F-350 Super Duty

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 85,711 (7,400–327,000)
Engines affected: 6.4L V8 Diesel Turbo, 6.7L V8 Diesel Turbo
5 model years affected: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, more2012
111 people reported this problem
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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
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.
My truck is now to the point that it is cleaning the exhaust filter every 50 miles and my mileage is down to 13.6. Trying to find an additive that can be added to the fuel system...has anyone heard of anything?
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!
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.
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
The clean exhaust stayed on and now the check engine is on said DPF has to be replaced and it will be $2300...last FORD (POS) I buy!!!!!
DPF cleaning cycle is almost a daily issue, when in cleaning cycle I loose power and fuel gage drops fast
White smoke in the tail and different sound-in the motor when is on cleaning cycle and it take a lot of miles to finish the cycle
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!
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
Cleaning exhaust filter light comes on while on interstate doing 70

Truck slows down to 45

If we pull over and turn the key off, wait 2 min, start up, in runs fine
Smoke issue ford don't want to do anything about it I would just like to solve it I like my truck
Truck shut downs and check lite comes on dealer says its a censor so they replace two censors $340
The diesel particulate filter is always cleaning. Rough ride and mpg is horrible. Took it to Ford they said no problem what a joke. It is a problem why won't they address this?
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.
I took a trip yesterday, about 350 miles. The exhaust had white smoke coming out most of the way. Sometimes it got so bad I could hardly see the cars behind me. All the instruments were showing normal and no warning messages. Just before I got home the truck started loosing power and would only go about 20mph. The truck is an F250 Super Duty. Does anyone know if there has been a recall on this? I have moved from where I lived when I bought the truck new. So don't get any info from Ford anymore.
My truck re-gens every time I fill up the fuel. Have to drive 40 or 50 miles to get it to stop.