Contaminated fuel in your Vauxhall Meriva CDTI? Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall is a fairly typical problem. And its solution is based on a few things. Assuming you would like to find out what you need to do about it then keep on reading.
Let us discuss the most crucial factors to be aware of whenever deciding on whether to have a fuel drain:

  1. What amount of Petrol have you put in the Vauxhall, considering that the fuel capacity of the Vauxhall Meriva CDTI is in most cases around 53 litres?
    1. A tiny quantity of Petrol, less than 2.65 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Meriva CDTI will in most situations not really be a massive problem. Experience has shown us that anything less than 2.65 litres (approximately 5% of the total fuel tank capacity) is usually capable of being sufficiently diluted simply by totally filling the tank with the correct fuel.
      It's quite rare to encounter a car or truck suffering from issues with less than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Keep in mind that it is rare - in no way impossible to encounter. You will discover a few automobiles that will not endure any degree of contamination in the slightest.
    2. Anywhere between 2.65 and 5.3 litres of Petrol in the Vauxhall (5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 scenario. Our experience has shown that as many people get away with it as those people who break down. Whenever you are figuring out whether to chance it and simply fill it up bear in mind that it is the same thing as gambling it all on black - you have a 50/50 possibility of it working out.
    3. Anything in excess of 5.3 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Meriva CDTI must straight away be drained since your likelihood of succeeding with this quantity of contamination is very likely below one in fifty - extremely long odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall and drove it: Have you noticed any performance concerns ever since putting the bad fuel in the Meriva CDTI? If that's the case, have it drained irrespective of the amount of Petrol or even the contamination percentage. Still running a vehicle that is beginning to suffer the effects of fuel contamination will probably just result in progressively more damage being caused to your fuel system.
  3. Are you looking for assurance?
    Simply get it drained. Whatever the contamination ratio, there is always some degree of danger connected with operating a Diesel vehicle on Diesel contaminated with the wrong fuel. Possible outcomes of driving a car on the incorrect fuel include things like the engine not starting, running lumpy, reduced power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn or bunged injectors, and the like. These are some of the commonest Petrol in Diesel signs and symptoms, and should you recognise any of them stop and get it removed right now.

Avoid having any general so-and-so to try to drain your vehicle. We are Vauxhall specialists and possess the skills and experience required to ensure you get back on the road with a minimum of hassle or worry.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall

Inadvertently put Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Vauxhall Meriva CDTI?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, boasting countrywide service, for Vauxhall motorists particularly. We typically attend:

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

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

The Process

The system of extracting Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is basically exactly the same for the vast majority of vehicles. Of course it may vary a bit as every brand has their particular fuel system. Having said that it still adheres to the following points:

Petrol in Diesel Vauxhall

Fuel Drain

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 FAQs

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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