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Vauxhall DPF Problems

Driver ignorance could push petrol back up the fleet agenda if problems persist with diesel particulate filters (DPFs).

Car manufacturers say the only issue with DPF technology is that if a vehicle’s exhaust doesn’t get hot enough to burn off the collected soot!

The filter can become blocked and a dashboard warning light may come on.
This can be down to repeated shorter trips in an urban/stop-start environment.
The exhaust emissions standards for new cars have effectively required fitment of a DPF in the exhaust of diesel cars since 2009 when the Euro 5 standard came into force.
In fact, many cars registered before 2009 will have had one fitted in anticipation of the change in standards.
The standards aim to deliver an 80% reduction in diesel particulate (soot) emissions, but the technology is not without its problems – AA patrols are regularly called to cars with the particulate filter warning light on indicating a partial blockage of the filter!

The Salvation Army switched its 750-strong car fleet to petrol in 2010 and fleet co-ordinator Peter Bonney says his DPF problems began with some Euro 4 vehicles that had the technology fitted.

“We understood Euro 5 was bringing them in, but what we didn’t know was to achieve Euro 4 some manufacturers had fitted DPFs,” said Bonney. “Manufacturers were not communicating what the issues were with us.”

Peugeot said its DPF technology – badged FAP – has evolved since introduction in 2001 and was now in its third generation. The system is standard on all 2001-built Euro 4 models as well as newer cars.

A spokesman said dealers had traditionally covered DPF unclogging outside of warranty as a goodwill gesture. This generally involves changing the filter or forcing the vehicle through a ‘regeneration’.

He added that the best solution was to avoid the problem in the first place. “All our literature ensures the customer, either fleet or retail, is encouraged to match the vehicle to their needs,” he said.

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