Contaminated fuel in a Vauxhall Zafira? Diesel in your Petrol Vauxhall?

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Filling up with Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall is a regular error. And its solution varies according to a few factors. In the event that you would like to find out what you have to do to sort it out then continue reading.
Listed below are the most crucial factors to to consider when making a decision whether to have your car drained:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel have you put in the Vauxhall, bearing in mind that the fuel tank capacity of your Vauxhall Zafira is most likely about 58 litres?
    1. A small quantity of Diesel, something like 2.9 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Zafira will quite often not necessarily be a huge problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that anything under 2.9 litres (5% of the entire fuel tank) is quite often capable of being adequately diluted by means of completely topping up the remainder of the tank with the right fuel.
      It's quite unusual to encounter a car or truck going through difficulties due to below 5% wrong fuel contamination. Keep in mind it's unusual - in no way impossible to find. There are actually some cars that don't endure any quantity of contamination whatsoever.
    2. Anywhere between 2.9 and 5.8 litres of Diesel in the Vauxhall (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 situation. Our practical experience has demonstrated that as many people get away with it as those people who break down. Whenever deciding upon whether to chance it and basically top it up bear in mind that it is the same thing as wagering everything on black - you have a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything above 5.8 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Zafira should right away be drained as your likelihood of driving with that level of contamination is in all likelihood lower than one in fifty - genuinely huge odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Vauxhall and drove it: Have you detected any kind of performance troubles ever since putting the wrong fuel in your Zafira? If that's the case, get it emptied no matter the amount of Diesel or the contamination percentage. Continually running a motor vehicle that is starting to suffer the effects of wrong fuel contamination can typically end up in progressively more harm being done to your fuel system parts.
  3. Are you interested in peace of mind?
    Then get it emptied. Regardless of the contamination ratio, there is invariably a certain level of threat in connection with operating a Petrol motor on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Possible outcomes of driving a car on the incorrect fuel normally include the engine not starting, running unevenly, loss of power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, damaged or bunged injectors, and so forth. These are some of the commonest Diesel in Petrol signs or symptoms, and in the event that you observe any of them stop and get it removed right away.

Do not just have any jack-of-all-trades to attend your vehicle. We are Vauxhall specialists and hold the certification and knowledge necessary to make certain you get back on the road with no 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 Zafira?

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We are the primary wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, having countrywide service, for Vauxhall motorists in particular. We predominantly attend:

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

We are Vauxhall specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Vauxhall vehicles. Whether or not it is roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your home, we are able to get you on the road once again.

The Procedure

The system of removing Diesel from a Petrol car is essentially similar for virtually all vehicles. As you can imagine it can vary to some degree as each manufacturer has their own different fuel system. Even so it still observes the below 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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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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