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Old 21st October 2014, 20:08   #151
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what's so different about VW that the ignition point would change w.r.t. TDC???

You are on a thin line. Did you compute the fuel flow rate, whilst berating the attendant?
I didn't understand the first bit. I was referring to their finickyness.

I don't know how to compute the fuel flow rate. What I do know is that it gives me 13-16 kmpl, so it must've been still using the fuel in the fuel line.

Nonetheless, if any adulterated fuel had reached sensitive components, wouldn't I feel the effects by now?
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Old 11th May 2015, 11:05   #152
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I thought these type of horors occured very infrequently, only to know today that it happened to my parent's Zen MPFI.

They had about 5 ltrs of petrol and accidentally put 5 more ltrs of Diesel in it. My father started noticing loss of power and hence deduced as much.

Somehow they made it to my village and dont think will be able to get a technician to attend to it.

What is the best course of action..

Should they

1. Try and tow the vehicle using another car and take it to the nearest mechanic or

2. Top up the tank with Petrol and drive to the nearest mechanic..

needless to say #1 will be cumbersome. But if it needs to be done, then we will get it done some how.
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Old 11th May 2015, 12:20   #153
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I would tow it. You have a 50/50 mixture of petrol/diesel all over the fuel system. Before attempting to start the filter needs to be replaced, you need to drain the various fuel lines, clear injectors etc. you are likely to do much more damage if you try and drive it now. You might have occurred some damage already, notably the fuel pump and injectors. Time will tell.
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They had about 5 ltrs of petrol and accidentally put 5 more ltrs of Diesel in it. My father started noticing loss of power and hence deduced as much.

Somehow they made it to my village and dont think will be able to get a technician to attend to it.

What is the best course of action..

Should they

1. Try and tow the vehicle using another car and take it to the nearest mechanic or

2. Top up the tank with Petrol and drive to the nearest mechanic..

needless to say #1 will be cumbersome. But if it needs to be done, then we will get it done some how.
Please dont do the latter, even though the car has already been driven. Fortunately diesel in a petrol engine is not as bad as vice versa. The mechanic would need to disengage the fuel line from the engine and then pump out all the diesel+petrol mix from the tank. The engine may also need to be flushed given that the car has been driven some distance.

You said it was 'deduced' that diesel was filled; was the car driven back to the petrol pump and the blunder was confirmed by the attendant?
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Old 11th May 2015, 12:26   #155
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What is the best course of action..

Should they
Drain out the remaining fuel from the bottom / fuel hose region so that the tank is empty.. repeat the same with another 5 ltrs of petrol again (to ensure tank is cleaned) and fill petrol again & drive to the nearest mechanic. Ask local mechanic, if any, to bleed some petrol further at all possible points in the car (MPFI - its injector can throw out some old oil pumped) so that the old fuel is flushed out as much as possible..

Draining the tank completely is difficult, this is the best approach considering that towing is a ruled out option.

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Old 11th May 2015, 18:35   #156
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Hello Folks,

Thanks a ton for your response! I have advised the same to my parents as well.. they have not started the engine further and will be towing the car tomorrow to the mechanic. Will keep you posted on the outcome. Am hoping it doesn't put too much of a dent to my pocket.

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Old 11th May 2015, 23:05   #157
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Nowadays they are selling a garnish for the fuel tank lid in MGA with "Petrol" and "Diesel" indications. I am thinking of getting one for my car.
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Old 19th July 2016, 17:28   #158
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You only see a doctor when you are sick!!! Here is how it happened

Car
Honda City Petrol
2010 model
70k done

Fuel mix ratio
30 ltrs of petrol
4 ltrs of diesel

How it happened
I was running low on fuel so decided to stop at this petrol pump around 11pm on GT road. This attendant filled up 4 ltr of diesel and stopped realizing he had put diesel instead of petrol. When i made hue and cry, the attendants got together and suggested to fill the entire tank with petrol so that 4 ltr of diesel gets mixed with 25-30ltrs of petrol. I wasn't convinced on their solution when another car wala came there (was a known to the petrol pump attendants) and he called up his mechanic and explained him the issue. That mechanic suggested to fill petrol to the brim and shake the car so that diesel gets mixed properly. Also that the petrol should be filled with all the pressure (that latch on the handle has to be moved all the way ahead). I had no choice but to be convinced to follow shake before use therapy.

Did i drive after that?
With all the shaking and 11pm time and the convincing by everyone around, i decided to go ahead. Nothing happened so far and i reached my destination without any issues.

Today morning condition
I assumed diesel is heavier than petrol and my have settled down again (i dont know why i thought that) so i have to shake it again without dad knowing about it. Car started without any issues so took to local mechanic who suggested not to worry. Then went to Honda SA who spoke with his mechanic about the ratio of diesel and also suggested not to worry and not to use systemG.

My query
Just to be on the safer side, do i
a) Get the tank and injectors cleaned from honda
b) Get the tank and injectors cleaned from outside
c) Use systemG right now and next 2/3 tankfulls
d) Use premium fuel in next 2/3 tankfulls
e) Leave it as it is
f) Any other suggestion?

Is the car behaving strangely
No

<Once again>
Car
Honda City Petrol
2010 model
70k done

Fuel mix ratio
30 ltrs of petrol
4 ltrs of diesel

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Just to be on the safer side, do i
a) Get the tank and injectors cleaned from honda
b) Get the tank and injectors cleaned from outside
c) Use systemG right now and next 2/3 tankfulls
Happened recently in my Petrol Inova from my own personal experience, you don't need to worry. In mine case it was 20 Litres of Diesel and less than 5 Litre Petrol but the car kept running for a while only when it dropped pickup that driver realised. Toyota Dealership just emptied the complete tank and we added fresh Petrol. They gave some Toyota branded injector cleaner which I used for next 2-3 Tanks and everything is same as before. Check if Honda guys have something similar or else you can buy from Toyota or if you want to go little premium you can get from BMW Dealership - those are priced competitively as well & will feel nice psychologically
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Just to be on the safer side, do i
Diesel in Petrol is far less damaging than Petrol in a Diesel car.

1) You could continue to drive
2) Go to a mechanic and ask him to siphon off the fuel, and you can fill fresh petrol. Just siphon it out. Dont need to take out the tank to empty it etc.
3) Do it yourself. Dont need to throw away the petrol, but you could give it so some auto-walah. Or petrol based genset.
4) Go on a long drive, drive @ low gear - high-speed combination so you use more fuel. Once @ half tank or so, top up again.


Basically, if any damage - you would have experienced at least some abnormal behaviour by now.

And had it been petrol in a diesel car, it would have been a completely different story.

Note:
In case of Diesel -petrol mix in Charanreddy's post, the mix was 50-50. Hence the observed loss of power. In your case, the ratio is much more favorable.

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I wouldn't worry too much. Fill the tank with petrol and just keep going
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Old 28th September 2016, 17:54   #162
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And just now, the driver on hire fills 20 liters of diesel in my 2005 petrol swift. the fuel tank was near empty, so its pure diesel in the tank now. He drove for a few meters before suspecting that something was amiss, then parked to the side. The petrol pump person has called a maruti service center that is in the vicinity, and they will come and drain the tank.

Let's see what all they plan to do/replace etc.
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Old 28th March 2017, 11:31   #163
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Just heard that Mangalore City North MLA Mohiuddin Bava's Volvo XC60 had to go through this exercise Since it is hybrid, Volvo service center Bangalore is handling this. BTW, it was the 1st 2017 model delivered in India.
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