Wrong fuel in your Volkswagen Golf GTD? Petrol in a Diesel Volkswagen?

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Filling Petrol in a Diesel Volkswagen is a regularly occurring mistake to make. And exactly what you should do about it will depend on a number of things. If you would like to find out what to do to sort it out then stay with me.
Listed here are the most crucial factors to take into consideration when deciding on whether to have the car drained:

  1. What amount of Petrol did you put into the Volkswagen, keeping in mind that the fuel capacity of the Volkswagen Golf GTD is in most cases about 55 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Petrol, something like 2.75 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Golf GTD will generally not necessarily be a huge problem. Experience has shown us that an amount less than 2.75 litres (5% of the entire fuel tank volume) is in many instances capable of being sufficiently diluted by means of completely filling the tank with the correct fuel.
      It's relatively unusual to encounter a motor vehicle suffering from issues because of less than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Be aware that it is unusual - in no way impossible to encounter. You can get certain vehicles that won't stand any amount of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. Somewhere between 2.75 and 5.5 litres of Petrol in the Volkswagen (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 condition. Our experience has revealed that as many drivers get away with it as those people who break down. When you are trying to decide whether to risk it and basically top it up recognise that it is the same as wagering everything on black - you will have a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything in excess of 5.5 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Golf GTD must immediately be drained seeing that your likelihood of driving with this quantity of contamination is in all likelihood lower than one in fifty - definitely long odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Volkswagen and drove it: Have you noticed any performance difficulties since putting the incorrect fuel in your Golf GTD? If you have, have it drained no matter the quantity of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Proceeding to run running a car that is currently starting to suffer from the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will only result in even more harm affecting your fuel system.
  3. Do you need peace of mind?
    Then get it emptied. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is always some degree of danger associated with driving a Diesel vehicle on fuel contaminated with the wrong fuel. Likely implications of driving on the wrong fuel normally include the motor refusing to start, running unevenly, loss of power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, etc. These are several of the most typical Petrol in Diesel symptoms, and in the event that you notice any of them stop and have it drained immediately.

Keep away from getting any unqualified mechanic to try to fix your vehicle. We are Volkswagen specialists and have the credentials and expertise needed to make certain you are back on the road with minimum hassle or worry.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Volkswagen

Inadvertently put Petrol in a Diesel Volkswagen? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Volkswagen Golf GTD?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, having countrywide service, for Volkswagen motorists especially. We mainly deal with:

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

We are Volkswagen specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Diesel Volkswagen vehicles. Regardless of whether it is at the roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your house, we are able to get you on the road once again.

The Procedure

The technique of draining Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is generally similar for virtually all vehicles. Obviously it does vary to some degree as each manufacturer has their own different fuel system. Even so it still basically adheres to the following guidelines:

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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 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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