Contaminated fuel in your Volvo xC70? Diesel in your Petrol Volvo?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a fairly typical problem. And its remedy depends on several different things. In case you would like to find out what it is best to do about this then keep reading.
Right here are the most crucial factors to think about when deciding whether or not to have the car drained:

  1. Exactly how much Diesel have you put in the Volvo, taking into account that the fuel tank capacity of the Volvo xC70 is probably roughly 70 litres?
    1. A small amount of Diesel, something like 3.5 litres of Diesel in a Petrol xC70 will quite often not be a huge problem. Experience has taught us that quantities under 3.5 litres (almost 5% of the overall fuel tank) is in many instances able to be sufficiently diluted by means of wholly filling the tank with Petrol.
      It's quite uncommon to find a motor vehicle going through problems with under 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Please remember it is very rare - certainly not impossible to encounter. You will discover a number of vehicles that will not stand any amount of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. In between 3.5 and 7 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 condition. Our practical experience has demonstrated that as many drivers get away with this as all those who don't. Whenever deciding upon whether or not to risk it and just fill it up bear in mind that it is the same as betting your car on black - you've got a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything in excess of 7 litres of Diesel in your Petrol xC70 must as soon as possible be removed as your likelihood of getting away with this level of contamination is probably below one in 50 - truly big odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you detected any performance troubles ever since putting the bad fuel in your xC70? If that's the case, have it removed irrespective of the amount of Diesel or the contamination ratio. Continuing to drive driving an automobile that is now beginning to suffer from the effect of wrong fuel contamination will likely be responsible for progressively more damage affecting the fuel system components.
  3. Do you want assurance?
    Then get it drained. No matter the contamination percentage, there is always some extent of danger connected with driving a Petrol engine on Petrol contaminated with the wrong fuel. Likely outcomes of driving a car on the wrong fuel can include the engine refusing to start, running unevenly, loss in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn or bunged injectors, etc. These are a few of the most common Diesel in Petrol signs or symptoms, and should you observe any of them then stop and have it drained right now.

Do not simply get any jack-of-all-trades to try to fix your vehicle. We are Volvo specialists and possess the accreditation and knowledge needed to ensure that you are back on the road with minimum hassle or worry.

Put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo

Mistakenly put Diesel in a Petrol Volvo? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo xC70?

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, boasting national coverage, for Volvo motorists especially. We primarily fix:

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

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

The Procedure

The method of removing Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is essentially similar for most motor vehicles. Obviously it does differ a bit as each brand has their own fuel system. Nevertheless it still generally follows the following 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

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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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