Incorrect fuel in a Citroen C3 Pluriel? Diesel in your Petrol Citroen?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Citroen is a common problem. And its remedy depends on a number of factors. Assuming you want to know what it is best to do about it then please read on.
Let us discuss the most crucial variables to take into consideration when making a decision whether to have it drained:

  1. What amount of Diesel did you put in the Citroen, bearing in mind that the fuel tank capacity of the Citroen C3 Pluriel is in most cases around 47 litres?
    1. A small quantity of Diesel, something like 2.35 litres of Diesel in a Petrol C3 Pluriel will usually not necessarily be a big problem. Experience has shown us that quantities less than 2.35 litres (which is almost 5% of the total fuel tank volume) is very often capable of being adequately diluted by totally filling the rest of the tank with Petrol.
      It's quite unusual to come across a car or truck suffering from issues due to below 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Please remember it is infrequent - definitely not impossible to find. You will discover some motor vehicles that won't endure any level of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. Somewhere between 2.35 and 4.7 litres of Diesel in the Citroen (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 condition. Our experience demonstrates that as many drivers get away with this as those who break down. Any time you are trying to decide whether to risk it and basically fill it up remember that it is very much like betting your car on black - you have a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything in excess of 4.7 litres of Diesel in a Petrol C3 Pluriel really should straight away be drained seeing as your probability of getting away with that level of contamination is probably below one in fifty - definitely long odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Citroen and drove it: Have you seen any kind of performance issues after putting the bad fuel in your C3 Pluriel? If that's the case, have it removed no matter the quantity of Diesel or the contamination percentage. Continually driving a car that is beginning to suffer from the effect of wrong fuel contamination will definitely end up in more and more damage being done to the fuel system parts.
  3. Are you looking for security?
    In that case get it emptied. Regardless of contamination ratio, there is invariably some amount of risk connected to operating a Petrol motor on Petrol contaminated with the wrong fuel. Likely outcomes of driving a car on the incorrect fuel can include the motor not starting, running unevenly, loss in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, damaged or bunged injectors, and so forth. These are some of the commonest Diesel in Petrol signs or symptoms, and should you notice any of them then stop and have it removed immediately.

Do not simply have any unqualified mechanic to try to repair your automobile. We are Citroen experts and hold the credentials and practical experience necessary to ensure that you are back on the road with minimum hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Citroen

Unintentionally put Diesel in a Petrol Citroen? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Citroen C3 Pluriel?

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Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the leading wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, offering national coverage, for Citroen motorists particularly. We principally fix:

  • Unleaded petrol in your Diesel Vehicle
  • Diesel in your Unleaded Petrol Car
  • AdBlue contamination
  • Water contamination

We are Citroen specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Petrol Citroen vehicles. Regardless of whether it is at the roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your home, we can get you moving again.

The Process

The process of getting rid of Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is generally similar for the vast majority of cars. Needless to say it can differ a bit as every make has their unique fuel system. Even so it still fundamentally observes the following principles:

Petrol in Diesel Citroen

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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 FAQs

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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