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Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 04:03 PM
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How to tell when the mini cooper D is regenerating?

Hey all,

I have a mini cooper D (59 plate) bought 12 months ago and had no problems but recently the wife used it to go to/fro work in slough and after a month or so the DPF warning light turned on..

Now, the route she takes (w5 -> SL2 )is about 45mins in total, 10-15mins in traffic at the start, 15mins or so on the M4 doing 60-70mph and then another 15-20mins in traffic.. I would have thought the initial trafic would have warmed up the DPF and then the run would start to burn it off..
alas not..

My work route is W5->RG1 (Reading) so thats about 20-30mins on the M4
So question is..

Is there anyway of monitoring the DPF so that I can get a bit of warning when it needs regenerating? ie take it out for longer spin??
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No, regeneration is designed to take place without the driver noticing.

However, usually you can tell because the exhaust noise sounds much deeper and the engine cooling fan comes on.

Sometimes I have intervals of 2000km or maybe more depending on driving style, between DPF regenerations. Usually a good 30-40 minute highway drive is enough to trigger it if needed.
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I've never had the warning light, despite only doing short journeys.
But I do get the cooling fan staying on when I switch the car off sometimes.
I assume this is it doing a regeneration cycle.
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Unless you're losing coolant, then the fan coming on is probably due to the regeneration.
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