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2010 sprinter dpf filter clogged

Discussion in 'Truck Talk' started by Hightech_Hobo, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Hightech_Hobo

    Hightech_Hobo New Recruit

    Just thot I'd pass this ill maint. Issue on and see what the comments would be....

    Dpf filter clogged up at 160 k....MB dealer cost to replace around $2300.00 plus labor....Found a place to clean filter for around $500.00 + shipping...

    2 different MB dealers refused to remove/re-install filter citing legal freight liner dealer to remove...ship and reinstall filter...lthey charged $800.00 to do this ...

    Overall cost for this issue came out to around $1600.00.....

    This will happen again in around 130k to 200k miles....

    Any suggestions guys?
  2. ChrisGa23

    ChrisGa23 New Recruit

    Don't idle the engine. Number one cause of dpf related issues is idling. Idling a few minutes isn't gonna hurt anything but I would never idle any longer
  3. Hightech_Hobo

    Hightech_Hobo New Recruit

    Espar heater was one of my first purchases....I have Idled a VERY small amount..but we're talking probably less than 20 hours total in 1.5 years of use....

    I did get one tank of bio-fuel but fuel tank label states must be less than 2% bio so I never did that again...(had no choice on that one tank as I was gonna be stuck on side of road if I did'nt get fuel.....
  4. golfournut

    golfournut Active Expediter

    Haven't heard of this problem. I have a 2011. Hope it ain't so!

    Sent from my PC36100 using EO Forums
  5. Turtle

    Turtle Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, idling and even just driving in cold ambient temps can block a DPF due to unburned fuels. It's important that you use a 47 Cetane or higher diesel fuel, which means the fuel will burn quicker and more completely, thereby dramatically reducing the amount of soot an ash in the DPF. Most diesel in the US is 40-44 cetane, some even less. Gray bottle Power Service Diesel Kleen® +Cetane Boost® adds 5-6 cetane numbers (white bottle adds 3-4 numbers).

    The DPF needs to reach and maintain optimum operating temperature, which is above 500° F. Idling won't do that. On very cold days, an airflow restriction needs to be in place to help the DPF get hot.

    I think the lifespan of those filters is about 100,000 to 150,000 miles, but a "forced regen" at highway speeds every now and then will help prolong them.

    Instead of Mercedes or Freightliner dealers, look at Cummins or other truck centers. Many will clean a Sprinter's DPF for around $500. In the near future the number of places that clean these things should increase, and the prices should start to come down.
  6. LDB

    LDB Expert Expediter

    So about a 1.5-2 cpm operation cost on that item if you can't do part of it yourself and/or prices come down some. Thank you EPA etc..
  7. geo

    geo Active Expediter

    you need to clean the system out about 40,000 to 60,000 adblue tank needs
    to be clean out and flushed to
    also using ace's 2 helps to
  8. highway star

    highway star Seasoned Expediter

    Get a Harley before we do the Tail of the Dragon.
  9. briggie1

    briggie1 Rookie Expediter

    dont idle is a big one and make sure you are using the correct mb number oil,,alot of people think they are but are using the wrong oil {mobil one esp not just any mobil one oil}. i got 300,000 out of my dpf before it got plugged in my 2007 sprinter, and i removed it and sent it away and got it cleaned for around $500 including the shipping
  10. Marty

    Marty Rookie Expediter

    Does using the variable high idle switch to ramp up the idle work to prevent clogging up the DPF. I'm a northerner so I can't stand the heat. I need to run the van for the air conditioner during the summer or I can't sleep on the road.
  11. LDB

    LDB Expert Expediter

    What is the high idle rpm of a Sprinter with the fixed high idle and what is the rpm range with the variable high idle? What is the fuel usage at high idle?
  12. cannedmeat27

    cannedmeat27 Rookie Expediter

    I drive a 2008 sprinter. The basic idle is 680rpms. The high idle switch bumps it up to 1500.
  13. OntarioVanMan

    OntarioVanMan Expert Expediter

    Holy crap Leo.....In the 05-06's the fixed high idle was 2000 rpm...which was required to keep the EGR clean...the newers one might be the same....which it sounds like a race car....Buying a new one with the intention of idling...not such a good move unless you have deep pockets...IF I were to buy a new one now...a rooftop A/C, an Espar with a generator would be a must....
  14. OntarioVanMan

    OntarioVanMan Expert Expediter

    that is better then the 2000 rpm the 05-06 were set at....the difference between the 5 to 6 cyl..
  15. Marty

    Marty Rookie Expediter

    I have the variable high idle switch. I can vary the idle from 1,100 rpms to redline.
  16. LDB

    LDB Expert Expediter

    2000?? Wow, I bet that does sound like a race car or a freight train. I'm not planning to buy one to idle but was just curious what sort of high idle numbers it generated. When I drove the truck I had to idle one night when the Rigmaster was down. The normal idle was about 550-600 rpm. I used the cruise buttons to bump it up to 850-900 rpm. I really had no idea where it should be but figured a 50% increase sounded good. I had no idea but thought maybe 1200 and that that sounded high. 2000. Wow. :eek:
  17. OntarioVanMan

    OntarioVanMan Expert Expediter

    You really have to get off the idling....Sprinters don't like it...
  18. OntarioVanMan

    OntarioVanMan Expert Expediter

    1200-1300 in that range is where I set you see from one post the new ones are down to 1500....a little better
  19. Marty

    Marty Rookie Expediter

    I set mine at 1200 t0 1300 also with the variable high idle switch. 1500 seems a little high to me but I am wondering if that will keep my DPF from clogging.
  20. OntarioVanMan

    OntarioVanMan Expert Expediter

    That would probably be the Mercedes recommended setting.....Like ours is 2,000 recommended for the egr to keep clean...

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