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Date Registered: 10-2013
Location: Melbourne
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Doh!!! Petrol in the Diesel tank


Had an SMS from the wife on Friday, she had put 4.7litres of petrol in the X Trail.

What's the problem I hear you ask,

It's a Diesel!!!

What should she do?

I knew the tank was near empty already, so I told her to fill it to the brim with diesel.

She managed to squeeze a further 51 litres of diesel into the tank.

By now I had had a change of heart (I googled what you should do)
The general consensus is DO NOT EVEN TURN ON THE IGNITION"

So she called the breakdown cover people and they sent out a tilt tray (which took 4 hours)
She was only 5 kms away from home and I was tempted to drive it.

I got some advice from a Vehicle mechanic I was in the army with and he didn't seem to think that with less than 10% petrol would cause too many problems but it would be best to change the filter and drain the tank.

I only had 2 jerry cans so could only drain 40 litres out, I then topped up with fresh diesel so by now the petrol mix would be about 1.5%, changed the filter and bit the bullet and turned her over.

No problems at all.

I will monitor the situation over the next few weeks and see what transpires.

I think that all the google posts about wrecking the engine are based in UK or Europe where they drive around with 'Alpine Diesel' all year round. This has a solvent added to it to prevent it waxing in cold temps. So obvioulsy if you add another solvent to it (petrol) it tips it over the edge of what it takes to damage pumps, seals etc.

So, as a bit of advice to anyone running a diesel, don't worry about a little splash of petrol in the tank, as long as it isn't more than a few percent.

I will now stamp the service book with an official looking stamp to say that the fuel filter was changed at 9000kms so not to bother changing it at next service which should save me the $150 it has already cost.


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Date Registered: 07-2013
Location: Windsor NSW
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Re: Doh!!! Petrol in the Diesel tank


I hope Nissan don't put two and two together (along with this post) if you ever have a warranty claim! Good luck, and I would let them change the filter too.

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Date Registered: 11-2012
Location: Broome
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Re: Doh!!! Petrol in the Diesel tank


only time will tell if it worked. for the cost of a tank I would have drined the lot. fingers crossed for you

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Date Registered: 07-2008
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Re: Doh!!! Petrol in the Diesel tank


I did a 50/50 mix without knowing - see my posts under diesel section circa May 2012. You should be ok.

Mine ended up requiring the high pressure fuel pump rebuild which I did through a Bosch specialist not the dealer. Was never quite sure if there were any long term effects to the injectors. Fuel filter was changed .

It's a common issue and that's why I prefer BP and Caltex where they tend to separate the diesel from the petrol outlets (unlike Shell).

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Date Registered: 10-2011
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My wife rarely has to fuel our car. If I'm going away I always leave the car full for her.

BP and Caltex in my region have the diesel pumps all mixed with the petrol pumps so you need to be conscious of which hose you pick up. From my point of view the best way of remembering is that if you don't have to press the extra lever on the pump to get the hose out, then you probably have the wrong hose.

It also helps if you don't have a petrol car in the family...although it works the other way too....I very nearly put diesel in my motorbike once!

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Date Registered: 10-2013
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I went to fill up the today, and someone had put a ULP nozzle (red one) into the Diesel holster and vice versa. That could have been messy!


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Date Registered: 11-2012
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Re: Doh!!! Petrol in the Diesel tank


that could have been an expensive mistake

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Date Registered: 07-2008
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quote:

Davyfella wrote:

I went to fill up the today, and someone had put a ULP nozzle (red one) into the Diesel holster and vice versa. That could have been messy!



I have been told by a servo attendant some 'kind' folk are doing this deliberately.



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Date Registered: 10-2011
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quote:

Davyfella wrote:

I went to fill up the today, and someone had put a ULP nozzle (red one) into the Diesel holster and vice versa. That could have been messy!



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popeclement wrote:
I have been told by a servo attendant some 'kind' folk are doing this deliberately.




I've heard same. I am actually in the conscious habit of tracing up the hose to make sure I have the right one. In fact I was doing this long before I heard that 'hose swapping' was common. You can never be too careful.

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