DPF with Easy Garage

You can now book DPF regens and treatments using our simple booking system

Book a DPF Clean at Easy Garage

To get started select the service required from the available service options we have below.

Do you have a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) light showing? Easy Garage can help

We will carry out a diagnostics test and read fault codes and DPF service data to identify soot content and correct the operation of specific sensors. This will eliminate a sensor related fault to correctly determine a DPF is in need of regeneration. This service starts from £66.

DPF Regeneration

£ 100

DPF 3 stage deep clean service

£ 235

DPF treatment - Advised 6 monthly intervals

£ 15


Diesel particulate filters reduce pollution but you need the full story, here are the pros and cons.  

Diesel produces lots of soot (particulate matter) that can cause respiratory problems and contribute to the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Modern diesel cars (since 2009) have to be fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) in the exhaust to stop this soot from passing into the atmosphere. The aim is to cut 80% in particle emissions but the technology’s not without problems. 

To maintain performance a DPF has to be emptied regularly. This is usually done passively in a process called ‘regeneration’ when the exhaust temperature’s high enough, on motorways or fast A-roads. 

The collected soot is burnt off, leaving only a tiny ash residue. A DPF if used correctly should be good for well over 100,000 miles. 

Many cars don’t get the right sort of use for passive regeneration to work so car manufacturers build in ‘active’ regeneration where the engine control software senses that the filters getting blocked and injects extra fuel into the engine to raise the exhaust temperature and trigger regeneration.  Active regeneration will be initiated every 300 miles or so depending on how you use your car and will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. But it’s a problem if your journey’s too short and the regeneration doesn’t finish.
During active regeneration you ay notice:
  • Cooling fans running
  • Faster engine idle speed
  • Automatic Stop/Start doesn’t work
  • Increased fuel consumption
  • A hot, acrid smell from the exhaust
  • The engine sounds different
  • Don’t ignore a warning light
If you get a warning light showing that the filter’s blocked, it should be possible to complete an active regeneration cycle and clear the warning light by driving for 10 minutes or so at speeds over 40mph. If you ignore a DPF warning light and keep driving in a relatively slow, stop/start pattern, soot will build up in the filter until your car goes into ‘restricted performance mode’ to prevent damage.
  • Frequent short journeys where the engine doesn’t get hot
  • The wrong type of engine oil – check your handbook
  • A problem with the fuel system or Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) causes excess soot
  • A warning light on the dashboard or a diagnostic trouble code stored in the engine management system
  • Going over the recommended service interval
  • If the vehicle uses Eolys™ additive, a low level in the tank can prevent regeneration
  • Low fuel level – generally less than a quarter of a tank – will prevent active regeneration from taking place
  • DPF additives
  • Most DPFs are fitted close to the engine where the exhaust is hottest so that passive regeneration is more likely to work
But some cars use a different type of DPF which needs a fuel additive (Eolys™ fluid) to lower the ignition temperature of the soot particles so that regeneration can occur at a lower temperature. The additive is stored in a separate tank and automatically mixed with the fuel. A full tank of additives should last around 70,000 miles. Don’t ignore a warning light showing that the additive tanks need refilling – without the additive, the DPF will quickly become blocked.
It’s sometimes suggested that you can get a DPF cut out of the exhaust and the engine management software reprogrammed rather than pay to get it repaired.
  • DPFs are fitted to meet European emissions regulations and it would be an offence (under the road vehicles construction and use regulations) to use a vehicle that has been modified in such a way that it no longer complies with the emissions standards it was designed to meet.
  • Removing a DPF could also invalidate any insurance cover because it makes the vehicle illegal for road use.
  • Since February 2014 a missing DPF, where one was fitted when the vehicle was built, will result in a Mot failure.
Credit: https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/fuels-environment/diesel-particulate-filters