Wrong fuel in your Vauxhall Frontera? Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall is a well-known mistake to make. And what you should do about it is based on a number of things. If you would like to find out what you have to do to sort it out then keep reading.
Here are the key factors to take into consideration whenever choosing whether to get a fuel drain:

  1. What amount of Diesel did you put in to the Vauxhall, bearing in mind that the fuel capacity of your Vauxhall Frontera is usually roughly 80 litres?
    1. A small amount of Diesel, something like 4 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Frontera will in most situations not be a huge problem. Experience has taught us that quantities under 4 litres (which is roughly 5% of the total fuel tank capacity) is frequently able to be completely diluted simply by thoroughly topping up the tank with Petrol.
      It is relatively unusual to come across a car or truck experiencing issues due to lower than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Keep in mind that it's infrequently found - not impossible to find. You will discover some cars that don't endure any amount of fuel contamination whatsoever.
    2. Somewhere between 4 and 8 litres of Diesel in the Vauxhall (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 situation. Our practical experience has revealed that as many drivers get away with it as those who break down. Any time you're deciding upon whether or not to risk it and basically fill it up remember that it is the same as betting everything on black - you will have a 50/50 possibility of it working.
    3. Anything more than 8 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Frontera should straightaway be removed as your likelihood of getting away with that quantity of contamination is undoubtedly less than one in fifty - genuinely huge odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall and drove it: Have you seen any performance issues since putting the incorrect fuel in the Frontera? If that's the case, have it drained no matter the quantity of Diesel or even the contamination ratio. Still driving a vehicle that is currently starting to suffer the effect of fuel contamination will likely lead to more and more harm being done to the fuel system.
  3. Do you want peace of mind?
    Simply get it drained. Whatever the contamination ratio, there is always some extent of threat associated with driving a Petrol engine on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Possible outcomes of driving on the wrong fuel can include the motor refusing to start, running lumpy, loss in power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, damaged or clogged injectors, and so forth. These are some of the most frequently seen Diesel in Petrol signs or symptoms, and in the event that you observe any of them stop and get it drained immediately.

Avoid getting any jack-of-all-trades to try to fix your automobile. We are Vauxhall experts and possess the qualifications and knowledge necessary to ensure you are 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 Frontera?

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We are the primary wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, boasting countrywide coverage, for Vauxhall motorists particularly. We mostly fix:

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

We are Vauxhall specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Petrol Vauxhall vehicles. Regardless of whether it is roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your home, we are able to get you going once again.

The Process

The technique of removing Diesel from a Petrol car is generally the same for the majority of motor vehicles. Needless to say it can vary to some degree as every brand has their particular different fuel system. Even so it still fundamentally observes the below guidelines:

Petrol in Diesel Vauxhall

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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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