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What is a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?


2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab 4x4 oxidation catalyst and diesel particulate filter

Dodge's clean diesel exhaust system

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DPF is an acronym for Diesel Particulate Filter. A DPF works in conjunction with the oxidation catalyst and EGR valve to remove a majority of the NOx, particulate matter (think black, cough-inducing soot) and unburned hydrocarbons from burned diesel fuel. Soot is a natural byproduct from the combustion of diesel fuel. Inside the DPF is a porous honeycomb structure that catches the soot as it passes through. After the soot builds up over time, the onboard computer controls fuel injection to allow unburned fuel to enter the filter at measured intervals where it flares off and generates increased temperatures that incinerate the accumulated soot. The result: Soot is chopped by over 90-percent.

Pronunciation: dee-zuhl per-tik-yuh-lit fil-tur
Take a look at these photos of DPFs: on the Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel and the F-250 Super Duty Diesel.
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