Wrong fuel in a Volvo S80D? Petrol in your Diesel Volvo?

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Putting Petrol in a Diesel Volvo is a common mistake. And exactly what you want to do about it is dependent upon various factors. If perhaps you want to find out what you must do about this then keep on reading.
Right here are the most crucial variables to think about when deciding whether to have a fuel drain:

  1. What level of Petrol have you put into the Volvo, taking into account that the fuel capacity of your Volvo S80D is normally around 70 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Petrol, as little as 3.5 litres of Petrol in a Diesel S80D will in most situations not really be a major problem. Experience has shown us that quantities under 3.5 litres (which is close to 5% of the fuel tank capacity) is usually capable of being adequately diluted through completely topping the tank with Diesel.
      It's relatively uncommon to find an automobile suffering from difficulties with under 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Be aware that it is uncommon - definitely not impossible to encounter. You can get certain vehicles that won't endure any quantity of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. Anywhere between 3.5 and 7 litres of Petrol in the Volvo (from 5 to 10%) is a 50/50 condition. Our expertise has shown us that as many motorists get away with this as all those who break down. When figuring out whether or not to chance it and just simply fill it up recognise that it is much like gambling it all on black - you've got a 50/50 chance of it working.
    3. Anything above 7 litres of Petrol in your Diesel S80D should straight away be removed seeing that your likelihood of getting away with that quantity of contamination is probably below one in fifty - genuinely long odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo and drove it: Have you seen any performance issues ever since putting the bad fuel in the S80D? If so, have it drained no matter the amount of Petrol or the contamination percentage. Continuing to drive running a motor vehicle that is currently beginning to suffer the effect of wrong fuel contamination will likely lead to progressively more harm affecting your fuel system components.
  3. Are you interested in reassurance?
    Then simply just get it removed. No matter the contamination ratio, there is always some degree of risk resulting from driving a Diesel vehicle on fuel contaminated with Petrol. Probable results of driving a car on the incorrect fuel include the motor not starting, running lumpy, decrease in power, degradation of the high-pressure pump, damaged or bunged injectors, and the like. These are some of the most frequently seen Petrol in Diesel signs and symptoms, and in the event that you notice any of them then cease driving and get it removed immediately.

Don't simply get any untrained so-and-so to attend your car. We are Volvo specialists and possess the qualifications and knowledge needed to make certain that you get back on the road with a minimum of 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 S80D?

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Once we have completed you can get back on the road and get on with your trip

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

We are the primary wrong fuel drain professionals in the UK, offering countrywide coverage, for Volvo motorists in particular. We typically attend to:

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

We are Volvo specialists and have successfully drained hundreds of Diesel Volvo vehicles. Regardless of whether it's at the roadside, on a petrol station forecourt, or even at your house, we can get you going once again.

The Procedure

The procedure of extracting Petrol from a Diesel car is essentially identical for virtually all motor vehicles. As you can imagine it does vary to some degree as every manufacturer has their own distinct fuel system. Having said that it still generally follows the below 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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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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