By Anonymous - 07/05/2015 15:45 - United States - Philadelphia
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Putting diesel into a gas engine wouldn't even start the car, and would probably just require an engine flush, if anything there would be very minimal damage!! It's when you put gas into a diesel car that it can cause issues due to uncontrolled detonation of the fuel. So OP, just be happy you don't have a diesel car and this FML was going in the opposite direction! : P
14, you'd be surprised. I went to a gas station a few months ago and filled up. About a mile later, my car started losing power and went into limp mode. Turns out, the station I filled at had put diesel in its premium fuel tank, which then put diesel into my gas tank. The car got me home, but wouldn't start after that because the spark plugs gave up on life. Got everything fixed on the gas station's dime, which cost about $800. Luckily for them, I didn't need a new engine.
It's much better to put diesel in a petrol engine than the other way around. I accidentally confused the colours of the spigots once (thank you very much, British Petroleum) and put petrol in my ex-fiancée's diesel engine. The damage came to more then €8000. To their immense credit, Volkswagen paid for the entire repair. Though given what I know about my ex now, I would be much happier had they not. :-P
I use the same gas station every time I get a refill, but one time I hadn't remembered to fill up before a long day. I stopped into a different gas station whose sides for the diesel fuel were flipped, and I absentmindedly filled my whole car up with it, thinking it was the regular gas I use. Maybe the same happened to him.
In the UK, the diesel pumps are black and the petroleum pumps are green. They also have labels on to say what they are, the gauge says what you're pumping along with the price. Diesel is more expensive, surely you'd be smart enough to use your eyes before spending so much money in a short space of time. I couldn't remember which side the pump was on if I went to the same one every time.
What a pain in the gas.
That's just an overall bad idea. Maybe you should've pumped it yourself and let him go inside to pay and get the snacks...or at least watched and made sure he could do it properly.