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What Happens if You Put the Wrong Gas in Your Car

If you put the wrong fuel in your car, it can seriously hurt your engine. This article from Jerry Advice talks about what happens when you put the wrong fuel in your car and what to do if it happens. 

What Happens if You Put the Wrong Gas in Your Car

Everyone makes mistakes, and gassing up your car with the wrong fuel does not have to spell disaster. Stay calm and take immediate action to fix the situation to avoid paying higher repair costs for damage to the engine from running diesel instead of unleaded fuel or vice versa. 

However, if you accidentally used a premium version of your usual gas, you're fine to drive normally and just pay closer attention the next time you are at the pumps. Here's what to do after gassing up with the wrong fuel: 

Step 1

Do not start your car. You don't want to draw the wrong fuel into your engine, causing costly damage. If you need to move your car away from the gas pumps, ask an attendant or onlooker to help push your car out of the way. 

Step 2

Locate the fuel drain of your car. Only take the time to do this if you have access to enough buckets or containers to catch the contents of your gas tank. 

Your best bets to find this information in your owner's manual or by conducting an internet search. 

Step 3

Place a container under the fuel drain. It is hazardous to simply drain gas onto the ground because of the risk of fire and release of chemicals into the ecosystem. 

It's also difficult to stop the draining process until it is finished, so have several containers in easy reach. 

Step 4

Remove the drain plug. Most drain plugs unscrew and others pop out. Be prepared to wait a while because draining all of the fuel out of a tank is not a quick process. 

Bear in mind you will not be able to replace the plug until all the fuel has drained out. 

Step 5

If you cannot locate a fuel drain, call for help. Not all vehicles have a fuel drain and removing the wrong fuel from your car will likely require more materials than you have on hand. 

If you need help, call All Tech Automotive. 

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