1. Your DPF is an Essential Part of Your Diesel Emissions System
One of the most distinctive traits that people associate with diesel vehicles is the large plume of black smoke that comes out of the exhaust. But thanks to the hard work for your diesel emissions system, the amount of soot that comes out of your engine is heavily filtered and not as harmful to the environment as it used to be.
A big part of your diesel emissions system is the diesel particulate filter, of DPF. As the name implies, the DPF is responsible for filtering out the soot and particulate matter from your vehicle’s diesel emissions in compliance with the 2007 emissions standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Using a honeycomb-like substrate, the DPF not only helps keep your vehicle in compliance, but it’s also critical in the maintaining the performance and fuel economy of your engine.
2. A Diesel Particulate Filter Needs Maintenance
A DPF is built to last, but due to the dirty work it performs, it does need your attention at regular intervals. The diesel particulate filter converts the trapped soot to ash through a regeneration process, and as you can imagine, these units need to be thoroughly cleaned.
With the amount of soot and particulate matter that pass through the DPF, you’d think that the unit would require constant cleaning. But with the magic of science and combustion, particulate matter is converted to carbon dioxide that passes through the filter and the soot is converted to ash, which accumulates over time.
Most OEMs suggest cleaning filters between 200,000 and 300,000 miles, or 4,500 hours, aftermarket experts advise cleaning between 50,000 and 70,000 miles or 1,000 hours.
3. A DPF Can Become Blocked Over Time
Because the ash that is produced during the filtration process builds up in your DPF over time and cannot be removed through the DPF’s regeneration processes, this filter will eventually become blocked. But fortunately, your diesel emissions system is set up to alert you when your DPF is blocked via the types of signal lights on your dash below:
Redline Emissions Products – an industry leader in diesel emissions – recommends proactively cleaning your DPF at least once a year or more depending on your duty cycle.
4. You Can Check How Clean Your DPF Really Is
When you remove your DPF unit for cleaning to remove that built-up ash and diesel residue, you can tell the level of cleanliness by checking the weight of the unit. It’s a good rule of thumb to weigh your DPF before it gets put into service so you have a baseline to compare it to after cleanings. When your DPF is at or near its original weight, it’s ready to get back into the game.
Redline Emissions Products DPFs make this easy – with the industry’s only “Born on Weight,” Redline DPFs have the unit’s weight stamped onto every DPF, making it fast and easy to rate your DPF’s health and know when it’s time to buy a replacement.
5. DPF Gaskets, Sensors, Bungs, and Clamps Also Need Attention
Your diesel particulate filter goes through a lot and so do the smaller components that hold the system together, including the sensors, weld bungs, gaskets, and V-clamps. It’s true of all your vehicle’s systems that they’re only as good as the parts keeping them together, and that’s also true about your diesel emissions system. It’s common for these smaller components to snap off, crack, or get stripped during the cleaning process, but here’s the good news – you don’t have to buy a completely new DPF when this happens.
With Redline, you can buy the exact individual components that you need for your DPF for an exact fit and easy installation. And here’s even better news – when you buy a new DPF from Redline, the installation gaskets are included to help make your life that much easier.
Where to Buy OEM Replacement DPFS
Whether it’s time to replace your diesel particulate filter, diesel oxidation catalyst, or any of the smaller bungs, gaskets, sensors or clamps that go with it, we’ve got a full selection from Redline Emissions Products in our full haul of heavy-duty everything.
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