Bad fuel in your Fiat Grande Punto? Diesel in a Petrol Fiat?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Fiat is a regular error. And its remedy depends upon a variety of things. If perhaps you would like to know what you need to do to fix it then please read on.
These are the most important variables to take into consideration whenever figuring out whether or not to have a fuel drain:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel did you put in to the Fiat, taking into account that the fuel capacity of your Fiat Grande Punto is in most cases around 45 litres?
    1. A tiny amount of Diesel, something like 2.25 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Grande Punto will typically not be a big problem. Experience has proven to us that an amount less than 2.25 litres (which is about 5% of the whole fuel tank capacity) is usually capable of being adequately diluted simply by thoroughly filling the tank with Petrol.
      It's relatively unusual to encounter a vehicle going through problems with less than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Keep in mind it is unusual - not impossible to find. There are a number of motor vehicles that won't endure any quantity of fuel contamination at all.
    2. Anywhere between 2.25 and 4.5 litres of Diesel in the Fiat (5 to 10%) is a 50/50 situation. Our working experience demonstrates that as many people get away with it as those people who don't. When deciding upon whether to chance it and simply fill it up recognise that it is just like betting everything on black - you have got a 50/50 chance of it working.
    3. Anything in excess of 4.5 litres of Diesel in your Petrol Grande Punto should really right away be removed because your likelihood of getting away with this quantity of contamination is more than likely below one in 50 - truly huge odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Fiat and drove it: Have you detected any kind of performance troubles after putting the bad fuel in your Grande Punto? If that's the case, get it emptied irrespective of the amount of Diesel or the contamination ratio. Continually running a car that is already starting to suffer the effects of fuel contamination will probably definitely cause even more damage being done to the fuel system parts.
  3. Would you like reassurance?
    You should get it removed. Regardless of the contamination percentage, there is always some degree of threat linked with running a Petrol vehicle on fuel contaminated with the wrong fuel. Likely final outcomes of driving a vehicle on the wrong fuel include things like the engine refusing to start, running unevenly, decrease in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, damaged or blocked injectors, etc. These are several of the commonest Diesel in Petrol signs and symptoms, and in the event that you detect any of them then cease driving and have it removed right now.

Avoid getting any jack-of-all-trades to attend your vehicle. We are Fiat specialists and hold the credentials and working experience required to make certain you are back on the road with little hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Fiat

By mistake put Diesel in a Petrol Fiat? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Fiat Grande Punto?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, having countrywide coverage, for Fiat motorists in particular. We predominantly deal with:

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

We are Fiat specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Petrol Fiat vehicles. Whether it's roadside, on a station forecourt, or even at home, we are able to get you on the road again.

The Procedure

The method of extracting Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is generally similar for the vast majority of vehicles. Naturally it may differ to some degree as every brand has their unique distinct fuel system. Having said that it still essentially follows the below 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

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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