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AdBlue ignorance could cause breakdown misery for 20,000 motorists in 2017

Wednesday 11 January 2017, By Autovolo

AdBlue ignorance could cause breakdown misery for 20,000 motorists in 2017

AdBlue ignorance could cause breakdown misery for 20,000 motorists in 2017

Ignorance has the potential to cause more than 20,000 diesel car drivers to break down this year simply because they have run out of AdBlue, according to the AA.

The breakdown organisation has said that it is currently attending more than 1,000 AdBlue-related breakdowns each month, and it has warned that these numbers could double if consumers and companies don’t get clued up on the technology.

AdBlue is a urea-based substance designed to reduce the amount of harmful nitrogen oxide particles given out by diesel engines. It does this through a process called selective catalytic reduction, or SCR. Although many modern diesels utilise the additive to make their emissions cleaner, the AA says that the system is not yet fully understood by motorists.

Many motorists are unaware that AdBlue tanks may need topping up between services. This can be particularly important if a car is covering a large amount of miles and if ignored, the AdBlue tank will run dry and the vehicle will not start.

However, the AA’s president, Edmund King, has admitted that many of those needing breakdown assistance aren’t private users, but in fact those driving hire or company cars. 

King said: “AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid helps reduce harmful emissions but, for most drivers, will need topping up in between services. Most of the cars we see breaking down because they’ve run out of AdBlue are hire cars or company cars.

“Drivers not familiar with the technology, and on a short-term hire shouldn’t be expected to have to top up the AdBlue. Hire car companies and fleet managers need to take more responsibility for vehicle maintenance, which shouldn’t be difficult as cars typically give 1,500 miles’ notice that the fluid level is running low.”