Diesel cars manufactured after 2009 are fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) which are designed to reduce the output of soot the exhaust creates by acting as a trap. These need to be cleaned out regularly or replaced. The cleaning process is called regeneration and an orange warning light on your vehicle will normally alert you to the problem. If the filters are too badly blocked they will need replacing which can be very expensive. They can cost between £1,000 and £3,500, potentially wiping out the cost savings associated with driving a diesel car.
What is the cause of blocked DPF filters?
Short journeys at low speeds are the main cause.
Can I remove the DPF?
It is illegal to use a vehicle modified in such a way that it does not comply with standards of European emissions regulations, and it can also invalidate your insurance policy.
Will it fail an MOT?
A missing DPF, where one was fitted when the vehicle was built, will result in an MOT failure.
At Hartlepool Radiators we specialise in cleaning DPF filters and Catalytic converters for cars, commercials, buses and heavy plant.
Our process includes stripping the filters, baking in our kiln at around 660 degrees overnight, cleaning and rebuilding before returning to the customer.
Baking the filters overnight allows us to complete the job quickly and efficiently; we can normally do this within a 24 hour service. This is especially useful when customers need their vehicles back on the road as soon as possible. We know how important the everyday running of vehicles are to people, and to many businesses, and so we aim to have the DPF cleaned and returned by the following day.
There are also considerable cost savings in having your DPF filter cleaned at Hartlepool Radiator Co. Not only is your car off the road for a short amount of time, it is much more cost efficient than buying a new one.
Please contact us on 01429 236300 for more information and prices where our friendly team will be happy to answer any questions.
Local collection is included in the price or we have a nationwide courier service at competitive rates.