What happens when people put the wrong fuel?
The vast majority of unfortunate victims of the wrong fuel problem are filled with a sense of dread or go into panic mode altogether. Very often, cars are expensive investments and the thought of having potentially seriously damaged their car and having to face a huge repair bill purely through lack of concentration, is an enormously frustrating experience. Coupled with the fact that they may be late for work, an important meeting or to pick up the kids, it’s easy to see why someone would panic. The motorist needs to be calmed and reassured. The fact is, that in the majority of cases all that is required is a simple, inexpensive fuel drain of the vehicle fuel tank.
What action is required by the attending mechanic?
The engineers involved in the wrong fuel removal industry tend to be time served mechanics who have a good working knowledge of modern vehicles. As mentioned previously, most of the time a fuel drain will solve the problem simply and quickly. Having calmed the stressed out motorist, the engineer will assess the situation. If the vehicle is still on the forecourt of the petrol station then, if necessary and if possible, the vehicle can be pushed to a safe place out of the way of other customers. If the vehicle has been driven away from the fuel station and has broken down on the public road, then it may be necessary to tow the vehicle to a safe location. This is usually the situation that attending engineers find themselves in as most motorists who have put the wrong fuel in their cars don’t notice until the vehicle has stalled further up the road; then the penny drops.
If the vehicle is a standard mass produced motor, then in almost all cases, the engineer can then just get to work on removing the petrol from the diesel fuel tank. To do this a fuel line is inserted into the fuel tank and the contaminated fuel (as it is very often a mixture of petrol and diesel) can then be pumped into a steel container. Once the contaminated fuel has been removed from the tank, the engineer will then set about flushing the vehicle fuel system through with fresh fuel of the correct type to remove any residual fuel of the wrong type. The vehicle can then be refuelled correctly and tested. In 99.9% of cases, the vehicle will start as normal, there may be an initial grumble from the engine which is cleared with a few revs from the accelerator but the motorist can then carry on with full peace of mind.
If the vehicle happens to be an exotic sports car or has a specially modified engine then a thorough analysis of the engine specification and its components may be necessary before deciding upon a course of action.
How long does the process take?
The nature of the situation means that it usually occurs during peak traffic hours. The actual fuel evacuation can take anything from 20 to 40 minutes depending upon the ease of access to the vehicle and the fuel quantity to be removed.
Draining and subsequently transporting contaminated fuel can only be carried out by a well-trained engineer. The attending engineer should be able to show you the required documentation and the equipment used should be clean, well maintained, professionally presented apparatus. If an engineer turns up in a battered old van and looks like he intends to attempt to drain the fuel from your vehicle without using any protective equipment and into ropey looking plastic containers then turn him away.
Do you have a campervan and children?
How to hire a campervan and bring your children and still have a good time? The answer to this question depends on a number of factors but I would like to tell you how we camp with our children and some of the things Bay Campers of Cornwall can do to help you out.
One of the first things people ask when thinking of hiring a campervan is, do your campervans
have seatbelts. The easy answer is yes, both front and back. Now for some reason, the seatbelts in the rear are a little short and will not fit a standard rear facing baby seat. We have two children (George is 2 and a half and Sadie is 9 months). Sadie has a rear facing seat and goes in
the from passenger seat, George has a front facing seat which fits simply in the rear using one of the three point seatbelts. Aggie has three seat belts in the rear, two three-point inertia belts and one lap belt.
Barney has one three-point inertia belt and one lap belt. So you know now whatever happens you will be able to get to the campsite. Booster sets can be used as usual.
After the safety of your children, if you are anything like us, the next most important factor is sleeping arrangements. We have tried a number of different configurations but ultimately it depends on the sleeping capabilities of your children. There are four sleeping areas in the campervan. The roof has a small double bed in it suitable for 2 small children or one adult; there is a double bed downstairs; there is a hammock which fits over the front seat, and finally the awning has a bedroom compartment that will sleep two. We have dabbled with many set-ups and found that the best method is the one which involves our children sleeping in a different area to us. We put Sadie, the youngest, in the hammock over the front seat, George goes in the roof and Sue and I sleep in the double bed. This worked out fine until we needed the toilet and we opened the door…. in future Sue and I will be sleeping in the awning and the children will be sharing the double bed. Finally, on the subject of sleeping, we tried to stick to the children’s bedtimes with little success. The curtains do not block out all the lights so until the sun goes down it is pretty light in the van so we wait for it to get a little darker before bedtime.
Dates available during the summer
We have got some free campervan hire dates available in July and August. The prices for the dates are shown below some of which are discounted!
The prices are a guideline so if you want a different number of rental days please contact me on 07791033620.
Aggie’s available rental dates
Wednesday 11th July – Wednesday 18th July (week is £560, short break £315)
Wednesday 25th July – Saturday 28th July (3 nights £240)
Saturday 25th August – Saturday 1st September (week is £630, short break £360)
Barney’s available rental dates
Monday 2nd July – Monday 9th July (Week is £560, short break £315)
Friday 13th July – Wednesday 13th July (short break £315, full period £400)
Monday 23rd July – Saturday 28th July (short break £315, full period £400)
We have had a cancellation for August so now have a spare week. Grab yourself a bargain weeks rental and book up now.
Week rental £480
Short break £360
Check Barney and our availability page then give me a call on 07731093626 or email me
Time to cycle the great flat lode
Sunday wasn’t quite a beach day with some short but very sharp showers blowing off the north coast so I thought we would check out the Great Flat Lode.
A lode is a mining term which refers to a thin seem of ore in the ground. Lodes are generally vertical or close to the vertical, but in the case of the Great Flat Lode it is close to horizontal hence the name (check out the map to see the lodes). To take advantage of this a number of engine houses were built around the Carn Brea area. Luckily for us they have built a cycle path around the engine houses; it is 7.5 miles long and takes in some excellent mining history.
We managed the cycle ride with a trailer and a bike seat for our children but it was a struggle so I would suggest this cycle ride is best suited to families whose children can propel themselves on a bike. There is ample parking, bike hire is just down the road in Portreath and there are plenty of stops to eat. If you have hired a campervan from us, we provide bike racks that take 3 bikes.
There are plenty of other cycle routes through the mining country so watch this space….