Wrong fuel in your Fiat Strada? Diesel in your Petrol Fiat?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Fiat is a common mistake. And its remedy depends on a number of factors. In the event that you would like to know what you need to do to sort it out then keep on reading.
Listed below are the most important factors to to consider whenever figuring out whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. How much Diesel have you put in to the Fiat, bearing in mind that the fuel tank capacity of your Fiat Strada is normally roughly 51 litres?
    1. Hardly any Diesel, less than 2.55 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Strada will more often than not not really be a major problem. Experience has taught us that quantities under 2.55 litres (roughly 5% of the overall fuel tank) is very often capable of being sufficiently diluted simply by entirely topping up the remainder of the tank with Petrol.
      It's pretty uncommon to encounter a vehicle having problems because of under 5% wrong fuel contamination. Be aware that it is very infrequent - not impossible to find. You will discover a few cars that will not endure any quantity of fuel contamination at all.
    2. Anywhere between 2.55 and 5.1 litres of Diesel in the Fiat (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 scenario. Our experience has shown us that as many people get away with this as those who break down. When deciding upon whether to chance it and just simply fill it up recognise that it is much like gambling your car on black - you have a 50/50 possibility of it working.
    3. Anything above 5.1 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Strada ought to straightaway be drained out as your likelihood of driving with that level of contamination is probably less than one in 50 - genuinely long odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Fiat and drove it: Have you observed any kind of performance difficulties after putting the bad fuel in the Strada? In that case, get it emptied regardless of the amount of Diesel or even the contamination ratio. Proceeding to run running a motor vehicle that is now beginning to suffer the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will definitely result in even more harm affecting the fuel system.
  3. Would you like reassurance?
    In that case get it emptied. Regardless of the contamination percentage, there is always some extent of risk affiliated with operating a Petrol vehicle on Petrol contaminated with Diesel. Possible final outcomes of driving a vehicle on the wrong fuel can include the engine refusing to start, running unevenly, loss in power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or clogged injectors, and so forth. These are some of the commonest Diesel in Petrol signs or symptoms, and in the event that you notice any of them stop and get it drained right now.

Steer clear of getting any jack-of-all-trades to attend your automobile. We are Fiat experts and hold the skills and knowledge required to ensure that you get back on the road with minimum hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Fiat

Unintentionally put Diesel in a Petrol Fiat? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Fiat Strada?

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We are the primary wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, boasting national coverage, for Fiat motorists especially. We predominantly fix:

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

We are Fiat specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Fiat vehicles. Whether it's roadside, on a station forecourt, or even at your home, we can get you going once again.

The Procedure

The method of getting rid of Diesel from a Petrol car is essentially similar for virtually all vehicles. Naturally it can differ a little as every make has their own fuel system. However it still essentially 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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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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