Fuelling your car is usually simple. However, if you put fuel with the wrong octane in your gas-powered vehicle, you might see problems, but if you put diesel fuel in your gasoline tank or put gasoline in your diesel, you almost certainly will have an issue.
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Putting fuel with the wrong octane in your car is the least problematic mistake to make. Using a higher-octane fuel than the manufacturer recommends will not hurt your car, but using a lower octane fuel can cause engine damage, as well as loss of power and inefficient combustion.
Diesel in a Gasoline Engine
Putting diesel fuel in a gasoline engine is an unlikely mistake, as the diesel nozzle is too large to fit in a gas tank's opening. Nevertheless, it does occasionally happen. The Automobile Association recommends having the car towed to a mechanic and having the system flushed if you put more than 10 per cent of a tank of diesel in your gas tank. If you run the engine with even a small amount of diesel fuel in the tank, you risk damage; the car will smoke profusely and the engine will run very roughly.
Gasoline in a Diesel Engine
This is the most serious fuelling mistake. Burning gas in a diesel engine can damage the fuel injector and the fuel pump. If you put gasoline into your diesel engine, have a mechanic evaluate the damage and flush the fuel system.
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