What happens if you put diesel in a regular car?


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Driving a regular car after putting diesel in it can cause severe engine damage. When the car's fuel injectors fill with the diesel, they fail to ignite the spark plugs.

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If the spark plugs fail to ignite, the engine will not receive the spark it needs to turn over. If a person fills the car with diesel and realizes it right away, he or she should not drive the car. It is vital to promptly call a tow truck and have the vehicle moved to a local repair shop. A mechanic can flush the fuel system to prevent damage to the engine and components.

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