Contaminated fuel in a Lotus Europa? Diesel in a Petrol Lotus?

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Filling up with Diesel in a Petrol Lotus is a very common mistake. And its remedy is dependent upon several things. Assuming you would like to find out what you should do about it then please read on.
Listed below are the most important variables to take into consideration when deciding on whether to get a fuel drain:

  1. How much Diesel did you put in to the Lotus, taking into account that the fuel tank capacity of the Lotus Europa is in most cases roughly 44 litres?
    1. A tiny quantity of Diesel, less than 2.2 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Europa will typically not be a massive problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that an amount less than 2.2 litres (approximately 5% of the entire fuel tank capacity) is very often able to be sufficiently diluted through completely filling the rest of the tank with the right fuel.
      It is relatively uncommon to come across a car going through issues due to lower than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Bear in mind that it's uncommon - certainly not impossible to find. There are actually a number of vehicles that will not endure any degree of contamination in the slightest.
    2. In between 2.2 and 4.4 litres of Diesel in the Lotus (from 5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 scenario. Our practical experience has revealed that as many drivers get away with this as those people who don't. Any time you're figuring out whether to risk it and just simply top it up recognise that it is the same thing as betting everything on black - you have got a 50/50 possibility of it working.
    3. Anything in excess of 4.4 litres of Diesel in your Petrol Europa should promptly be drained out since your probability of driving with this quantity of contamination is certainly less than one in fifty - seriously long odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Lotus and drove it: Have you noticed any performance issues ever since putting the bad fuel in your Europa? If so, get it emptied irrespective of the quantity of Diesel or the contamination ratio. Continually running an automobile that is currently starting to suffer from the effects of wrong fuel contamination will definitely be responsible for progressively more damage being done to the fuel system components.
  3. Do you need reassurance?
    Then simply just get it emptied. Regardless of contamination ratio, there is always a certain level of danger affiliated with driving a Petrol vehicle on Petrol contaminated with Diesel. Possible results of driving a car on the incorrect fuel can include the motor not starting, running lumpy, decrease in power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or bunged injectors, and the like. These are a few of the most typical Diesel in Petrol signs and symptoms, and if you recognise any of them then cease driving and have it drained right away.

Keep away from getting any unqualified mechanic to try to drain your automobile. We are Lotus specialists and have the qualifications and working experience required to make certain you get back on the road with a minimum of hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Lotus

Mistakenly put Diesel in a Petrol Lotus? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Lotus Europa?

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As soon as we are done you can get back on the road and get on with your trip

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the leading wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, boasting nationwide coverage, for Lotus motorists particularly. We principally attend to:

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

We are Lotus specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Lotus vehicles. Even if it is at the roadside, on a station forecourt, or even at home, we can get you moving again.

The Process

The technique of extracting Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is generally the same for the majority of motor vehicles. Of course it does differ to some degree as each make has their own fuel system. Nevertheless it still essentially observes the following guidelines:

Petrol in Diesel Lotus

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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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