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Old 07-12-2019, 11:18 AM   #1
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Ford DPF Cleaning

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I just read a Bruce Smith question/answer regarding DPF Cleaning on Ford F-250/350.
This happened to me while driving Wasatch Mtn. range. At the particular point on my F350 2017 with 28,000 miles on it, that the Drive to Clean came on, there was nowhere for me to pull over, let alone unhook our 37 ft. 5th wheel. I had to keep on trucking. After a short period of time, maybe 10 minutes, a cleaning exhaust filter message came on. When that was finished (I guess), everything was fine.
Short story long, do you have to unhook what you are towing? The truck is fine, power and a Ford dealership checked the computer and it had regenerated.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:21 AM   #2
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You do not have to unhook, loaded or unloaded is fine. Driving is the most important part
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:19 PM   #3
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As long as it doesn’t go into limp mode you should be good.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:40 PM   #4
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Just keep on truckin' with the trailer hooked up. Mine has been doing just that same thing for 119,000 miles, 50% of it with a 12,000 pound 5er hooked on (don't you just 'love' EPA mandates) .
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:13 PM   #5
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Why would you unhitch? Regen depends on heat, it goes by faster when towing then not.

That said I have never gotten the message myself - I have no idea when this truck regens at all!
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Why would you unhitch? Regen depends on heat, it goes by faster when towing then not.



That said I have never gotten the message myself - I have no idea when this truck regens at all!
I'm the same on my 2017. My 2016 have me the cleaning message all the time, but the 2017 has never done it in 30k miles.
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60k on my '17 450, no messages. Never have known when one occurred.
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Completely normal to regen towing or not towing.

I've towed many miles while regen is happening, goes faster when I am towing. More heat to help the process.

You do not need to disconnect!

I remember the old days when diesel pickups smoked like crazy. Some still do if the remove the smog stuff. UGH!
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Switched fron Chev Duramax to Ford 2011 6.7L when GM started giving away free fuel injectors because they kept failing. 2011 6.7L had data on the data bus for a regen OFF/ON signal which I monitored religiously for various reasons, mostly because regens suck up a lot of fuel, and also hope and pray a regen was not in progress just before shutting down - if it was in progress I'd go to high idle and let it complete. Now with the 2017 6.7L there is no simple regen OFF/ON and you have to watch other parametrs, mostly EGT4 for temps approaching or over 1000 degF. Again, if a regen is in progress, I'd let it complete in high idle and wait for temps to cool down. Other than that, I've never seen a DRIVE-to-complete regen message in my approx 150K miles with the 6.7L. I paid about $150 for this sensor/OBDII monitor, and am so confident with the 2017 6.7L having a better program than the 2011 6.7L I don't monitor regens much, and since the program is so complex, there is practically no way to predict when they will occur - if interested just watch your EGT temps. Otherwise: What, me worry?
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Completely normal to regen towing or not towing.

I've towed many miles while regen is happening, goes faster when I am towing. More heat to help the process.

You do not need to disconnect!

I remember the old days when diesel pickups smoked like crazy. Some still do if the remove the smog stuff. UGH!
Incorrect. I know a guy running an 80 horse tow tune on a 6.7 psd. It does not smoke. Smoking is when a truck isnt set up properly. Alot of companies brag on not being able to tell when youre running a tune by the amount of smoke. Thats actually really hard on a motor.
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Incorrect. I know a guy running an 80 horse tow tune on a 6.7 psd. It does not smoke. Smoking is when a truck isnt set up properly. Alot of companies brag on not being able to tell when youre running a tune by the amount of smoke. Thats actually really hard on a motor.
2011 deleted Duramax, stock HP tune. It doesn't smoke but it does smell like a diesel.
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My emission equipment was placed in my garage attic back 2009, when thieves were stealing the DPF to turn in for money. I am using a 60HP/120 lb.-ft. over stock on my engine. I have been this way since 2009, and the engine never has smoked or as the kids say ROLLING COAL!
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The only time I have experienced the drive to clean statement is when I have driven only short distance for some time when a regen attempted to start. After a few days of short trips the system had enough and told me drive to clean. A trip to the next town over took care of everything. I normally only see the exhaust filter cleaning message to let me know a regen is in process.
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