Diesel Particulate Filter Problems?
Recalibrate the software in the vehicles ECU and remove the blocked DPF.
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A blocked or damaged diesel particulate filter or (DPF) as they are well known in the industry can be extremely costly to repair and will often cause your vehicle to go into a “limp me home” mode and reduce the performance substantially.
Most of the OEM dealerships like VW, Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Ford, Kia, Hyundai etc. are charging anywhere between R 20 000-00 & R 40 000-00 to replace these filters when they are blocked and unable to be repaired. Many of our clients are opting or choosing to have these blocked DPF Filters removed. On most makes and models this would cause your vehicle to go into a “limp me home” mode and set off a number of engine check lights or trouble codes. This is where the problem lies.
As usual SAC has a solution for this problem. You will need to phone your closest SAC service advisor to follow the right course of action. Yes the blocked DPF needs to be removed and then the ECU of the vehicle will need to be updated with new software to allow the vehicle to run efficiently with a removed or disabled DPF. The engines tuning also needs to be optimized in order to minimize harmful gasses exiting the rear of your vehicle thereby helping clean up and creating a green environment.
The cost of this entire process will be substantially less than a replacement DPF and will leave you with a little extra power on tap. Many of the smaller diesel turbo vehicles i.e. VW Polo and Audi are very widely affected by this problem and we have successfully sorted them out simply by recalibrating the software in the vehicles ECU and removing the blocked DPF. In some cases we are able to save clients as much as R 25 000-00.