Bad fuel in your Kia Picanto? Diesel in your Petrol Kia?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Kia is a regularly occurring mistake to make. And exactly what you need to do about it is determined by a few factors. If you want to know what you have to do about this then continue reading.
Listed here are the most crucial factors to to consider whenever deciding on whether to get the car drained:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel did you put in to the Kia, keeping in mind that the fuel capacity of the Kia Picanto is normally roughly 35 litres?
    1. A tiny quantity of Diesel, as little as 1.75 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Picanto will quite often not be a massive problem. Experience has taught us that an amount less than 1.75 litres (close to 5% of the fuel tank volume) is in many instances able to be completely diluted through totally topping the remainder of the tank with the correct fuel.
      It is very rare to find a vehicle experiencing issues with below 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Do not forget that it's unusual - definitely not impossible to find. There are certain automobiles that won't stand any level of contamination at all.
    2. Somewhere between 1.75 and 3.5 litres of Diesel in the Kia (5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 condition. Our practical experience demonstrates that as many drivers get away with it as those people who don't. When you are deciding on whether or not to chance it and basically top it up remember that it is just like betting all of it on black - you have got a 50/50 possibility of it working out.
    3. Anything more than 3.5 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Picanto must straightaway be drained out since your probability of getting away with that level of contamination is more than likely below one in fifty - truly long odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Kia and drove it: Have you noticed any performance problems ever since putting the wrong fuel in your Picanto? If so, have it emptied no matter the volume of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Still running an automobile that is starting to suffer the effect of fuel contamination will probably typically be responsible for even more damage being caused to your fuel system parts.
  3. Do you need security?
    Then simply just get it emptied. No matter the contamination ratio, there is invariably some degree of risk caused by driving a Petrol vehicle on fuel contaminated with the wrong fuel. Likely consequences of driving a car on the wrong fuel include things like the engine not starting, running unevenly, lack of power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or blocked injectors, and so on. These are some of the most common Diesel in Petrol signs and symptoms, and if you recognise any of them stop and have it drained right now.

Do not just have any jack-of-all-trades to try to fix your vehicle. We are Kia specialists and possess the credentials and knowledge required to make sure that you get back on the road with no hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Kia

By mistake put Diesel in a Petrol Kia? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Kia Picanto?

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Once completed You Get Moving Again

When we have completed you should be able to get back moving and get on with your trip

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the leading wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, boasting countrywide coverage, for Kia motorists especially. We principally attend:

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

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

The Process

The procedure of getting rid of Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is essentially the same for most cars. Naturally it can differ to some extent as each make has their particular distinct fuel system. Having said that it still essentially observes the below 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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