Diesel Particulate Filter Blocked?

If you have a diesel engine vehicle produced within the last ten years there’s a good chance you have a Diesel Particulate Filter fitted.  In a nutshell these filters stop soot particles leaving the exhaust pipe and doing us and the environment harm.

We all love these things until they go wrong, then we realize how much saving the planet is going to cost us personally! A high percentage of DPF’s can regenerate themselves as the car is driven and without the driver even knowing it’s taking place, but for drivers who generally drive short distances, the regeneration might not be able to take place.

In these instances the first a driver would know about a problem is when a warning light comes on in the dash panel display. At that point the driver should refer to the vehicle manual and follow the instructions to force regeneration. If the regeneration fails for whatever reason the problem will compound with a possible end result of major expense. If the filter becomes totally blocked it may need replacing and that can cost upward of £1000-00!

We have a much cheaper alternative to DPF replacement!

A customer came to us for a second opinion when a VW dealer told her that she would have to buy a new DPF at a cost of £2200-00. They told her that the DPF was blocked beyond regeneration and to a point, they were right. Regenerating a heavily blocked filter can result in a fire due to the high temperatures involved within the system. In this particular case our diagnostic computer warned our technician of possible fire if he proceeded to try and regenerate the filter.

Luckily for our customer we were able to offer an alternative route that after implementing cleared the DPF completely. Total cost to our customer? £250-00 inclusive!

If you have a problem with your DPF or any other problem, you could save money by contacting Tower Garage. Fill in the web enquiry form on the right or call us now on 01628 477766.

If you would like further information about DPF’s, go to this site and read what the AA have to say.
http://www.aa-academy.com . Type DPF in the AA search box.


Neglecting your car servicing schedule is definitely a false economy. The current economic climate has meant many people have had to tighten their belts, but if we skimp on car servicing we could end up paying a lot more for expensive repair work in the future.

Car servicing should be placed as a necessary expense in our household budgets and, as far as is possible, the vehicle’s service schedule should be followed on time.

When you bring your car to Tower Garage for servicing you can be sure it will be well looked after:

  • The engine oil will be changed and the air filter is either cleaned or replaced depending on the car and its requirement.
  • The headlamps, indicator lights, taillights are checked.
  • The brake fluid levels are checked, and in case of power steering the power steering fluid is checked.
  • The emissions are checked and the car,will be tuned to minimise emissions.
  • We also look at the car’s service history and may change parts that are required to be changed after a certain mileage.
  • We will check the suspension and shock absorbers and the brake system.
  • The windshield wipers and fluid in the windshield wiper bottle is topped up.

Our service will not break the bank either, and we will always discuss any big expenses with you before carrying any remedial work out. To enquire about our standard cost for your car please complete the form on the right and we will contact you with our price.