Bad fuel in a Ford Explorer? Petrol in a Diesel Ford?

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Filling Petrol in a Diesel Ford is a common mistake. And its solution is determined by a variety of factors. If perhaps you would like to find out what you must do to sort it out then keep on reading.
Here are the key factors to be aware of whenever making a decision whether to get a fuel drain:

  1. What level of Petrol did you put in the Ford, considering that the fuel tank capacity of the Ford Explorer is in most cases about 72 litres?
    1. A modest quantity of Petrol, as little as 3.6 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Explorer will in most cases not really be a major problem. Experience has taught us that quantities less than 3.6 litres (about 5% of the fuel tank capacity) is often able to be adequately diluted by means of totally topping the rest of the tank with Diesel.
      It is rather uncommon to encounter an automobile experiencing problems due to less than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Remember that it is infrequent - not impossible to encounter. You will discover a number of automobiles that won't endure any level of contamination at all.
    2. Between 3.6 and 7.2 litres of Petrol in the Ford (5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 situation. Our working experience has demonstrated that as many drivers get away with it as those people who break down. Whenever you are deciding whether or not to chance it and simply top it up consider that it is the same as betting everything on black - you have a 50/50 chance of it working out.
    3. Anything over 7.2 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Explorer really should straight away be removed seeing that your probability of driving with that amount of contamination is certainly less than one in 50 - truly huge odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Ford and drove it: Have you observed any performance troubles since putting the bad fuel in the Explorer? If that's the case, have it removed irrespective of the amount of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Continuing to run running a motor vehicle that is currently starting to suffer the effect of fuel contamination will probably just result in increasing amounts of harm affecting the fuel system components.
  3. Are you looking for security?
    Simply get it removed. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is invariably some amount of danger caused by operating a Diesel engine on Diesel contaminated with the incorrect fuel. Likely consequences of driving on the incorrect fuel include the motor not starting, running unevenly, decrease in power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn out or bunged injectors, and so on. These are some of the most common Petrol in Diesel signs and symptoms, and should you detect any of them stop driving and get it removed as soon as possible.

Do not simply have any jack-of-all-trades to try to fix your vehicle. We are Ford specialists and have got the credentials and practical experience needed to make certain you are back on the road with little hassle or trouble.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Ford

Inadvertently put Petrol in a Diesel Ford? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Ford Explorer?

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  • Unleaded petrol in Diesel Car
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  • AdBlue fuel contamination
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We are Ford specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Diesel Ford vehicles. Even if it's at the roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your home, we can get you moving once again.

The Procedure

The method of getting rid of Petrol from a Diesel car is essentially similar for virtually all cars. Needless to say it may vary a bit as every brand has their own fuel system. Having said that it still fundamentally 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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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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