Drivers worried about ‘contaminated fuel’ at petrol station as engine issues reported

Drivers worried about ‘contaminated fuel’ at petrol station as engine issues reported

Some customers complained that their car wouldn’t start after buying petrol over the past few days from the Sainsbury’s forecourt in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Sainsbury’s said it was investigating the claims about the forecourt.

She claimed the Sainsbury’s call centre informed her she was the 15th person to report the matter.

Another customer called Jonathan said he filled his car on Thursday afternoon from empty with £50 of petrol before he drove home a mile away.

He said: “I started up the next morning and it didn’t go well – white smoke, bunny hopping – just no power, lots of issues. 

“I contacted a mechanic and Sainsbury’s and turns out the petrol station has been closed for an investigation into contaminated petrol. 

“As soon as you started it up you could tell something wasn’t right with the engine – it was struggling.

“I only live about a mile away, so I filled it up and drove home. Then the next morning when I started it, that’s when it all went wrong.

“It’s the last thing you think when your car breaks down, whether it was the £50 worth of petrol that caused it. You’re not going to think like that.

“How many people in Bangor or anyone who filled up there in good faith has had something wrong with their car?”

In a statement to, a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We have received a small number of complaints from customers who used the unleaded pump at our Bangor petrol filling station towards the end of last week.

“Unleaded petrol is unavailable while we investigate and we continue to offer diesel and super unleaded.

“We will keep our customers updated and we’re sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.”

Published at Tue, 19 Oct 2021 20:19:00 +0000