Bad fuel in a Ford Transit Connect TDCi? Petrol in your Diesel Ford?

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Filling Petrol in a Diesel Ford is a regular mistake to make. And its solution is dependent upon various things. In the event that you would like to find out what you have to do about this then stay with me.
These are the main variables to be aware of whenever choosing whether or not to have your car drained:

  1. How much Petrol have you put in to the Ford, keeping in mind that the fuel capacity of your Ford Transit Connect TDCi is usually about 60 litres?
    1. A small amount of Petrol, something like 3 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Transit Connect TDCi will most of the time not necessarily be a huge problem. Experience has shown us that quantities under 3 litres (which is about 5% of the overall fuel tank) is generally capable of being sufficiently diluted simply by thoroughly topping the remainder of the tank with Diesel.
      It's rather unusual to encounter a vehicle having problems with less than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Be aware that it is uncommon - in no way impossible to encounter. You can get some cars that won't endure any amount of contamination in the slightest.
    2. Between 3 and 6 litres of Petrol in the Ford (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 scenario. Our practical experience has confirmed that as many motorists get away with it as all those who don't. Whenever figuring out whether or not to chance it and basically fill it up consider that it is just like gambling it all on black - you have got a 50/50 possibility of it working.
    3. Anything more than 6 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Transit Connect TDCi ought to as soon as possible be drained out as your probability of getting away with this level of contamination is certainly less than one in 50 - seriously long odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel Ford and drove it: Have you detected any performance problems as a result of putting the wrong fuel in the Transit Connect TDCi? If you have, have it removed irrespective of the quantity of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Continually running a motor vehicle that is beginning to suffer the effect of fuel contamination can definitely cause more damage affecting your fuel system parts.
  3. Are you looking for reassurance?
    You should get it emptied. Regardless of contamination percentage, there is always a certain level of danger caused by operating a Diesel vehicle on Diesel contaminated with Petrol. Probable final outcomes of driving on the wrong fuel include the motor refusing to start, running lumpy, reduced power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn or bunged injectors, and the like. These are a few of the most common Petrol in Diesel warning signs, and if you notice any of them stop driving and have it drained immediately.

Steer clear of getting any unqualified mechanic to try to repair your car. We are Ford specialists and hold the qualifications and knowledge necessary to make sure that you get back on the road with minimum hassle or trouble.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Ford

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

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, having nationwide service, for Ford motorists especially. We primarily deal with:

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

We are Ford specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Diesel Ford vehicles. Whether or not it's roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your home, we can get you moving once again.

The Process

The system of getting rid of Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is generally the same for virtually all vehicles. Obviously it can differ to some degree as every make has their particular fuel system. Nevertheless it still follows 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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