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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 16th December 2017, 12:51 Thread Starter
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Yesterday I did a stupid thing and put 20 litres of unleaded in my diesel car which was half full.i arranged for it to be pushed off the forecourt and was given a card at the kiosk to contact Fuel Doctor the guy arrived about an hour later,he then started draining the tank,apparently it is a saddle tank so when one side has been emptied the ignition is put on and the pump pumps the diesel into the other side so it can be drained this had to be done loads of times to get the diesel out so I ended up with an empty tank.this cost 130 he then suggested putting in a container of Wurth diesel treatment to lubricate the parts I agreed and this was another 20 which I thought was reasonable.i was pushed back to the forecourt and filled up,63 litres to find the battery had gone flat so pushed it back off the forecourt to get it started.all in all a stressful morning and dear one.when did they stop putting green pipes on the unlead ones it was so much easier then.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 16th December 2017, 16:57
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Glad you got sorted out Davey, a poorer but wiser man. I knew the Antara had a saddle tank but from what you say there's a drain plug in one half and no drain plug in the other? Seems daft to me.

I'm with you on the colour of fuel hoses but aren't the nozzles a different size? Or is that to stop you from putting diesel into a petrol?

US guys should know all these things because it's not like you're going to get the ladies filling 'em up, is it?

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 16th December 2017, 19:51
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In response to a similar query Honest John replied:
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You can usually get away with up to 10 litres
of petrol in a 60-litre tank. Fill up with high-lubricity diesel (such
as Shell V-Power Nitro Plus) and keep doing exactly that. Don't allow
the tank to be more than half-empty for about 2,000 miles.
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At first, the petrol will float on top of the diesel and won't get
sucked into the low-level fuel pick-up. Then, very gradually, it will
disperse into the diesel fuel. But if she put in more than 10 litres she
needs to have the tank drained.

If any of the petrol has reached the
high-pressure injection pump, she will be in trouble. You can't fill a
current Ford, BMW or Citroën diesel with petrol because the filler
orifice will not allow it.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 18th December 2017, 21:17
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My wife did the same with my first Antara. She filled up with Unleaded and then drove it back home about a mile or so.

By the time she got home the car wasnt running very well. She then realised what she had done!!!.

I called the AA who came out and flushed the tank. I think it cost me 130.

The AA have a dedicated guy that does this all day because so many do it every day!!.

The Antara was fine even after driving it.

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