If your DPF is becoming blocked a warning light will come up on your dashboard. DO NOT IGNORE THIS!
It will usually look like one of these symbols:
If this light comes on then taking corrective action to clear the DPF is fairly simple, all you usually need to do is take the vehicle for a drive of 10-20 minutes at speed in excess of 40mph in a location that is safe to do so, such as a dual carriageway. This will usually be enough and the light will turn off as the DPF has regenerated itself. This is what they are designed to do. It’s as easy as that.
If you ignore the warning light then your vehicle will either go into ‘limp’ mode or stop altogether. This will then mean that you will not be able to drive the vehicle and the DPF will need to be removed and cleaned or replaced and you may be liable for the cost of this work.
DPF’s do a great job in reducing emissions and usually will be problem free providing you take your vehicle for a long drive every now and again, and you don’t ignore the warning lights.
If you are unsure about DPF’s please contact your LeasePlan Customer Service advisor who will be able to help you.