Contaminated fuel in a Vauxhall Ampera? Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall is a regular error. And its remedy will depend on several things. In case you want to find out what it is best to do to fix it then read on.
Listed here are the key variables to be aware of when determining whether to get a fuel drain:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel have you put in the Vauxhall, taking into account that the fuel capacity of the Vauxhall Ampera is in most cases approximately 35 litres?
    1. Hardly any Diesel, as little as 1.75 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Ampera will usually not really be a significant problem. Experience has taught us that quantities less than 1.75 litres (which is approximately 5% of the entire fuel tank) is oftentimes capable of being completely diluted simply by thoroughly filling up the tank with the right fuel.
      It's very uncommon to find a car or truck going through problems with less than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Keep in mind that it is rare - certainly not impossible to find. There are actually a few cars that don't stand any amount of contamination at all.
    2. Somewhere between 1.75 and 3.5 litres of Diesel in the Vauxhall (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 scenario. Our working experience has proven that as many motorists get away with this as all those who don't. When you are figuring out whether or not to risk it and simply top it up consider that it is much like betting all of it on black - you will have a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything in excess of 3.5 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Ampera should really straightaway be drained seeing that your probability of getting away with that level of contamination is undoubtedly lower than one in fifty - definitely big odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall and drove it: Have you noticed any kind of performance troubles after putting the bad fuel in your Ampera? If so, get it emptied irrespective of the amount of Diesel or even the contamination ratio. Continually driving a vehicle that is now beginning to suffer from the effect of wrong fuel contamination will probably likely be responsible for progressively more damage being caused to the fuel system.
  3. Would you like peace of mind?
    You should get it drained. Whatever the contamination ratio, there is inevitably some extent of threat associated with driving a Petrol vehicle on Petrol contaminated with the incorrect fuel. Likely final outcomes of driving on the wrong fuel can include the motor not starting, running lumpy, lack of power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or clogged injectors, etc. These are several of the commonest Diesel in Petrol symptoms, and in the event that you recognise any of them then cease driving and get it removed right now.

Don't simply get any jack-of-all-trades to try to drain your automobile. We are Vauxhall specialists and possess the skills and knowledge necessary to make sure that you get back on the road with minimal hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall

By mistake put Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Vauxhall Ampera?

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Give us a call and get honest recommendations and sensible assistance for your exact circumstances

We come out and drain it

We would come to you to undertake the full fuel retrieval & purge right there on scene

All done & You Get Going Again

Once we are done you should be able to get back on the road and get on with your trip

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the leading wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, offering national cover, for Vauxhall motorists particularly. We mainly attend:

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

We are Vauxhall specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Vauxhall vehicles. No matter if it is at the roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your home, we can get you on the road again.

The Process

The procedure of extracting Diesel from a Petrol car is basically identical for a large number of cars. Needless to say it can vary to some degree as each make has their own fuel system. However it still essentially follows the following principles:

Petrol in Diesel Vauxhall

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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