By Darren Darling, Founder of The DPF Doctor Network, and JLM brand ambassador
The last 8 months have been strange to say the least, as we deal with the new norm. Like all business owners, we faced uncertain times when COVID-19 came along to make things ‘interesting’ and wondered if we would ever recover after being closed for many weeks. However, as the months pass by we are seeing more DPF problems than ever. With travel restrictions in place, we have seen a huge upturn in blocked DPFs due to driving conditions. Our 100 strong network of workshops are busier than ever.
We are usually presented with problem vehicles that other workshops struggle to fix, but we are also seeing a high volume of blocked DPFs from short journey driving. This opens a new avenue of preventative measures to keep the DPF clean as there is little point cleaning the DPF without taking appropriate measures to stop it blocking up again. It is important that we give our customers sound advice on how to avoid the problem reoccurring and that we recommend the right products. We have seen fantastic results using JLM DPF Regen Plus and JLM Catalytic Exhaust Cleaner Diesel to keep DPFs clean while only doing short journeys. By way of example my own vehicles have not had a long journey in several months but the DPFs are clean and healthy thanks to JLM. There has never been a better time to promote JLM additives as a preventative measure and of course, the DPF cleaning range as a real problem solver. It is effective, safe and does exactly what it says on the tin.
The DPF pandemic is here but JLM Lubricants have the vaccine.
DPF Doctor Vehicle Case Study: Volvo V50 1.6D
Just as JLM Drive was being signed off for printing, this car was brought into our workshop. It presented with DPF and mass air flow fault codes 2A30 Particulate Trap and 136F Mass Air Flow Sensor. During our assessment we quickly identified that the mass air flow fault was caused by a split boost hose which in turn was causing the DPF to block. We replaced the boost pipe and cleaned the DPF with JLM DPF Clean & Flush. Because the car had been running for many months with the boost leak, we then carried out an intake clean using the JLM Diesel Extreme Intake Clean. After an extended road test, the car was running like a dream and the DPF was nice and clean.
One very happy customer. Job done.