Vehicles running on diesel engines also have DPFs, an acronym for Diesel Particulate Filter. Without the DPF, an engine will incessantly produce copious amounts of noxious fumes, harmful for the environment and the occupants. By their very nature of functioning, diesel engines produce more dirt and soot when operating. A DPF cleanses the fumes and is vital to pass the MOT test.
Like all filters, DPF cleaning at Northampton is necessary. DPFs clog and need periodic cleaning sessions. The process is also called DPF regeneration. Our facility- Jacksons Diesel Centre- has one of the most widely recognised DPF cleaning services in county Northamptonshire.
DPF regeneration in Northampton is one of our specialities; we also provide a wide array of vehicular services.
The necessity of DPF cleaning
The amount of fume that engines create depends on driving style, exhaust rate and quality of fuel in use. DPF regeneration is thus vital for the following reasons.
- Use of low-ash fuel: Low-grade diesel fuel contains significantly lower amounts of ash. It results in the rapid soot build-up in the engine. The Diesel Particulate Filter has to work extra hard to clean such additional soot.
- Use of 100% Bio-diesel fuel: Using 100% bio-diesel might be helpful for the environment but they have one major shortcoming: they do not burn as cleanly as regular diesel fuel. Residual sedimentation creates enormous pressure on a vehicle’s DPF, resulting in blockages.
- Numerous short trips and city driving: If you are more likely to go for shorter trips than longer ones, and drive mostly in the city, you may need more frequent DPF regeneration in Northampton or at your native city. Our automotive experts at Jacksons Diesel Centre attribute this seemingly innocuous detail to the fact that the filter does not receive enough time to clear soot and dirt.
- Temperature is a key: A DPF recovers completely at temperatures of around 600°C. Such temperatures are achieved only on longer trips. Brief driving spells degrade DPFs even further.
How can we help?
There are 3 ways of cleaning the Diesel Particulate Filter, and we specialise in all of them. They are:
- Active regeneration: It is statistically the most common type, and most modern cars with ECUs on-board need it. Sensors adjust fuel flow, and soot clearance is rapid. It is mandatory after around 400-600 miles. Our technicians need around 10 minutes to complete it.
- Passive regeneration: A tad more uncommon, passive regeneration involves an oxidising catalytic converter, pre-installed in the engine. We do not recommend passive regeneration if you drive mostly in urban areas.
- Forced regeneration: The last type relies on the ECU to finish the job. If the second-stage DPF warning lights start, it is time for a DPF service.
If you believe it is time for a DPF cleaning at Northampton, bring it to our facility, Jacksons Diesel Centre, for an on-time and quality service session.