Bad fuel in your Renault Espace dTi? Petrol in a Diesel Renault?

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Filling up with Petrol in a Diesel Renault is a well-known error. And its solution is based on various factors. In the event that you would like to know what you must do about this then keep on reading.
Listed here the most important factors to take into consideration when deciding whether to have your car drained:

  1. Exactly how much Petrol did you put in the Renault, bearing in mind that the fuel tank capacity of the Renault Espace dTi is normally approximately 78 litres?
    1. Hardly any Petrol, less than 3.9 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Espace dTi will most of the time not be a massive problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that quantities under 3.9 litres (which is roughly 5% of the total fuel tank) is sometimes able to be sufficiently diluted through totally filling up the tank with the appropriate fuel.
      It is highly rare to find a car experiencing problems with under 5% wrong fuel contamination. Keep in mind that it is very uncommon - definitely not impossible to find. There are a few vehicles that don't endure any quantity of contamination whatsoever.
    2. Between 3.9 and 7.8 litres of Petrol in the Renault (5 to 10%) is a 50/50 condition. Our experience has demonstrated that as many drivers get away with this as those who break down. Any time you are deciding upon whether or not to risk it and simply fill it up remember that it is much like wagering everything on black - you have a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything more than 7.8 litres of Petrol in your Diesel Espace dTi should really straight away be drained because your likelihood of succeeding with this level of contamination is very likely below one in 50 - really big odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Renault and drove it: Have you noted any kind of performance concerns since putting the bad fuel in your Espace dTi? If you have, get it emptied irrespective of the quantity of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Still running a vehicle that is currently beginning to suffer the effects of wrong fuel contamination will definitely lead to even more harm being done to your fuel system components.
  3. Are you interested in peace of mind?
    Then get it drained. No matter the contamination ratio, there is always a certain level of threat associated with operating a Diesel motor on fuel contaminated with Petrol. Likely consequences of driving on the wrong fuel include things like the engine not starting, running unevenly, reduced power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, damaged or clogged injectors, and the like. These are some of the most frequently seen Petrol in Diesel symptoms, and should you observe any of them stop driving and have it removed as soon as possible.

Stay away from getting any jack-of-all-trades to try to repair your vehicle. We are Renault specialists and hold the qualifications and working experience needed to make sure that you get back on the road with a minimum of hassle or worry.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Renault

Mistakenly put Petrol in a Diesel Renault? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Renault Espace dTi?

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, having nationwide coverage, for Renault motorists especially. We principally attend:

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

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

The Procedure

The technique of draining Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is fundamentally exactly the same for the vast majority of vehicles. Obviously it does vary to some degree as each manufacturer has their particular distinct fuel system. Having said that it still fundamentally 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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