Opinion: DPF and catalytic converter faults are set to soar

Technical trainer at European Exhaust & Catalyst, Stuart Still explains how workshops can help customers

Opinion: DPF and catalytic converter faults are set to soar
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Automotive research bodies have been reporting the lack of maintenance and servicing by vehicle owners due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Many people have just stopped using their cars as much and are walking or cycling.

A friend of mine parked his car up in March due to being furloughed and has only done 80 miles over the past nine months.

This is a vast difference from his normal 45K annual mileage.

These driving patterns are not ideal for engines, especially if it is running on unsuitable or old oil.

With extended periods of inactivity, water and contaminants can enter the oil supply resulting in sludge.

This in turn will generate a lot more particulate matter (PM) carbon and soot, thus coating all major components including fuel injectors, turbos, engine, fuel vaporiser and EGR valves to name but a few.

This is likely to cause damage to catalytic converters and DPF’s, resulting in potential warranty issues.

Therefore it is essential to keep these components free of carbon deposits at all times.

Our team at EEC are well-known and respected in the industry for being a market-leader when it comes to emissions products, technical knowledge and support.

That is why we added a cleaning/fuel additive to our portfolio.

We developed a strong relationship and collaboration with industrial chemists based at Oxford’s Begbroke Science Park whom have been engaged in scientific research of this nature since 1999.

Our collaboration resulted in the creation of the EEC 6 in 1 diesel and petrol additives, both of which are ‘one shot cleans all’ solutions, assisting in the regeneration of DPF’s and reducing the effect of Ethanol corrosion within the entire gasoline fuel system.

One 250ml bottle will cover 400 litres of fuel.

Increased carbon emissions will potentially damage engine oil through fuel dilution reducing viscosity and increased soot loading.

The detergent in 6 in 1 will help preserve the condition of any fuel left standing in the vehicle’s fuel tank or fuel system for prolonged periods of inactivity by dispersing sludge and deposits that form as fuel slowly oxidises.

The detergent formulation in 6 in 1 will also cleanse any residual deposits that may have settled up in fuel systems thus reducing the risk of future engine issues and breakdowns.

For information regarding emissions, DPFs, catalytic converters, 4 gas test analysing and technical training, email EEC’s Stuart Still at EEC.

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