RACQ - Maintaining a Car
RACQ’s website is not only about insurance products. It has some great articles about owning and maintaining a car.
At CDSA however, we always recommend dealing with a specialist diesel technician for all your diesel needs. RACQ has a list of approved repairers including our affiliated workshop The Diesel Centre Gold Coast.
RACQ Facts About Fuel talks about putting the wrong fuel in your car. The article can be found at https://www.racq.com.au/cars-and-driving/cars/owning-and-maintaining-a-car/facts-about-fuels/mis-fuelling. RACQ also offers a mobile fuel draining service in QLD if you get stuck. Some main points from the article can be found below:
Petrol in a Diesel Car
Don’t even turn the key. Otherwise, the fuel will be spread throughout the system and cause major damage. The extent of work required is reviewed on a case by case basis however damages normally amount to thousands. If the car has not been started, the system may be drained and correct fuel added.
Diesel in a Petrol
If diesel is put in a diesel car it may have symptoms such as; the car won’t run well, pinging or knocking noise, exhaust smoke and loss of power. Rectification is done on a case by case basis however the system will need to be drained and flushed and correct fuel added.