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Posted by: motorvationsaab | March 10, 2014

Saab Key Transponder. Price Change

New Price Change

Having recently had a special price offer on Saab alarm transponders, Saab have now increased the price again. We have adjusted the price that we can offer by the same amount as the price change.

Should you have only one remote for your Saab 9-3, and you lose or damage it you will end up with a VERY expensive bill !

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Saab Spare Key Remote. Further Reduction !

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Posted by: motorvationsaab | January 9, 2014

Diesel Particle Filter ( DPF ) test now part of MOT.

The Department of transport has announced changes to the Mot test for this year regarding Diesel Particle Filters ( DPF ) . In essence, the DPF has to be functioning correctly. If the DPF has been removed the car will automatically fail the Mot.

Unfortunately we are aware of people who have been to garages where the DPF has been removed and the car apparently reprogrammed to make it think the filter is still there. Whilst it is not illegal to remove the filter, removal does make it an offence to use the vehicle on the road under the Road vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations  (Regulation 61a(3))1. The potential penalties for failing to comply with Regulation 61a are fines of up to £1,000 for a car or £2,500 for a light goods vehicle.

As a note of warning !

We have come across several cases of aftermarket filters being fitted to cars. Whilst we can t condemn all aftermarket filters out of hand we have had many problems with them ranging from insufficient gas flow to them burning out usually within weeks of having been fitted. Beware.

Cheap is Cheap.

I have copied the DOT statement below.

Garages and testing stations will be required check for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) in the inspection of the exhaust system as part of the MOT test (or annual test for heavy vehicles) from February 2014.

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The vehicle will automatically fail the MOT test if the filter had been fitted as standard but is found to be no longer present.

The filter works by trapping solid particulate matter from exhaust gases. This type of filter helps meet European emission standards, improving air quality and health standards.

Some firms offer services to remove the filter, claiming it will improve the economy. But it is an offence to drive a vehicle that has been modified this way, as it will no longer meet the emissions standards the car achieved when it was approved for sale in the UK.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said:

I am very concerned that vehicles are being modified in a way that is clearly detrimental to people’s health and undoes the hard work car manufacturers have taken to improve emissions standards. It has become apparent the government had to intervene to clarify the position on particulate filter removal given the unacceptable negative impact on air quality.

This change to the MOT tests makes it clear – if you have this filter removed from your car it will fail the test.

The filters need to be ‘regenerated’ regularly through burning the soot to gas at a very high temperature, leaving behind a residue. If not carried out properly, regeneration can lead to a build up of soot, which can affect performance. This has led to some diesel vehicle owners opting to remove the filter, which makes their car illegal for road use.

More information can be found via the ‘Diesel particulate filters guidance note which will be updated to reflect the changes to the MOT test.

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