Incorrect fuel in a Citroen C3 Picasso Hdi? Petrol in your Diesel Citroen?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Citroen is a usual error. And what you want to do about it varies according to a few things. If perhaps you want to find out what you need to do to sort it out then keep on reading.
Here are the most important factors to to consider whenever choosing whether or not to get it drained:

  1. What amount of Petrol have you put in to the Citroen, taking into account that the fuel capacity of the Citroen C3 Picasso Hdi is probably around 50 litres?
    1. Hardly any Petrol, as little as 2.5 litres of Petrol in a Diesel C3 Picasso Hdi will generally not necessarily be a major problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that anything less than 2.5 litres (approximately 5% of the whole fuel tank) is often capable of being completely diluted by thoroughly filling the tank with Diesel.
      It is rather unusual to encounter an automobile experiencing problems because of below 5% wrong fuel contamination. Keep in mind that it's infrequently found - certainly not impossible to encounter. There are actually certain motor vehicles that will not stand any level of contamination whatsoever.
    2. Between 2.5 and 5 litres of Petrol in the Citroen (5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 condition. Our expertise has confirmed that as many motorists get away with this as all those who don't. Any time you are figuring out whether or not to chance it and just simply top it up bear in mind that it is much like betting your car on black - you have got a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything over 5 litres of Petrol in a Diesel C3 Picasso Hdi must promptly be drained since your probability of succeeding with this level of contamination is very likely below one in 50 - seriously long odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel Citroen and drove it: Have you detected any kind of performance troubles since putting the bad fuel in your C3 Picasso Hdi? If you have, have it drained regardless of the quantity of Petrol or the contamination ratio. Proceeding to run driving a car that is already beginning to suffer from the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will definitely lead to more and more harm affecting your fuel system parts.
  3. Are you looking for assurance?
    You should get it drained. Regardless of contamination ratio, there is always some degree of risk associated with driving a Diesel engine on fuel contaminated with Petrol. Likely consequences of driving on the wrong fuel normally include the motor refusing to start, running unevenly, losing power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or clogged injectors, and so on. These are several of the most typical Petrol in Diesel symptoms, and if you recognise any of them then stop and have it drained as soon as possible.

Steer clear of getting any general so-and-so to attend your car. We are Citroen experts and hold the skills and working experience necessary to ensure that you get back on the road with minimal hassle or trouble.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Citroen

Mistakenly put Petrol in a Diesel Citroen? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Citroen C3 Picasso Hdi?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, having nationwide cover, for Citroen motorists in particular. We predominantly deal with:

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

We are Citroen specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Diesel Citroen vehicles. Regardless of whether it's at the roadside, on a station forecourt, or even at your house, we can get you going once again.

The Procedure

The procedure of draining Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is in essence the same for most motor vehicles. Naturally it does differ a little as every manufacturer has their own fuel system. Nevertheless it still adheres to the below points:

Petrol in Diesel Citroen

Fuel Drain

Empty the Fuel Tank

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System Flush

Clean out the fuel lines & pumps

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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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