Wrong fuel in a Volvo S60D? Petrol in your Diesel Volvo?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Volvo is a well-known mistake to make. And its remedy depends on various things. In case you want to find out what you should do to fix it then stay with me.
Right here are the key variables to think about when figuring out whether to have a fuel drain:

  1. What amount of Petrol have you put in the Volvo, bearing in mind that the fuel tank capacity of the Volvo S60D is most likely about 68 litres?
    1. A small quantity of Petrol, less than 3.4 litres of Petrol in a Diesel S60D will usually not necessarily be a massive problem. Experience has shown us that quantities less than 3.4 litres (which is almost 5% of the fuel tank volume) is sometimes able to be completely diluted by means of wholly filling up the tank with Diesel.
      It is very unusual to come across an automobile going through issues with below 5% wrong fuel contamination. Remember that it is very infrequent - definitely not impossible to encounter. You can get some motor vehicles that don't endure any degree of contamination whatsoever.
    2. Between 3.4 and 6.8 litres of Petrol in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is more of a 50/50 situation. Our experience has proven that as many motorists get away with this as all those who don't. When you are trying to decide whether or not to risk it and basically fill it up consider that it is just like betting your car on black - you have a 50/50 chance of it being ok.
    3. Anything above 6.8 litres of Petrol in a Diesel S60D ought to promptly be removed because your probability of getting away with that quantity of contamination is more than likely below one in 50 - seriously big odds.
  2. Put some Petrol in a Diesel Volvo and drove it: Have you noted any kind of performance concerns as a result of putting the incorrect fuel in the S60D? In that case, get it drained irrespective of the volume of Petrol or even the contamination ratio. Continually driving a motor vehicle that is currently beginning to suffer from the effects of fuel contamination will typically result in increasing amounts of harm being done to the fuel system components.
  3. Do you want assurance?
    In that case get it drained. Regardless of the contamination ratio, there is invariably a certain level of danger in connection with driving a Diesel motor on fuel contaminated with Petrol. Possible outcomes of driving a car on the wrong fuel can include the motor not starting, running lumpy, loss of power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, damaged or blocked injectors, and so forth. These are several of the most frequently seen Petrol in Diesel signs or symptoms, and should you notice any of them stop and get it drained right now.

Do not just have any jack-of-all-trades to try to repair your vehicle. We are Volvo experts and possess the certification and practical experience required to make certain you are back on the road with little hassle or worry.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo

Accidentally put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo? Or perhaps even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo S60D?

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

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

We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained thousands of Diesel Volvo vehicles. Even if it's roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your home, we are able to get you going again.

The Process

The process of draining Petrol from a Diesel vehicle is generally identical for the majority of vehicles. Of course it does differ slightly as each brand has their own fuel system. However it still follows the following points:

Petrol in Diesel Volvo

Fuel Drain

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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