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Wrong fuel in car - Swiss garage response.

Some stupid, stupid, stupid idiot forgot he was driving his daughter's petrol car, not his own diesel car, and managed to put 8.5l of diesel in with 26.5l of unleaded. So about 25%. Drove a further 5km before realising.

I... I mean, he... ok, I admit it. It was me...

I called my travel insurance, and through them talked to a garage. Of course, we're on holiday and have to move out of our holiday apartment at 10am tomorrow. A guy should turn up tomorrow morning at 9am. The car is in the apartment block car park.

I know the tank needs to be drained, refilled etc. I'm just wondering if anyone has had experience of this in Switzerland. I know in the UK it can be done in situ; do they/can they do that here?
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Old 08.10.2021, 20:26
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Some stupid, stupid, stupid idiot forgot he was driving his daughter's petrol car, not his own diesel car, and managed to put 8.5l of diesel in with 26.5l of unleaded. So about 25%. Drove a further 5km before realising.

I... I mean, he... ok, I admit it. It was me...

I called my travel insurance, and through them talked to a garage. Of course, we're on holiday and have to move out of our holiday apartment at 10am tomorrow. A guy should turn up tomorrow morning at 9am. The car is in the apartment block car park.

I know the tank needs to be drained, refilled etc. I'm just wondering if anyone has had experience of this in Switzerland. I know in the UK it can be done in situ; do they/can they do that here?
My garage is located next to a Pronto. The mechanic told me they do quite a brisk business with customers who accidently fill up their car with the wrong petrol. It seems to be a common mistake.
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Old 08.10.2021, 20:34
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Some stupid, stupid, stupid idiot forgot he was driving his daughter's petrol car, not his own diesel car, and managed to put 8.5l of diesel in with 26.5l of unleaded. So about 25%. Drove a further 5km before realising.

I... I mean, he... ok, I admit it. It was me...

I called my travel insurance, and through them talked to a garage. Of course, we're on holiday and have to move out of our holiday apartment at 10am tomorrow. A guy should turn up tomorrow morning at 9am. The car is in the apartment block car park.

I know the tank needs to be drained, refilled etc. I'm just wondering if anyone has had experience of this in Switzerland. I know in the UK it can be done in situ; do they/can they do that here?

can be done situ in any Carrozzeria
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I'm just wondering if anyone has had experience of this in Switzerland.
It happened to my friend Karen some years ago.

Have a look here: https://www.tcs.ch/de/testberichte-r...ch-getankt.php
If the engine was behaving weirdly, it can be expensive.
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Old 08.10.2021, 20:43
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Re: Wrong fuel in car - Swiss garage response.

I didn't even know this was possible given the wider diesel nozzle.
My mother once did the reverse with my father's diesel VW Passat, luckily it was only £20 of unleaded so I just brim filled it with diesel and it was fine.
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Re: Wrong fuel in car - Swiss garage response.

A new hire (another team) did that to the company car.

TBF, I don't know what kind of fuel it takes myself (I very rarely drove it).
But I think I would check. I think.

I actually double check on my own car every time, to make sure I fuel up correctly.

Ended up costing 1500 AFAIK.

TCS had to tow it (she drove it to the end).
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Re: Wrong fuel in car - Swiss garage response.

They should be able to drain and refill the tank on the spot. Petrol in a diesel is much more worse than diesel in a Petrol (Diesel fuel pumps use the oiliness in diesel fuel itself for lubrication -> so petrol will make it run dry. )

I am curious to know how you managed to insert the diesel nozzle to your petrol car as it should not fit

You should be OK but remember to use petrol/fuel system cleaner after they do the tank drain and refill. Good luck!
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Old 09.10.2021, 01:05
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Re: Wrong fuel in car - Swiss garage response.

Unless you have a racing intake, how on earth did you fit a diesel hose into your inlet?

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Unless you have a racing intake, how on earth did you fit a diesel hose into your inlet?

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i did it once to a hire Fiat 500 from europecar. Luckily stopped after 2l
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Re: Wrong fuel in car - Swiss garage response.

