Wrong fuel in your BMW 116d? Petrol in your Diesel BMW?

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Filling up with Petrol in a Diesel BMW is a well-known error. And what you need to do about it is based on a variety of things. In case you want to know what you have to do to fix it then stay with me.
Listed here are the most crucial factors to take into account whenever deciding on whether or not to get the car drained:

  1. What amount of Petrol have you put in to the BMW, considering that the fuel capacity of your BMW 116d is probably about 51 litres?
    1. A small amount of Petrol, as little as 2.55 litres of Petrol in a Diesel 116d will quite often not necessarily be a significant problem. Experience has taught us that an amount less than 2.55 litres (which is approximately 5% of the overall fuel tank) is frequently able to be sufficiently diluted through totally filling the remainder of the tank with Diesel.
      It is rather uncommon to find an automobile experiencing problems because of lower than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Please remember it is infrequent - definitely not impossible to find. You can get a number of vehicles that don't stand any level of fuel contamination at all.
    2. Somewhere between 2.55 and 5.1 litres of Petrol in the BMW (5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 situation. Our expertise has confirmed that as many motorists get away with it as those who don't. When deciding upon whether to risk it and just top it up recognise that it is the same thing as gambling all of it on black - you've got a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything above 5.1 litres of Petrol in a Diesel 116d ought to straight away be drained out seeing as your likelihood of driving with this level of contamination is undoubtedly below one in 50 - definitely big odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel BMW and drove it: Have you observed any performance issues after putting the wrong fuel in the 116d? If so, have it removed no matter the volume of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Continually driving an automobile that is now starting to suffer the consequences of wrong fuel contamination can likely cause more and more harm being done to the fuel system components.
  3. Would you like assurance?
    Then simply just get it removed. Regardless of the contamination percentage, there is invariably a certain level of threat connected to running a Diesel engine on Diesel contaminated with the incorrect fuel. Possible results of driving a car on the incorrect fuel include things like the motor not starting, running lumpy, losing power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or blocked injectors, and the like. These are several of the most frequently seen Petrol in Diesel warning signs, and if you detect any of them stop and get it drained as soon as possible.

Steer clear of getting any unqualified so-and-so to attend your automobile. We are BMW specialists and hold the qualifications and expertise necessary to make certain you get back on the road with a minimum of hassle or worry.

Put Petrol in a Diesel BMW

Inadvertently put Petrol in a Diesel BMW? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your BMW 116d?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, having countrywide coverage, for BMW motorists especially. We typically attend to:

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

We are BMW specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Diesel BMW vehicles. Even if it's at the roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your home, we are able to get you moving once again.

The Process

The procedure of draining Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is basically the same for virtually all vehicles. Naturally it may vary somewhat as each brand has their unique different fuel system. However it still fundamentally observes the following points:

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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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Petrol in Diesel FAQs

When someone has put Petrol in a Diesel car they have a few very common questions. So we have compiled a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions for you

I put Petrol in a Diesel 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 Diesel car on Petrol 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 Petrol can I get away with in a Diesel 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 Diesel 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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