Driver tries to vacuum fuel from her tank, sets car on fire
Putting the wrong fuel in your car is easy enough to do on accident, and also easy enough to rectify with the help of a professional if you haven’t run the car for too long. Alternatively, if you’re feeling especially brave, you could try sticking a vacuum cleaner hose into the fuel filler and empty out the tank yourself. It should be said that we here at NZ Autocar don’t endorse this.
A driver in Eschborn, Germany, found themselves in exactly the situation described above but instead of contacting their local professional, they roped in a young passer-by and pushed the car to a nearby service station, hoping a vacuum cleaner intended for a vehicle’s interior would do the trick. They dropped one end of a garden hose into the fuel tank and tried to attach the vacuum pipe to suck the petrol out of the diesel-powered VW Passat.
Makes sense, in theory, at least until the petrol fumes ignited and set fire to both the car and the vacuum cleaner. Damage costs reportedly broke €30,000 but, thankfully, some form of divine intervention prevented the whole petrol station from going up in flames.