, 2019-10-22 00:09:34
Diesel Particulate Filter

Diesel Particulate Filter

Driving vehicles with DPF filters.


  • Volkswagen Diesel models have been fitted with Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) for more than a decade, during which time Volkswagen has sold over 200,000 diesel vehicles in Australia. Volkswagen Diesel vehicles have been engineered to run with DPF’s, this advanced technology helps modern diesel engines to run cleaner and more efficiently than ever before.
  • If your Volkswagen Diesel vehicle that is used exclusively for short trips or left standing at idle for extended periods, it may not meet the requirements needed to clean itself  (regenerate) and you may receive a reminder in the instrument cluster  (See figure 1). 
  • If you regularly drive on motorways and highways under higher engine loads (2,500-3,000rpm), you may never see the DPF indicator light.
  • Should the DPF indicator light appears in the instrument cluster (See figure 1), do not switch off the engine. Take immediate action by driving your vehicle for approximately 25-30 minutes. This will assist the regeneration / cleaning process of the filter. Please note that motorway or highway driving under higher engine load (2,500-3,000rpm) utilising the tiptronic function of the gearbox is recommended to optimise this process. It is also important to continue driving for at least 10 minutes after the DPF indicator 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.
  • If you are unsure of the steps required to regenerate your DPF, please contact your local Volkswagen Dealer or the Volkswagen Customer Experience Contact Centre on 1800 607 822 for prompt expert advice.
  • Further information can be found in the Owner’s Manual.