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Thought I was doing the daughter a favour today as we only moved her into her new house 2 days ago and she is very busy so, Dad filled her car up, a 2006 Croma 150 Eleganza.

I remember looking at the pump and seeing the logo "Momentum" on it and absently picking it up and pumping away until the tank was full. I got 3 miles. The car is now sat outside her house couresty of a nice AA man, waiting for the fuel team to arrive tomorrow and pump and flush the system. Cost of this service, £180 plus the cost of the wasted fuel.

I can think of better things to blow £180 on on a sunny Sunday. And I always said I could not work out how people manage to do it. Believe me it is very easy and only takes a slight loss of concentration while your brain is in auto and you are filling up. :cry:

Daughter is not amused !
 

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im guilty of that one too,i always thought it just happen to stupid people and would never happen to me, until the day my brain was on auto pilot.
 

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I've done it both ways round in the past diesel into a 1.8 vauxhell Carlton and petrol into a 1.9 grdt 405... The 405 was ok but I swear the Carlton never ever ran right after that :(
 

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Hi

Diesel in a petrol is far less damaging.

Presume the Croma is a modern common rail engine. If so having been run for 3 miles the pump is probably damaged (and not cheap).

If fully comp then should be covered on insurance (and a claim might be the cheapest thing to do).

All the best

Keith
 

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How much would you charge to cover the costs of a fully equipped van and operator (who may spend as much time on the road or waiting for a call than working) plus disposal of the contaminated fuel?

@ Kickstart - when I did something similar the AA man said that thinking has changed. It used to be normal to change every fuel related component but now they just suck the contaminated fuel out, clear any faults, pour a bit of lubricant in and fill up with diesel. He said that he has been on the fuel contamination unit for 4 years and is yet to hear of any damage actually being reported.
 

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thank god it wasnt diesel into a petrol.:tut:
Deisel into petrol isn't a problem jusT drain it and the car will burn the rest off , it will smoke like a ww2,destroyer but will be ok . But petrol into a deisel car and that will be curtains for that fuel pump and engine .
 

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My mrs did it to my jtd :rolleyes: at least she didn't start it !
 

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Blimey, I hope everything will be o.k. mechanically.
 

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How much would you charge to cover the costs of a fully equipped van and operator (who may spend as much time on the road or waiting for a call than working) plus disposal of the contaminated fuel?
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It cost me £200 to get a new fuel pump, incl VAT, 10% import tax and labor. Not related to any wrong petrol mistake, but still - this is a new Borshe part I get to keep and use for 10 years.

£180 given to AA; you only get a sour taste in your mouth every time you envy buying something that cost £180.

If I were to accidentally fill with diesel, I would call a friend with a pickup truck tow my car to my alfa dude to drain this stuff; total cost 6 heinekens, 2 favors, some petrol and a day off work.
 

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@ Kickstart - when I did something similar the AA man said that thinking has changed. It used to be normal to change every fuel related component but now they just suck the contaminated fuel out, clear any faults, pour a bit of lubricant in and fill up with diesel. He said that he has been on the fuel contamination unit for 4 years and is yet to hear of any damage actually being reported.
Not sure, but know that insurance companies not that long ago were happy to foot the bill for a new pump even if they looked OK, as it was cheaper than having to do a load more work replacing the pump a couple of months later.

It cost me £200 to get a new fuel pump, incl VAT, 10% import tax and labor. Not related to any wrong petrol mistake, but still - this is a new Borshe part I get to keep and use for 10 years.
A diesel pump is a far more expensive item than a petrol on. Petrol pump only needs to be fairly low pressure compared to a common rail diesel diesel pump.

All the best

Keith
 

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I did it once, petrol into diesel, luckily only about £10 before I realised. Didn't turn it on. AA came towed us to local garage, 1 hour later £120 lighter. I still don't know what made me do it as we had 3 diesel cars/vans at the time.
 
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