Contaminated fuel in your Volvo 960? Diesel in a Petrol Volvo?

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Filling up with Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a usual error. And its remedy depends upon a number of things. In the event that you would like to know what it is best to do to sort it out then please read on.
Listed here the key variables to keep in mind when making a decision whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. What amount of Diesel did you put in to the Volvo, taking into consideration that the fuel tank capacity of the Volvo 960 is usually around 75 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Diesel, something like 3.75 litres of Diesel in a Petrol 960 will normally not be a significant problem. Experience has taught us that quantities under 3.75 litres (almost 5% of the whole fuel tank) is very often capable of being adequately diluted simply by completely topping the tank with Petrol.
      It is relatively rare to find a car or truck experiencing issues due to less than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Bear in mind that it is infrequent - in no way impossible to find. You will discover a number of automobiles that will not stand any quantity of contamination in the slightest.
    2. Anywhere between 3.75 and 7.5 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 condition. Our working experience has revealed that as many people get away with this as those who don't. Whenever deciding upon whether or not to chance it and simply top it up recognise that it is exactly like gambling it all on black - you will have a 50/50 chance of it working.
    3. Anything in excess of 7.5 litres of Diesel in a Petrol 960 ought to straight away be drained as your probability of driving with this quantity of contamination is almost certainly lower than one in fifty - really long odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you noted any performance difficulties ever since putting the wrong fuel in your 960? In that case, get it emptied irrespective of the quantity of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Still running a car that is already starting to suffer from the effect of wrong fuel contamination will typically bring about more harm being caused to the fuel system.
  3. Do you want reassurance?
    In that case get it removed. Regardless of contamination percentage, there is inevitably some amount of danger connected to running a Petrol motor on Petrol contaminated with Diesel. Possible final outcomes of driving a vehicle on the wrong fuel can include the motor refusing to start, running lumpy, loss of power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, and so forth. These are a few of the most frequently seen Diesel in Petrol warning signs, and in the event that you observe any of them stop and have it removed right now.

Do not just have any unqualified so-and-so to try to fix your vehicle. We are Volvo specialists and hold the qualifications and practical experience required to ensure that you get back on the road with little hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo

Accidentally put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo 960?

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Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the primary wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, offering countrywide cover, for Volvo motorists particularly. We primarily attend to:

  • Unleaded petrol in a Diesel Car
  • Diesel in Unleaded Petrol Car
  • AdBlue 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 filling station forecourt, or even at home, we are able to get you going once again.

The Procedure

The system of extracting Diesel from a Petrol car is generally identical for a large number of vehicle makes. As you can imagine it can vary a bit as every brand has their unique distinct fuel system. However it still fundamentally adheres to the below guidelines:

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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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