Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaning & Regeneration Repair
Pretty much any diesel powered vehicle produced after 2005 has a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) installed. DPF’s act by trapping soot produced by burning diesel, which results in a cleaner exhaust. They can also regenerate over time, cleaning themselves by burning off the collected soot at set intervals, or if the readings from sensors warn that the DPF is about to become blocked.
If your DPF goes over the limit, your vehicle may go into limp mode, to protect your engine and prevent a fire ( a blocked filter can get up to 700 celsius), and your DPF warning light will definitely illuminate, and if you ignore it for long enough, it can damage your turbocharger and cause costly damage. It is vital that as soon as you get this warning, you have your vehicle checked by a specialist as soon as possible.
To take care of your DPF, make sure you us the correct low ash engine oil, and if you do mostly short distance city driving, you should take your vehicle on a continuous drive of over 15 minutes travelling at least at 80 kilometres and hour at least once a week to start the self-cleaning regeneration process.
Here at Micria Automotive we can ensure that your DPF is running properly, by checking for faulty sensors, egr valves, and other possible issues before we move on to cleaning the DPF, and we will only recommend replacing the DPF if no other options present themselves.