Incorrect fuel in a Lotus Esprit? Diesel in a Petrol Lotus?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Lotus is a common error. And what you need to do about it will depend on an assortment of factors. In the event that you would like to find out what you must do to fix it then keep reading.
These are the most crucial variables to consider whenever making a decision whether or not to have the car drained:

  1. How much Diesel did you put in to the Lotus, keeping in mind that the fuel tank capacity of your Lotus Esprit is most likely approximately 73 litres?
    1. Hardly any Diesel, as little as 3.65 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Esprit will usually not be a significant problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that quantities less than 3.65 litres (5% of the whole fuel tank capacity) is very often able to be completely diluted by means of thoroughly filling up the remainder of the tank with Petrol.
      It is relatively unusual to find a motor vehicle suffering from problems due to lower than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Keep in mind it is unusual - definitely not impossible to encounter. There are a few automobiles that will not stand any amount of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. Anywhere between 3.65 and 7.3 litres of Diesel in the Lotus (5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 situation. Our expertise has revealed that as many drivers get away with it as all those who break down. When deciding whether or not to chance it and just top it up recognise that it is very much like gambling your car on black - you have a 50/50 chance of it working out.
    3. Anything over 7.3 litres of Diesel in your Petrol Esprit ought to right away be drained since your probability of getting away with this level of contamination is more than likely less than one in fifty - definitely long odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Lotus and drove it: Have you detected any kind of performance troubles as a result of putting the bad fuel in your Esprit? If you have, get it emptied regardless of the quantity of Diesel or even the contamination ratio. Proceeding to run running a motor vehicle that is starting to suffer the effects of wrong fuel contamination will probably just cause progressively more damage being done to your fuel system.
  3. Do you need peace of mind?
    You should get it emptied. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is invariably a certain level of threat associated with running a Petrol engine on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Probable consequences of driving on the wrong fuel include the engine refusing to start, running unevenly, decrease in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, and so on. These are several of the commonest Diesel in Petrol signs or symptoms, and should you recognise any of them cease driving and get it drained immediately.

Avoid getting any general so-and-so to try to repair your vehicle. We are Lotus experts and possess the skills and practical experience required to make certain you are back on the road with little hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Lotus

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

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As soon as we are done you should be able to get back on the road and get on with your day

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the primary wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, offering countrywide service, for Lotus motorists especially. We typically deal with:

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

We are Lotus specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Lotus vehicles. Regardless of whether it's roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your home, we can get you moving once again.

The Procedure

The procedure of getting rid of Diesel from a Petrol car is basically the same for virtually all motor vehicles. Naturally it may differ slightly as each brand has their particular distinct fuel system. However it still generally adheres to 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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