Issues with contaminated fuel are somewhat rare nowadays, however, if you are unlucky enough to be in this situation, repairs can be very costly.
If you notice any of the following symptoms soon after refuelling you MAY have bought contaminated fuel:
- Engine running rough or lacking power/performance
- Engine harder to start than usual
- Misfiring, pinging or backfiring
- “Engine check” light illuminated
If you suspect that you have picked up a bad batch of fuel, your first priority is to take your car to your local mechanic or servicing dealer, for a check and verification.
If you are unable to drive your car to your mechanic, call our Road Assist team, who offer NRMA Members a quick check and advice or towing if assistance is necessary.
Be sure to note the date time and location of where the fuel was obtained. A fuel receipt will also be handy.
Advise the service station where you bought the fuel from that you are experiencing problems following the last refuelling and that you will be making a claim against them for the repairs that may be needed.
Have you ever experienced contaminated fuel before? Was it a costly repair?
Have any motoring related questions that you would like us to answer? Our Motoring Advice Team provides professional advice for NRMA Members. You can reach the team on 13 11 22 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).