Published Mar 03, 2016

The fuel contained water and was then pumped into a number of cars at the supermarket’s Pinhoe branch.

Many of the cars with the affected fuel broke down soon after leaving the forecourt, with some making onto the main roads surrounding the city.

This problem occurs when water disrupts the lubricating effect of the diesel fuel, causing serious damage because of the added friction on the internal parts.

Diesel engines are much more fragile than petrol ones and are very difficult to fix, due to the complex nature of their make-up. Both types of engine can be affected however.

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