Contaminated fuel in your Ford Focus TDCi? Petrol in a Diesel Ford?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Ford is a well-known mistake to make. And its solution hinges on a number of factors. In the event that you want to know what you need to do to sort it out then keep reading.
Right here are the most crucial variables to consider when choosing whether or not to get the car drained:

  1. What amount of Petrol have you put in to the Ford, bearing in mind that the fuel tank capacity of the Ford Focus TDCi is usually approximately 53 litres?
    1. Hardly any Petrol, less than 2.65 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Focus TDCi will quite often not be a massive problem. Experience has taught us that anything less than 2.65 litres (which is about 5% of the total fuel tank volume) is oftentimes able to be adequately diluted by totally topping the remainder of the tank with Diesel.
      It's highly unusual to encounter an automobile having problems due to under 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Do not forget that it is infrequent - definitely not impossible to find. You will discover a few cars that will not endure any level of contamination whatsoever.
    2. Somewhere between 2.65 and 5.3 litres of Petrol in the Ford (5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 situation. Our working experience has demonstrated that as many motorists get away with this as those who don't. When you are figuring out whether or not to chance it and just fill it up recognise that it is much like betting your car on black - you have got a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything above 5.3 litres of Petrol in your Diesel Focus TDCi really should promptly be drained out seeing as your probability of succeeding with this quantity of contamination is in all likelihood less than one in fifty - genuinely huge odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel Ford and drove it: Have you seen any kind of performance difficulties after putting the incorrect fuel in your Focus TDCi? If so, get it emptied no matter the amount of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Continuing to drive driving a vehicle that is beginning to suffer the effects of fuel contamination can typically cause more harm affecting your fuel system.
  3. Do you need peace of mind?
    Simply get it emptied. Regardless of the contamination ratio, there is always some degree of risk resulting from operating a Diesel motor on Diesel contaminated with the wrong fuel. Possible outcomes of driving on the wrong fuel include the engine not starting, running lumpy, reduced power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, damaged or bunged injectors, and the like. These are several of the commonest Petrol in Diesel symptoms, and should you recognise any of them then stop and get it drained right away.

Refrain from getting any unqualified so-and-so to attend your automobile. We are Ford experts and have the skills and practical experience necessary to ensure you get back on the road with no hassle or worry.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Ford

Inadvertently put Petrol in a Diesel Ford? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Ford Focus TDCi?

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We are the primary wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, offering national service, for Ford motorists in particular. We predominantly attend to:

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

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 are able to get you on the road again.

The Procedure

The system of extracting Petrol from a Diesel car is essentially the same for virtually all motor vehicles. Naturally it does vary to some degree as each make has their own fuel system. Having said that it still essentially observes the below 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 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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