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      10-07-2007, 09:57 AM   #1
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OT: Petrol in a Diesel Engine RAV4

My mate's put petrol in his RAV4 diesel engine - filled right to the brim and driven 5 odd miles...smells weird, anyone know what the likely bill is?

Will insurance cover it>

Thanks for thoughts...
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      10-07-2007, 10:10 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure ins. won't cover it, sucks! Sorry to hear that!
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I don't think Insurance will cover you friend's negligence.

Potentially he could also be looking at a new engine. Diesel is in itself a lubricant and as such is used to lubricate things like the high pressure fuel pump, whereas petrol will act as a cleaner and strip all lube. You can even get problems with things like fuel lines if they use a rubber that is incompatible with petrol. You can read a lot of examples of people petrol fuelling a diesel years ago, but the modern common rail engines just aren't that tolerant.

See here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/...7/mfdies27.xml

And buy him one of these : http://www.netparts.co.uk/store/inde...FQQdEgodqHQm2Q
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ouch....some better news would be nice..

it was weird how it happened; the diesel cover wouldn't work because he was at the pump on one side and it was out of order so he drove round to the other side - same place and expected it to be diesel too

lot on his mind unfortunately.

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It's one of those things that it pays to be paranoid about. Even after more than four years of diesels I still check about 3 times that I've got the diesel pump and it's displaying a hideous figure per litre before starting to pump.
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I would have thought fully comp will cover it, after all driving your car into someone else is no less negligent IMO.
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listen if 5 miles is all he's driven and he's quick a drain of the tank MIGHT, and I repeat MIGHT still save the day.

If there was enough diesel in the fuel pump and line to the injectors he may not have even drawn petrol from the tank.

Twill still need stripping to check, but I DOUBT at 5 miles of steady driving any major damage has been done, If it had it wouldn't run right ?

Massive overcompression detonation etc ?

Not sure about the long term lubricant stripping aspect though...

Either way will be a headache, but a rav 4 diesel refurb should be easy to source ?

Still bad news I'm afraid, but not irretrievable

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all turned out okay, after a drain and 200 his car is running fine...phew!!
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Lucky man. though as james says you can't really predict the long term effects. He just might want to move forward the time that he changes it.
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whew...

lucky he stopped when he did !

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* p.s. any petrol drivers out there with visions of mixing in diesel would NOT be so lucky !!
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