Incorrect fuel in your Volvo S90? Diesel in your Petrol Volvo?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a very common error. And its remedy depends upon a number of factors. If perhaps you would like to find out what you ought to do about this then keep on reading.
Listed below are the most crucial variables to be aware of whenever figuring out whether or not to have a fuel drain:

  1. How much Diesel did you put in to the Volvo, bearing in mind that the fuel capacity of your Volvo S90 is most likely approximately 80 litres?
    1. A tiny amount of Diesel, something like 4 litres of Diesel in a Petrol S90 will in most cases not really be a massive problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that anything under 4 litres (which is about 5% of the total fuel tank volume) is very often capable of being completely diluted by means of completely filling up the remainder of the tank with Petrol.
      It is rather rare to encounter an automobile having problems because of under 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Please remember it is very infrequent - certainly not impossible to find. You will discover a number of automobiles that won't endure any degree of contamination in the slightest.
    2. Anywhere between 4 and 8 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 scenario. Our expertise demonstrates that as many drivers get away with it as those who don't. Whenever you are deciding whether to risk it and simply top it up bear in mind that it is very much like betting your car on black - you have got a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything over 8 litres of Diesel in a Petrol S90 should really straightaway be drained out as your likelihood of getting away with this level of contamination is undoubtedly below one in 50 - extremely big odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you noted any kind of performance concerns as a result of putting the bad fuel in your S90? If so, have it emptied no matter the amount of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Continually running a car that is currently beginning to suffer the consequences of wrong fuel contamination can just end up in increasing amounts of damage being caused to your fuel system components.
  3. Are you interested in peace of mind?
    Then get it removed. Regardless of the contamination percentage, there is inevitably some extent of threat affiliated with running a Petrol motor on fuel contaminated with the incorrect fuel. Likely outcomes of driving on the wrong fuel normally include the motor not starting, running unevenly, loss in power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or blocked injectors, and the like. These are several of the most frequently seen Diesel in Petrol warning signs, and in the event that you recognise any of them stop and have it removed immediately.

Don't just get any general so-and-so to attend your vehicle. We are Volvo experts and have the accreditation and expertise needed to make sure that you are back on the road with a minimum of 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 S90?

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Once we have completed you should be able to get back on your way and get on with your day

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the primary wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, boasting countrywide coverage, for Volvo motorists especially. We mostly attend:

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

We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Volvo vehicles. Whether it's roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at home, we are able to get you moving again.

The Procedure

The method of draining Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is essentially the same for the vast majority of vehicles. As you can imagine it may differ somewhat as each brand has their own fuel system. However it still basically follows 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 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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