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Many new diesel cars use a fluid called AdBlue. AdBlue is a colourless, non-toxic mixture of urea and deionized water. Some diesel cars registered after 2015 use AdBlue as a diesel exhaust fluid to reduce harmful emissions being released into the atmosphere. Essentially, AdBlue is an emissions reduction technology that complements existing DPF technology.
If your diesel car happens to use AdBlue, then it will need to be topped up at least once in between your car services. If your car uses AdBlue, it will likely need to be topped up at least once between having your car serviced. If your AdBlue runs out when you are driving, then the engine’s power and performance will be reduced to something called a limp mode to limit the emissions and once the engine stops, it will not start back until you add AdBlue to the tank.
When your AdBlue is running low, your car does give you some warning in the context of a warning light on the dashboard to say 1500 miles to go, followed by an amber warning light.
On WhoCanFixMyCar, you will find AdBlue specialist garages who can carry out most AdBlue system repairs for you.
Average AdBlue repair costs and prices
The cost of AdBlue repair can vary depending on your car make and model. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar for some of the top car makes.
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Top warning signs that your AdBlue needs attention
You will be warned when your AdBlue is running low so you need to get it topped up. Other problems may be that your AdBlue technology or sensors need repairing. Here are some warning signs that your AdBlue technology needs attention:
A warning sign to tell you that you have 1500 miles to go before you need to top up
Subsequent warnings for 500 miles and for when the tank is empty
Accidently putting AdBlue into the diesel tank
Faulty AdBlue sensors
Adding water instead of AdBlue
The average cost of an AdBlue repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £264.
AdBlue is used by many newer diesel cars as a diesel exhaust fluid which reduces the harmful emissions released by your exhaust. This liquid will need to be topped up from time to time.Can include
- AdBlue refill
AdBlue pump replacement
Your AdBlue pump can become damaged over time and as a result, may need to be replaced in order to help you to dispense the AdBlue into your vehicle.Can include
- AdBlue pump replacement
- AdBlue refilling
The average cost of a diesel particulate filter clean booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £162.77. A diesel particulate filter (DPF) clean involves removing and restoring the filter component of diesel engines that captures soot. Over time, a DPF becomes blocked and needs to be cleaned or even replaced to ensure your car runs efficiently and correctly.Can include
- DPF chemical clean
- DPF replacement
Which AdBlue repair service do you need?
In most cases an AdBlue problem can be resolved by simply carrying out a full software update on the vehicle.
AdBlue system diagnostics
If you are having problems with the AdBlue technology, or you are seeing a warning sign on your dashboard, you can take it to a local AdBlue specialist to diagnose the problem. The AdBlue system is a relatively complex system with an array of electronic sensors, modules and pumps, these systems can fail and so an AdBlue specialist can advise on further work.
The amount of AdBlue used depends on the type of driving being done and the number of miles covered. Most cars will display a dashboard warning light when the AdBlue is starting to run low; this usually illuminates when there’s around three litres of fluid left, giving you approximately 1500 miles to refill it.
Reprogramming of the AdBlue system
Sometimes, drivers find that even after filling in the recommended amount of AdBlue, that the warning light on the dashboard has still not disappeared. Sometimes a manual reprogramming of the AdBlue system is needed, which an AdBlue garage near you will be able to sort.
Is AdBlue necessary for my car?
If you notice any signs of AdBlue problems with sensors, or, putting it into the wrong reservoir such as the fuel tank, then you must see an AdBlue garage specialist straight away to avoid further damage to the parts of the car.
Your diesel car cannot run without AdBlue if it was manufactured to take this. And most diesel cars made after September 2015 will have the need for AdBlue.
Find local AdBlue refilling and repair services and specialists
While it is easy enough to purchase AdBlue from service stations or car parts sales places, sometimes it's better to just leave a garage technician to refill, reset and diagnose the issues associated with AdBlue for complete peace of mind.
Luckily, WhoCanFixMyCar have a number of AdBlue specialists and AdBlue Garages near you that can book your car in for an inspection.
At WhoCanFixMyCar, we help you compare trusted car AdBlue garages near you. We work with a network of over 15,000 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find competitive AdBlue repair or refill costs for you.
Find a mobile AdBlue specialist
With an AdBlue repair service being a very straightforward procedure, many specialist mechanics will be able to offer a mobile AdBlue service, saving you the hassle of taking your car to the garage.
At WhoCanFixMyCar, we help you compare trusted AdBlue repair garages near you by reviews, ratings and price to give yourself complete confidence that they will do the work well. Simply enter your registration and postcode to find AdBlue pump garages and mobile AdBlue specialists near you.
What is AdBlue?
AdBlue is a colourless, non-toxic liquid, specifically for the exhaust It works to convert nitrogen oxide emissions in the exhaust gas of diesel engines, into nitrogen and water.
AdBlue is a fluid specifically for the exhaust, it is not a fuel additive. It has its own reservoir located either next to the fuel filter, in the boot or under the bonnet. The reservoir for the AdBlue is usually identifiable due to its blue filler cap. AdBlue is used on most diesel cars that were manufactured after 2015 to act as an emissions reduction technology that complements the DPF technology.
How often do I need to top up my AdBlue?
Driving style and number of miles affect the amount of AdBlue that will be used by your car. Therefore, it’s difficult to guess how many miles before you need to top up the AdBlue. However, your car does warn you when you need to top the AdBlue:
The warning system will come up with the following information:
Low level warning when you have 1500 miles to go before it’s finished
Second low level warning at 500 miles
Finally, a warning for when the tank is completely empty. This will mean the engine will stop and cannot be restarted.
It’s important to pay attention to the earlier warning signs so that you avoid the engine stopping completely.
What happens if you run out of AdBlue?
It is not advisable to ignore a warning for when the AdBlue runs out. If you continue to drive your car without the AdBlue, then the car’s emissions and performance will be greatly affected. There is a chance that when you turn the engine off, the car will not start again if the AdBlue is missing.
Can I put AdBlue into the car myself?
Yes you can add AdBlue yourself. It's stored in a separate reservoir and is topped up usually through a blue filler cap which you will find either next to your fuel cap, in the boot or under the bonnet. AdBlue is extremely corrosive and should be handled with high caution. If spilled, it can cause damage to anything it touches. We recommend having your tank refilled at an AdBlue specialist.
Can I use water instead of AdBlue?
You really must not use water instead of AdBlue or even water the AdBlue down. AdBlue is a mixture of urea and de-ionized water. Normal water contains a lot of minerals and ions that are extremely harmful to the vehicle exhaust treatment system.
How do I check my AdBlue level?
Most cars will show a dashboard warning light when the AdBlue needs topping up, which usually illuminates when there are roughly three litres of AdBlue fluid left. This gives you around 1500 miles left before it becomes empty.