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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Member Blog: Diesel Particulate Filters - Is Yours Getting Warmed Up?

By Tony Nugent - Anthony K. Associates Limited
We have recently been made aware of an increase in the number of queries and complaints relating to Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) and specifically that drivers may have not been made aware of how to drive the vehicle in order for the regeneration process to be initiated.

Vehicles spending a majority of time on short trips or in urban environments may not reach the speeds (and therefore temperature required) for the duration needed to allow the DPF to complete the cleaning process, consequently resulting in a warning light being displayed. After which failure to then drive the vehicle in order to initiate the cleaning process could result in the filter or the engine being damaged, which is not covered by the manufacturer warranty.

If you or your business plans to use a vehicle mainly for town based, start/stop driving, it may be wise to recommend that a diesel car fitted with a DPF is avoided.

Please also find a link to a useful AA report detailing further information.

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