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#1 20-01-06 11:42:24

MrsAP
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Wrong petrol

Hi all smile


My DH got a brand new Golf Plus last week (company car) and it says in the manuel to use Super and not use leaded as it will knacker the cat convertor. Anyway yesterday he went to fill her up (50 litres) then realised he put the wrong petrol in its got lead replacement in it yikes would it still do the same damage?  would it be best to get it shyphoned out? He wont ring the garage and ask  as as he is really embarrased about it we only got it last Friday :oops:

TIA

Andrea x


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Re: Wrong petrol




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#2 20-01-06 15:16:32

Andi
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Re: Wrong petrol

Hi Andrea,
            When you say it has 'lead replacement in it.....do you mean you have put ordinary 'unleaded' in it or some sort of 4 Star replacement petrol?....if its the latter then i really wouldn't know and i would seek some advice, but if you've just put 'unleaded' in then i wouldnt worry about it, just keep topping your tank up as and when you can with Super unleaded, (the only real difference is its a higher octane rated fuel and has more detergents in it)...you would i understand not be able to syphon the tank as most cars today are anti-syphon anyway! you would have to take it to a dealer to get it drained im afraid...unless someone knows something different?

Hope this helps

Andi


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#3 20-01-06 18:39:40

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Re: Wrong petrol

Unleaded comes in the normal grade (95 RON) and the super grades (97-98 RON) such as Shell Optimax or just Super Unleaded. In a car with a catalytic converter then you have to use unleaded the difference is the super grade is more explosive. If the manufacturer specifies super unleaded then you can use normal unleaded in an emergency and the engine will pink, sort of clatter under hard acceleration.

Putting old style leaded would ruin a catalytic converter almost immediately but not sure about lead replacement.

I have an old sports car that needs high octane petrol, super unleaded or 4 star but will run on normal unleaded quite happily. However it doesn't have a catalytic converter like a modern car


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#4 20-01-06 19:52:48

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Re: Wrong petrol

as above, plus if you want your car to be more responsive and GO FASTER you'll put more octanes in it big_smile


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#5 20-01-06 21:24:31

Van Man
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Re: Wrong petrol

my son is a mechanic at VW  garage,  I will ask him for you when he gets in.


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#6 20-01-06 21:46:26

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Re: Wrong petrol

Andrea, Just checked for you. He says cat will be fine as lrp contains no lead and would you believe it he has done the same thing himself we no adverse affects.The only thing that will happen is the car may go a bit faster, but it s probably a bit too new to judge performance with a tight engine. Hope that sets your mind at rest and hubby wont be afraid to show his face!


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#7 20-01-06 22:06:01

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Re: Wrong petrol

Good stuff van man!  wink.....cant beat advice professionals...

Cheers
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#8 22-01-06 12:45:58

Automan
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Re: Wrong petrol

If it was 95 ron instead of 97 ron octane then it would be reasonably safe to run one tank full of that fuel with a high compression ratio engine. The main difference between the two grads of fuel is the anti-knock properties of the fuel that allows a hotter running engine and a later spark thus preventing the flame going supersonic resulting in knock.

If your car is fitted with a catalytic converter using lead replacement petrol could damage the catalyst.

So if you put 95 ron in it will be ok but if you put LRP you it will not be good. It is the additives in the fuel that destroy the properties of the cat.

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#9 26-01-06 17:08:15

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Automan
I love your Grandad thing at bottom of your posts...i just nearly wet myself reading it...not laughed so much in ages  lol lol lol Shows how exciting my life is   roll


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#10 26-01-06 19:38:01

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Re: Wrong petrol

Automan
I love your Grandad thing at bottom of your posts...i just nearly wet myself reading it...not laughed so much in ages  lol lol lol Shows how exciting my life is   roll

I thought it was a very serious signature.


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