Wrong fuel in a Volvo 440? Diesel in your Petrol Volvo?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a common problem. And its solution is dependent upon a few things. If perhaps you would like to know what you must do to sort it out then please read on.
Here are the most crucial variables to take into account whenever determining whether or not to get your car drained:

  1. What amount of Diesel did you put in to the Volvo, keeping in mind that the fuel tank capacity of the Volvo 440 is most likely approximately 60 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Diesel, as little as 3 litres of Diesel in a Petrol 440 will usually not necessarily be a big problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that quantities less than 3 litres (almost 5% of the fuel tank capacity) is sometimes capable of being completely diluted by wholly topping the remainder of the tank with the appropriate fuel.
      It is highly uncommon to find a vehicle experiencing issues because of lower than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Bear in mind that it is very unusual - certainly not impossible to find. You will discover a few cars that don't endure any degree of contamination in the slightest.
    2. In between 3 and 6 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 situation. Our working experience has demonstrated that as many motorists get away with this as those people who break down. When you are deciding upon whether or not to risk it and just simply top it up bear in mind that it is exactly like betting all of it on black - you've got a 50/50 chance of it working.
    3. Anything above 6 litres of Diesel in a Petrol 440 ought to as soon as possible be drained since your likelihood of driving with this level of contamination is undoubtedly less than one in fifty - truly huge odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you seen any performance issues as a result of putting the incorrect fuel in your 440? If so, get it removed regardless of the volume of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Continually driving a vehicle that is starting to suffer the consequences of fuel contamination will probably just bring about even more damage being caused to your fuel system.
  3. Would you like assurance?
    In that case get it emptied. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is always some degree of risk linked with driving a Petrol engine on Petrol contaminated with Diesel. Possible implications of driving a car on the wrong fuel include the motor refusing to start, running lumpy, losing power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, damaged or clogged injectors, and so forth. These are some of the most common Diesel in Petrol symptoms, and in the event that you recognise any of them then stop driving and get it removed right away.

Steer clear of having any unqualified so-and-so to try to drain your car. We are Volvo specialists and hold the accreditation and practical experience required to make certain you get back on the road with a minimum of hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo

Inadvertently put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo 440?

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Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the primary wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, offering countrywide coverage, for Volvo motorists particularly. We predominantly attend to:

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

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

The Process

The process of extracting Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is generally identical for virtually all motor vehicles. Obviously it may vary somewhat as each manufacturer has their own distinct fuel system. Nevertheless it still generally adheres to the below points:

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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 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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