Incorrect fuel in a BMW ActiveHybrid 3? Diesel in your Petrol BMW?

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Filling up with Diesel in a Petrol BMW is a usual problem. And its solution is dependent upon several different things. In the event that you want to find out what you must do about it then stay with me.
Right here are the most important factors to think about whenever figuring out whether to have a fuel drain:

  1. What amount of Diesel did you put in to the BMW, taking into consideration that the fuel capacity of your BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is in most cases roughly 60 litres?
    1. A tiny quantity of Diesel, less than 3 litres of Diesel in a Petrol ActiveHybrid 3 will quite often not be a major problem. Experience has shown us that an amount less than 3 litres (which is approximately 5% of the overall fuel tank) is generally able to be completely diluted simply by totally topping up the tank with Petrol.
      It's rather unusual to find an automobile suffering from problems due to less than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Bear in mind that it is very infrequently found - in no way impossible to encounter. There are a few vehicles that don't stand any level of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. Between 3 and 6 litres of Diesel in the BMW (5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 condition. Our experience has revealed that as many motorists get away with it as all those who don't. Any time you are deciding upon whether to risk it and just simply top it up recognise that it is the same as gambling all of it on black - you will have a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything above 6 litres of Diesel in a Petrol ActiveHybrid 3 should straight away be removed seeing that your probability of getting away with that quantity of contamination is probably below one in fifty - definitely big odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol BMW and drove it: Have you spotted any kind of performance concerns since putting the bad fuel in the ActiveHybrid 3? In that case, get it removed regardless of the amount of Diesel or even the contamination ratio. Still driving a vehicle that is beginning to suffer from the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will definitely end up in increasing amounts of harm being done to the fuel system parts.
  3. Are you interested in assurance?
    Then simply just get it emptied. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is invariably some amount of threat caused by operating a Petrol vehicle on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Likely outcomes of driving on the incorrect fuel include the engine not starting, running unevenly, loss of power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn or blocked injectors, etc. These are several of the most frequently seen Diesel in Petrol signs and symptoms, and if you recognise any of them stop and get it drained right now.

Do not just get any jack-of-all-trades to attend your automobile. We are BMW experts and possess the credentials and practical experience required to ensure you are back on the road with no hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol BMW

By mistake put Diesel in a Petrol BMW? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your BMW ActiveHybrid 3?

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We are the primary wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, offering countrywide coverage, for BMW motorists particularly. We mostly fix:

  • Unleaded petrol in a Diesel Car
  • Diesel in an Unleaded Petrol Car
  • AdBlue contamination
  • Water contamination

We are BMW specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol BMW vehicles. Regardless of whether it is roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your house, we are able to get you going again.

The Procedure

The process of removing Diesel from a Petrol car is basically the same for virtually all cars. Of course it does vary a little as every make has their own fuel system. However it still fundamentally adheres to the following guidelines:

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Fuel Drain

Empty the Fuel Tank

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System Flush

Clean out the fuel lines & pumps

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Vehicle Restart

Get the car up and running again

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Diesel in Petrol Questions

When someone has put Diesel in a Petrol car they have a few very common questions. So we have compiled a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions for you

I put Diesel in a Petrol car and drove it. What do I do?


Turn off the car as soon as possible and call us. Continuing to run a vehicle on the wrong fuel can potentially damage it. We will be able to give you advice and assistance based on your circumstances

Will driving a Petrol car on Diesel cause damage to it?


It can. However, if the problem is caught and remedied quickly the risks will be minimal. Of the 1,500 vehicles we attend every month, less than 0.5% have suffered and substantial damage requiring parts replacement.

How much Diesel can I get away with in a Petrol car?


The safe answer is none. However you might be able to get away with a very low contamination ratio. That being said, we always highly recommend draining anything over a 5% contamination ratio asap.

I know about petrol in diesel, but what about Super Unleaded?


Putting Super Unleaded, or Shell V-Power, BP Ultimate Unleaded, etc, will have the exact same effect as putting regular unleaded petrol in your diesel car and will need to be drained out and flushed.

Will getting you to do a fuel drain void my warranty?


No! The EU Block Exemption Regulations clearly state that "the work can be carried out by as long as that garage uses manufacturer approved parts and correctly follows the manufacturer's service schedule."

Can I top it up with Petrol and add some 2-stroke oil?


This might work on some vehicles in some cases, but in the majority on instances it won't and you risk damaging the Lambda sensors as well as fuel pump and injectors, just as a regular misfuel.

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