First Port of Call for DPF Cleaning in Banstead & Surrey

Complementing our range of automotive services, which covers diagnostics, repair and year-round maintenance, Banstead Road Garage provides DPF cleaning for motorists throughout Surrey - proving especially popular in nearby Carshalton, Sutton and Wallington. On this page, we explain exactly what a DPF is, why it pays to keep it clean, and some signs yours might be in need of some TLC. Looking to book in? Simply pick up the phone and call the technicians at Banstead Road Garage on 020 8642 2242.

What’s a DPF?

DPF stands for diesel particulate filter. Found solely in diesel cars, they capture and store exhaust soot to keep emissions in check. But their storage capacity is limited, so after some time they need to get rid of soot to free up space. This is achieved through a process called regeneration; this is the key concept in DPF cleaning.

How does DPF cleaning work?

Motorists around Banstead, Carshalton, Sutton and Wallington making long journeys at high speeds - e.g by regularly making use of the motorway - might require DPF cleaning less often than others. This is because the passive regeneration process in-built within the DPF will kick in, burning off soot as they drive. Even just 30 minutes at a decent sustained speed on the motorway can reliably burn off a good amount of soot.

But many motorists only take shorter trips, meaning passive regeneration never has a chance to kick in. This is where active regeneration takes charge. This occurs when your vehicle’s ECU detects your filter reaching a particular storage limit. Extra fuel is then injected to raise exhaust temperature and burn off soot. It achieves similar results to passive regeneration, despite lower speeds or journey times.

Where We Come in…

For a number of different reasons, both the passive and active regeneration processes might cease to work. This can leave a DPF getting steadily clogged up with no solution in sight. Here’s where drivers around Carshalton, Sutton and Wallington visit Banstead Road Garage. We can run a process called forced regeneration from our workshop, delivering DPF cleaning by manually burning off excess soot, allowing the DPF to start working again.

In many cases, this leads to the DPF’s passive and active regeneration processes also beginning to function again. In other cases, however, you may require further diagnostics to ascertain why your DPF is struggling to function properly. We can get to the bottom of these issues quickly by using sophisticated ECU readers, which retrieve fault codes stored in your engine’s onboard computer. We can then recommend the best course of action, which might be on the spot repairs or adjustments, or DPF replacement in more severe situations.

Signs Your DPF Needs Professional Attention…

We recommend motorists in and around the Carshalton, Sutton and Wallington areas visit Banstead Road Garage for DPF cleaning if they encounter any of the following symptoms:

  • Dashboard warning light switches on
  • Exhaust fumes turn black intermittently / consistently
  • Fuel consumption and oil levels increase
  • Engine refusing to start
  • Fall off in performance

To book in for DPF cleaning at Banstead Road Garage, just a short drive from areas including Carshalton, Sutton and Wallington, give us a call on 020 8642 2242.