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Hi Everyone, Only an idiot would fill their diesel S Type with petrol, so that was me, first time EVER and hopefully the last. My S Type diesel was low on fuel, around 5 litres left in the tank, so popped into the local Shell garage and decided to fill to the brim and use Shell Nitro this time.  Checked to make sure I had the right pump nozzle and proceeded to fill it to the brim, and I do mean the TOP.  Paid for the fuel (75 litres) and went off home, I then noticed after a short period that the car seemed to be coughing and a little gutless.  When I got home I called the garage to say there must be a problem with their fuel.  Contacted the AA and they sent a contractor out to check, he checked my fuel receipt and agreed with me that I had not miss fuelled, then we pulled off a fuel connection from the filter and sniffed it.......Bugger, it was petrol!!  The AA quoted me a minimum of £250 to drain it plus fuel but could not do it for two days.


All sorts of people post horror stories on the tinternet about miss fuelling, and they say if you have driven the car then you are in trouble.  Decided that I was not going to pay all that money and wait two full days.  I had driven a full 4 miles from the garage to my home with it coughing, so in for a penny!!  I got some petrol/fuel hose 6mm, removed the centre connection on the fuel filter at the rear of the engine bay on the right looking at it, this only entails pressing in the grey buttons on the side of the pipe connection and pulling it off, push the hose onto the stub coming out of the filter then putting the end into some empty 25 litre drums.  Next stage is to turn on the ignition and the fuel pump runs for 25 seconds, once it times out, switch off and on again, keep doing this until the tank is empty and no more fuel comes out (it wont actually be totally empty) turn off the ignition and onto the next stage.


I then mixed a little two stroke Oil with around 25 litres of fresh DIESEL and put this into the container with the fresh diesel in it, now with the pipe still on the centre connection of the fuel filter I again ran the ignition time out sequence twice more to purge the lines of the petrol into a separate container, then once this was done removed the drain fuel line from the centre point on the filter and connected the feed to the engine back up again.  It took a little turning over before she coughed into life again but then left it to tick over for 10 mins, then off to the same garage again to fill the tank with diesel, yes this time I DID fill it with Shell Nitro DIESEL.  Took her for a bit of a drive being gentle first to get the fresh fuel through to the engine then with a cross finger approach, hit the load pedal..........she flies again.  So if you do make this mistake, fear not the end is not nigh.  In case you think I might have got away with it as my car is a low mileage car, she is not, mileage is around 140,000 miles to date but really well serviced, just driven by an idiot who failed to notice the green anti splashback on the pump nozzle even when I was staring at it whilst fuelling.  Kindest regards, Simon 

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