DOZENS of drivers broke down after buying fuel at Asda, because a bungling supplier filled its garage’s petrol reservoir with diesel.
Baffled motorists ground to a halt after unwittingly filling up their cars with the wrong fuel.
Motorists quickly broke down after they unknowingly filled their cars with the wrong fuel at the Asda garage on Anglesey[/caption]
Two pumps dispensed diesel instead of unleaded petrol for half an hour over a lunchtime period[/caption]
The blunder was uncovered when drivers began calling the AA with the same problem after leaving the store.
Robert Howe, whose car conked out within a few miles, said: “When the AA came, they couldn’t work out what was wrong because I was certain I’d filled it up with petrol.
“When they said I’d filled it with diesel I said, ‘That isn’t possible.’
“It was only after the AA was called out to several cars in an hour that they realised what had happened.
I spoke to the Asda manager and they’ve admitted what’s happened. Someone is supposed to get in touch with me about compensation.”
Two pumps dispensed diesel instead of unleaded petrol for half an hour over a lunchtime period.
The AA was able to drain out Mr Howe’s fuel and get his car going.
But putting in the wrong fuel can damage a vehicle’s fuel pump and risks causing havoc to the engine.
Around 150,000 UK drivers a year make the blunder — one every three minutes. It can cost between £400 and £4,000 to repair a vehicle if the wrong fuel gets into the engine.
Mechanics advise not trying to start the car if you realise your mistake.
The Asda mix-up happened from 1pm to 1.30pm at Llangefni on Anglesey, North Wales, on June 21.
Store chiefs say the diesel was accidentally put into the wrong forecourt tank by a supplier.
A spokesman added: “This was an isolated incident caused by human error.
“We are incredibly sorry for any inconvenience and urge anyone who thinks they may have been affected to contact us.
“We will ensure they are not left out of pocket.”