Contaminated fuel in a Ferrari California? Diesel in a Petrol Ferrari?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Ferrari is a regularly occurring mistake to make. And exactly what you want to do about it is dependent upon several factors. In case you want to know what you should do to sort it out then stay with me.
Listed here the main factors to take into account when deciding whether to have the car drained:

  1. How much Diesel have you put in to the Ferrari, bearing in mind that the fuel tank capacity of the Ferrari California is usually about 78 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Diesel, as little as 3.9 litres of Diesel in a Petrol California will most of the time not really be a big problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that an amount under 3.9 litres (roughly 5% of the fuel tank volume) is frequently capable of being sufficiently diluted through totally filling up the rest of the tank with the correct fuel.
      It is quite unusual to come across an automobile going through problems because of under 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Keep in mind that it is rare - certainly not impossible to find. You can get some vehicles that won't endure any amount of fuel contamination at all.
    2. In between 3.9 and 7.8 litres of Diesel in the Ferrari (5 to 10%) is a 50/50 condition. Our experience has shown us that as many people get away with this as all those who don't. Whenever you are trying to decide whether or not to risk it and simply top it up consider that it is exactly like betting it all on black - you've got a 50/50 chance of it working.
    3. Anything over 7.8 litres of Diesel in a Petrol California really should right away be drained because your probability of succeeding with that amount of contamination is certainly lower than one in 50 - extremely long odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Ferrari and drove it: Have you noted any performance issues ever since putting the bad fuel in your California? If you have, get it drained no matter the volume of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Continually driving a vehicle that is beginning to suffer from the effects of wrong fuel contamination will definitely result in more damage affecting your fuel system parts.
  3. Do you need reassurance?
    In that case get it drained. Regardless of the contamination ratio, there is always some degree of risk affiliated with driving a Petrol engine on Petrol contaminated with the wrong fuel. Likely implications of driving a car on the incorrect fuel include the motor not starting, running unevenly, losing power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or blocked injectors, and so on. These are some of the most frequently seen Diesel in Petrol signs or symptoms, and if you notice any of them then stop driving and have it drained right away.

Do not just have any unqualified mechanic to try to repair your automobile. We are Ferrari specialists and hold the accreditation and practical experience needed to make certain you get back on the road with minimal hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Ferrari

By mistake put Diesel in a Petrol Ferrari? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Ferrari California?

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, having countrywide service, for Ferrari motorists particularly. We predominantly attend:

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

We are Ferrari specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Ferrari vehicles. No matter if it's at the roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your home, we are able to get you on the road again.

The Procedure

The technique of getting rid of Diesel from a Petrol car is in essence identical for a large number of vehicles. Needless to say it may differ somewhat as each manufacturer has their own different fuel system. Even so it still fundamentally follows the following guidelines:

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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

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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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