Have you ever put Unleaded into Diesel Vehicle?

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  1. Theonlysue

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    I put £30 of petrol in a 320 diesel merc stopped dead after less than half a mile. Cost £300 to fix but the injection system was never right after and eventually gave up completely. Disastrous and expensive mistake to make.
     
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    Once put a full tank of unleaded into a diesel Skoda Fabia!!!! My excuse was that i was distracted by the M-I-L and SWMBO gobbing off faster than a Kalashnikov !
    Thankfully realised what I'd done as I put the nozzle back on the pump.
    Oooooooooh poo! Got my mate to tow me in, drained the tank(that was fun via the anti syphoning devise! NOT!) and refilled with diesel.
    Managed to go for a LAAAAATE dinner instead of lunch. Sure the M-I-L thought I'd done it on purpose!:Rofl1:
    Funny thing was, that car ran EVEN better afterwards. Did 130,000 over 10 years before we sold it. Cracking little motor.
     
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    looks good and could save ££££££ ..

    never understood why manufacturers of diesel vehicles don't size the filler necks to prevent being filled with petrol.. same as this device does.

    Down side, if you have an RV you couldn't use the diesel HGV pump ...
     
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    I put 2 gallon in an 80litr tank about twice a year. it helps clean up emissions and as a cleaning effect on the injectors. its cheaper tha some of the diesel cleaners on the market.
    Not ideal for running on neat. If you do accidently fill up with petrol .push to one side drain tank and slap your wrists .Best not drive on it. Could be costly.
    I would keep what you drained out and use it slowly over the next few months abit at a time.
     
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    Saw this on Dragons Den, simple but efficient, you cant get a petrol nozzle into it.

    When unleaded petrol became popular the nozzle from a leaded petrol pump woudnt go into an unleaded petrol tank. The nozzzle was too big. This is the same idea. It works

    Jim
    :Smile:
     
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    A British success. With luck the EU will adopt it for new vehicles and then they can just retire on the royalties.

    I filled my bike with diesel once :Doh: No harm done. The lads in the service bay drained it for me. Lesson learned.
     
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    My wife put 3/4 tank in my diesel jeep by mistake a few years ago, managed to drive on for about 25 miles before engine cut out.
    Total cost which included dropping the fuel tank and flushing out £600 (this was by a main dealer). I was told at the time lucky it was'nt a CRD as it could have cost alot more.
     
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    I have no experience of the device, but it cost me £265.00 to have a Citroen
    Picasso drained and flushed when I did it.
    Will my sons ever let me forget ? and stop telling my pals.
    Frank
     
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    Yep, I've done it.

    Arrived in Amsterdam with almost empty tank, having driven the 80 miles to Newcastle, intending to fill up with cheap diesel when I arrived.

    Pulled in at a garage just outside of the docks, and VERY STUPIDLY filled up with unleaded

    I went into the kiosk and paid, and then handed the receipt to Wendy, who logs the fuel/mileage/mpg etc. I was just about to start the engine when Wendy screamed 'you've filled up with petrol!!' Just as well she had her wits about her!

    I told the chap in the kiosk what had happened, and he gave me the loan of a small trolley bowser with a syphon pump. I emptied the tank of petrol, and filled it with deisel, and we continued on our way.

    I didn't get the money back for the unleaded though:Angry:
     
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    I did it in Spain when I was a Tugger, drove for about 5 miles before I realised what I had done so all well mixed by then. Called the breakdown out and got relayed to a local garage, they changed all the filters and drained the tank and I was off on my merry way.Cost me 80 euros so not too bad, BUT the breakdown truck did not have a hitch to tow my caravan so left it by the side of the road with my wife in it in a snow storm, she was not a happy bunny. when I complained on arrival home the C C C who I was insured with tried to fobb us off but in the end we got a free years insurance from them, you see in the advertisments happy smiling faces as you get relayed and your van being towed behind the breakdown truck, well that wasn't our experience.:Angry::Angry::Angry:
     
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    Years ago we used to put 10% petrol in the diesel to stop waxing in the winter but the diesel these days has had the sulpher which is used as a lubricant reduced to such a level as to be near useless so adding petrol can create extreme wear to pumps and some mordern injectors. I have known people who have part filled with petrol to fill up with diesel add some engine oil to the tank and do a few miles then top up with diesel do a few more then top up again and get away with it but IMO if you do put petrol in a diesel or visa versa don't start the engine and on most modern cars that have a common rail injection systems don't even turn the ignition on as that will start the pump that circulates the diesel and contaminates the whole system costing even more - when I have been called out on the odd time to a Land rover the first thing I do is to remove the fuel filter - that breaks the flow line and stops any risk of anyone trying to start it.
     
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    I put a full tank in my Fiat Marea, ran for half a mile before it stopped, paid a guy £25 to pump out the tank and a tow to fill with up diesel, never had any problems and used the petrol in another car.
     
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    A mate of mine used to have an old 1960's Ford Anglia and he once stuck diesel in that by mistake. Drove off the Garage forecourt in a cloud of black smoke and chugged to a standstill within a couple of hundered yards. He knew immediately what he'd done! :RollEyes:

    Towed it back home, emptied the entire tank, cleaned the carb, refilled with petrol......and drove that car for another twenty years before only recently parting with it.

    I doubt you would get away with that on any modern day engine.
     
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    The Fiat Marea is still running
     
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    Dependant on the engine, i.e, basic or high tech, you will be ok sticking petrol into a diesel....but rarely the other way round, diesel into a petrol engine which is what my mate did.

    My 1993 Transit is a 2.5 diesel injection and I often stick a few litres of petrol in that during the winter to thin the diesel. It's not a problem with that type of engine as it's basic engineering.....nothing fancy or 'high tech' about it at all. I suspect the engine in your Fiat is similarly engineered?
     
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    The application list only lists Fiat Ducato up to 2006. I assume the device won't fit the X2/50?
     
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    I put half a tank of unleaded into a diesel motorhome once(didn`t realise untill it was to late) I topped it up with diesel on the advice of dealer who`s motorhome it was and drove on, it made no difference to the van whatsoever, wouldn`t recommend it though.
     
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    YIPPEE> I'm glad I'm not the only P*** to put petrol into a diesel veh. Cost £80 for petrol £135 to empty and flush etc and another £80 for diesel & all before we started the holiday!!
    Can't afford an MPD but wife makes sure I only select the Black gun (Or is it the Green) for the van!:Eeek:
     
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