Incorrect fuel in your Ford Fiesta? Diesel in your Petrol Ford?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Ford is a regularly occurring mistake. And its solution is based on a number of factors. If perhaps you want to find out what you ought to do to fix it then keep on reading.
Listed here are the key variables to think about whenever making a decision whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. What level of Diesel did you put in the Ford, considering that the fuel capacity of the Ford Fiesta is normally around 42 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Diesel, as little as 2.1 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Fiesta will normally not really be a big problem. Experience has proven to us that quantities under 2.1 litres (roughly 5% of the fuel tank) is in many instances able to be completely diluted simply by completely topping up the rest of the tank with Petrol.
      It's rather rare to find a vehicle experiencing problems because of below 5% wrong fuel contamination. Be aware that it is very infrequent - in no way impossible to find. There are actually some vehicles that don't endure any degree of fuel contamination at all.
    2. Somewhere between 2.1 and 4.2 litres of Diesel in the Ford (from 5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 situation. Our expertise demonstrates that as many drivers get away with it as all those who break down. Any time you're deciding upon whether to chance it and just top it up recognise that it is much like gambling your car on black - you've got a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything in excess of 4.2 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Fiesta should immediately be drained since your probability of succeeding with this level of contamination is very likely less than one in 50 - definitely long odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Ford and drove it: Have you seen any kind of performance difficulties since putting the incorrect fuel in the Fiesta? If you have, have it emptied irrespective of the amount of Diesel or even the contamination ratio. Continually running a motor vehicle that is currently starting to suffer from the effect of fuel contamination will probably just cause even more harm affecting your fuel system.
  3. Do you want assurance?
    Then get it emptied. Regardless of the contamination ratio, there is inevitably some degree of danger connected with driving a Petrol motor on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Possible consequences of driving on the wrong fuel can include the motor not starting, running lumpy, losing power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or bunged injectors, and so forth. These are several of the most typical Diesel in Petrol symptoms, and if you detect any of them stop and have it removed asap.

Don't simply get any unqualified mechanic to try to drain your automobile. We are Ford experts and possess the qualifications and knowledge needed to make sure that you get back on the road with a minimum of hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Ford

Mistakenly put Diesel in a Petrol Ford? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Ford Fiesta?

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We are the primary wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, offering national service, for Ford motorists in particular. We mainly fix:

  • Unleaded petrol in your Diesel Auto
  • Diesel in your Unleaded Petrol Car
  • AdBlue contamination
  • Water contamination

We are Ford specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Petrol Ford vehicles. Whether or not it's at the roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your home, we can get you moving once again.

The Procedure

The procedure of removing Diesel from a Petrol car is fundamentally the same for virtually all motor vehicles. Needless to say it does differ a bit as every make has their particular distinct fuel system. Even so it still basically follows the below principles:

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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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