Wrong fuel in a Volvo 460 TD? Petrol in a Diesel Volvo?

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Filling up with Petrol in a Diesel Volvo is a common problem. And its solution varies according to several factors. In the event that you would like to know what you need to do about it then please read on.
Here are the key variables to to consider when choosing whether to have your car drained:

  1. What amount of Petrol have you put into the Volvo, bearing in mind that the fuel capacity of your Volvo 460 TD is usually approximately 60 litres?
    1. A modest quantity of Petrol, as little as 3 litres of Petrol in a Diesel 460 TD will most of the time not necessarily be a significant problem. Experience has taught us that anything less than 3 litres (which is almost 5% of the fuel tank capacity) is in many instances able to be completely diluted by totally topping up the remainder of the tank with the right fuel.
      It is rather uncommon to find a motor vehicle having problems because of less than 5% wrong fuel contamination. Keep in mind it is very infrequently found - definitely not impossible to encounter. There are actually certain vehicles that will not stand any level of contamination at all.
    2. In between 3 and 6 litres of Petrol in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 condition. Our working experience has demonstrated that as many motorists get away with it as all those who break down. When you are trying to decide whether to chance it and basically top it up recognise that it is the same as wagering it all on black - you will have a 50/50 chance of it working out.
    3. Anything in excess of 6 litres of Petrol in your Diesel 460 TD must right away be drained as your likelihood of driving with that amount of contamination is undoubtedly lower than one in fifty - definitely long odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel Volvo and drove it: Have you seen any performance issues ever since putting the incorrect fuel in your 460 TD? If so, get it drained no matter the quantity of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Still running an automobile that is currently starting to suffer the effects of fuel contamination will probably likely cause increasing amounts of harm being caused to the fuel system parts.
  3. Do you want security?
    Simply get it drained. Regardless of contamination ratio, there is always some extent of threat resulting from driving a Diesel engine on fuel contaminated with the wrong fuel. Probable implications of driving a car on the incorrect fuel can include the motor not starting, running lumpy, decrease in power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, and the like. These are some of the most typical Petrol in Diesel warning signs, and should you recognise any of them stop driving and have it drained as soon as possible.

Don't just have any unqualified so-and-so to attend your vehicle. We are Volvo specialists and possess the accreditation and experience required to make certain you get back on the road with no hassle or worry.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo

Mistakenly put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo 460 TD?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain specialists in the UK, offering national service, for Volvo motorists particularly. We mostly attend to:

  • Unleaded petrol in Diesel Vehicle
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  • AdBlue contamination
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We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Diesel Volvo vehicles. Regardless of whether it's at the roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your home, we are able to get you on the road again.

The Process

The technique of draining Petrol from a Diesel car is basically identical for most vehicle makes. Of course it may vary somewhat as every manufacturer has their own fuel system. Having said that it still generally adheres to the following points:

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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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