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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 7th March 2014, 17:33 Thread Starter
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Well i have had my Antara since early december last year and i dont do much motorway driving, just back and forwards from work and the occasional trip out but i have managed to clock up 1100 miles. Today, for the first time i noticed the dpf light was flashing, so i set off to give her a blow out but the light went out straight away. I still gave her a good run and the light has not come back on again, hopefully she will be ok and fingers crossed it is not the start of the dpf 'curse'. Apart from that she has been great, a few squeaks and rattles and she uses the equivalent of an olympic size swimming pool in fuel just when i go to the shop (she's a 09 reg 2.0cdti) but i can live with that and now the nice weather is coming i can set to work sorting the rattles!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 7th March 2014, 19:22
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shake rattle and roll as they say

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 8th March 2014, 21:31
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The only rattle I have is from the boot cover. wondered what it was, then got the wife to drive while I sat in the back. When it moves side to side it clonks, next..... how to remedy it......
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Seat belts , they can cause a rattling

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 13th March 2014, 20:26
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Just read this in the news paper about removing the DPF
The experts have issued a warning about changes to the MOT rules which came in last month. They say that as a result of the changes, thousands of motorists will find themselves with a bill of at least 1,000 when they take their car for a test.

But what is the change, and who is affected?

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<H4>Rule change</H4>The warning has been issued by Halfords Autocentres, which says that the rule in question relates to emissions tests on diesel cars.

In the past your car would have just been tested to ensure it meets minimum standards for emissions. However, it will now include a check on whether there is a diesel particulate filter in place. These have been fitted into all diesel cars manufactured in the past five years - and reduce emissions by about 80%.

If your car should have one of these fitted and there isn't one present, the vehicle will automatically fail.


<H4>Missing?</H4>The reason why they are missing on some cars is that over time these filters tend to become clogged. This is particularly the case when the cars are used for short journeys – because the filter doesn't get hot enough to burn off the particulates that build up over time.

It's not a major issue if the filter becomes blocked, because there are products that can be used to clean them - for about 30. Cars can also be fitted with a preventative exhaust system cleaner costing as little as 20 .

Rory Carlin from Halfords Autocentres says that the problem is that instead of cleaning the filters, some garages have simply removed them - despite the fact that it's illegal.

The government got wise to this practice, so the Department of Transport introduced this check. Announcing the change, Roads Minister Robert Goodwill, said: "I am very concerned that vehicles are being modified in a way that is clearly detrimental to people's health and undoes the hard work car manufacturers have taken to improve emissions standards. It has become apparent the government had to intervene to clarify the position on particulate filter removal given the unacceptable negative impact on air quality. This change to the MOT tests makes it clear – if you have this filter removed from your car it will fail the test."

Unfortunately, if your car has already had the filter removed there is nothing you can do: you'll need to pay for it to be refitted.


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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 13th March 2014, 20:45 Thread Starter
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Interesting read that Brian, A lot of people have already had the DPF removed and are in for a expensive time at the next MOT. i wonder how many testers will really fail cars though? I would have had mine removed if it was not a mot fail now. I wonder also how (and if) the preventative exhaust cleaner works, a cheap fix at 20!
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 13th March 2014, 21:05 Thread Starter
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The 'preventative exhaust cleaner' is called cataclean and is available on ebay from 12 to 16. Sounds like the dogs conkers but it will do wont it? I suppose its worth a try when all else fails tho
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 13th March 2014, 21:42
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I know of several garages that would pass a car with the DPF removed.




Small back street type ones.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 13th March 2014, 23:56
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I know of several garages that would pass a car with the DPF removed.




Small back street type ones.
Aye up here they would bunch of chancres

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