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DPF Cleaning

Yes, Jacksons MOT Centre now offers DPF cleaning service!

With the introduction of new state-of-the-art equipment at the garage in Northampton, local diesel car owners can now experience professional DPF cleaning service and rest easy knowing that their DPF will be clean and maintained.

Understanding DPF

Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) were introduced to help the diesel vehicles meet the changes in emission regulations. This filter captures the exhaust soot and significantly reduces emissions from the diesel vehicles. The stored residue has to be removed or burned off periodically as part of the regeneration cycle. If the soot is not emptied from the DPF, then it will eventually get blocked off and result in harmful emissions on the form of harmful black smoke. It will also affect your vehicle performance resulting in loss of power and poor fuel economy.

What causes DPF blockage?

There are several factors that can result in DPF blockage. One of the most common reasons is the undertaking short journeys at low speed. Poor servicing and lack of maintenance are another common causes of DPF failure. It is also important that you use a good quality oil in your diesel car as the oil of poor quality may contain additives that block the diesel particulate filter.

Warning Signs of DPF Blockage

If the DPF is clogged or not functioning as it should, then you shall see an orange light on the dashboard. This light is usually in the form of a piped box with dots enclosed within it. However, it may vary a bit dependent on the manufacturer. Other signs that point out that your DPF needs cleaning are:

  • Loss of power, especially when accelerating.
  • Poor Fuel economy.
  • Black smoke emission.
  • Automatic stop-start stops working.
  • Increased use of cooling fans.

Can DPF be removed?

It became mandatory for diesel car owners to use DPF in 2009. Therefore removing a DPF is now illegal. If your car is caught without a DPF, you may be charged with a fine of up to £1000 (£2500 for vans). It may void your insurance. Moreover, If a vehicle is found without a DPF during the exhaust check of the MOT test, it will result in immediate failure. So, no, the DPF must not be removed.

DPF Cleaning is Essential

Apart from the fact that damaged DPF affects vehicle performance and exhaust emissions, it is also very expensive. A new DPF can cost you around £2000-£3000. The costly DPF replacement can be avoided if it is cleaned from time to time.

If you are someone who drives short distance or spends most time stuck in the UK traffic, then using a diesel car may not be the best option for you.

Jackson's MOT Centre recommends getting the DPF cleaned every six months to prevent soot build-up. Our DPF machine uses a combination of air, water and a specialised cleaning agent to wash the filter clean and completely remove all the stored soot and other particles.

To book your slot for the DPF cleaning service or gain more information, give us a call on +44 1604 750330 today. You can also visit our garage in Northampton and take a close look at our DPF cleaning equipment today.