Incorrect fuel in your Volkswagen Golf GTI? Diesel in your Petrol Volkswagen?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Volkswagen is a common mistake to make. And its remedy is determined by several factors. Assuming you would like to find out what it is advisable to do about this then please read on.
Listed here are the key factors to keep in mind when figuring out whether to have a fuel drain:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel did you put in to the Volkswagen, taking into account that the fuel capacity of the Volkswagen Golf GTI is usually roughly 55 litres?
    1. Hardly any Diesel, something like 2.75 litres of Diesel in a Petrol Golf GTI will quite often not really be a massive problem. Experience has shown us that quantities less than 2.75 litres (almost 5% of the fuel tank volume) is in many instances able to be adequately diluted through wholly topping the rest of the tank with the right fuel.
      It's highly unusual to encounter a vehicle having issues due to under 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Keep in mind it is very infrequently found - certainly not impossible to find. You can get certain motor vehicles that will not endure any quantity of fuel contamination whatsoever.
    2. Between 2.75 and 5.5 litres of Diesel in the Volkswagen (5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 condition. Our working experience has revealed that as many motorists get away with this as those who break down. When you are figuring out whether to risk it and simply fill it up remember that it is the same thing as wagering your car on black - you have got a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything over 5.5 litres of Diesel in your Petrol Golf GTI must straight away be drained as your probability of getting away with this level of contamination is in all likelihood below one in fifty - seriously long odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Volkswagen and drove it: Have you noted any performance difficulties ever since putting the wrong fuel in the Golf GTI? If you have, get it drained regardless of the quantity of Diesel or the contamination ratio. Continually running a vehicle that is already starting to suffer from the effect of fuel contamination will definitely cause more damage affecting your fuel system components.
  3. Would you like peace of mind?
    Then simply just get it removed. Regardless of the contamination ratio, there is invariably some amount of threat connected to driving a Petrol engine on Petrol contaminated with the wrong fuel. Probable final outcomes of driving a car on the wrong fuel include things like the engine refusing to start, running unevenly, loss in power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, damaged or bunged injectors, etc. These are several of the commonest Diesel in Petrol signs and symptoms, and if you detect any of them then stop driving and have it drained right now.

Do not just have any jack-of-all-trades to attend your car. We are Volkswagen specialists and have got the credentials and practical experience needed to make certain that you are back on the road with a minimum of hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volkswagen

Unintentionally put Diesel in a Petrol Volkswagen? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Volkswagen Golf GTI?

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, offering nationwide cover, for Volkswagen motorists in particular. We typically attend:

  • Unleaded petrol in Diesel Auto
  • Diesel in an Unleaded Petrol Vehicle
  • AdBlue fuel contamination
  • Water fuel contamination

We are Volkswagen specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Volkswagen vehicles. Regardless of whether it's at the roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your home, we are able to get you moving again.

The Procedure

The process of draining Diesel from a Petrol car is in essence identical for the majority of motor vehicles. Needless to say it may differ to some degree as every brand has their unique different fuel system. However it still adheres to the following principles:

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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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