Wrong fuel in your Volvo 460? Diesel in a Petrol Volvo?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a usual mistake. And exactly what you need to do about it depends on a few factors. If perhaps you would like to know what you ought to do to sort it out then please read on.
Right here are the main variables to keep in mind whenever deciding whether to get it drained:

  1. How much Diesel have you put into the Volvo, taking into account that the fuel tank capacity of your Volvo 460 is most likely roughly 60 litres?
    1. A modest quantity of Diesel, something like 3 litres of Diesel in a Petrol 460 will quite often not be a big problem. Experience has taught us that anything less than 3 litres (which is roughly 5% of the total fuel tank volume) is quite often able to be adequately diluted by means of entirely filling up the rest of the tank with the appropriate fuel.
      It is relatively rare to come across a vehicle experiencing problems due to under 5% wrong fuel contamination. Please remember it is infrequent - not impossible to find. You can get a few cars that won't stand any degree of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. Anywhere between 3 and 6 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 condition. Our expertise has shown that as many people get away with this as all those who break down. Whenever you are deciding on whether to chance it and simply fill it up remember that it is just like gambling all of it on black - you will have a 50/50 chance of it working.
    3. Anything over 6 litres of Diesel in your Petrol 460 really should right away be drained out seeing as your probability of getting away with this level of contamination is very likely below one in 50 - genuinely long odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you seen any performance troubles after putting the incorrect fuel in your 460? If that's the case, get it drained irrespective of the quantity of Diesel or the contamination percentage. Proceeding to run driving a vehicle that is now beginning to suffer from the effect of wrong fuel contamination will probably definitely lead to progressively more harm being caused to your fuel system parts.
  3. Are you looking for peace of mind?
    You should get it emptied. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is invariably some extent of threat linked with driving a Petrol engine on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Possible consequences of driving a vehicle on the incorrect fuel include the engine not starting, running unevenly, loss in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, and the like. These are some of the most frequently seen Diesel in Petrol signs or symptoms, and if you recognise any of them stop driving and have it drained immediately.

Don't just get any jack-of-all-trades to try to fix your vehicle. We are Volvo specialists and hold the credentials and working experience necessary to make sure that you are back on the road with minimal hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo

By mistake put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo 460?

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We come out and do a fuel drain

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As soon as we are done you are able to get back on your way and get on with your day

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, boasting countrywide service, for Volvo motorists particularly. We principally fix:

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

We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Volvo vehicles. No matter if it's roadside, on a station forecourt, or even at your house, we are able to get you on the road once again.

The Procedure

The procedure of getting rid of Diesel from a Petrol car is in essence similar for virtually all motor vehicles. Naturally it may vary slightly as every manufacturer has their own fuel system. Having said that it still generally follows 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 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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