Diesel Particulate Filter

Better drives with diesel

For more than a decade, Volkswagen Diesel vehicles have been engineered to run with Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF). DPFs are an advanced technology that helps modern diesel engines run cleaner and more efficiently.

If your Volkswagen Diesel car is used exclusively for short trips or left standing idle for extended periods, it may not meet the requirements needed to clean itself (regeneration). You may receive a reminder about this in the instrument cluster.

If you regularly drive on motorways and highways under higher engine loads (2,500 – 3,000rpm), you may never see the DPF indicator light.

Cleaning your DPF

If your DPF light appears:

  • Do not switch off the engine
  • Take immediate action by driving your vehicle for approximately 25-30 minutes to assist with regeneration
  • For driving under higher engine load (2,500 – 3,000rpm), utilising the Tiptronic function of the gearbox is recommended 
  • Continue driving for at least 10 minutes after the DPF light turns off to enable the regeneration to complete in full

Note: The DPF regeneration will not activate if the fuel tank is less than ¼ full. If this occurs please refuel your vehicle to above ½ full and complete the action described above.

Further information can be found in your owner’s manual.

Have a question?

Please contact your local Volkswagen Dealer or the Volkswagen Customer Experience Contact Centre on 1800 607 822 for prompt expert advice.

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