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Comparing New DPF Replacement Filters to Reconditioned or Remanufactured DPF Filters

When you’re in the market for a replacement DPF filter for your truck, you have options. You can get a new aftermarket replacement DPF filter or a remanufactured unit. Which one is the better choice for your DPF system? There are many things to consider when you’re looking for a DPF filter including cost, warranty, quality, durability and more.

We’re here to answer your questions so you can make a cost-effective decision when choosing your DPF replacement. Read on to get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to DPF filter replacements.

Is this DPF Replacement as good as the original?

Yes, a new DPF replacement is as good as the original. DPF replacements are built to exact OEM specifications and come with long-lasting warranties. But is a remanufactured unit as good as a new DPF filter replacement? No, a new DPF is better than a remanufactured unit, because not every part of a remanufactured DPF filter is new. Additionally, there’s no way of knowing with certainty how many times the cordierite has been baked on a remanufactured or reconditioned filter.

Some U.S. states have regulations put in place making it illegal to offer remanufactured or reconditioned filters for sale. In addition, not all new filters are eligible to be sold in CA. The state of California has such regulations. The California Code of Regulations says “No person shall install, sell, offer for sale, or advertise any used, remanufactured, refurbished, recycled, or salvaged diesel particulate filter in California.”

Won’t a reconditioned DPF filter be cheaper than a new aftermarket DPF system?

When you work through the numbers, it will cost more over five years to purchase a remanufactured replacement DPF filter versus a new DPF from American Radiator.

How is it more cost-efficient to purchase a new DPF filter than a remanufactured one?

Let’s say you were to purchase a remanufactured DPF for $800. For this example, we’ll even throw in full core credit, which most times you don’t receive.

Many companies do not recommend cleaning a remanufactured diesel particulate filter. Instead, you’re instructed to replace the filter annually at the scheduled time of maintenance. Using that approach over a five-year time frame, your investment for remanufactured diesel particulate filters will be $4,000. And that's if you get 100% of your core chargeback, and do not have any issues a new filter warranty would typically cover.

Now let’s compare the reconditioned expense to the cost of a new DPF replacement from American Radiator. We will use an acquisition price of $1,800 with an annual cleaning cost of $275. For the same five-year period, a new properly cleaned DPF filter will cost you $2,900. Plus, new aftermarket DPF systems from American Radiator include a two-year warranty covering manufacturer defects. And most models include new clamps and gaskets with your filter purchase, saving you hundreds of dollars.

What is the warranty coverage of a remanufactured DPF filter compared to a new aftermarket DPF replacement?

Most of the DPF replacements from American Radiator offer a two-year warranty against any manufacturer defects. Other competitors may not offer a comparable warranty and may even likely fall short of industry standards. We offer a two-year warranty because we stand by our product and aim to provide the best service to give you peace of mind when purchasing a DPF filter from us.

Will a new aftermarket DPF filter change the performance of my truck?

If your previous DPF filter was damaged or poorly maintained, you will likely see performance increases from a new aftermarket DPF replacement. A new, clean DPF filter will have better fuel economy, increased horsepower and less downtime. After installing a new aftermarket DPF filter you will experience noticeable changes including improved engine performance, better fuel economy (because of lower back pressure) and better DPF regeneration.

How does back pressure caused by the DPF filter impact the truck?

Particle matter that builds up, otherwise known as soot, gets left behind and restricts airflow. Once restriction reaches a certain level the truck knows it is time to begin the regeneration process. The soot that is now turned to ash is left inside the filter until it is physically removed. The build up of soot and ash over time restricts the performance of the engine, resulting in lower engine power, decreased fuel economy and poor drivability for your truck.

Making the Right Choice for Your DPF Replacement

A new DPF replacement filter is the best choice because it’s the most cost-efficient option, has the most comprehensive warranty and is built to exact OEM specifications.

Get Your DPF Replacement from American Radiator

Shop replacement DPF filters from American Radiator online for a two-year warranty and to save on DPF filter costs over the life of your truck.