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Hello guys,

My DPF light came on 3 days ago. I have done everything the manual and my friends have told me. I have tried travelling at 100kph at 5th gear at 2900rpm for 15 minutes and also tried an additive to the fuel with no luck. Light is stuck on. My preference is not to pay $4000 for a new one. Hopefully someone has some advice on how to clean or eliminate or even may e how long this may take to clear out?
 

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Hi Turbo. Thanks for the reply.

2014 v6 TDI 3.0l
171000kms
Mostly trips back and forwards from school with the kids and engine barely gets to full temp.
Last few days I have do e 30 km trips to try to clean out with no luck.
 

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If the car has the fix and it is less than 48 K miles ago take it to the dealer for repair under warranty.
Assuming it was covered in the US settlement which might not be the case with your stating 171K KM.
 

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The warranty is 48 K miles after the fix OR 120 K miles.
If the fix was less than 48K miles then it would be covered by that OR part.
Take it to VW for repair IF it is covered by the EPA settlement.
 

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2014 v6 TDI 3.0l
171000kms
Mostly trips back and forwards from school with the kids and engine barely gets to full temp.
Last few days I have do e 30 km trips to try to clean out with no luck.
Unfortunately this usage pattern is not good for a diesel with DPF. In future you should perhaps schedule a longer drive once a week. You need to drive for a while to bring the exhaust up to temperature, then drive for about 20-30 mins at 2000 to 2500 rpm to clear the DPF in normal circumstances.

It is likely that your DPF is currently overloaded with soot and or ash. Do you have an independent Euro car garage or a diesel specialist to assess the problem? They may force a regeneration or if it is too far gone, they can remove the DPF and send it for cleaning by a specialist workshop. I would avoid a consulting a VW dealer, who would inevitably recommend a DPF replacement.
 

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If it was me, I'd just spend the little extra and get yourself a VCDS...... it will quickly pay itself off. Based on your driving pattern\habbits, you will need this sort of "service" in the near future again. The tool is also crucial in proper diagnosis of just about anything that goes wrong with the vehicle, and since it's getting "up there", you may find that you'll have to address all sorts of stuff in the future.
 

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Hey guys thanks for your help. Have a local mechanic who specializes in VW and has offered to do a forced DPF Regen for $140 bucks Aud. Pretty good value I think. Hopefully it works.
It is worth a shot. Be aware that it is not a pretty or gentle process. The car revs up to about 3000 rpm while stationary and it pumps extra fuel into the exhaust to burn off the soot.
 

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If it was me, I'd just spend the little extra and get yourself a VCDS...... it will quickly pay itself off. Based on your driving pattern\habbits, you will need this sort of "service" in the near future again. The tool is also crucial in proper diagnosis of just about anything that goes wrong with the vehicle, and since it's getting "up there", you may find that you'll have to address all sorts of stuff in the future.
That is good advice if you are technically inclined and are prepared to learn the arcane language needed to operate the device and are planning to keep the car long enough for it to be worthwhile.

For many of us, trying to interpret those codes would be a nightmare. I am happy paying a technician to do the reading and interpretation and to offer advice in plain English. Over the past few decades I have owned about six different brands of car so there would need to be a learning curve for each. Too much to bother.
 

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You buy VCDS from Ross-Tech.

There are cables on ebay which are cheap fakes.

Repeated short runs are the worst kind of treatment you can do to any diesel.

Either make the kids walk to skool or take the bus!

Otherwise use a petrol engined car or a hybrid.
 

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Hi guy,
Thanks everyone for you advice and help. Just an FYI I took the car to a local euro specialist in Wangaratta. Really helpful guy. For $135 he force Regen it and it's working like a dream. He mentioned it was 33% blocked. He has told me a good drive down the highw8once a week will keep the car in great shape
 

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That is good advice if you are technically inclined and are prepared to learn the arcane language needed to operate the device and are planning to keep the car long enough for it to be worthwhile.

For many of us, trying to interpret those codes would be a nightmare. I am happy paying a technician to do the reading and interpretation and to offer advice in plain English. Over the past few decades I have owned about six different brands of car so there would need to be a learning curve for each. Too much to bother.
Obviously it depends on everyone's situation, comfort level, and ability to make use of (or attempt to use) the tool.
Myself, I currently own 3 VWs and always do all my own work, so even in the event of having to take it to a dealership (for example, when the TDI FIX needed to be applied here in NA), it still provides me the visibility to ensure that the shop isn't blowing smoke up my arse or claiming things that are untrue.....

When my local dealer was attempting to "FIX" my emissions, they were refusing to do it because the car already had a CEL triggered. They wanted to charge me all sorts of diagnostics and fees to see what is causing the CEL and to make it go away, because the policy stated that a vehicle must not have pre-existing CELs in order to qualify for the warranty fix. I scanned the errors in front of the service manager, in their own lot and proved to them that my CEL was due to a faulty exhaust flap motor which was part of the exact system they were recalling and having to fix. Without the VCDS, I would've had to pay $xxx just to get my free recall done, which was mandatory in order to qualify for my damages payment.
 
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