Filled up with the wrong fuel. What now?

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Have you accidentally filled up with diesel instead of petrol? This can happen, because an average of 25,000 Dutch people refuel with the wrong fuel every year. Diesel in a petrol engine or petrol in a diesel engine. The moment you realize that you have refueled with diesel instead of petrol or vice versa, it is advisable to consult the ANWB roadside assistance. Why? They can pump the incorrectly filled fuel out of the tank. The ANWB has a special vehicle for this with which they can empty a fuel tank. Now that your tank has been emptied again, you can refuel with the correct fuel. Do an extra check to avoid a mistake!

What are the consequences of incorrectly refueled?

The consequences are not immediately very large. As long as you do not start the car and have not yet driven it, there is little to worry about. Yes, your fuel tank needs to be drained and this costs money and extra time, but then you prevent damage and this is the most important thing. If you accidentally filled up with diesel instead of petrol, this can cause major problems and damage. Diesel fuel has a lubricating function. Diesel burns much worse than petrol, with the result that the engine does not run smoothly. In addition, the oil level will rise and the unburned diesel will run past the piston rings into the crankcase. In short, prevention is better than cure!