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Chevrolet Equinox Owners Manual: Diesel Particulate Filter

The Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) system filters soot particles out of the exhaust gases. The system includes a self-cleaning function that runs automatically during driving without any notification. The filter is cleaned by periodically burning off the soot particles at high temperature. This process takes place automatically under set driving conditions and may take up to 25 minutes. Fuel consumption may be higher during this period.

Under certain driving conditions, such as short distances, the system cannot clean itself automatically.

If filter cleaning is required and if previous driving conditions did not enable automatic cleaning, a warning message appears in the Driver Information Center (DIC).

Start the cleaning process as soon as possible.

Cleaning Process

To activate the cleaning process, continue driving safely, and keep vehicle speed above 50 km/h (30 mph) until the warning message in the DIC goes off.

If the vehicle continues to be driven with the DPF warning message on, and the exhaust filter is not cleaned as required, the malfunction indicator lamp and the ENGINE POWER IS REDUCED message will come on. See Malfunction Indicator Lamp. Dealer service is necessary.

Warning During DPF self cleaning or during extended idling while parked, the exhaust system and exhaust gases are very hot.

Things that burn could touch hot exhaust parts under the vehicle and ignite. You or others could be burned. Do not park, or idle for an extended period of time, near or over papers, leaves, dry grass, or other things that can burn.

Keep the exhaust area clear of material that could ignite or burn.

See Parking over Things That Burn for more information.

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