Bad fuel in a Vauxhall Combo Tour? Diesel in your Petrol Vauxhall?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall is a well-known mistake to make. And its solution varies according to an assortment of things. If you want to find out what you have to do to fix it then keep reading.
Here are the key variables to think about when making a decision whether or not to get your car drained:

  1. What amount of Diesel have you put in the Vauxhall, bearing in mind that the fuel capacity of the Vauxhall Combo Tour is most likely roughly 52 litres?
    1. A tiny amount of Diesel, something like 2.6 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Combo Tour will quite often not be a major problem. Experience has shown us that anything under 2.6 litres (which is approximately 5% of the total fuel tank volume) is quite often able to be completely diluted simply by entirely topping the remainder of the tank with the correct fuel.
      It is extremely unusual to encounter a motor vehicle having issues due to less than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Keep in mind that it is infrequent - certainly not impossible to encounter. There are actually some automobiles that don't endure any degree of contamination at all.
    2. Anywhere between 2.6 and 5.2 litres of Diesel in the Vauxhall (5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 situation. Our practical experience has proven that as many motorists get away with it as all those who break down. Any time you are deciding upon whether or not to chance it and just simply top it up recognise that it is just like gambling everything on black - you have a 50/50 chance of it working out.
    3. Anything above 5.2 litres of Diesel in your Petrol Combo Tour should really promptly be removed as your probability of succeeding with this quantity of contamination is very likely lower than one in 50 - seriously big odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall and drove it: Have you observed any kind of performance problems as a result of putting the incorrect fuel in the Combo Tour? If so, get it drained no matter the volume of Diesel or the contamination percentage. Still driving a car that is currently beginning to suffer the effect of fuel contamination will only bring about progressively more damage affecting your fuel system parts.
  3. Are you interested in assurance?
    In that case get it removed. Regardless of the contamination percentage, there is inevitably a certain level of risk affiliated with running a Petrol engine on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Possible results of driving on the wrong fuel can include the engine refusing to start, running lumpy, decrease in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, damaged or blocked injectors, and so forth. These are a few of the most common Diesel in Petrol signs and symptoms, and in the event that you notice any of them then stop and get it removed as soon as possible.

Don't simply have any jack-of-all-trades to try to repair your car. We are Vauxhall experts and possess the accreditation and knowledge necessary to ensure that you get back on the road with minimum hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall

Accidentally put Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Vauxhall Combo Tour?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, having national service, for Vauxhall motorists in particular. We mainly fix:

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

We are Vauxhall specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Petrol Vauxhall vehicles. Regardless of whether it is roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your house, we can get you on the road again.

The Procedure

The process of removing Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is generally the same for most vehicle makes. Of course it may differ a little as each brand has their particular distinct fuel system. However it still generally observes 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 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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