“Any Diesel Fuel System Cleaner Will Do”
Fuel additives for a wide range of applications have been available for many years. As ‘DPF Cleaners’ are often more expensive than the other fuel additive options sold alongside, it is sometimes suggested by sceptics that ‘DPF Cleaner’ additives are no different in content. It is therefore suggested that a generic ‘Diesel Fuel System Cleaner’ will do the job just as well. This belief often comes hand-in-hand with the claim that ‘DPF Cleaners can’t work because they cannot survive combustion.’
In fact, any credible fuel additive for DPF treatment will include a Fuel Borne Catalyst. FBCs are different from traditional fuel additive components in that they survive combustion in their active form. This allows them to perform their soot-clearing function in the exhaust system and DPF. The organic chemicals used in traditional Diesel Fuel System Cleaners will not be effective in the exhaust as they are destroyed in the combustion chamber. The higher price tag of most credible DPF Cleaners is also down to the higher cost of FBC chemistry relative to traditional fuel additive components.