At Nordberg Eco Solutions, we pride ourselves in helping you keep your rig up and running.
Waiting for the DPF cleaning service lights to come on makes as much sense as waiting for the low oil light to let you know when it is time to service your rig.
Nobody knows your rig like you do. It doesn't make sense to let your rig tell you it needs service while you are enroute on a 'hot load.' Wouldn't you rather anticipate the time and place to park your rig for service, instead of along side the highway? As you know, DOWNTIME away from home is costly.
You need to learn how your system reacts to the duty cycle that you operate. Every truck and route is different. Here are a few things to watch for:
2) Performance over the same or similar route.
3) Throttle / Turbo Response.
4) Regen Frequency.
Each of these items will give you a clue as to how well the system is working. Then, if you like, we can help you develop a plan that will make sense for your operation.
Pick YOUR time to service your Diesel Particulate Filter.
Make it convenient for you. When you service your DPF directly affects your profit margin and the profit margin of your customers!!!
Trend analysis that you need to watch:
What is your average fuel economy? Has it decreased on the average? What is your oil consumption between Lube-Oil-Filter services? Are you using coolant? This is a red flag that should be looked at immediately. How many miles have you driven since the unit was installed? serviced?
Bear in mind that each time you service it, it will not restore back to 100%. The more complete the service, the closer you get to 100%.
Your choice is simple. Do you wait until your unit is down to service the filter? Or do you set up a schedule so you don't lose customers?
A mechanic that I have a tremendous amount of respect for put it this way: "The filter should be serviced every six months. If you wait for the lights to come on, you will end up with a disruption in your delivery schedule. If you red light, you can expect to be towed. There is $800. Then the unit has to be removed and cleaned. $800. You will have probably lost a load because of it. $800. Here we are at $2400 without considering the customer's dissatisfaction, the driver's wages, food and lodging." As you can see, a little planning and preventative maintenance can save you a LOT of money.