Wrong fuel in your Volvo xC90D? Petrol in a Diesel Volvo?

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Filling Petrol in a Diesel Volvo is a fairly typical mistake to make. And its remedy varies according to several things. In the event that you want to find out what you must do about this then stay with me.
Listed here are the most important variables to be aware of when making a decision whether to have a fuel drain:

  1. What amount of Petrol did you put in to the Volvo, taking into consideration that the fuel capacity of your Volvo xC90D is most likely around 80 litres?
    1. A modest amount of Petrol, as little as 4 litres of Petrol in a Diesel xC90D will most of the time not be a big problem. Experience has proven to us that quantities under 4 litres (close to 5% of the overall fuel tank volume) is very often able to be completely diluted by totally topping up the tank with Diesel.
      It's very unusual to encounter a car or truck going through difficulties because of lower than 5% incorrect fuel contamination. Do not forget that it is uncommon - not impossible to encounter. You will discover certain motor vehicles that will not stand any level of fuel contamination in the slightest.
    2. In between 4 and 8 litres of Petrol in the Volvo (5 to 10%) is really a 50/50 situation. Our practical experience has shown that as many motorists get away with it as those who don't. Any time you're trying to decide whether to risk it and basically fill it up bear in mind that it is just like betting your car on black - you will have a 50/50 chance of it working.
    3. Anything in excess of 8 litres of Petrol in your Diesel xC90D must promptly be removed seeing that your probability of driving with this quantity of contamination is more than likely below one in 50 - truly big odds.
  2. Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo and drove it: Have you detected any kind of performance concerns ever since putting the bad fuel in the xC90D? If you have, have it drained no matter the quantity of Petrol or the contamination percentage. Proceeding to run driving a motor vehicle that is now starting to suffer the consequences of wrong fuel contamination can definitely lead to more and more damage affecting the fuel system components.
  3. Do you need peace of mind?
    Then get it emptied. Whatever the contamination ratio, there is always some amount of threat linked with driving a Diesel engine on Diesel contaminated with Petrol. Probable final outcomes of driving a car on the wrong fuel normally include the engine not starting, running lumpy, loss in power, wearing of the high-pressure pump, worn out or blocked injectors, and the like. These are several of the most common Petrol in Diesel symptoms, and in the event that you recognise any of them stop and get it drained right away.

Refrain from getting any jack-of-all-trades to attend your car. We are Volvo experts and have got the certification and practical experience required to make certain that you are back on the road with little hassle or worry.

Put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo

Unintentionally put Petrol in a Diesel Volvo? Or even put contaminated fuel in your Volvo xC90D?

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We come out and do a fuel drain

We would reach you to undertake the contaminated fuel retrieval & clean there on scene

Once done You Get Moving Again

Once we have finished you should be able to get back on the road and get on with your day

Wrong Fuel Drain Specialists

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

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

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

The Procedure

The system of extracting Petrol from a Diesel car is generally the same for most vehicle makes. Of course it can vary to some degree as every make has their own distinct fuel system. Even so it still essentially adheres to 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 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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