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Wrong fuel in car

I accidently put in unleaded and someone told me u need a solutuion first in the tank as its a classic car and then put fuel i it? probably ruined it now

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  • msclairefarr Jan 18, 2009

    hi tom its a fiat x1/9 reg c83 cst, 1498 cc engine, petrol, it had a little bit of fuel in it so i went to the garage to fill it up a tiny bit put £5 of unleaded in it and then it never worked after that and someone said u might need a soultion to add into the fuel? so who knows, its been in a garage for over 1yr now and it has a flat battery, and an oil leek and no one will look at it asked all the local mechanics claire

  • matt_mx1 Feb 27, 2009

    I have a nissan patrol wagon that is a diesel car, it had quater tank of diesel in it and i filled it up the 3 quaters with unleaded fuel, how do i fix this problem

  • matt_mx1 Feb 27, 2009

    hey i have a nissan patrol wagon and it is a diesel engine, it had quater tank of diesel and i put in half a tank of unleaded, how do i fix this, can i just drain it?

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Hi, My name is Tom and I need to get some info on your car. Make,year,engine type, how long it has been stored, was there any fuel in the car from before, was the old fuel drained, does the engine call for the good old leaded type? What is it that you think that you may have ruined? Tom.

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  • Tom Callan Jan 19, 2009

    Claire,

    First off, the battery needs to be charged up, load tested and terminals cleaned. I would then remove the spark plugs and put a couple squirts of 30 wt oil in each cylinder, reinstall spark plugs. After the battery was checked out and hooked up again, have some one check for spark where the plug wire attaches to the spark plug. This should be done by a mechanic as a spark should occur when you start to ground out the spark plug wire to a metal spot on the engine as the engine is turned over with the ignition on. But I stress that some one who knows cars should do this as a shock may occur. If you could call me I can give you more advice. There are also other ways that be used to check the condition of the engine that I can explain in greater detail if you can call. Thanks, Tom. 860-304-6366

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