Wrong fuel in a Vauxhall Vectra CDTI? Petrol in your Diesel Vauxhall?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall is a well-known mistake to make. And its solution will depend on several different things. If perhaps you would like to find out what you have to do to sort it out then keep on reading.
Listed below are the most crucial variables to take into account when determining whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. What amount of Petrol have you put in the Vauxhall, considering that the fuel capacity of your Vauxhall Vectra CDTI is probably roughly 61 litres?
    1. A small quantity of Petrol, as little as 3.05 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Vectra CDTI will in most situations not necessarily be a huge problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that an amount under 3.05 litres (almost 5% of the fuel tank) is oftentimes capable of being sufficiently diluted by entirely filling the tank with Diesel.
      It's rather rare to find an automobile suffering from difficulties due to lower than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Do not forget that it's unusual - not impossible to find. You will discover some automobiles that don't stand any degree of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. In between 3.05 and 6.1 litres of Petrol in the Vauxhall (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 condition. Our expertise has demonstrated that as many motorists get away with it as those who don't. Any time you're figuring out whether to risk it and just top it up recognise that it is much like betting it all on black - you have a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything in excess of 6.1 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Vectra CDTI should promptly be drained out seeing that your likelihood of getting away with that quantity of contamination is certainly lower than one in fifty - seriously long odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel Vauxhall and drove it: Have you seen any kind of performance issues ever since putting the wrong fuel in your Vectra CDTI? If so, get it drained irrespective of the quantity of Petrol or the contamination ratio. Continually driving a motor vehicle that is currently starting to suffer from the effect of fuel contamination will probably only bring about more damage being done to the fuel system components.
  3. Are you interested in peace of mind?
    Then get it drained. Regardless of the contamination ratio, there is invariably a certain level of danger connected to operating a Diesel motor on Diesel contaminated with Petrol. Likely outcomes of driving a vehicle on the wrong fuel include things like the motor refusing to start, running lumpy, lack of power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, damaged or bunged injectors, and so forth. These are a few of the most typical Petrol in Diesel warning signs, and should you notice any of them then stop and have it removed right away.

Do not just get any unqualified so-and-so to attend your vehicle. We are Vauxhall experts and have got the skills and expertise needed to make certain that 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 even put contaminated fuel in your Vauxhall Vectra CDTI?

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When we are done you should be able to get back on your way and get on with your day

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the primary wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, having national coverage, for Vauxhall motorists particularly. We typically attend:

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

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

The Procedure

The process of draining Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is essentially exactly the same for a large number of motor vehicles. Naturally it can vary slightly as each make has their particular fuel system. However it still adheres to 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 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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