Incorrect fuel in a Citroen Zx TD? Petrol in your Diesel Citroen?

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Filling up with Petrol in a Diesel Citroen is a very common mistake. And its remedy hinges on several different factors. In the event that you would like to find out what you should do to fix it then keep reading.
Listed below are the main factors to keep in mind when making a decision whether to get a fuel drain:

  1. How much Petrol have you put in to the Citroen, taking into account that the fuel capacity of your Citroen Zx TD is in most cases roughly 56 litres?
    1. A modest quantity of Petrol, less than 2.8 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Zx TD will normally not be a big problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that quantities under 2.8 litres (about 5% of the whole fuel tank capacity) is in many instances able to be sufficiently diluted simply by completely filling the tank with Diesel.
      It's extremely uncommon to find a motor vehicle going through difficulties with less than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Bear in mind that it is uncommon - not impossible to encounter. You can get certain automobiles that don't endure any level of fuel contamination at all.
    2. Somewhere between 2.8 and 5.6 litres of Petrol in the Citroen (5 to 10%) is a 50/50 condition. Our practical experience demonstrates that as many motorists get away with this as those who break down. Any time you're figuring out whether to chance it and basically fill it up recognise that it is exactly like wagering all of it on black - you have a 50/50 chance of it working.
    3. Anything over 5.6 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Zx TD must as soon as possible be drained out because your likelihood of succeeding with that quantity of contamination is certainly lower than one in fifty - extremely big odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Citroen and drove it: Have you detected any kind of performance difficulties after putting the incorrect fuel in the Zx TD? If you have, get it drained regardless of the amount of Petrol or the contamination ratio. Continuing to run running a motor vehicle that is currently beginning to suffer the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will definitely end up in even more damage being caused to your fuel system.
  3. Are you interested in security?
    In that case get it emptied. Whatever the contamination ratio, there is always some degree of danger affiliated with driving a Diesel engine on Diesel contaminated with the wrong fuel. Likely consequences of driving on the wrong fuel can include the motor refusing to start, running lumpy, loss in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, and so on. These are a few of the most frequently seen Petrol in Diesel warning signs, and in the event that you notice any of them then stop and have it removed right now.

Do not simply get any untrained so-and-so to attend your vehicle. We are Citroen experts and possess the qualifications and experience necessary to ensure that you get back on the road with little hassle or trouble.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Citroen

Accidentally put Petrol in a Diesel Citroen? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Citroen Zx TD?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, boasting nationwide service, for Citroen motorists especially. We typically attend to:

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

We are Citroen specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Diesel Citroen vehicles. Whether it's at the roadside, on a station forecourt, or even at home, we can get you moving again.

The Procedure

The method of extracting Petrol from a Diesel car is in essence similar for most vehicle makes. Naturally it may differ slightly as each make has their own fuel system. Even so it still basically adheres to the below guidelines:

Petrol in Diesel Citroen

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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 Questions

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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