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Old 02-05-2011, 03:36 PM
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DPF Filter Cleaning

Just trying to get all my ?'s answered before stepping up to a diesel...

I have read that the truck will need to be taken to the dealer to have the dpf filter cleaned, but have not read anywhere on how to do it yourself(besides the delete). Can it be cleaned by the "do it yourselfer", if so...what is the procedure, and about how much time to do it?...or are you stuck paying the service dept. at the local stealership?

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Old 02-05-2011, 03:41 PM
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The truck will sense a full DPF filter, and initiate a self clean cycle. You have to drive it to clean it. IF by chance it gets full, by you not letting it complete the cleaing cycle, you will have to take it in for service.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:42 AM
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Rob is correct, unless your truck is like mine and constantly tries to regen when the EGT is too cold and it will just blow smoke like the space shuttle until you run it down the interstate. Ford calls this "Normal Operation".
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:25 AM
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There is no way to "manualy" clean the dpf. Like everyone has stated above you drive it and it does it automaticaly.

You can always delete and then tune the truck and that will solve the prbolem of the dpf all together. Good luck!
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:28 AM
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From what I understood, there is a point where the DPF will either need to be replaced or sent off to be really cleaned out. Like if you drive it a lot in the city and it never really gets a chance to run through a cycle.
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It was my understanding that there can be an ash buildup from the regen cycle that will sometimes need to be cleaned out. Thats what I was asking about. I did find a post on a dodge forum saying one dealer was using a pressure washer to wash them out if they became plugged, rather than replacing them. Sounds like they had favorable results in doing so.

After all the reading I have done, sounds like the delete will eliminate many of the headaches. If you only do the delete, how much smoke is visible from the exhaust? What else would need to be done besides removing the dpf? Does anything need to be changed so the truck won't try and do the regen after the dpf has been removed?
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if the dpf gets too restricted it will reach a point where it will no longer be able to effectively regen

I'm unfamilar with the process of dpf cleaning off the vehicle but i know it can be done. last i heard our local international dealer was getting a machine. unsure if it could do 6.4s though
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. What else would need to be done besides removing the dpf? Does anything need to be changed so the truck won't try and do the regen after the dpf has been removed?[/QUOTE]

You will need to get a tuner and a dpf delete pipe. A lot of people do the dpf and cat delete because it is easier to take the dpf and cat off as one unit. You will find PLENTY of opinions and information on tuners just do a search and you will do . There is so much information you will end up looking like this
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