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Particle filter

What is a particle filter?

A car particle filter is built into the exhaust system of the car. The purpose of the particle filter is to trap and remove soot particles from the exhaust gases. The soot particles are trapped in the filter, and they are eventually flushed out of the system during regeneration. Regeneration is a process where the filter is heated to high temperatures, turning the soot particles into a gas. Soot particles are very small pieces of carbon that are produced when fuel is burned and they are harmful to both humans and the environment.

A particle filter can reduce your car’s pollution by filtering out the harmful exhaust gases. If your car is equipped with a particle filter. If you find that the car suddenly starts to slow down or run shorter per litre, this is a sign that the particle filter needs to be either cleaned or replaced. In the end, the diesel particle filter or DPF lamp will light up.


Particle filter replacement or cleaning?

In some cases, you can clean your particle filter yourself by adding the diesel particle filter cleaner into the tank. However, this does not apply to all cars, and some diesel cars have a filter that cannot be cleaned with particulate filter liquid. In these cases, it must be cleaned in a workshop.

There are many benefits to cleaning a particle filter and this can significantly extend the lifetime of the filter. In addition, it is also much cheaper than having to replace a filter completely.

However, you may be at risk that filter replacement is the only option – and in addition, there are also diesel cars that are not equipped with a particle filter at all.


Extra charge on diesel cars without particle filter

A diesel car generally pollutes more than a gasoline car, and it pollutes a lot, especially if it does not have a particle filter. Therefore, it has been decided that all diesel cars in for instance Denmark will be taxed an extra 150 Euros a year if it does not have the important particle filter.

The extra charge applies to all Danish cars, and it does not matter if it is a passenger car or a lorry van.


Particle filter on new cars

The European Commission has set European emission standards called Euro 1, Euro 2, Euro 3, Euro 4, Euro 5 and Euro 6, which apply to all light vehicles including passenger cars. It is the Euro 5, which came into force in 2011 and which made it mandatory to have particle filters.

Euro emission standards have been developed by the European Commission with the aim of reducing pollution from motor vehicles. All over Europe, the larger cities are using these standards to keep old, heavily polluting cars out of cities. It’s easy to find these low emission zones with a simple Google search or on the European Commission’s website.

Is it worth buying particle filters?

You should expect a cost between 750 and 1500 Euros to have a replacement filter fitted. This price depends on the car model, but you can save money by, for example, choosing a used particle filter.

The cost of retrofitting a particle filter means that the filter is usually paid off within 5-10 years, so it is a good investment if you want to keep your car for many years. At the same time, it’s also worth remembering that you help protect the environment by driving a car with particle filter.


Gasoline cars also get particulate filters

Particle filters have been for diesel cars only for many years, but since 2017 it has become a requirement that direct-injection gasoline cars must be equipped with a filter that helps reduce pollution from ultra-fine particles. However, this law includes only all newly registered cars, and older cars are not affected by the law.

A direct injection gasoline car can run longer on the litre, but in turn it also increases the car’s pollution of the surroundings.


Particle Filter FAQ

You might have questions about particle filters, so we’ve put together answers to the most common questions. You can find answers below.


When to change particle filter?

Particle filters must be replaced after a specified number of kilometres/miles. This mileage varies from car brand to car brand.


What is a Particle Filter?

Many people only think of the particle filter when the particle filter lamp lights up. When the lamp is illuminated, it is often due to a clogged particle filter, which however is easy to clean. The filter is important as it helps to remove dangerous microparticles from the exhaust of the car and therefore the particle filter should not be removed.


How much does a new particle filter cost?

The cost of a new particle filter lies between 750 and 1500 Euros However, you may buy at a significantly better price, if you choose to buy a used particle filter.


When to change particle filter?

Regenerating the particle filter can help with a clogged particle filter. However, all filters need to be replaced by a certain number of kilometres/miles that vary from car brand to car brand.


When where particulate filters first fitted in cars?

It became mandatory to have a particle filter on all diesel cars that were registered after 2011. Diesel cars before this year can, however, be equipped with a filter anyway.


Where is the Particle Filter fitted?

The diesel particle filter is located near the car’s engine. The engine helps warm the filter so it can burn off soot particles faster.


What does a particle filter cost?

A new particle filter can easily cost between 750 and 1500 Euros.


How long does the particle filter last?

The lifetime of a particle filter is limited to a certain number of kilometres/miles. However, the exact number depends on the car brand.


What does a diesel particulate filter cost?

Particle filter prices vary from car brand to car brand, but you should expect it to cost between 750 and 1500 Euros. You may however get a cheaper filter by buying a used one.


Which cars have particle filters?

It used to be only diesel cars which had a diesel particle filter. Today, however, there are also particle filters in other new cars.


How does a particle filter work?

A particle filter function by removing dangerous particles from the car’s exhaust.


When was particle filter introduced?

It is mandatory to have particle filters on all cars registered after 2011.


Which cars have dpf?

Diesel cars registered after 2011 have dpf or diesel particle filters. However, older cars may also in fact have filters.


Which cars have diesel particle filters?

All diesel cars registered after the year 2011 have diesel particle filters.


How do I find the right particle filter for my car?

The easiest way to find the right filter, is using a professional dealer such as Autoparts24. Here you can enter your car registration number and find the right particle filter.


Find used particulate filter online

The lifetime of a particle filter is limited, and after a certain number of kilometres/miles, the diesel particle filter cleaner is no longer enough. In some cases, particle filter retrofitting may be necessary, and you can save money by finding a used particle filter online at Autoparts24.

If you want to buy a used particle filter, simply find your car at Auroparts24, for example using license plate search. Then it is easy to find a cheap particle filter for sale. In addition, you can also find various good advice for buying used particle filters.

Spare parts for sale of type by car brands

Our more than 120 car chippers now have more than 1201 pieces of the type for sale on Autoparts24 and here you can see how the used car parts are distributed for each car brand. E.g. you can see that there are 238 pcs. for sale right now of the VW brand, which is equivalent to 20 % of all used spare parts in the category.

Sold spare parts of the type by car makes

Based on our insight into more than 120 car chippers warehouses, we can see how the sales of spare parts of the type of rearview mirror are distributed among the car brands. E.g. you see that 0 pieces have been sold of the 1327 , which corresponds to 0 % of all used spare parts sold in the category 20

Prices on spare parts of the type

Here you can see how our car chipper sets the price of a spare part with the OEM number . So you have the opportunity to get an impression of the price of a spare part with OEM number , and thus become wiser about which car parts are cheap and expensive respectively. The average price of a spare part with OEM for sale on Autoparts24 is 3453 EUR.

Prices of sold spare parts of the type

Here you can see the price of the spare parts of the type that our car breakers sell. I.e. you can estimate whether most parts are being sold at the cheap end or the expensive end of the scale. Compared to the graph above, showing the offer price of the spare parts, you can evaluate the relationship between supply and demand for the auto spare parts of the type sbr />
The average price of a spare part of the type from one of our car chippers on Autoparts24 is 2867 EUR

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