Bad fuel in your Saab 9000? Diesel in a Petrol Saab?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Saab is a well-known mistake. And what you should do about it depends on several different things. If perhaps you want to find out what you should do about this then stay with me.
Listed below are the most important variables to think about whenever deciding whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel did you put in the Saab, bearing in mind that the fuel tank capacity of the Saab 9000 is most likely approximately 66 litres?
    1. A modest quantity of Diesel, something like 3.3 litres of Diesel in a Petrol 9000 will in most cases not be a major problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that quantities under 3.3 litres (which is about 5% of the fuel tank capacity) is oftentimes able to be adequately diluted simply by completely filling up the remainder of the tank with Petrol.
      It is rather unusual to come across an automobile suffering from issues due to less than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Keep in mind it is very unusual - definitely not impossible to encounter. You will discover certain automobiles that don't endure any quantity of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. Anywhere between 3.3 and 6.6 litres of Diesel in the Saab (5 to 10%) is a 50/50 scenario. Our practical experience has proven that as many drivers get away with this as all those who don't. Whenever you are deciding on whether or not to risk it and just fill it up remember that it is much like wagering it all on black - you've got a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything in excess of 6.6 litres of Diesel in a Petrol 9000 should really as soon as possible be drained out because your likelihood of driving with this quantity of contamination is undoubtedly lower than one in fifty - really long odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Saab and drove it: Have you observed any performance issues since putting the bad fuel in the 9000? In that case, have it emptied regardless of the amount of Diesel or even the contamination ratio. Proceeding to drive driving a vehicle that is already starting to suffer from the effects of fuel contamination will probably typically be responsible for even more damage being caused to your fuel system.
  3. Are you interested in reassurance?
    Then simply just get it removed. Regardless of the contamination percentage, there is invariably some amount of threat affiliated with running a Petrol motor on Petrol contaminated with the incorrect fuel. Probable consequences of driving on the incorrect fuel can include the engine refusing to start, running unevenly, loss in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, damaged or clogged injectors, and so forth. These are some of the most common Diesel in Petrol warning signs, and should you observe any of them cease driving and get it drained right away.

Don't just get any unqualified mechanic to try to drain your vehicle. We are Saab specialists and have got the credentials and working experience necessary to make sure that you are back on the road with minimal hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Saab

By mistake put Diesel in a Petrol Saab? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Saab 9000?

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We are the primary wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, offering nationwide service, for Saab motorists particularly. We primarily fix:

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

We are Saab specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Saab vehicles. Even if it is at the roadside, on a station forecourt, or even at your home, we are able to get you going again.

The Process

The technique of getting rid of Diesel from a Petrol car is essentially exactly the same for the vast majority of cars. Needless to say it may differ a bit as every make has their unique fuel system. Even so it still adheres to the following 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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