Incorrect fuel in your Volvo S80? Diesel in your Petrol Volvo?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a well-known problem. And exactly what you want to do about it is determined by several different things. Assuming you want to know what to do to fix it then stay with me.
Right here are the most important variables to to consider when figuring out whether or not to get your car drained:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel have you put in to the Volvo, taking into account that the fuel tank capacity of the Volvo S80 is normally about 70 litres?
    1. Hardly any Diesel, less than 3.5 litres of Diesel in a Petrol S80 will usually not really be a major problem. Experience has shown us that anything under 3.5 litres (which is about 5% of the entire fuel tank volume) is frequently able to be adequately diluted through completely filling the remainder of the tank with Petrol.
      It is quite uncommon to come across a vehicle having problems because of lower than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Do not forget that it is very rare - not impossible to encounter. You can get a few vehicles that won't stand any degree 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 people get away with this as those people who don't. When you are deciding on whether or not to chance it and basically fill it up remember that it is the same thing as wagering everything on black - you have a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything over 7 litres of Diesel in your Petrol S80 ought to promptly be drained as your likelihood of getting away with that amount of contamination is almost certainly less than one in 50 - truly big odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you noted any kind of performance difficulties since putting the bad fuel in the S80? If you have, have it drained no matter the amount of Diesel or the contamination percentage. Continuing to run driving an automobile that is now starting to suffer the consequences of wrong fuel contamination can likely be responsible for progressively more harm being caused to the fuel system.
  3. Are you interested in security?
    Simply get it emptied. Regardless of contamination ratio, there is invariably some extent of risk caused by running a Petrol engine on Petrol contaminated with the wrong fuel. Possible consequences of driving on the wrong fuel include things like the motor not starting, running unevenly, decrease in power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or bunged injectors, etc. These are several of the most common Diesel in Petrol signs or symptoms, and should you detect any of them then cease driving and get it drained asap.

Don't simply have any jack-of-all-trades to attend your vehicle. We are Volvo experts and have got the skills and experience necessary to ensure you get back on the road with no hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo

Unintentionally put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo S80?

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We come out and do a fuel drain

We are able to come to you to perform the full contaminated fuel drain & flush right there on scene

Once carried out You Get Moving Once again

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

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the top rated wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, having countrywide coverage, for Volvo motorists particularly. We predominantly attend:

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

We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Volvo vehicles. Whether or not it's at the roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your home, we are able to get you on the road again.

The Procedure

The system of draining Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is essentially identical for a large number of vehicle makes. Of course it can vary a little as each make has their own distinct fuel system. Even so it still follows the following guidelines:

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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