Your diesel particulate filter (DPF) is an important part of your vehicle. Costly repairs and maintenance work can easily be kept to a minimum if you take care of your DPF right from the start. Your vehicle is a big responsibility, especially when it does involve a much bigger vehicle. The after-treatment maintenance that your vehicle might require can turn out to be a very expensive affair, not to mention the inconvenience that is caused by the downtime you experience.
Keeping your DPF system in optimal condition is going to boil down to two things:
- Avoiding some common mistakes that a lot of owners might overlook when it comes to their DPF system.
- Using the right kind of maintenance and cleaning equipment.
The first point is easy enough to remember. Once you know what these mistakes are, it is easy enough to avoid them. It is the second part that is vital to keeping your DPF running well for as long as it can. The maintenance and DPF cleaning equipment that you use plays a major role in the performance of your DPF system. Ideally, you should only use cleaning equipment that comes highly recommended from companies with a proven track record in terms of quality. Quality is so important because compromising on quality could leave you with a much bigger bill. It can be tempting to go with the more cost-effective option, but cheap doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to get the job done well. DPF Parts Direct provides turnkey package solutions. Cleaning equipment should not have to break the bank, and DPF offers high-quality cleaning equipment that will suit almost every budget. You can click here to browse their selection of products and individual units that are designed to enhance your current operation.
Now, for the second bit about mistakes you need to avoid to keep your DPF from breaking down too early or too frequently:
- Waiting Too Long Between Service Times – When was the last time you had your DPF serviced? As with every other part of your vehicle, your DPF needs to be looked at and serviced regularly to minimize the risk of harmful particles damaging your engine. Your DPF should be cleaned and serviced once every six to nine months. DPF Parts Direct’s cleaning equipment provides quick and hassle-free cleaning to keep your DPF safe while removing any harmful residue that might be lingering.
- Not Cleaning Your DPF Properly – Some jobs at best left to the professionals (or professional equipment). If you think your DPF might be in need of a thorough cleaning job, it is best to seek the help of a professional for advice about what cleaning equipment you should be using. It is important that your DPF undergoes a proper cleaning job. The soot that gets trapped in your DPF must be removed regularly so your filter can work properly the way that it is supposed to. A DPF that is not cleaned properly is going to lead to other problems, like soot build-up or the risk of black smoke being emitted from your vehicle. It is never a good idea to keep running on a clogged DPF. When heat is retained because the engine is blocked, it could lead to premature engine failure. The chronic backflow from a clogged DPF is going to make it very difficult for your engine to vent its heat. Too much heat is also going to minimize the lifespan of your engine. Keep the risk of dangerous emissions down to a minimum and keep your DPF running well by ensuring it goes through a proper cleaning every six to nine months. A proper cleaning job can easily be accomplished with the right kind of cleaning equipment. The right tools can make a world of difference. A DPF that is properly cleaned should be clean on both sides, be a visible process, and be accurately tested once it is done.
- Not Checking Your DOC/SCR – Removing harmful particles from your diesel engines is a job that needs to be done right, and part of this process involves checking your DOC or SCR. Your DOC and SCR are different from your DPF. The DOC is the Diesel Oxidation Catalyst and SCR is Selective Catalytic Reduction. Each of these systems, including your DPF, serves an individual purpose. All three must be checked and all three need to be maintained regularly, although the cleaning methods and equipment used might be different. Untreated emissions are going to cause more trouble than they are worth, so get your DOC or SCR checked regularly as part of your overall maintenance process.
- Upstream Leaks – Another thing that could result in expensive DPF repairs and failures are upstream leaks. This happens when the upstream component fails and air leaks happen. Keeping this mistake at bay could be easily avoided by making leak testing part of your overall routine maintenance. Upstream leaks are usually caused by leaking injectors, leaks that happen around the turbo area, leaking exhaust pipes, EGR cooler leaks, coolant leaks, or the manifold gasket failure. Leaks that happen in your system could also cause an overcompensation of your fuel. Any leaks in the system are one of the most common reasons why aftertreatment of your DPF fails and you end up with an excessive maintenance repair bill. Making the leak test part of your overall maintenance routine could save you big bucks down the road and minimize the downtime you would have to endure with your vehicle.
As a driver of the vehicle, you are on the frontlines when something goes wrong. If you spot anything amiss, it is always best to check it straight away and determine what the source of the problem is. It is easy to dismiss minor problems, but these minor problems could become major problems if they are not attended to right away. If you are ever unsure about what is happening with your DPF system or your vehicle, book an appointment with the nearest expert straight away and have it looked at.