DPF Cleaning in Northwich | Ultrasonic DPF Cleaning in Northwich
If you see your DPF light on and it stays on, it means your DPF isn't regenerating. If you continue to drive with the light on, you are risking not just damaging the DPF but also the turbo. This can lead to repair costs of £3000 and above. Ultrasonic DPF Cleaning is the only real alternative to a DPF replacement and can save you serious money.
If a vehicle fails to regenerate the diesel particulate filter will become blocked and the engine management or DPF warning light will illuminate. The failure to regenerate can be caused by the style of driving or type of journeys covered not allowing the vehicle to reach the parameters required for regeneration or due to the failure of a sensor or component associated with the regeneration process.
It is paramount that the reason the original diesel particulate filter became blocked is correctly diagnosed and rectified prior to installation of a replacement unit. Once this has been done and the new unit fitted the vehicle must be set up correctly with compatible diagnostic equipment. Failure to set up the vehicle correctly after installation will almost certainly lead to the replacement DPF becoming blocked.
We're often asked what's involved, please watch the short video to get an insight into the 6 hour process that includes, removal, ultrasonic DPF cleaning in Northwich and software updates using our state of the art Dealership Level Diagnostics systems, which updates the dealership of the work we've done on your car.
Don't confuse what we do with solutions that you've tried before, our system works. If the DPF isn't removed for cleaning, if it's not flow tested prior to cleaning and post cleaning it's highly likely you're going to end up at our workshop in a month or two.
Don't waste your money ... speak to us first, we have a different view on how DPF's should be cleaned.
Ultrasonic DPF Cleaning is the "only system that works across the board", cars, vans, commercial vehicles such as lorries, tractors and plant. If you're having issues with your DPF, call us today, we have the solution.
Removal is not a legal option
It is suggested from time to time that the answer to failed DPF regeneration is get the DPF removed from the exhaust system rather than pay to get it repaired/renewed. Indeed there are companies advertising just such a service including reprogramming of the engine management software, but is it legal?
DPFs are fitted to meet European emissions regulations designed to reduce vehicle emissions of particulate matter (soot) associated with respiratory disease and cancer.
According to the Department for Transport, it is an offence under theRoad vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Regulation 61a(3)) to use a vehicle which has been modified in such a way that it no longer complies with the air pollutant emissions standards it was designed to meet. Removal of a DPF will almost invariably contravene these requirements, making the vehicle illegal for road use.
You must notify your insurer if the vehicle is modified but such a modification could in turn invalidate any insurance cover because it makes the vehicle illegal for road use.
From February 2014 the inspection of the exhaust system carried out during the MOT test will include a check for the presence of a DPF. A missing DPF, where one was fitted when the vehicle was built, will result in an MOT failure.
With an original equipment DPF removed from the exhaust the car may or may not pass an MOT smoke test - a Euro V (September 2009 diesel) is more likely to fail than one designed to comply with earlier emissions standards.
What is a DPF?
The Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is housed in the exhaust and is designed to capture the soot particles emitted from modern diesel engines.
Sadly, many of the DPF equipped cars are developing problems due to the DPF either failing, clogging up or just failing to carry out a regeneration properly.
This can be down to the age of the vehicle, mileage or could be simply down to the driving style of the owner. Whatever it is, when a DPF warning light illuminates it often means a pretty expensive bill is on its way.
If this does happen, there are some upsides. A DPF clean can increase your vehicles fuel economy, performance and decrease the likely hood of a breakdown or your car ending up in "limp mode" and save you a pretty large sum of of money if the time has come to replace your Diesel Particulate Filter which can be considered normal for some car manufacturers at 60 to 75 thousand miles and costing upwards of a £1000 and over to replace.
Is my PDF covered under warranty?
The DPF is seen as a consumable by many manufacturers and warranty providers. The cost of replacing or regenerating the filter is normally not covered but we would suggest seeking advice if you are experiencing DPF related issues.
What is Ultrasonic DPF Cleaning?
Ultrasonic cleaners employ oscillating sound pressure waves at frequencies beyond those perceptible by the human ear (Ultrasound). As the soundwaves act on the tank and agitate the contained liquid, cavitation (the implosion of tiny air bubbles within the liquid) is induced.
This acts against contaminants adhered to objects contained in the vessel, separating the two much more gently, efficiently and precisely than would be the case with conventional cleaning methods aided by brushes or solvents.
The ultrasonic cleaning process is used in conjunction with solutions in suitable carrier liquids (often water). As the ultrasonic-induced cavitation occurs, the effectiveness of the aqueous solution is greatly improved to deliver an outstanding clean.
Ultrasonic cleaning is the ideal solution for DPF cleaning, it leaves no contamination or build-up on the DPF filter meaning essentially, the DPF after cleaning is "as new".
Our DPF Cleaning Process
We run a step by step process on every DPF we clean. This includes:
- Initial Inspection
- Removal of the DPF from its casing (This involes cutting the casing open)
- Pre-clean Weigh
- Flow Test
- Ultrasonic Clean
- Filter Drying Process
- Post-clean Weigh
- Reinsertion of the DPF into its casing and associated welding
- Post-clean Flow Test
- Filter return with a full report
What we don't do is "DPF Removal" or what's commonly known as "DPF Delete". To find out why, click on the button below.