If you’re a diesel vehicle owner, you’re likely familiar with the power and performance advantages that come with your choice of vehicle. However, with great power comes great responsibility, particularly regarding maintenance. A critical aspect often overlooked is the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), an essential component to keep your diesel engine running smoothly and maintaining emissions compliance.
At Branch Automotive in Littleton, CO, we’re not just mechanics; we’re diesel specialists certified by the state of Colorado. We understand the intricacies of your diesel vehicle and the importance of a properly functioning DPF. Here’s why understanding your DPF matters.
Understanding the DPF and Its Function
The DPF is a filter that captures and stores exhaust soot to reduce emissions from diesel engines. However, like any filter, it can become clogged over time. When that happens, your vehicle’s performance can decrease, fuel economy can worsen, and the risk of costly repairs can increase.
The Impact of a Clogged DPF
Ignoring your DPF’s cleanliness can lead to a range of issues. A clogged DPF forces your engine to work harder, which can lead to reduced power and torque. It can also trigger a dashboard warning light, indicating that regeneration is needed. This self-cleaning process burns off the accumulated soot, but if the filter is too clogged, regeneration cannot occur, leading to potential engine damage.
How Can You Avoid A Damaged DPF
The combination of the high altitude and cold weather can cause two fuel problems that affect starting diesel engines. The thinner air can cause a vapor lock. The fuel in the lines turns into vapor and prevents the engine from starting. The other problem is that diesel fuel can freeze. Using an antifreeze additive for diesel fuel during the winter can help prevent both issues.
The high altitudes of Littleton CO, and Highlands Ranch CO can also affect the ignition system because of the air density. The air has less oxygen, which affects combustion. Make sure the glow plugs are in good condition, as they heat the cylinders to make it easier to fire off the diesel fuel. The oxygen sensors can also cause issues with starting in high-altitude areas. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for ignition system maintenance to help prevent ignition-related starting issues.
Winterization and Emergency Kits
Annually, as fall approaches, we recommend a comprehensive check of your diesel truck’s systems at Branch Automotive. While this significantly reduces non-start risks, it’s still prudent to be prepared.
We strongly suggest all drivers, irrespective of their vehicle’s fuel type, equip their cars with a winter emergency kit. The probability of starting system issues is just too high to gamble.
A comprehensive emergency kit should include:
- A first-aid kit.
- A tarp for protection against the weather, should you have to build a fire for heat. You can’t rely on your vehicle’s heater when you have a truck that won’t start.
- At least one change of warm, dry clothing.
- A waterproof jacket.
- Water and Non-perishables for a few days.
- At least 2 liters of water for each person in the vehicle.
- A portable shovel.
- An ice scraper.
- A flashlight and extra batteries.
- A blanket or cold-weather sleeping bag for each person in the vehicle.
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Facing starting system issues in cold weather? We’ve got you covered! Conveniently located at 6030 East County Line Road, Highlands Ranch, CO, 80126-3919, Branch Automotive is dedicated to ensuring your vehicle’s starting system is winter-ready. Don’t let the cold stall your plans; call us at (303) 771-2224 to schedule your appointment. Drive with assurance this season!