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Evans Halshaw does Highway robbery still exist
Far from being one to whinge……….Does highway robbery still exist? I will explain then allow you to make your own minds up.
A little backgroundI purchased a Peugeot 406 executive 2.2 HDI (diesel) recently and discovered a fault that I was not aware of when it was bought, the so called FAP filter. Now this to anybody not in the picture sounds simple and cheap right?
After doing research on the internet for quiet some time I discovered that is not at all simple or cheap. This is how it works on the Peugeot diesel HDI (common rail diesel) series of engines from about the year 2000.
I guess we have the government to blame for most of it with the global warming scare mongering the are at presently encompassed in as it is all down to reduced emissions, not co2 as you might think but soot emissions.
When this is done the exhaust gasses heat up to a higher temperature than normal in order to incinerate (burn off) the collected soot particles giving almost zero emission of soot, at least in theory.If for some reason the filter cannot be regenerated the engine ECU kicks in and puts the engine into “LIMP mode” quoting the manual, so you lose power it will not go over 2000 revs per minute. This is a reasonably accurate picture of how the system works.
Now for the problemsAfter reading this I decided it would have to go into the Peugeot dealers in order to have a “top up” as they are the only people that can do it with the necessary tools I.e. computers to do the job etc. It was duly booked in when I had available time to get it done they said it would take around two hours.
I was advised to change the filter as well as a top up of fluid as after some use they need to be sent away to be cleaned professionally in Europe somewhere I think, so they do an exchange unit and top up at a cost of £562.36 inc vat, I won’t bore you with the details of each item just the total cost of the job. They advised that the ECU that controls it was faulty and would have to be replaced at a cost of £ 276.
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