Wrong fuel in your Citroen C3? Diesel in a Petrol Citroen?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Citroen is a common problem. And its solution will depend on a few things. If you would like to find out what you ought to do about it then continue reading.
Here are the key factors to take into account when determining whether to get the car drained:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel did you put into the Citroen, keeping in mind that the fuel capacity of the Citroen C3 is usually approximately 45 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Diesel, as little as 2.25 litres of Diesel in a Petrol C3 will typically not be a huge problem. Experience has shown us that an amount under 2.25 litres (about 5% of the overall fuel tank) is generally capable of being adequately diluted by entirely filling up the rest of the tank with the appropriate fuel.
      It is very rare to find an automobile having problems due to below 5% wrong fuel contamination. Do not forget that it's infrequently found - certainly not impossible to find. You will discover some cars that won't endure any level of contamination whatsoever.
    2. In between 2.25 and 4.5 litres of Diesel in the Citroen (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 scenario. Our working experience has shown that as many motorists get away with it as those who don't. Any time you are deciding upon whether to risk it and just fill it up consider that it is the same as betting your car on black - you will have a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything in excess of 4.5 litres of Diesel in your Petrol C3 ought to straightaway be drained out as your probability of driving with this amount of contamination is probably less than one in fifty - definitely huge odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Citroen and drove it: Have you detected any kind of performance issues since putting the bad fuel in the C3? In that case, have it removed no matter the quantity of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Continually running a motor vehicle that is now starting to suffer the consequences of fuel contamination will probably just cause more and more damage being caused to the fuel system.
  3. Are you looking for reassurance?
    You should get it removed. No matter the contamination percentage, there is inevitably a certain level of danger associated with driving a Petrol motor on Petrol contaminated with the incorrect fuel. Likely consequences of driving a vehicle on the wrong fuel include things like the motor refusing to start, running unevenly, lack of power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, and so forth. These are a few of the commonest Diesel in Petrol signs and symptoms, and if you observe any of them stop and get it drained as soon as possible.

Stay away from having any unqualified mechanic to attend your automobile. We are Citroen experts and possess the credentials and knowledge needed to make sure that you get back on the road with minimal hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Citroen

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

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

  • Unleaded petrol in Diesel Auto
  • Diesel in Unleaded Petrol Auto
  • AdBlue contamination
  • Water fuel contamination

We are Citroen specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Petrol Citroen vehicles. Whether it is roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your house, we are able to get you going once again.

The Procedure

The process of extracting Diesel from a Petrol car is basically identical for most vehicle makes. Of course it does differ slightly as every make has their unique distinct fuel system. Having said that it still follows the following points:

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Empty the Fuel Tank

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System Flush

Clean out the fuel lines & pumps

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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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