In the ongoing quest to protect the environment in the early 2000s, the EPA set its sights on heavy trucks, calling for a reduction in diesel particulate emissions. The Diesel Particulate Filter- the DPF System – was born. They do an excellent job of cleaning up the soot and particulates from unburned fuel that otherwise would be polluting our environment.
DPFs are important – and expensive – pieces of equipment. You want them to last as long as possible. Between using the right kind of oil and sticking to the recommended maintenance schedule for the unit, making the right decisions goes a lot way towards making your DPF work for you and your wallet, not against you.
What you put in your diesel fuel also plays a big part. That’s assuming you don’t cheat and sneak in some non-ULSD fuel (which poisons your DPF with excess sulfur). Too much soot clogs the DPF monolith faster and leads to longer (and more frequent) change cycles for the DPF.
One way to counteract this is to focus on removing any controllable sources of soot or particulate matter. Fuel treatment is often the simplest, most convenient and most cost-effective way to go - use a quality fuel additive that reduces soot and unburned carbon output. You may be surprised at how well your DPF works afterwards.
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