury
    Car:
    W203 C200 CDI '04Estate
    I filled my car with petrol the other day. It's a Diesel :eek:

    I drove it away from the pump blissfully unaware until it started misfiring very badly at idle/low revs, about half a mile on. At higher revs it ran ok. The penny dropped and I pulled into a handy BP station with a big parking area and called the RAC. They couldn't drain and flush the system themselves but they would tow me to somewhere that could. I was in a hurry (it was my only day off in three weeks and I was the taxi driver taking my son and his clobber back to university) so when the RAC man recommended a place only five miles away who could do it straight away I jumped at it.

    They were extremely competent and thorough, taking about two hours to complete the process.

    The RAC man said that "fuel contamination" is their second-highest reason for callout behind accidents :eek:

    Talking to the garage man, he said that the chances of it having caused damage were next to none as it had been driven for less than three miles with the wrong fuel, and the petrol was removed relatively quickly so seals and the like weren't in contact with it for very long. I'll be asking Ollie to take a very careful look at them at the next service though.

    Total cost was £199 plus the nearly full tank of unleaded (and I used my Tesco 5p off voucher to buy it :( ) and looking like a complete pratt.

    The car ran perfectly on its trip to uni, returning over 60mpg for the journey (C200 cdi estate)
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2008
  2. pammy

    pammy MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    7,468
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2003
    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    Car:
    hers - slk 320, his - dull diesel BMW fleet :/, Xtrail, Honda CBR 1100xx, Yamaha YZF600, Ribble Road
    oops indeed. Glad you got it sorted so quickly.
     
  3. BlackC55

    BlackC55 Authorised Forum Sponsor Authorised Forum Sponsor

    Messages:
    18,727
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2007
    Location:
    Horndean, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Southsea
    Car:
    C43 AMG with a 55 engine and supercharger, E55 AMG, S500, etc
    It can damage the fuel pump and injectors but you may have got awaywith it.
     
  4. oldcro

    oldcro Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    1,261
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Location:
    Shetland
    Car:
    Range Rover Sport 3.0 HSE
    Join the crowd.
     
  5. Sp!ke

    Sp!ke Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    12,234
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2002
    Location:
    West London
    Car:
    SL500 & The Fart Car
    I put half a tank of diesel in my bike once. Topped it off with unleaded and it ran ok, bit smokey but it ran. :eek:
     
  6. Dieselman

    Dieselman Banned

    Messages:
    34,206
    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2003
    Car:
    Peugeot 403 Convertible
    Probably did it some good, a nice bit of upper cylinder lube.
     
  7. Frank O' Phile

    Frank O' Phile Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    907
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2008
    Location:
    out there
    Car:
    gone
    Also guilty.

    Though it was a company car and it was a Mondeo, so no harm done.:D:D
     
  8. Howard

    Howard MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    18,624
    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2004
    Location:
    Toad Hall
    Car:
    CLS 500 / A 150
    I have a Saab diesel hire car at present , i keep repeating to myself ' Diesel , diesel , diesel ' when i go to the garage. :eek:
     
  9. Dieselman

    Dieselman Banned

    Messages:
    34,206
    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2003
    Car:
    Peugeot 403 Convertible
    Just start the engine, no need for a reminder then.
     
  10. Rory

    Rory MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    7,240
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2005
    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    Car:
    C270CDi Estate (late 2004 facelift model)
    I drive both and have developed a routine of putting the nozzle into the filler neck, then standing back and rechecking before starting to fuel.

    I've come within an ace of doing it wrong when I used a pay at pump for the first time and it wouldn't accept my card as a queue growing behind me.
     
  11. Howard

    Howard MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    18,624
    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2004
    Location:
    Toad Hall
    Car:
    CLS 500 / A 150
    Yep , sounds like a skeleton having a w*** in a dustbin !
     
  12. jaymanek

    jaymanek Authorised Forum Sponsor Authorised Forum Sponsor

    Messages:
    16,400
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2002
    Location:
    Nuneaton Warwickshire
    Car:
    Lots of Mercedes!
    You will be lucky if you have actually gotten away with this..

    I would keep an eye under the bonnet as unleaded can cause various components to leak, especially the high pressure pump...
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Stratman

    Stratman Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    4,534
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Location:
    Sunbury
    Car:
    W203 C200 CDI '04Estate
    Thanks for all the good wishes, much more welcome than the 'tea and sympathy' I got from the family :rolleyes:

    I'll certainly take regular peeks under the bonnet looking for leaks. Hopefully the fact that there was about one and a half gallons of Diesel still in the tank may have been enough to provide some lubrication for the pump, and the petrol was only in contact with the fuel system for under four hours may have saved the seals.

    We'll see.:confused:
     
  14. racall

    racall Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    724
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2003
    Location:
    london
    Car:
    Silver C270 oil burner Silver R172SLK
    These guys are good and mobile as well.

    www.autofuelfix.com

    Reading to south coast area and the AA and RAC use them.
     
Tags:

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.