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Old 17-12-2011   #31
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I've got the engine failure message again. It's running fine as before, just got the damn message! Taking it to a garage on Monday, hope it's just a case of another forced regen!
Honestly, get the dpf knocked out and the ECU reset and enjoy trouble free driving again.
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Re: doblo dpf issue

I had a remap from Angel Tuning, knocked out the dpf and had an ECU reset at the same time. Worth every penny, I've only had my Doblo a couple of weeks but it makes sense to get rid of the problems before they start. I'll be getting the bits for the wipers next because they will fail sooner rather than later.
Brilliant little car, get on top of the niggles to make it perfect.
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Quote Originally Posted by Robin_Whitby View Post
I've got the engine failure message again. It's running fine as before, just got the damn message! Taking it to a garage on Monday, hope it's just a case of another forced regen!
I've been having a think. I've had a few electrical niggles when starting the car recently. Things like ABS failure, oil temp exceeding maximum, oil pressure too low. All of these go away immediately.

The engine failure message came on when starting the car this time, not while driving like last time. I think I might have a bad battery, the little indicator ball on the battery is white - "refill fluid". Sound plausible?

Getting it checked on Monday, I'll probably get a regen done if the codes say so then a new battery I think. Any opinions?
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Re: doblo dpf issue

Well, battery was knackered. I have a new battery and none of the random codes have come up. Going to get the ecu read and codes cleared at 2pm. Hopefully this has just been electrical gremlins!
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Re: doblo dpf issue

Alas, my EGR is broken. (battery was broken too though) EGR is stuck closed. Fiat want 358 to fix. Booked in with an independant on Wednesday. Damn it! No Christmas for us then.
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Re: doblo dpf issue

Hi all just not to put anyone off buying one of these siince having the the dpf cleaned and new wiper drive link replaced in Aug the car has been trouble free, with no issues what so ever.
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The doblo is a wonderful car, I've even started a thread about how amazing it is before!
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Re: doblo dpf issue

I have been reading all the threads on dpfs till my eyes have gone a bit funny. My doblo has just come back from Fiat having had a new dpf, airflow meter, and EGR valve fitted to name but a few. It is now working (today anyway) and Fiat did a forced regeneration then told me to take it out down the motorway about 40 miles.

I took it 40 miles at about 75 in 4th gear half the way vaguely looking for some sign that it had regenerated itself but none came. I have no idea whether it has regenerated naturally or whether I need to do it again. My question is how fast and how do I have to drive it down the motoroway to regenerate it, and how do I know?

I love my doblo, it's a van, carries loads of children or some children and lots of luggage, or just me and loads of stuff. I can't imagine a more versitile car/van. I did try to drive it efficiently (won't anymore) but what does that mean? Revving at the lights, driving up the motorway in 4th gear every week? I try not to do short journeys, but what is a short journey. I work 9 miles away and go in twice a week - sometimes have to do visits on the way. This probably isn't ideal but is it ok to drive like this as long as I do a 40 mile journey every week? Or should I just get rid of it? Or bypass the dpf?? Can anyone offer any advice? Thanks
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Re: doblo dpf issue

From what I understand, a 30 minute run on the motorway once a week and you should be fine. There are no guarantees though. 3k revs is commonly quoted for the motorway run but in mine that's 85 in 5th! The dpf just needs to get hot enough I think. Some have said the car runs a little rough when doing regen, I've noticed an associated drop in instant mpg read out on the dash. The key is to keep driving when you notice these things.

Mine showed these things on a long 60 mph max drive in the highlands a few weeks ago, so not always on the motorway!
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Thanks, that does help. I'll try it and see what happens. Parts and labour guaranteed for 2 years from Fiat, so hopefully if the engine warning light does come on again I'll be ok - I've no money left! How about keeping the revvs up even on short journeys (I can't avoid all of them, I don't live in the country)?
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Re: doblo dpf issue

It wont regen on a short journey when the car is barely up to temperature so there's little point wasting your fuel!
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Re: doblo dpf issue

Had similar worries about DPF myself upon getting our Multijet 1.3. I bought Fiatecuscan software and ours was reading 98% clogged. Took the car on an hour long run down the motorway (70mph+ in 4th gear gets some strange looks from other drivers). Upon return I reconnected the software to find the clogging level now at 17%. This is on the original DPF on a 2006 car. I also bunged in some DPF cleaner to see if it helps keep the levels low because with fuel at the current prices I don't want to have to drive like that too often. Also, the DPF cleaner "claims" to lower the temperature needed for passive regeneration of the DPF. Don't know if it is true but 30 is worth a shot rather than a new filter.
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Re: doblo dpf issue

You're right, I'll stop revving and driving around in 2nd gear! My ABS light flashed on this morning then went off again and everything fine. Just a bit worried as this is what happened at the start of all my problems with dpf etc! Could it be that I need a new battery?

I too have a 2006 multijet 1.3. DPF cleaner sounds like a good idea as a preventative measure - I'll try that too, thanks. Would you recomend buying the Fiatecuscan software? Bearing in mind I am a complete novice at car mechanics...I'm willing to learn if it saves me another 1000!
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From what I have read, strange intermittent warning lights might be a battery issue but don't quote me on that.
Fiatecuscan will perhaps give you some peace of mind as to whether your DPF is becoming an problem again or not. Personally, I am going to use it to monitor the speed at which it becomes clogged again as our car is mainly going to be used around town by my wife.
If it requires the "Italian tune up" down the motorway too often, then I will be considering removing the DPF altogether and having the car remapped.
I know it is there for a reason, but I bought the car primarily for economy (and seven seats) and having to take it for a "good run" every so often doesn't fit in with that. I have had other diesels for years but this is my first with DPF fitted and so far I don't much see the point (sorry all environmentalists!).
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I bought mine for more or less the same reasons. I love the 7 seats, or 5 depending on how many passengers I have, and was shocked at how economical it was (in a good way). Until now of course. I will do some research into whether or not it's worth me buying Fiatecuscan if I have no knowledge of engines and no means of fixing my car myself....

I have to say I am a bit of an environmentalist, but am tempted to have the DPF removed. How can driving up the motorway for 30 miles every week for no reason and not driving 'like a granny' ie uneconomically justify keeping it in. Partic when you have to dish out 1000 to get it fixed. I would have thought not doing unecessary journeys and keeping the revvs down would be more env friendly? Just a bit concerned about what it means in terms of insurance and selling it on.
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