Bad fuel in a Volkswagen Sharan TDI? Petrol in your Diesel Volkswagen?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Volkswagen is a usual error. And its remedy hinges on various things. If perhaps you would like to know what you must do about this then keep on reading.
Right here are the key variables to to consider when choosing whether to get your car drained:

  1. Exactly how much Petrol did you put into the Volkswagen, keeping in mind that the fuel tank capacity of your Volkswagen Sharan TDI is in most cases about 70 litres?
    1. A small quantity of Petrol, less than 3.5 litres of Petrol in a Diesel Sharan TDI will normally not really be a major problem. Experience has taught us that quantities under 3.5 litres (which is close to 5% of the total fuel tank) is generally capable of being adequately diluted through thoroughly topping the tank with Diesel.
      It's quite uncommon to come across an automobile experiencing difficulties with under 5% wrong fuel contamination. Please remember it is very unusual - in no way impossible to encounter. You can get a few automobiles that won't endure any degree of contamination in the slightest.
    2. Somewhere between 3.5 and 7 litres of Petrol in the Volkswagen (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 situation. Our practical experience has revealed that as many people get away with this as all those who break down. Any time you are figuring out whether to risk it and simply top it up remember that it is very much like betting everything on black - you've got a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything above 7 litres of Petrol in your Diesel Sharan TDI ought to as soon as possible be removed seeing that your likelihood of succeeding with this level of contamination is very likely below one in 50 - seriously long odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel Volkswagen and drove it: Have you noted any performance troubles since putting the incorrect fuel in the Sharan TDI? In that case, get it drained regardless of the quantity of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Proceeding to drive driving a car that is currently beginning to suffer from the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will probably likely lead to more damage affecting the fuel system parts.
  3. Do you need security?
    In that case get it emptied. Regardless of contamination ratio, there is invariably some degree of danger affiliated with operating a Diesel motor on Diesel contaminated with Petrol. Likely outcomes of driving on the incorrect fuel include the engine refusing to start, running unevenly, losing power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, etc. These are several of the commonest Petrol in Diesel warning signs, and if you recognise any of them then stop and get it removed asap.

Do not simply get any unqualified so-and-so to try to drain your car. We are Volkswagen specialists and have the skills and practical experience necessary to make certain that you get back on the road with minimal hassle or trouble.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Volkswagen

Inadvertently put Petrol in a Diesel Volkswagen? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Volkswagen Sharan TDI?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, boasting nationwide cover, for Volkswagen motorists especially. We primarily attend:

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

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

The Procedure

The method of removing Petrol from a Diesel car is generally the same for a large number of vehicles. Needless to say it can differ a bit as every make has their unique different fuel system. Having said that it still basically follows the following principles:

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Empty the Fuel Tank

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System Flush

Clean out the fuel lines & pumps

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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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