Wrong fuel in a Volvo S70? Diesel in your Petrol Volvo?

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Filling up with Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a regularly occurring mistake. And its remedy depends on a number of factors. In case you would like to find out what you ought to do to fix it then stay with me.
Listed here the key variables to take into consideration whenever choosing whether or not to get it drained:

  1. How much Diesel have you put in the Volvo, taking into consideration that the fuel tank capacity of the Volvo S70 is in most cases about 70 litres?
    1. A modest quantity of Diesel, as little as 3.5 litres of Diesel in a Petrol S70 will in most cases not be a major problem. Experience has shown us that anything under 3.5 litres (roughly 5% of the overall fuel tank volume) is quite often able to be sufficiently diluted by totally topping the remainder of the tank with the appropriate fuel.
      It is extremely unusual to encounter a motor vehicle going through problems because of under 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Be aware that it is very uncommon - definitely not impossible to find. You will discover some motor vehicles that don't stand any level of fuel contamination whatsoever.
    2. Between 3.5 and 7 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 situation. Our practical experience has shown that as many people get away with it as all those who break down. When you are deciding upon whether or not to chance it and just fill it up recognise that it is much like wagering all of it on black - you have a 50/50 chance of it working out.
    3. Anything above 7 litres of Diesel in your Petrol S70 really should as soon as possible be drained out seeing that your likelihood of succeeding with this amount of contamination is in all likelihood less than one in 50 - extremely big odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you seen any kind of performance troubles ever since putting the bad fuel in the S70? In that case, have it removed no matter the amount of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Proceeding to drive running a vehicle that is already starting to suffer from the effects of fuel contamination can typically end up in more and more harm affecting the fuel system.
  3. Do you want assurance?
    You should get it removed. Regardless of the contamination percentage, there is inevitably some amount of threat in connection with operating a Petrol engine on fuel contaminated with Diesel. Probable results of driving on the wrong fuel include things like the engine not starting, running unevenly, losing power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, damaged or clogged injectors, and the like. These are a few of the most typical Diesel in Petrol warning signs, and in the event that you detect any of them then cease driving and have it drained right away.

Don't simply have any unqualified mechanic to try to fix your car. We are Volvo specialists and possess the certification and working experience needed to ensure that you get back on the road with minimal hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo

Accidentally put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo S70?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, boasting countrywide cover, for Volvo motorists especially. We primarily deal with:

  • Unleaded petrol in Diesel Vehicle
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  • AdBlue contamination
  • Water contamination

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

The Procedure

The method of extracting Diesel from a Petrol car is essentially similar for most motor vehicles. Naturally it can vary to some degree as every make has their unique distinct fuel system. However it still generally adheres to 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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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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