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    Default aaghhh..petrol in my 1.9CDTi...!!!

    cant believe it.. first time i have done this in 15 years of driving diesels

    realised mistake but approx £15 of unleaded went in and I have now filled the tank to the brim with diesel, but the question is how much of a problem is this going to cause

    should I just keep adding more diesel to try and dilute it down ?

    should I be panicking about this...

    anybody got any advice

    cheers - TB

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    I take it you have already turned your engine on since then

    Not sure on that one mate id say keep diluting it down with more diesel and hope for the best but i dont know you might want to get it drained.

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    You have my sympathy mate. As a new diesel owner Im conscious of not making the same mistake. Id have been tempted to get her drained before topping up with diesel though.

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    I don't know why they don't just change the shape of the diesel nozzle. If it was a square or a triangle for example then this would not be able to happen.

    All new cars could roll out with the new idea and all old ones could be modified by the owner (cheaply) if they so wished. I know I would do it and I have never cocked up and put the wrong fuel in!

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    I'm no mechanic..but everything I've seen says common rail and petrol definitely don't mix.

    Older diesels could take it no problems, but I understand that you can seriously damage the engine if you run it.

    (But I could be talking out of my bum!)

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    After 8 years of being a diesel man i got a petrol and almost put diesel in it I was lucky that my wife shouted at me before i put any in

    I would say you would have to drain the tank, i used to put a gallon of petrol in my cav now and again to clean it out, but £15 is a lot of fuel.

    Hope you sort it ok and it does not cause any damage.

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    i did this in my 2.0 dti if anything it ran better and quiter for a few days after ....

    but as stated the cdti is common rail..... how much diesel did you put in with the petrol (aprox?)
    i personally would be on the phone to my local diesel centre BEFORE DRIVING IT

    ps kinda makes ya feel like a tit dont it.... i know been there got the T-shirt...

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    The AA advice on petrol in a diesel is basically....

    Generally a small amount of incorrect fuel should not damage the engine as long as you have not started the car and top up fully with diesel fuel.

    * If you've added more than 10% (5 litres in a 50 litre tank) petrol – Drain the tank and refill with diesel
    * If you've added less than 10% petrol (5 litres in a 50 litre tank) – Top up with diesel and run normally unless the manufacturer has advised otherwise


    Basically if the petrol is in too great a concentration it can/will knacker the seals in places like the fuel pump - which is ££££££

    £15 in an empty tank, by a very quick calculation, is a good bit over 10 litres, so going by the AA's advice it should have been drained.

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    Deffo sounds like draining the tank is the best option, good luck if you don't

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    our local motor factors does a small device that you fit in side your diesel petrol flap.works on light so when you open the flap up an alarm goe of telling you to put diesel in your car. only a few quid .. told mate to get one as always filling his new car with petrol . cost him £600 in damagelast time

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