Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) cleaning cycle on Ford F-350 Super Duty

Software enhancements are available to remedy inconsistency and confusion about the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) cleaning cycle - “Regeneration” mode. The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) will need to be reprogrammed to add several enhancements, including a more reasonable driving experience during the cleaning cycle and instrument cluster notifications of the cleaning status.

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Average mileage: 73,277 (7,400–157,000)
Engines affected: 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo, 6.7L V8 Diesel Turbo
5 model years affected: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, more2012
53 people reported this problem
42 people shared problem details
2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo
have told dealer many times it smokes way too much... they keep tellin me to take on long drive to clean out regen... called today to tell them again about problem and she actually asked me , when is last time youve taken it for a long drive!!!! I didnt buy truck to haul camper across country, i bought to work.. now on top of smoking way to often, my mpg goes down weekly.. was getting 13.5-13.9 now reads 12.4 and nothing in my habits have changed... there is a def problem here and would love to find that memo from ford that asks thier sales ppl not to drive around in there diesel trucks due to smoke issues and this will look bad to future cust's.. I hope they stand up and help us out.. love the truck and it hauls fine , but please ford fix the regen problem befor I change brands.. been loyal for many years
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2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo20,000
Ongoing problem with the Regen cycle and DPF cleaning cycle. Massive amounts of white smoke from the exhaust ever 50 to 100 miles. More noticeable in the fall and winter. It gets so bad that cars behind me on the highway get out of my lane. It's embarrassing to know how much I spent on the truck and how terrible this is.
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2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo60,000
For most of the first year we had it, it ran great! Then, it started the Drive to Clean message. Dealer told us it had to be driven at highway speed and not to let it sit and idle. It is a work vehicle. This drive to clean issue continued and still does. If you're driving on the interstate, and the message comes on, if you don't keep driving (past your exit) until it goes off, it goes to reduced power, which is about 35mph. That seems pretty deadly on an interstate. I once drove it 90 minutes for it to go off and then it came back on a few minutes later. I cannot tell you how many days it sat at the dealer's service dept. where they supposedly did all they could to fix a problem that they constantly blamed on us. We tried to get a regional service rep to mediate a solution but they never would give us a contact number and you can't get it online. So, after the warranty period, they replaced filters and one of the radiators and another filter which ran us about $4000. It still regularly get the Drive to Clean message but the service dept can't help us anymore. We have always had Ford Trucks. But I don't plan on getting another one!
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2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo52,700
The clean exhaust stayed on and now the check engine is on too...dealer said DPF has to be replaced and it will be $2300...last FORD (POS) I buy!!!!!
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2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo43,000
Regen cycle and "Exhaust FIlter Cleaning" is rediculous. Each and every day on the way to work, the MINUTE the engine gets to operating temp, the white smoke POURS out the exhaust. SO bad, that the people behind me back off or pull over. Gas mileage is about 12.5 MPG. Had it to dealer several times and they just tell me "The cycle takes what the cycle takes". When I get a ticket due to the smoke, I'll bring it to my dealer to have them pay it. Diesel engines have been around forever. It is stated that the exhuast from a diesel is cleaner than that of a gas engine. There is NO ONE that will convince me of that in THIS case. FORD messed up. They need to figure out a way to make this right. I am exploring the potential of having the exhaust replaced and to have the CEM updated accordingly.
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2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.7L V8 Diesel Turbo7,400
I drove for 30 minutes and the truck said to pull over to a safe area and as i was doing it shut off i went to sun rise ford they replacet the exhuast temp sensor i came home and park for a week on saturday i drove for 30 minutes and it hapend the same thing l love the truck but this is no good
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2009 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo
Smoke issue ford don't want to do anything about it I would just like to solve it I like my truck
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2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.7L V8 Diesel Turbo75,000
Truck shut downs and check lite comes on dealer says its a censor so they replace two censors $340
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2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo150,254
Truck shuts down after drive to clean
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2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo38,000
On a trip from Colorado to Texas on the return trip the regen light stayed on from Raton, NM to Fountain, Colorado. Taken to Dealer and was told nothing was wrong. The truck swallowed a full tank of fuel in 128 miles.Which was about 3 mpg.
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2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo74,864
I've been dealing with this from day one. This is my work truck that I drive almost exclusively in the city and i can't tell you how many times I've driven down a street while it's in it's regen mode and had my exhaust fill the streets with a cloud of smoke that is so bad you'd think the neighborhood was on fire. Most of the time the only way to clear the system is too drive 20 minutes in one direction (usually on the highway) without stopping. That's almost an hour of added time I don't have to spare and a fuel consumption no one should have to incur. I bought this as a work truck but feel..... it's working me!
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2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo157,000
regen every 50 miles removed and cleaned twice to no avail
2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.7L V8 Diesel Turbo24,000
message center indicated low DEF level. DEF tank was full. Dealer said they re-programed to correct problem. No issues since
2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo62,000
Bought this truck used but did not realize it had a 4:88 rearend. First week I drove from Tacoma to Spokane WA. Set cruise at 70 and could not get there on a tank of fuel, Avg was about 7.2 Drove home at 65 on cruise got 8.2 Discovered the 4:88's Cursed up a storm got on line and learned about DPF which was also busy cleaning over and back. Talked to folks and decided to dump the DPF. Bought a st thru pipe and a programmer. Pulled the DPF, put in the st pipe, plugged in the programmer and told the computer what it had etc, Stock HP not avail but went with min of 50hp increase, left the fuel setting etc at stock and mileage immediately went up to 11+ mpg. Now have 97k on it and when I bought tires went to 245 x 19.5's which knocked the 4:88's down to about 4:50's. Fuel economy is now running 12.6 around town. Pulled 41' 3 axle 5th wheel, pin wt 3,000# Gross trailer is 18,000 with full load and street glide in the back. 2500 mile trip avg was 8.1 overall for the trip. Only problems seem to be coolant related, Radiator blew the top and bottom off thanks to Ford for copying audi and bmw's molded tube and "O" ring stupid idea. Then the little cooler/radiator on top for the turbo sprung a leak and I was getting a whistle pulling a load. Shop fixed it and a month later on a local camping trip it puked and is now leaking again. Shop gets all my work and stands behind it but they can't find a reason for this. So am hoping one of you knows what's going on. Thanks Bob mvtriton@aol.com
2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo62,400
Cleaning Exhaust Filter is on and now Check engine light. Drove it at 70 mph for 20 minutes. Hoping check engine light will now reset.
2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo50,000
Same as all the other ones
2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.7L V8 Diesel Turbo30,000
Every day the exhaust fluid cleaning prompt appears on my screen, sometimes two and three times. I have had it in to the dealer four times now, and the last time they told me it was fixed for sure. The next day it happened again. I am sick of it as it ruins my mileage. I am going in for number five at the dealer, I think that Ford needs to address this problem as I have a hard time believing they don't know about it.
2009 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo82,000
Drive to clean...........cleaning exhaust message on all the time.Truck seems to be running OK. Only noticed grey smoke once for a mile or so with current problem. Ford will not sell another vehicle to me as this truck has had quite a few issues since I bought it new.
2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.7L V8 Diesel Turbo36,250
noticed ive been loseing miles per gallon on my fuel went from 17.6 to 18 around town to 13.2 not to happy and had the truck back to dealer for dpf recall.
2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty- 6.7L V8 Diesel Turbo46,000
Since having the software upgrade done at the dealer for the cleaning cycle, vehicle won't stop cleaning the exhaust filter.
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