Incorrect fuel in your Kia Sportage? Diesel in your Petrol Kia?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Kia is a regularly occurring mistake. And its solution depends upon various things. If perhaps you would like to find out what you must do to fix it then read on.
Let us discuss the key variables to think about when deciding whether to get it drained:

  1. What level of Diesel have you put in to the Kia, bearing in mind that the fuel capacity of the Kia Sportage is probably around 58 litres?
    1. A modest quantity of Diesel, as little as 2.9 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Sportage will in most situations not be a major problem. Experience has shown us that anything less than 2.9 litres (which is almost 5% of the entire fuel tank capacity) is in many instances capable of being adequately diluted by means of totally topping up the rest of the tank with the right fuel.
      It is quite rare to come across a car experiencing difficulties because of less than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Bear in mind that it is very unusual - certainly not impossible to find. There are a few vehicles that will not stand any degree of fuel contamination at all.
    2. In between 2.9 and 5.8 litres of Diesel in the Kia (5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 condition. Our expertise has demonstrated that as many drivers get away with it as those people who break down. When figuring out whether to chance it and simply top it up consider that it is the same thing as gambling everything on black - you have got a 50/50 possibility of it working out.
    3. Anything more than 5.8 litres of Diesel in your Petrol Sportage must promptly be drained out since your likelihood of driving with that quantity of contamination is more than likely less than one in fifty - seriously huge odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Kia and drove it: Have you observed any kind of performance concerns as a result of putting the wrong fuel in the Sportage? In that case, have it emptied regardless of the quantity of Diesel or even the contamination ratio. Still driving a car that is now beginning to suffer from the effect of fuel contamination can definitely be responsible for more and more damage affecting your fuel system.
  3. Would you like assurance?
    In that case get it emptied. No matter the contamination percentage, there is always some amount of danger resulting from running a Petrol vehicle on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Possible results of driving on the wrong fuel can include the engine refusing to start, running unevenly, loss of power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or clogged injectors, and so on. These are a few of the most common Diesel in Petrol symptoms, and if you notice any of them then stop driving and get it removed as soon as possible.

Don't simply get any general so-and-so to attend your vehicle. We are Kia experts and have got the skills and working experience required to ensure that you get back on the road with minimal hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Kia

By mistake put Diesel in a Petrol Kia? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Kia Sportage?

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Once done You Get Going Once again

When we have finished you are able to get back on the road and get on with your trip

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the primary wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, boasting nationwide service, for Kia motorists especially. We typically deal with:

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

We are Kia specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Kia vehicles. Whether it is roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your house, we can get you moving again.

The Procedure

The process of removing Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is essentially the same for a large number of vehicles. As you can imagine it may vary to some extent as every make has their own distinct fuel system. Having said that it still generally adheres to the below points:

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Fuel Drain

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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