WHY DPF MAINTENANCE IS NECESSARY
Unfortunately, many service shops and fleets imply that all that is needed to keep DPFs clean is to hit the vehicle’s “regeneration” button. It is true that the regen cycle is beneficial and will burn much of the accumulated material, however non-burning remnant trapped in the filter will still be hurting the truck performance. This remaining junk creates back pressure that will eventually result in more regeneration down time, loss of horsepower, reduced fuel economy, filter damage and, ultimately, engine damage. Not good…
To properly clean the DPF it must be removed from the vehicle and put thorough a special cleaning process. Regens alone will not do the job.
PROPER DPF MAINTENANCE KEEPS YOUR FLEET RUNNING BETTER
Top Fleet Managers keep their fleets’ DPFs clean. The benefits of Consolidated’s 7 Step DPF Cleaning Process include:
1. INCREASE FUEL ECONOMY
When you keep your filter clean, you’ll get better fuel economy. The DPF is part of your engine’s exhaust system, and even if it’s only partially clogged, it increases back pressure in the engine. This affects your fuel economy.
2. INCREASED PERFORMANCE
Regular DPF cleaning keeps your engine running smoothly. In fact, unless the filter is working at 100 percent your engine performance suffers causing decreased horsepower.
3. $$ PREVENT COSTLY REPLACEMENTS $$
Diesel particulate filters are expensive, and if they are not cleaned at appropriate intervals, they can crack and disintegrate. Replacements can be a few thousand dollars or more.
4. $$ INCREASE RESALE VALUE $$
It’s important to keep complete and accurate records of your truck maintenance. When a truck has a good maintenance record (that includes DPF cleaning when called for), you’ll get more for your truck at trade-in time.
5. STOP AND GO DRIVING
If your truck makes frequent deliveries and a lot of city driving, you’ll need to have the DPF cleaned more often. Stop and go driving causes more exhaust particles and makes it harder on the filtration and regeneration processes.
6. Minimal fleet business interruption
7. Fewer regenerations
8. Longer DPF life
9. Optimized DPF performance
10. Extended cleaning intervals
11. Lower overall maintenance costs