Wrong fuel in a Citroen xantia D? Petrol in your Diesel Citroen?

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Filling up with Petrol in a Diesel Citroen is a regularly occurring problem. And its remedy will depend on a variety of factors. If perhaps you would like to find out what you must do to sort it out then continue reading.
Listed below are the most important variables to to consider when deciding on whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. How much Petrol have you put into the Citroen, taking into consideration that the fuel capacity of your Citroen xantia D is probably roughly 70 litres?
    1. A tiny quantity of Petrol, as little as 3.5 litres of Petrol in a Diesel xantia D will generally not really be a massive problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that quantities under 3.5 litres (close to 5% of the whole fuel tank capacity) is often able to be sufficiently diluted by means of wholly topping the tank with the appropriate fuel.
      It's pretty rare to come across a car or truck having problems because of below 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Bear in mind that it's rare - definitely not impossible to find. You will discover a number of motor vehicles that will not stand any amount of fuel contamination whatsoever.
    2. In between 3.5 and 7 litres of Petrol in the Citroen (5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 scenario. Our practical experience has confirmed that as many motorists get away with this as all those who don't. Whenever trying to decide whether to chance it and just simply top it up consider that it is the same thing as betting your car on black - you will have a 50/50 possibility of it working.
    3. Anything above 7 litres of Petrol in a Diesel xantia D should straightaway be removed seeing as your likelihood of getting away with that quantity of contamination is probably lower than one in fifty - really big odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Citroen and drove it: Have you seen any kind of performance concerns since putting the bad fuel in your xantia D? If that's the case, have it drained irrespective of the quantity of Petrol or even the contamination percentage. Continuing to run driving a motor vehicle that is currently starting to suffer the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will likely be responsible for more and more harm being caused to the fuel system parts.
  3. Are you looking for reassurance?
    In that case get it drained. Regardless of contamination ratio, there is inevitably some amount of danger connected to running a Diesel motor on fuel contaminated with Petrol. Likely consequences of driving a car on the incorrect fuel include the motor not starting, running unevenly, lack of power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or bunged injectors, and so on. These are a few of the most common Petrol in Diesel signs or symptoms, and in the event that you notice any of them then cease driving and get it removed right away.

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Put Petrol in a Diesel Citroen

Unintentionally put Petrol in a Diesel Citroen? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Citroen xantia D?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, boasting national cover, for Citroen motorists especially. We principally attend:

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

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

The Process

The method of draining Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is essentially identical for the majority of vehicle makes. Naturally it may vary to some extent as every make has their own distinct fuel system. However it still generally adheres to 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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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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