Wrong fuel in a Daihatsu Charade? Diesel in a Petrol Daihatsu?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Daihatsu is a well-known mistake to make. And its solution will depend on various things. If you want to know what it is best to do to sort it out then keep reading.
Let us discuss the main factors to to consider when deciding on whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel have you put in to the Daihatsu, bearing in mind that the fuel capacity of the Daihatsu Charade is probably about 36 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Diesel, as little as 1.8 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Charade will in most situations not be a massive problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that anything less than 1.8 litres (which is roughly 5% of the entire fuel tank volume) is very often capable of being adequately diluted through completely filling the rest of the tank with the correct fuel.
      It is highly rare to find an automobile having issues because of lower than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Be aware that it is infrequently found - definitely not impossible to encounter. You can get a few motor vehicles that won't stand any quantity of fuel contamination at all.
    2. Between 1.8 and 3.6 litres of Diesel in the Daihatsu (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 situation. Our working experience has shown that as many motorists get away with this as those who don't. When deciding whether to chance it and just fill it up consider that it is very much like gambling everything on black - you will have a 50/50 possibility of it working.
    3. Anything in excess of 3.6 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Charade must right away be drained out as your probability of succeeding with that amount of contamination is very likely less than one in fifty - extremely long odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Daihatsu and drove it: Have you spotted any kind of performance problems after putting the incorrect fuel in your Charade? In that case, get it emptied regardless of the amount of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Continually running an automobile that is currently beginning to suffer the effect of fuel contamination will probably typically result in increasing amounts of harm affecting the fuel system parts.
  3. Do you need reassurance?
    You should get it drained. Regardless of the contamination percentage, there is invariably some amount of risk connected with driving a Petrol vehicle on Petrol contaminated with the wrong fuel. Possible results of driving on the wrong fuel include things like the engine not starting, running unevenly, reduced power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, damaged or clogged injectors, etc. These are some of the commonest Diesel in Petrol symptoms, and if you detect any of them then stop and have it removed immediately.

Keep away from having any unqualified mechanic to try to repair your vehicle. We are Daihatsu experts and possess the skills and practical experience required to ensure that you are back on the road with minimal hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Daihatsu

Inadvertently put Diesel in a Petrol Daihatsu? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Daihatsu Charade?

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, boasting nationwide cover, for Daihatsu motorists in particular. We mainly deal with:

  • Unleaded petrol in a Diesel Car
  • Diesel in Unleaded Petrol Vehicle
  • AdBlue contamination
  • Water fuel contamination

We are Daihatsu specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Daihatsu vehicles. Regardless of whether it is at the roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your home, we can get you going once again.

The Process

The technique of removing Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is fundamentally exactly the same for the vast majority of cars. Needless to say it may differ a little as every manufacturer has their particular different fuel system. Even so it still adheres to the below points:

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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 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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