Incorrect fuel in your Volvo 480? Diesel in your Petrol Volvo?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a well-known mistake to make. And what you want to do about it depends on several things. In the event that you would like to know what you need to do about this then continue reading.
These are the key factors to consider when figuring out whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel did you put in the Volvo, considering that the fuel tank capacity of your Volvo 480 is in most cases around 60 litres?
    1. Hardly any Diesel, less than 3 litres of Diesel in a Petrol 480 will normally not necessarily be a major problem. Experience has proven to us that an amount under 3 litres (which is about 5% of the whole fuel tank volume) is often able to be sufficiently diluted through entirely topping the tank with Petrol.
      It is rather unusual to find a car going through problems because of lower than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Please remember it is very infrequent - certainly not impossible to encounter. You can get some vehicles that won't endure any quantity of contamination at all.
    2. Anywhere between 3 and 6 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 condition. Our expertise has demonstrated that as many people get away with it as those people who don't. When you are deciding whether to chance it and basically top it up consider that it is the same thing as wagering everything on black - you've got a 50/50 possibility of it working.
    3. Anything over 6 litres of Diesel in a Petrol 480 really should straight away be removed since your probability of getting away with this level of contamination is in all likelihood below one in 50 - truly huge odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you noted any kind of performance difficulties after putting the incorrect fuel in your 480? In that case, get it emptied irrespective of the volume of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Proceeding to drive running a vehicle that is currently starting to suffer the consequences of wrong fuel contamination can typically cause progressively more damage affecting your fuel system components.
  3. Would you like security?
    Simply get it removed. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is always a certain level of threat associated with running a Petrol vehicle on Petrol contaminated with the wrong fuel. Probable final outcomes of driving on the wrong fuel include the motor refusing to start, running unevenly, losing power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or clogged injectors, and the like. These are several 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.

Stay away from having any general so-and-so to attend your vehicle. We are Volvo specialists and hold the certification and working experience necessary to make sure that you are back on the road with minimum hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo

Accidentally put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo 480?

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Give us a call and get honest recommendations and sensible help for your precise situation

We come out and do a fuel drain

We would go to you to do the complete contaminated fuel removal & cleanse there on scene

Once completed You Get Going Once again

Once we have completed you will be able to get back on your way and get on with your trip

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the primary wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, having nationwide service, for Volvo motorists in particular. We typically attend to:

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

We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Volvo vehicles. Even if it's at the roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your home, we can get you moving once again.

The Procedure

The procedure of extracting Diesel from a Petrol car is basically similar for the majority of vehicles. Needless to say it does differ to some degree as each manufacturer has their particular fuel system. However it still essentially observes the below principles:

Petrol in Diesel Volvo

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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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