Wrong fuel in your Volvo V40? Diesel in a Petrol Volvo?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a well-known mistake to make. And its remedy is determined by a few factors. In case you would like to know what you need to do to fix it then stay with me.
Listed here the key factors to think about when figuring out whether to have it drained:

  1. What amount of Diesel did you put in the Volvo, bearing in mind that the fuel tank capacity of the Volvo V40 is probably approximately 62 litres?
    1. A modest quantity of Diesel, less than 3.1 litres of Diesel in a Petrol V40 will in most cases not be a massive problem. Experience has taught us that anything under 3.1 litres (approximately 5% of the total fuel tank volume) is in many instances capable of being completely diluted through totally topping the tank with Petrol.
      It's quite uncommon to come across a vehicle having difficulties due to lower than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Keep in mind it's rare - in no way impossible to encounter. There are actually some vehicles that won't endure any amount of contamination whatsoever.
    2. In between 3.1 and 6.2 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 condition. Our experience has revealed that as many drivers get away with this as those people who break down. When you are deciding on whether or not to risk it and simply fill it up remember that it is very much like gambling everything on black - you have got a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything above 6.2 litres of Diesel in a Petrol V40 should really as soon as possible be drained out seeing as your likelihood of getting away with this quantity of contamination is almost certainly below one in fifty - truly big odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you noticed any kind of performance difficulties after putting the incorrect fuel in your V40? If so, have it drained no matter the quantity of Diesel or the contamination ratio. Still running a car that is already beginning to suffer the consequences of fuel contamination will definitely end up in even more harm being caused to the fuel system.
  3. Are you interested in assurance?
    Then simply just get it emptied. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is inevitably some degree of risk caused by running a Petrol engine on Petrol contaminated with Diesel. Probable final outcomes of driving on the wrong fuel include things like the engine not starting, running unevenly, loss in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, damaged or bunged injectors, and so on. These are some of the most common Diesel in Petrol symptoms, and in the event that you detect any of them then stop driving and get it drained as soon as possible.

Keep away from having any general so-and-so to attend your automobile. We are Volvo experts and have the qualifications and working experience necessary to make certain you are back on the road with no hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo

By mistake put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo V40?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, having national coverage, for Volvo motorists in particular. We principally fix:

  • Unleaded petrol in Diesel Auto
  • Diesel in Unleaded Petrol Vehicle
  • AdBlue fuel contamination
  • Water contamination

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

The Process

The process of getting rid of Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is essentially identical for most vehicles. Needless to say it can vary to some degree as each manufacturer has their particular distinct fuel system. Even so it still essentially 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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