Bad fuel in a Ferrari 458 Italia? Diesel in your Petrol Ferrari?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Ferrari is a well-known error. And what you need to do about it hinges on several different factors. If you want to find out what to do to sort it out then stay with me.
Right here are the key factors to consider when deciding on whether to get a fuel drain:

  1. How much Diesel did you put in the Ferrari, bearing in mind that the fuel capacity of your Ferrari 458 Italia is most likely roughly 95 litres?
    1. A tiny amount of Diesel, less than 4.75 litres of Diesel in a Petrol 458 Italia will generally not really be a huge problem. Experience has shown us that an amount under 4.75 litres (which is 5% of the fuel tank volume) is sometimes capable of being completely diluted through thoroughly topping the rest of the tank with Petrol.
      It's highly rare to find a motor vehicle going through issues with lower than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Please remember it is very uncommon - certainly not impossible to encounter. There are some vehicles that will not stand any quantity of contamination whatsoever.
    2. Between 4.75 and 9.5 litres of Diesel in the Ferrari (5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 condition. Our practical experience has revealed that as many motorists get away with it as all those who don't. Any time you are trying to decide whether to risk it and basically fill it up bear in mind that it is much like wagering everything on black - you've got a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything more than 9.5 litres of Diesel in your Petrol 458 Italia really should as soon as possible be drained as your probability of getting away with that quantity of contamination is probably less than one in fifty - definitely big odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Ferrari and drove it: Have you observed any kind of performance concerns since putting the bad fuel in the 458 Italia? If you have, have it removed no matter the quantity of Diesel or the contamination ratio. Proceeding to drive driving a vehicle that is already starting to suffer the consequences of fuel contamination will definitely end up in progressively more harm being done to the fuel system components.
  3. Do you want peace of mind?
    In that case get it removed. Whatever the contamination ratio, there is inevitably a certain level of threat associated with driving a Petrol motor on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Likely implications of driving a car on the wrong fuel include the motor refusing to start, running unevenly, losing power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, and the like. These are several of the commonest Diesel in Petrol symptoms, and should you recognise any of them stop and have it drained asap.

Don't simply have any unqualified so-and-so to attend your car. We are Ferrari specialists and hold the skills and expertise needed to make sure that you get back on the road with a minimum of hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Ferrari

Mistakenly put Diesel in a Petrol Ferrari? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Ferrari 458 Italia?

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We arrive and do a fuel drain

We would go to you to undertake the contaminated fuel removal & purge there on scene

All done & You Get Going Again

Once we have finished you can get back moving and get on with your trip

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the top rated wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, boasting countrywide service, for Ferrari motorists especially. We mostly deal with:

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

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

The Process

The method of removing Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is in essence identical for a large number of motor vehicles. As you can imagine it does vary slightly as every brand has their own different fuel system. Nevertheless it still follows the below principles:

Petrol in Diesel Ferrari

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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 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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