Wrong fuel in your Toyota Picnic TD? Petrol in your Diesel Toyota?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Toyota is a fairly typical error. And exactly what you need to do about it depends upon several different factors. If perhaps you want to know what you should do about this then keep reading.
Listed below are the key factors to keep in mind whenever figuring out whether to have a fuel drain:

  1. Exactly how much Petrol did you put in to the Toyota, considering that the fuel tank capacity of the Toyota Picnic TD is in most cases roughly 60 litres?
    1. Hardly any Petrol, something like 3 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Picnic TD will normally not really be a significant problem. Experience has proven to us that anything under 3 litres (which is about 5% of the entire fuel tank) is oftentimes capable of being completely diluted simply by totally filling up the tank with the correct fuel.
      It's highly rare to find an automobile experiencing problems because of lower than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Keep in mind it's infrequent - in no way impossible to find. You can get some vehicles that will not stand any degree of contamination in the slightest.
    2. Anywhere between 3 and 6 litres of Petrol in the Toyota (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 scenario. Our experience has proven that as many drivers get away with it as those who don't. When trying to decide whether to risk it and basically top it up consider that it is the same as betting all of it on black - you will have a 50/50 chance of it working.
    3. Anything in excess of 6 litres of Petrol in your Diesel Picnic TD should immediately be drained out seeing that your likelihood of driving with that level of contamination is undoubtedly lower than one in fifty - seriously big odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel Toyota and drove it: Have you detected any kind of performance issues since putting the wrong fuel in your Picnic TD? If you have, have it removed no matter the volume of Petrol or even the contamination percentage. Continuing to drive running an automobile that is now beginning to suffer from the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will definitely end up in more harm affecting the fuel system.
  3. Are you looking for assurance?
    Then get it emptied. No matter the contamination percentage, there is inevitably some degree of risk in connection with running a Diesel engine on Diesel contaminated with the wrong fuel. Possible implications of driving a vehicle on the wrong fuel include the motor not starting, running unevenly, reduced power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, and so forth. These are a few of the most frequently seen Petrol in Diesel symptoms, and if you notice any of them then stop and get it drained right now.

Do not simply get any unqualified mechanic to try to fix your vehicle. We are Toyota experts and hold the certification and working experience required to make sure that you are back on the road with minimal hassle or worry.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Toyota

Unintentionally put Petrol in a Diesel Toyota? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Toyota Picnic TD?

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, offering national coverage, for Toyota motorists in particular. We primarily fix:

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

We are Toyota specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Diesel Toyota vehicles. No matter if it's at the roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your house, we are able to get you moving again.

The Procedure

The procedure of getting rid of Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is basically exactly the same for virtually all vehicle makes. Obviously it does vary somewhat as every brand has their particular fuel system. Having said that it still generally follows the following 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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