Q. When I put petrol in my diesel Audi A5, Fuel Doctor drained the tank. I declined to pay £20 for an additive to prevent “dangerous fumes in the tank” affecting the engine management system. Was this necessary?
A. We spoke to Fuel Doctor (0845 4590 000), which offers mis-fuelling remedies. It was baffled by talk of “dangerous fumes” and would be happy to discuss your issue.
It said an additive is available for about £20 that helps to lubricate the seals (around the injectors and suchlike), but is not vital, usually being recommended when fuel has got into a running engine.
If you had the fuel drained before driving the car (so avoiding damage to the fuel pump and injectors), you were right to decline the charge.
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