Incorrect fuel in your Volvo C30D? Petrol in your Diesel Volvo?

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Filling Petrol in a Diesel Volvo is a fairly typical mistake. And its solution varies according to several factors. Assuming you want to know what you must do to sort it out then continue reading.
These are the most important factors to take into consideration when figuring out whether or not to get a fuel drain:

  1. Exactly how much Petrol have you put in the Volvo, taking into consideration that the fuel tank capacity of your Volvo C30D is most likely approximately 52 litres?
    1. A small quantity of Petrol, as little as 2.6 litres of Petrol in a Diesel C30D will most of the time not really be a big problem. Experience has demonstrated to us that an amount under 2.6 litres (almost 5% of the whole fuel tank) is in many instances capable of being adequately diluted through completely filling the rest of the tank with the right fuel.
      It is extremely rare to find an automobile suffering from issues due to below 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Keep in mind that it is very rare - certainly not impossible to encounter. You will discover certain automobiles that won't endure any quantity of contamination whatsoever.
    2. Somewhere between 2.6 and 5.2 litres of Petrol in the Volvo (5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 situation. Our expertise has proven that as many drivers get away with it as those who don't. Whenever you are deciding on whether or not to chance it and simply fill it up consider that it is just like wagering your car on black - you have got a 50/50 possibility of it being ok.
    3. Anything over 5.2 litres of Petrol in a Diesel C30D really should promptly be removed because your probability of driving with this amount of contamination is almost certainly lower than one in 50 - truly huge odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo and drove it: Have you noticed any performance difficulties as a result of putting the incorrect fuel in the C30D? If so, have it drained irrespective of the amount of Petrol or the contamination percentage. Continually driving a car that is now starting to suffer from the consequences of wrong fuel contamination will only lead to even more damage affecting your fuel system parts.
  3. Do you want assurance?
    You should get it drained. Whatever the contamination percentage, there is invariably some degree of risk connected to running a Diesel engine on Diesel contaminated with Petrol. Possible implications of driving a car on the incorrect fuel include the engine not starting, running unevenly, lack of power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, and so on. These are some of the most typical Petrol in Diesel warning signs, and should you recognise any of them stop and get it removed as soon as possible.

Steer clear of getting any general so-and-so to attend your vehicle. We are Volvo specialists and have the qualifications and expertise necessary to make sure that you get back on the road with a minimum of hassle or trouble.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo

Mistakenly put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo C30D?

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We are the top rated wrong fuel drain authorities in the UK, boasting national cover, for Volvo motorists in particular. We mainly attend to:

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

We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Diesel Volvo vehicles. No matter if it is at the roadside, on a filling station forecourt, or even at your house, we can get you going again.

The Process

The procedure of getting rid of Petrol from a Diesel car is basically identical for a large number of vehicle makes. Of course it can differ to some extent as each manufacturer has their unique different fuel system. Having said that it still follows the below 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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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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