Incorrect fuel in your Vauxhall Tigra CDTI? Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall is a very common problem. And what you want to do about it will depend on an assortment of factors. Assuming you would like to find out what it is advisable to do about this then keep on reading.
Let us discuss the key variables to keep in mind whenever deciding whether to have the car drained:

  1. How much Petrol have you put in the Vauxhall, bearing in mind that the fuel tank capacity of the Vauxhall Tigra CDTI is normally roughly 45 litres?
    1. Hardly any Petrol, less than 2.25 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Tigra CDTI will generally not really be a major problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that an amount less than 2.25 litres (which is about 5% of the overall fuel tank volume) is frequently able to be sufficiently diluted simply by thoroughly topping up the remainder of the tank with the correct fuel.
      It is highly uncommon to encounter a car or truck experiencing difficulties with below 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Remember that it's uncommon - definitely not impossible to find. You can get a number of cars that won't stand any level of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. Somewhere between 2.25 and 4.5 litres of Petrol in the Vauxhall (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 situation. Our practical experience has proven that as many motorists get away with this as all those who break down. Any time you're deciding on whether or not to risk it and just fill it up consider that it is the same thing as gambling everything on black - you will have a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything in excess of 4.5 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Tigra CDTI should straightaway be removed because your probability of driving with that level of contamination is almost certainly lower than one in 50 - extremely big odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall and drove it: Have you detected any performance concerns after putting the wrong fuel in the Tigra CDTI? If that's the case, have it drained regardless of the amount of Petrol or the contamination percentage. Still running an automobile that is starting to suffer the effect of fuel contamination can only cause increasing amounts of harm affecting the fuel system parts.
  3. Do you need reassurance?
    You should get it removed. No matter the contamination percentage, there is always some extent of threat in connection with operating a Diesel vehicle on fuel contaminated with the wrong fuel. Probable consequences of driving a vehicle on the wrong fuel include things like the engine refusing to start, running lumpy, reduced power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn or clogged injectors, and so forth. These are some of the most common Petrol in Diesel signs and symptoms, and should you notice any of them then cease driving and get it drained asap.

Stay away from having any jack-of-all-trades to try to drain your automobile. We are Vauxhall experts and have got the certification and knowledge needed to make sure that you get back on the road with minimum hassle or trouble.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall

Inadvertently put Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall? Or possibly even put contaminated fuel in your Vauxhall Tigra CDTI?

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain experts in the UK, having nationwide cover, for Vauxhall motorists in particular. We principally fix:

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

We are Vauxhall specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Diesel Vauxhall vehicles. Regardless of whether it's at the roadside, on a station forecourt, or even at home, we are able to get you going again.

The Process

The technique of extracting Petrol from a Diesel car is basically the same for a large number of cars. Of course it may vary a bit as every manufacturer has their unique distinct fuel system. Nevertheless it still essentially follows the below principles:

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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