@NotAllThere 8,5l isn't much, tbh I'd just top up tank fully with petrol to dilute it (so shall be ~10% diesel if tank is ~70l given you burned something) and simply drive.
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Some stupid, stupid, stupid idiot forgot he was driving his daughter's petrol car, not his own diesel car, and managed to put 8.5l of diesel in with 26.5l of unleaded. So about 25%. Drove a further 5km before realising.

something doesn't add up - how do you know it was 26.5l in the car? even if you filled it to the top not sure which car would have 35l reservoir?

unless board computer tells you exact fuel load left in the car, which I really doubt would be accurate...

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i did it once to a hire Fiat 500 from europecar. Luckily stopped after 2l
so fiat 500 does not have narrow intake for petrol cars?
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something doesn't add up - how do you know it was 26.5l in the car? even if you filled it to the top not sure which car would have 35l reservoir?
Our son’s car has a 35l tank. It’s a real pleasure to fill it up if we use it as it costs way less than it does to fill mine up.
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Re: Wrong fuel in car - Swiss garage response.

Related:

https://www.20min.ch/story/treibstof...e-766486963749


Happens to the brightest of us, it seems…
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I didn't even know this was possible given the wider diesel nozzle.
My mother once did the reverse with my father's diesel VW Passat, luckily it was only £20 of unleaded so I just brim filled it with diesel and it was fine.
Did that to the school minibus coming back from Snowdome- tank was almost empty. Same minibus, same colour, same seats, same everything - but on that day they told me to take the boarding house minibus instead of the one I usually took! I am used to driving both Diesel and petrol, and all sizes- and normally I would have felt the difference immediately when driving- but nope!

And no-one had the idea to tell me, and no sticker to say so inside petrol cap or on the dash. Expensive- had to be drained and steam cleaned!
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Re: Wrong fuel in car - Swiss garage response.

The proof that it can always be worse: https://www.20min.ch/story/treibstof...e-766486963749

The tanks in the gas station itself filled incorrectly
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something doesn't add up - how do you know it was 26.5l in the car? even if you filled it to the top not sure which car would have 35l reservoir?
Indeed, 35L is small for a car, several of my motorcycles have 25L, and two of our cars 60+!

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Indeed, 35L is small for a car, several of my motorcycles have 25L, and two of our cars 60+!

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Maybe a plug-in hybrid, like a BMW 225XE.
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something doesn't add up - how do you know it was 26.5l in the car? even if you filled it to the top not sure which car would have 35l reservoir?.......
My car* has a fuel tank that holds 24.5 litres.

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Re: Wrong fuel in car - Swiss garage response.

Driving my wife’s diesel car, I filled it with petrol (into an almost empty diesel tank). I realized after driving about 4 or 5 km. Stopped, parked, had it towed, and my garage took care of the whole thing for about Fr. 200 or so. No damage to the engine…I was lucky.
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Unless you have a racing intake, how on earth did you fit a diesel hose into your inlet?

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It was no effort at all. I understand that since petrol in diesel is far worse, it's the petrol nozzle that won't fit into a diesel. I hope never to find out I'm wrong on that!

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something doesn't add up - how do you know it was 26.5l in the car? even if you filled it to the top not sure which car would have 35l reservoir?
Life seldom does. It's not a screenplay, Chekhov's Gun doesn't apply. Anyway, it's a Citröen C1 - 35l tank. 8.5l/35 ~ 25% - far too much. If you top up the tank, and pay for 8.5l of fuel, you know, given a 35l tank, that's 26.6l of unleaded that was already there.

Anyway. Guy turns up with tow truck at 9:00 as promised, takes car to garage - with using the truck and our luggage packed in the car. We explored the local town. At about 11:15 our car was driven past us by the mechanic, so we knew all was well.

The recovery was paid for by insurance, but the total cost was... around 18 francs a litre. It could have been worse. As my daughter said (it's actually her car) - it could have been her making that mistake!
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