Incorrect fuel in a Ford Escort? Diesel in your Petrol Ford?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Ford is a fairly typical mistake. And exactly what you need to do about it is dependent upon various factors. If perhaps you would like to know what you have to do to sort it out then stay with me.
These are the most important variables to think about when determining whether to get the car drained:

  1. How much Diesel did you put in to the Ford, taking into consideration that the fuel capacity of your Ford Escort is in most cases about 55 litres?
    1. A small quantity of Diesel, less than 2.75 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Escort will generally not really be a big problem. Experience has shown us that quantities less than 2.75 litres (which is close to 5% of the whole fuel tank volume) is oftentimes capable of being completely diluted by completely topping up the remainder of the tank with the correct fuel.
      It's rather rare to encounter a vehicle going through difficulties with under 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Be aware that it is very infrequently found - in no way impossible to find. You will discover some vehicles that don't stand any amount of contamination at all.
    2. Anywhere between 2.75 and 5.5 litres of Diesel in the Ford (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 condition. Our experience has demonstrated that as many motorists get away with this as those who don't. When you are figuring out whether or not to chance it and just top it up recognise that it is the same thing as wagering it all on black - you have got a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything over 5.5 litres of Diesel in your Petrol Escort must promptly be drained out since your probability of driving with that amount of contamination is very likely lower than one in 50 - seriously long odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Ford and drove it: Have you spotted any kind of performance troubles as a result of putting the incorrect fuel in the Escort? If so, have it removed irrespective of the amount of Diesel or even the contamination ratio. Continually driving an automobile that is beginning to suffer the consequences of fuel contamination can only end up in even more damage being done to the fuel system components.
  3. Are you looking for reassurance?
    Then get it removed. Whatever the contamination ratio, there is always some extent of threat affiliated with running a Petrol engine on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Possible final outcomes of driving a car on the incorrect fuel can include the engine not starting, running lumpy, loss in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, damaged or clogged injectors, etc. These are some of the commonest Diesel in Petrol symptoms, and should you detect any of them stop and have it drained right away.

Don't simply get any general so-and-so to try to repair your car. We are Ford experts and hold the credentials and experience required to make certain you are back on the road with a minimum of hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Ford

By mistake put Diesel in a Petrol Ford? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Ford Escort?

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, having nationwide coverage, for Ford motorists particularly. We principally deal with:

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

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

The Process

The method of getting rid of Diesel from a Petrol car is essentially exactly the same for the majority of vehicle makes. Naturally it does differ a bit as each make has their own different fuel system. Nevertheless it still observes 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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