Contaminated fuel in your Volvo xC60? Diesel in your Petrol Volvo?

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Putting Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a well-known mistake to make. And its solution depends upon several factors. If you want to find out what it is best to do about it then please read on.
Let us discuss the key factors to take into account whenever determining whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. What amount of Diesel have you put in the Volvo, taking into consideration that the fuel tank capacity of the Volvo xC60 is usually approximately 70 litres?
    1. Hardly any Diesel, something like 3.5 litres of Diesel in a Petrol xC60 will in most cases not be a big problem. Experience has taught us that anything less than 3.5 litres (which is close to 5% of the whole fuel tank) is very often capable of being adequately diluted by means of entirely filling up the remainder of the tank with the correct fuel.
      It is highly unusual to come across an automobile going through issues with below 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Keep in mind it's infrequent - certainly not impossible to encounter. You will discover a number of automobiles that won't endure any level of contamination whatsoever.
    2. In between 3.5 and 7 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 scenario. Our working experience demonstrates that as many motorists get away with this as those people who break down. Any time you are deciding on whether to risk it and basically top it up recognise that it is just like gambling everything on black - you will have a 50/50 possibility of it working out.
    3. Anything in excess of 7 litres of Diesel in your Petrol xC60 should right away be removed seeing as your likelihood of getting away with this quantity of contamination is very likely less than one in 50 - really huge odds.
  2. Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you spotted any kind of performance problems ever since putting the incorrect fuel in your xC60? In that case, have it removed irrespective of the volume of Diesel or even the contamination percentage. Proceeding to run running a car that is currently beginning to suffer from the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will typically be responsible for more damage affecting the fuel system parts.
  3. Are you looking for assurance?
    In that case get it drained. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is invariably some degree of risk linked with driving a Petrol motor on fuel contaminated with the wrong fuel. Possible implications of driving a vehicle on the wrong fuel normally include the engine not starting, running unevenly, loss in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn or clogged injectors, etc. These are a few of the most common Diesel in Petrol symptoms, and if you notice any of them then cease driving and have it removed immediately.

Refrain from having any unqualified mechanic to attend your vehicle. We are Volvo specialists and hold the skills and practical experience necessary to make certain you are back on the road with a minimum of hassle or trouble.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo

Inadvertently put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo xC60?

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, offering countrywide coverage, for Volvo motorists particularly. We typically attend to:

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

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

The Process

The procedure of removing Diesel from a Petrol car is in essence identical for most motor vehicles. Of course it may vary to some extent as each brand has their own distinct fuel system. Having said that it still 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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Vehicle Restart

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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