Congress MLA Mohiuddin Bava, also the Managing Director of a number of mining companies, was the first proud owner of the new Volvo XC 90 T9 Excellence in India, however the pride was short lived, owing to a very avoidable error. The XC 90 is powered by a petrol engine, but the fuel tank in this particular Volvo was filled with diesel, according to a report in daijiworld. It had only been a couple of days Bava had purchased the car. On Monday, it stalled at the filling station at Kadri in Mangaluru after diesel was filled in the tank instead of petrol. The petrol station staff who attended to Bava's fancy wheels did not know the specifications.
Bava told daijiworld that he was not in the city at the time and his son had taken the car to the filling station, and had clearly instructed staff to fill the tank with petrol, however when his son went to pay, he found out that the car's tank had been filled with diesel.
The fuel pump's staff member accepted his mistake and apologised for the same. The dealer has been informed and the issue will be corrected. It is only human to make mistakes and 'we respect humans more than machines', he added.
Volvo XC 90 T9 Excellence is a hybrid, powered by an in-line 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with a 87 hp electric motor. It churns out 400 hp and is all wheel drive. The car is extremely luxurious on the inside with features like a refrigerator and massaging seats.
What happens when diesel enters a petrol engine?
Such a mistake is more common than you'd imagine. Modern cars these days have refined engines. Diesel engines today don't sound like the ones from the yesteryear. Differentiating between a diesel and petrol is not as easy for the less informed.
If you do end up filling diesel in a petrol car, the car will break down. The first part that is affected is the fuel filter, which gets clogged up since diesel is a lot thicker than petrol. Diesel mixed with petrol will build up soot because of which the fuel injection will stop functioning. And after some sputtering, the engine will stall. Many critical parts can be damaged if a car's fuel tank is filled with wrong fuel, which would result in a massive bill, and no insurance company would cover this damage.
What to do if wrong fuel has been filled?
As soon as you realise that wrong fuel has been filled in your car, the first thing to do is stop running it. The main fuel line then must be disconnected. All the fuel is to be drained from the tank. Flush the fuel tank with the recommended fuel. Crank the engine a few time with the fuel line disconnected so the remaining diesel can exit the engine.
The fuel filter and spark plugs will have to be replaced with new ones. Fill about two litres of petrol and crank the engine again to clean the fuel lines. Connect the main fuel line back, top up the fuel tank with petrol along with an additive to clean the fuel injectors. This process, however, should only be carried out by a mechanic at an authorised workshop.