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.
Car Problem Reports
Ford F-350 Super Duty Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) cleaning cycle
Ford F-350 Super Duty Problem
Engine Affected: 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo
Average Mileage: 79,086 mi (18,888 mi - 147,000 mi)
Visitor, 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
Visitor, 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo, 60,000 mi
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!
Visitor, 2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo, 43,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo, 119,000 mi
Drove to Miami and exhaust cleaning light came on several times. Soon after arriving my engine light came on so I took it in to be diagnosed and now I'm dishing out $2,000 to replace dtf and temp sensors. And of course my extended warranty does not cover it.
Visitor, 2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo, 20,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 2009 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo, 18,888 mi
long cleaning cycles, having to drive around for over 1/2 hour to clear it out, very poor milage
Visitor, 2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo
I have had the same problem. I first bought this truck I was getting 17 to 19 MPG. I drive 150 miles round trip per day. I have 56K mile on the truck and have gone down a slow as 12 MPG. I have expressed this concern to my dealer and they said I must have changed my driving habits. That is a load of crap. It also smokes more know than it ever did. Sometimes the cleaning exhaust cycle comes on when I start my drive and stays on for over 40 miles. The truck still runs good and has plenty of power. I have always been a true blue Ford truck fan. Not sure I would not search around before I would buy another one.
Visitor, 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo, 134,000 mi
having same problem, getting alot of smell in cabin area during ReGen. will Regen 4 times in 500 miles
no it says on the info center to drive to clean filter even when i drive the truck it still says this
Visitor, 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo, 123,000 mi
i think i am having the same problem have not had repaird yet
Visitor, 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty, 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo, 85,058 mi
Frequent DPF regen cycles and extreme amount of smoke exhaust. Smoke creates driving hazard for traffic behind as they can't see through it safely.