What is recharging the diesel emissions fluid?
Clean diesel vehicles use a solution containing urea and ionized water to help regulate exhaust emissions. The solution is injected into the exhaust stream, where it reacts with the vehicle’s catalyst to lessen harmful emissions in the exhaust stream.
The diesel emissions fluid is carried onboard in its own reservoir. They are typically quite large, letting very extensive mileages before needing replenishment. The tanks are usually fitted with a special spout connector to ease refills, but they can be located in places that require the removal of other parts.
Facts to Note:
Most cars will give a warning that the diesel emissions fluid is running low, but many will stop the vehicle from being restarted once a certain low level has been touched.
If the car is switched off after the critically low level of diesel emissions fluid has been achieved, it may be inoperable and require a refill/reset before it will start again.
Refills are few and far between, so it’s well worth staying ahead of this situation.
How to Fix:
The diesel emission fluid is verified to see if it needs to be serviced
The fuel door is situated and opened
The DEF cap, blue in color and usually positioned next to the gas cap under the fuel door, is removed
The manufactured recommend fluid is poured in gradually until it has reached the manufactures recommend capacity
The cap is replaced and twisted tight until it “clicks” (similar to a gas cap)
With every routine upkeep service, have our mechanic inspect the diesel emissions fluid levels on your car, and refill as needed.
Common signs indicating you need to recharge the diesel emissions fluid:
A warning light will light up to show the diesel emissions fluid is low
On heavy trucks, power will be lessened in stages.
Importance of this service:
Since the car will not start or restart once it runs out of diesel emissions fluid, it’s vital to maintain suitable levels.