Bad fuel in your Volvo S60? Diesel in your Petrol Volvo?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a regularly occurring mistake to make. And what you need to do about it will depend on a few things. In the event that you would like to know what you must do about it then stay with me.
These are the most important variables to to consider whenever deciding whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. How much Diesel did you put in to the Volvo, taking into consideration that the fuel capacity of your Volvo S60 is most likely approximately 70 litres?
    1. A small amount of Diesel, as little as 3.5 litres of Diesel in a Petrol S60 will usually not really be a massive problem. Experience has proven to us that an amount under 3.5 litres (approximately 5% of the whole fuel tank capacity) is sometimes able to be sufficiently diluted simply by wholly topping the tank with Petrol.
      It's pretty uncommon to encounter a car or truck suffering from problems because of below 5% wrong fuel contamination. Do not forget that it is very unusual - certainly not impossible to encounter. There are actually certain motor vehicles that don't endure any quantity of fuel contamination at all.
    2. Anywhere between 3.5 and 7 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 scenario. Our expertise has confirmed that as many motorists get away with it as all those who don't. Any time you are deciding upon whether to risk it and just simply top it up remember that it is the same thing as betting all of it on black - you have a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything in excess of 7 litres of Diesel in a Petrol S60 should straight away be drained out because your probability of getting away with that level of contamination is undoubtedly less than one in 50 - extremely big odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you noticed any kind of performance troubles since putting the bad fuel in the S60? If you have, have it drained irrespective of the amount of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Continuing to drive driving a car that is now beginning to suffer the effects of fuel contamination will typically be responsible for more harm being caused to the fuel system components.
  3. Do you need reassurance?
    Then get it emptied. No matter the contamination percentage, there is invariably some extent of danger linked with operating a Petrol vehicle on Petrol contaminated with Diesel. Probable consequences of driving on the incorrect fuel normally include the motor refusing to start, running unevenly, loss of power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, damaged or bunged injectors, and so on. These are some of the most typical Diesel in Petrol warning signs, and if you recognise any of them stop and get it removed right now.

Stay away from having any jack-of-all-trades to try to repair your car. We are Volvo specialists and have got the qualifications and knowledge necessary to ensure that you are back on the road with minimal hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo

Unintentionally put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo S60?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, offering countrywide coverage, for Volvo motorists in particular. We mainly deal with:

  • Unleaded petrol in a Diesel Car
  • Diesel in an Unleaded Petrol Auto
  • AdBlue contamination
  • Water fuel 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 method of draining Diesel from a Petrol car is generally exactly the same for the majority of vehicle makes. As you can imagine it may differ to some degree as every brand has their unique fuel system. Nevertheless it still fundamentally observes the below 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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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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