Incorrect fuel in your Lotus Elise? Diesel in your Petrol Lotus?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Lotus is a fairly typical problem. And exactly what you need to do about it is based on a variety of factors. If you would like to find out what you have to do to sort it out then keep reading.
Listed below are the main variables to take into account whenever choosing whether or not to have a fuel drain:

  1. What level of Diesel have you put in the Lotus, considering that the fuel tank capacity of the Lotus Elise is in most cases approximately 49 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Diesel, less than 2.45 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Elise will quite often not necessarily be a major problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that anything under 2.45 litres (5% of the whole fuel tank) is quite often capable of being completely diluted by thoroughly filling the remainder of the tank with the appropriate fuel.
      It is highly uncommon to encounter a motor vehicle suffering from difficulties because of less than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Keep in mind it's infrequently found - not impossible to encounter. You can get certain motor vehicles that will not endure any amount of contamination at all.
    2. Between 2.45 and 4.9 litres of Diesel in the Lotus (from 5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 scenario. Our practical experience has shown us that as many motorists get away with this as those people who don't. When you are trying to decide whether or not to risk it and basically fill it up remember that it is the same thing as wagering it all on black - you've got a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything over 4.9 litres of Diesel in your Petrol Elise should promptly be drained as your likelihood of succeeding with that quantity of contamination is probably below one in 50 - definitely long odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Lotus and drove it: Have you seen any kind of performance concerns ever since putting the wrong fuel in your Elise? If that's the case, get it removed regardless of the amount of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Continually driving an automobile that is beginning to suffer from the consequences of fuel contamination will likely be responsible for more and more damage affecting the fuel system.
  3. Do you need security?
    Then simply just get it emptied. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is always some degree of danger connected with running a Petrol vehicle on fuel contaminated with the incorrect fuel. Possible outcomes of driving a car on the incorrect fuel normally include the motor refusing to start, running lumpy, losing power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or blocked injectors, and so forth. These are a few of the most common Diesel in Petrol symptoms, and should you recognise any of them then stop and have it drained right away.

Refrain from getting any unqualified mechanic to attend your vehicle. We are Lotus specialists and hold the certification and expertise needed to ensure that you get back on the road with little hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Lotus

Mistakenly put Diesel in a Petrol Lotus? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Lotus Elise?

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Once done You Get Moving Again

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Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the primary wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, boasting countrywide coverage, for Lotus motorists especially. We primarily attend to:

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

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

The Process

The method of draining Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is fundamentally the same for the vast majority of motor vehicles. As you can imagine it can differ somewhat as every brand has their own fuel system. Nevertheless it still fundamentally follows the below points:

Petrol in Diesel Lotus

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 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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