What happens if the filter does not regenerate?
If the vehicle is not driven in a way that enables automatic regeneration, an excessive amount of soot will build up, which, if not resolved will reduce the performance of the vehicle and potentially damage the filter.
Once the filter is full, a warning light will appear on the dashboard to warn the driver. The problem can usually be resolved by allowing the filter to regenerate until the warning light goes out – i.e. by driving at 50mph or above for at least 20 minutes.
If traffic conditions or speed limits do not allow the vehicle to be driven so the filter regenerates, it will need to be taken to a franchised dealer for a forced regeneration.
If the warning light is ignored, it will cause damage to the vehicle which will NOT be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty or a maintenance agreement. A replacement DPF filter can cost as much as £1,500 to replace, or much higher for some brands.
Do all DPFs require regeneration?
The vast majority of modern diesel vehicles have diesel particulate filters that require the vehicle to be driven in order to activate the regeneration cycle, however, not all require this method. Some have systems that can heat up the particulate filter and regenerate it without the need for a higher speed drive cycle. Some inject fuel into the filter, which burns thereby increasing the temperature in the filter, while others have heaters built into the filter. You can find out what type of DPF filter is fitted to your vehicle via the manufacturer’s website or by checking the vehicle’s handbook.
Is a diesel vehicle suitable for my needs?
If you are mainly driving in town or in urban areas, the DPF is likely to reach capacity much sooner. At this point, you will need to regenerate the filter by driving the vehicle at a higher speed (typically 50mph or above) for at least 20 minutes. If you don’t think your driving style is going to achieve this, a petrol, petrol hybrid or electrically fuelled vehicle may be more suitable for you.
"AdBlue" Diesel Exhaust Fluid Systems (DEF)
DEF systems must be topped-up immediately when alerted
AdBlue is non-flammable, high purity urea solution injected into the exhaust system just ahead of the catalytic converter and is used to clean up diesel exhaust emissions. If your vehicle is fitted with DEF technology, it is important that you ensure the AdBlue fluid is topped up regularly, according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Low level warnings must not be ignored as this causes the vehicle to go into reduced power mode, also known as “limp mode”.
On average, around a litre of AdBlue is required every 600 miles depending on the car and your driving style and is expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 90%. Most manufacturers have chosen AdBlue technology to comply with Euro 6 emissions legislation.
Will the AdBlue tank require top ups between services?
The AdBlue tank will be refilled at every service, but the size of the tank will vary from model to model – therefore top ups between services may be required, as indicated by dashboard warnings. Also other factors such as mileage covered, journey types, driving style and environmental conditions will affect the rate of consumption.
How do I find and fill the AdBlue tank?
The AdBlue storage tank and filler is positioned differently depending on model. Typically, the filler cap is located next to the fuel filler or under the rear floor in the boot, although it can be in the engine bay on a van. Please check the vehicle’s handbook to find out the location of the AdBlue tank on your vehicle.
AdBlue needs to be handled with care!
When handling AdBlue it is important to wear protective clothing such as rubber gloves and glasses as the fluid can easily damage surfaces such as vehicle parts, plastic, items of clothing etc.
Where can AdBlue be purchased?
AdBlue fluid can be purchased via most franchised dealers, fuel stations, online or from high street motor retailers such as Unipart or Halfords.
What will happen if the AdBlue tank is not refilled when advised?
If a driver fails to respond to the dashboard warnings eventually the vehicle will simply fail to start. Once again, it is important to top-up the AdBlue fluid before the low level warning light comes on and the vehicle goes into “limp mode” as this may cause the vehicle to fail its MOT as it will not be able to maintain the required emissions level.
Is a diesel vehicle with AdBlue suitable for my needs?