Posts made in August, 2016

Understanding Your Diesel Particulate Filter: When Your System Becomes Blocked

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Diesel particulate filters, or DPFs, reduce the soot produced by diesel engines to help eliminate air pollution caused by these engines. While early DPFs needed to be cleaned regularly, newer models are self regenerating and the filter does not get clogged as often with deposits. The regeneration process occurs while you are driving, and if conditions aren’t right for the DPF to clean itself you may get a warning light that tells you that your filter is partially clogged and not working correctly.  Passive vs. Active DPF Regeneration The DPF on your diesel car or truck will either regenerate passively or actively, depending on how you have been driving the vehicle. The filter requires hot temperatures to burn off the soot caught by the filter and turn it into ash. Passive regeneration happens when you are spending time driving on the highway and your exhaust system reaches high temperatures because of the extended use. While this works for many commercial trucks that travel long distances, cars fitted with DPFs needed a system that would activate this cleaning process if this type of driving didn’t occur. The system will clean itself actively if the cleaning doesn’t occur from driving habits alone. Signs That Your DPF Is Regenerating Actively When your DPF needs to regenerate and your driving hasn’t caused this to occur, there are signs that will indicate that your DPF is regenerating itself actively. If your cooling fans begin running and you notice a smell coming from your exhaust system, the DPF is regenerating. During this process you may also notice a small increase in the fuel being used, as your engine will rev up and the idle speed will increase in an effort to raise the temperature within the exhaust system. Driving Habits That Don’t Allow Your DPF to Work Effectively Even with the active system in place, you still need to be driving your car for the DPF regeneration process to work. If you take short trips all of the time, your engine won’t be able to reach the temperatures it needs to for the filter to regenerate. If the fuel in your car is low, the active regeneration process won’t kick in so that your fuel is saved. Even the wrong kind of motor oil can cause a problem with the regeneration process. If you have warning lights go on because of your DPF, you need to get your system cleaned immediately to avoid expensive repairs in your near future. For assistance, talk to a professional like Regeneration Services...

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Learn How To Check Your Oil For The First Time

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

In order for a car to perform properly, it needs to proper amount of fluids to ensure that all moving parts can continuously move with ease. There are many types of fluids in your car’s engine and knowing how to properly check them is important. Use the guide below to learn how to properly check the oil in your car for the first time. Prepare to Check the Oil Level The first thing you want to do is make sure that you park your vehicle on level ground. If you park on a hill, you will not be able to accurately gauge how much oil is in the reservoir. You also want to be sure that the engine is off and cool before checking the oil to ensure that it is not hot when you go to check it. Check the Oil Level Look for a cap that has a picture of an oil bottle with a drop of oil dripping out of it. It is often black or grey in color. There should be a small metal stick sticking up out of the engine located near this cap that you can pull completely out of the engine. It will only be a few millimeters in width. Pull the dipstick out and clean it off. Put it back into the hole and pull it out again. When you look at the bottom of the stick, you should see a line where the oil stops. On the stick is a gauge that lets you know if you need to add oil or if it is at the proper level. Add Oil If Needed If you have to add oil, you first need to look at the owner’s manual of your vehicle to find out what type of oil your vehicle requires. You do not want to put in the wrong oil, as it could cause damage to your engine. When you go to an automotive supply store, you can give an associate the year, make, and model of your car and they can determine the type of oil it takes, as well. Once you have the proper oil, unscrew the cap that has the picture of the oil in it and put it to the side. Place a funnel in the opening of the hole and pour as many quarts of oil into the funnel as indicated by the dipstick. Remove the funnel and replace the cap. If you notice that there are often oil spots under your car after you have parked your vehicle, there is a chance that you may have an oil leak. It is a good idea to have a mechanic look over any car that has a leak as soon as possible so that the problem does not become...

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