Contaminated fuel in a Volvo 440 TD? Petrol in a Diesel Volvo?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Volvo is a common mistake to make. And what you have to do about it depends upon an assortment of factors. Assuming you would like to know what it is best to do about this then read on.
Here are the key factors to be aware of when determining whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. What amount of Petrol did you put into the Volvo, keeping in mind that the fuel capacity of the Volvo 440 TD is probably roughly 60 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Petrol, as little as 3 litres of Petrol in a Diesel 440 TD will typically not be a major problem. Experience has proven to us that quantities under 3 litres (which is roughly 5% of the fuel tank) is sometimes able to be adequately diluted by wholly topping up the rest of the tank with the right fuel.
      It's relatively unusual to come across a car or truck suffering from problems due to lower than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Please remember it is very uncommon - certainly not impossible to encounter. There are actually some vehicles that will not endure any level of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. Anywhere between 3 and 6 litres of Petrol in the Volvo (5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 scenario. Our practical experience demonstrates that as many people get away with it as those who break down. Any time you're figuring out whether or not to risk it and just top it up consider that it is exactly like wagering all of it on black - you will have a 50/50 chance of it working out.
    3. Anything above 6 litres of Petrol in a Diesel 440 TD must as soon as possible be drained seeing that your probability of getting away with that quantity of contamination is probably lower than one in 50 - extremely huge odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo and drove it: Have you noticed any kind of performance difficulties ever since putting the wrong fuel in your 440 TD? In that case, get it removed no matter the volume of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Proceeding to run driving an automobile that is already beginning to suffer the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will just cause even more damage affecting your fuel system components.
  3. Are you looking for security?
    Simply get it removed. Regardless of the contamination ratio, there is always some degree of risk caused by running a Diesel motor on fuel contaminated with the incorrect fuel. Likely implications of driving on the wrong fuel can include the motor refusing to start, running unevenly, losing power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn out or bunged injectors, and so on. These are several of the commonest Petrol in Diesel symptoms, and should you observe any of them then stop and get it drained right now.

Do not simply have any untrained so-and-so to try to repair your vehicle. We are Volvo specialists and possess the accreditation and practical experience necessary to ensure you get back on the road with minimum hassle or trouble.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo

By mistake put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo 440 TD?

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We are the leading wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, having nationwide service, for Volvo motorists particularly. We typically attend:

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

We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Diesel Volvo 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 moving again.

The Process

The technique of getting rid of Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is basically similar for the vast majority of cars. Of course it does differ slightly as each brand has their particular fuel system. Even so it still fundamentally observes the following principles:

Petrol in Diesel Volvo

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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 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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