On Saturday 3 July I experienced a totally unexpected problem.
My car had not been driven for about three weeks.
After a short drive out of Ashfield into Campsie the trip back on Canterbury Rd turned into an ordeal at the intersection with Aldi St, as attempts to move from the lights stalled the engine. After five attempts to then start the engine only to stall on throttle, two top “samaritans” helped push the car off Canterbury Road onto Aldi St. NRMA road service attended and was unsure of the cause. The car had not had any hint of a problem till then and had been serviced by a competent and trustworthy mechanic. He was aware that some petrol stations had water contamination.
One possibility raised by me and then road service was water in the fuel, because three weeks ago (when last driven) the tank was topped up. Apparently, from the road service attendee experience, there were unfortunate other instances of motorists stuck with water-in-the-fuel breakdowns of recent past. In this case, there was still uncertainty as to the cause, however the symptoms could be water-in-the fuel.
The car, after left to idle for a protracted period on the Aldi St, was driven home. At this stage, I’ve put a small amount of a water dispersant fuel additive into the fuel tank. I intend on siphoning the bottom of the fuel tank and to see what comes up.
The accounts from Choice of water, and other contaminants, needs urgent action from NSW government regulatory authorities.
Whatever my particular event, there are petrol stations in NSW with contaminated fuel, and it has to stop. I could hardly believe the dire problems read from the Choice webset on much worse crook fuel consequences experienced by other motorists. Time for Choice.