Diesel vehicles can be prone to Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) issues, the filter will block up making the vehicle go into ‘limp mode’ this is where the vehicle is constrained to a maximum speed of 40 mph, you will notice an immediate loss of power, very disconcerting if you are driving at the time and the engine management lights will all come on. Until you stop and restart your engine – do not ignore this!
One of the activities that can cause a blockage in the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is ‘stop-start’ journeys with little or no motorway driving. Diesel vehicles fitted with Diesel Particle Filters for new emissions purposes, only operate and clean the particulate matter at around 70 mph in 4th or 5th gear at certain running temperatures. So when you are doing motorway miles will it clean out.
If you are using cheap fuels or the wrong grade oils, e.g. not using a low ash or saps oil where recommended. This can also cause the Diesel Particle Filter to block up. It will usually result in your mechanic needing to run a diagnostic to remedy the faults that may have caused the blockage, they will need to be rectified before this process can be carried out.
Service MOT Repairs have a new service that will clean out the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) in situ rather than just replacing it or sending it away for cleaning. Our new BG Air Intake cleaning system cleans out the particulate filter rather than having to replace it. It is worth remembering a new Diesel Particle Filter (DPF) can cost anything from £1000 to £2000. In comparison, the DPF cleaning service costs around £300. Making the Service MOT Repairs Ltd Diesel Particulate Filter cleaning option a bit of a no-brainer! That’s quite a cost saving and you’ll have your vehicle back on the road a lot quicker!
If you have any concerns regarding your Diesel Particulate Filter, then contact us now.