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It depends on what you consider a small amount. As a safe amount some car manufacturers will say none though the industry generally accepts 7.5% or less of petrol in diesel is safe.
When you work it out for your tank capacity you will soon realise it's not a lot of the wrong fuel before it's too much. See the table below for a guide.
If you don't know your tank capacity then give us a call on 0330 2233 789 for free advice or google but do be careful as the tank capacity can vary within a particular model of car depending on engine size or whether it is a two wheel or four wheel drive version.
If your thinking of taking a risk it as it's only a little bit over the safe limit then don't. Recently a local motorist did just that. After topping up with diesel he then drove from Scunthorpe to York ending the journey in limp mode. The garage quote to repair the Audi Q4 was £7,500.
Safe Amount of Petrol in a Full Tank of Diesel
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
Petrol in Diesel (litres)
Less than 7.5%
Vehicle size is a guide only
refer to the owners handbook
Older Diesels before 2001 may be safe with up to 10% - seek advice
Depending on the quantity of the wrong fuel, exceeding the safe amount will at least:
At worst too much petrol in diesel can cause catastrophic failure due to:
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