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A UK fleet operator is warning drivers that particulate traps fitted to many modern diesel engines can lead the vehicle into limp-home mode or to breaking down. The diesel particulate traps store soot, which needs to be burned off periodically. This burning off of soot, called regeneration, happens when the car is driven at a steady speed of about 50 mph for 20 minutes. I wonder if there are warning lights for when the diesel particulate trap needs to be regenerated. For the US market, where fol

A UK fleet operator is warning drivers that particulate traps fitted to many modern diesel engines can lead the vehicle into limp-home mode or to breaking down. The diesel particulate traps store soot, which needs to be burned off periodically. This burning off of soot, called regeneration, happens when the car is driven at a steady speed of about 50 mph for 20 minutes. I wonder if there are warning lights for when the diesel particulate trap needs to be regenerated. For the US market, where fol

Tenneco, headquartered in Lake Forrest, Illinois, was chosen by Toyota as the exclusive supplier of retrofit diesel particulate filters for original equipment service applications for the complete Toyota diesel car range. The DPF production started last month in Poland, after an accelerated six month engineering and product development process. While original equipment diesel particulate filters work in a closed loop system, with periodic regeneration to burn off the soot collected on the filter

DaimlerChrysler has signed an agreement with exhaust filtration expert Donaldson in order to meet upcoming 2007 environmental standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The devices will be incorporated in Detroit Diesel and Mercedes-Benz MBE 900 engines, which are used extensively in medium-duty applications like refuse and fire trucks, school buses and delivery vans. Donaldson is responsible for the diesel oxidation catalyst and the diesel particulate filter, which will be incorpo

Automotive News has an interesting interview with Bosch chairman Franz Fehrenbach and Bernd Bohr, head of the automotive business. While the article's title focuses on the growth in Bosch's hybrid business, the interview touches on a wide range of issues related to automotive powertrain choices around the world. While Bosch currently has contracts for its stop-start technology, they are trying to expand their business by developing a full hybrid system, which can be combined with both a gasoline

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