Contaminated fuel in a Volvo xC90? Diesel in a Petrol Volvo?

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Filling Diesel in a Petrol Volvo is a usual mistake. And its solution is dependent upon an assortment of factors. In case you would like to find out what you should do about this then stay with me.
These are the key variables to take into account whenever determining whether to get a fuel drain:

  1. How much Diesel have you put into the Volvo, taking into account that the fuel tank capacity of the Volvo xC90 is normally about 70 litres?
    1. A tiny amount of Diesel, something like 3.5 litres of Diesel in a Petrol xC90 will in most situations not really be a major problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that quantities less than 3.5 litres (which is about 5% of the fuel tank) is in many instances able to be sufficiently diluted by wholly topping the rest of the tank with the correct fuel.
      It's extremely rare to come across a motor vehicle suffering from difficulties because of less than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Keep in mind it's unusual - definitely not impossible to encounter. There are some automobiles that will not endure any level of fuel contamination whatsoever.
    2. In between 3.5 and 7 litres of Diesel in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 scenario. Our practical experience has shown that as many drivers get away with it as those people who break down. Any time you are deciding whether to chance it and basically fill it up consider that it is very much like gambling everything on black - you will have a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything more than 7 litres of Diesel in a Petrol xC90 should really straight away be drained since your likelihood of driving with this quantity of contamination is more than likely less than one in fifty - definitely big odds.
  2. Put some Diesel in a Petrol Volvo and drove it: Have you spotted any performance difficulties as a result of putting the wrong fuel in your xC90? In that case, have it removed no matter the volume of Diesel or even the contamination ratio. Proceeding to run running a vehicle that is starting to suffer from the effects of wrong fuel contamination will probably typically be responsible for progressively more harm being done to the fuel system components.
  3. Are you looking for reassurance?
    You should get it drained. Whatever the contamination ratio, there is always some amount of threat affiliated with operating a Petrol motor on Petrol contaminated with the incorrect fuel. Probable implications of driving a vehicle on the wrong fuel include the engine not starting, running lumpy, decrease in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or bunged injectors, etc. These are some of the most typical Diesel in Petrol signs and symptoms, and should you notice any of them stop and have it drained asap.

Stay away from having any unqualified mechanic to try to drain your car. We are Volvo experts and have the certification and experience necessary to make certain that you get 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 possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo xC90?

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  • Unleaded petrol in Diesel Car
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  • AdBlue contamination
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We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Petrol Volvo vehicles. No matter if it is roadside, on a station forecourt, or even at home, we are able to get you on the road again.

The Process

The process of extracting Diesel from a Petrol vehicle is generally similar for most vehicles. Naturally it does differ to some extent as each manufacturer has their own fuel system. Nevertheless it still generally observes 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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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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