2001 Bmw 330d - Help!

Discussion in 'Engine' started by ShinyF1, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. ShinyF1

    ShinyF1 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Long shot that someone might be able to advise me here....

    I've just had a call from my brother who has a problem in Italy.

    He's using a colleague's 2001 BMW 330d, and yesterday unknowingly put petrol in the tank [not a self service station and he speaks no Italian]. The car was near empty but he drove it for about 1/2 an hour with no problem. He started up this morning and it is running badly and smoking, hence realising there was a problem. He's sniffed the fuel tank and smells petrol.

    What should he immediately do [given his language difficulties and any legal recourse to the garage aside] and how much damage is he likely to have done?

    Any help gratefully appreciated
     
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    ShinyF1

    ShinyF1 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Sadly not - he's just moved to Italy
     
  4. Wunderpartz

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    Drain tank
    Refill with diesel
    Start engine
    Kneel
    Pray.
     
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    In terms of damage, potentially quite a bit.

    At the least it'll need a full clean out of the system, and replacing any damaged parts in the fuel pumps and injectors.
    Worse case scenario is a moderately mullered engine, quite possible given that he drove for some distance like that.

    I'm sure Dieselman can give the full lowdown on the likely outcome of this.
     
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    No need, you're pretty spot on.
    The damage could be minmal to the pump and injectors or it could be terminal if a piston is on the way to being holed.

    It's going to be a case of suck it and see after drain and refil. I'd fit new filters as well and check the old ones for metal particles.
     
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