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Old 18-08-2010, 7:57 PM
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Question put unleaded petrol in a diesel van

Hi everyone,

I'm in a bit of a panic as I accidently put unleaded petrol into my diesel van. Now I put 20 worth of unleaded in, and there was only a little diesel in there beforehand.

Could anyone tell me if this is going to affect my van? Is it dangerous?

Please help I'm in a panic and I know if I take it to the garage they will make a huge bill.

Many thanks.
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:00 PM
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You should be panicking I'm afraid.

If it's just a drop of unleaded you can fill it to the brim with diesel and it dilutes enough that shouldn't make a difference, but 20 worth of unleaded is going to require having the tank drained.

Don't tell me you've driven it from the petrol station?
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:05 PM
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If you have aa cover give them a bell as they have a team that specialise in this situation.
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:12 PM
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Question help!

thanks for the replies and yes I did drive it from the petrol station, ok now I am really really panicking!

help

I am covered with the aa but will they charge me for draining the petrol as it's technically my fault even though I didn't do it on purpose?
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:14 PM
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Why on Earth did you drive it!?
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:15 PM
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They will charge but cheaper than garage and they will come to you so worth ringing them.
How was van driving after if ok then you could be lucky and got away without any expensive damage
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:16 PM
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I didn't know what else to do. Oh My God!

What will happen now?
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:17 PM
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The van was fine when I drove it home from the petrol pump, which is about a mile from my home.

Please could someone tell me what will happen? Can I fill the tank with diesel so it will diltue?
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:17 PM
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Did you fill it with diesel as well, or just the 4 gallons of petrol before you drove it?

edit, you appear to have answered that as I posted.
What van is it, how big is the tank?
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I didn't know what else to do. Oh My God!

What will happen now?
You run the risk of damaging the injection pump among other things.
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:18 PM
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The last thing you should do is start it up and drive away. That's just burying your head in the sand and making the problem worse.

That said it's done now. I'm assuming you didn't drive far because you haven't mentioned that the van is spluttering or anything.

Get the tank drained and keep your fingers crossed now, hopefully it'll be okay.
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:19 PM
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Not worth risk with 20 pounds petrol in unless you tank holds 100 pounds worth?

As it ran ok don't start it again
Just get it drained and filled with diesel and a new filter fitted
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I didn't know what else to do. Oh My God!

What will happen now?
If your extremely lucky, you may have just caught it in time before the petrol started going through the van. You would know if petrol has started going through the engine as the van would be smoking quite a bit, it would start feeling unresponsive and eventually cut out. If it has, then you'll be looking at replacement fuel pump, filters, fuel lines etc which will be very expensive.
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Just get it drained and filled with diesel and a new filter fitted
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Old 18-08-2010, 8:29 PM
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OMG I just looked at the AA website and it has something called fuel assist, where they drain the tank but it costs 189.99!

I haven't got that sort of money and I am really kicking myself for a stupid mistake. Is there any other alternative at all? as I really don't have that sort of money.
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OMG I just looked at the AA website and it has something called fuel assist, where they drain the tank but it costs 189.99!

I haven't got that sort of money and I am really kicking myself for a stupid mistake. Is there any other alternative at all? as I really don't have that sort of money.
I believe it is illegal to attempt to drain the tank yourself, however I may be wrong.

Try calling around local garages and ask them how much they'll charge, you never know, you may find someone who can do it cheaper. But either way, you will have to get the tank drained, It's unfortunate that it is so expensive just to remove some fuel but that's the way it is.
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The van is a VW LT35 medium wheel base
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OMG I just looked at the AA website and it has something called fuel assist, where they drain the tank but it costs 189.99!

I haven't got that sort of money and I am really kicking myself for a stupid mistake. Is there any other alternative at all? as I really don't have that sort of money.
Do it yourself. You have to drain the entire system, not just the tank. It'll then need all fuel filters changing, refilling and repriming so there's a good couple of hours there. And you'll need to dispose of the old fuel. Thats why its 190.
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I'm afraid you don't really have a lot of options. I suppose you could try ringing around some local garages in your area and ask them to tow the van in and drain the tank but it's probably going to end up costing the same if not more.
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190 is a bargain. Our friend had to replace his whole engine - 800 for a second hand engine and another 300 on top of that to take out the old oen, put in the new one, and flush the rest of the parts. I would cough up the money pronto, especially if the AA guarantee their work.
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