When it comes to keeping your truck running efficiently, routine care and maintenance are key. With the right schedule, you’ll be able to keep your truck parts in good condition, ensuring that the engine runs smoothly longer. While oil changes and tune-ups will help, it’s still important to keep the filters clean and free of debris and buildup. None is more important than the diesel particulate filter (DPF). Here are a few tips to help you keep your filter as clean as possible while you’re on the road.
3 Ways to Keep Your Diesel Particulate Filter Clean
1. Always Use the Right Oil
Engine oil helps keep the most sensitive truck parts running smoothly. However, when you use the wrong oil type for the engine, it can lead to an increase in diesel particulates throughout the system. Using the right oil that’s optimized for your engine type and performance demands will reduce those particulates and keep the DPF clean.
2. Drive at Speed
Even if your truck has a speed limiter on the engine, it’s still better to drive as close to the speed limit as possible. Higher speeds and RPMs help with the diesel particulate filter regeneration process. When the right conditions of speed, engine temperature and RPMs are met, the fuel combusts more cleanly, resulting in fewer particulates clogging the filter over time.
3. Stay on Highways as Often as Possible
The frequent start-stop of city driving takes a toll on your truck parts and the DPF. Whenever possible, try to keep commercial trucks on highways and interstates. Letting the engine run without forcing it to cycle through a range of gears and RPMs constantly allows the DPF to work more efficiently. Over time, the rest of your engine and components will see less wear and tear, sparing you more frequent repairs.
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