NEW MOT rules came into force in May, putting more stringent checks into vehicle exhaust emissions which could mean a failure. A lot of drivers will only know their car's exhaust diesel particulate filter (DPF) is causing a problem when a warning light comes on the dash. Damage caused by a clogged DPF can result in high repair bills, often running into four figures.
Located within the exhaust system, a DPF captures small soot particles, preventing them from being expelled into the atmosphere. As with any filter it needs attention regularly and this is done automatically, by burning off the soot in a process called regeneration. This takes place over a period of steady speed driving for over 20 minutes. Urban drivers might find that low mileage stop-start motoring may prevent the DPF fitted to their vehicle from regenerating properly.
The Government has been keen to ensure that the environment is protected from harmful emissions and it is now an automatic MOT failure to remove a DPF that has been fitted to the vehicle as original equipment from new.
Fastline Northampton Diesel have a state-of-the-art DPF cleaner, that effectively and fully flushes away all of the trapped soot, ash and other debris in an environmentally friendly process.
Eugene Finan, Managing Director of Fastline Group, said: "We are seeing more and more vehicles with blocked filters and this machine cleans not only car, but commercial vehicle, plant and bus DPFs as well. The cost of a new DPF can range from several hundred pounds for a car to several thousand pounds for a truck. Our facility can provide a clean that is up to 98 per cent effective, environmentally friendly and also cost effective, starting from as little as £195 plus VAT for a car or taxi.
"Umicore, one of the world's leading producers of catalysts and DPFs used in automotive emission systems, state that analysis confirms there are no remarkable differences between a filter cleaned using the technology we utilise and installing a new one."
The company offers a same-day by appointment or next-day DPF cleaning service, with free collections and deliveries to the local area in one of the company's vans boasting the latest livery, or nationwide by carrier.
For further information, contact Fastline Northampton Diesel on 01536 485584 or visit its website www.fastlinegroup.co.uk