4 x 4 Australia - - Driven -

THE Ever­est was the only car in our group re­quir­ing Ad­blue, an ad­di­tive in­jected into the ex­haust gases to clean diesel emis­sions. Pop the fuel filler and there’s a sec­ond, smaller cap clearly marked Ad­blue.

In most cases Ad­blue will be topped up at reg­u­lar services, with Ford claim­ing that in reg­u­lar around­town use or when cruis­ing on a free­way the 20-litre sup­ply should last be­tween 12,000km and 18,000km. But once you’re off-road­ing or tow­ing the range can drop to as lit­tle as 3000km.

Re­fill­ing is easy, just pop the cap and feed in the cus­tom noz­zle that comes with the typ­i­cally 20-litre drums. Keep in mind it’s only avail­able at se­lected road­houses.

But be­fore em­bark­ing on an ad­ven­ture like the CSR, check the es­ti­mated range on the trip com­puter dis­play to make sure you’ll get to your des­ti­na­tion with­out run­ning out. While the cars them­selves can run fine with­out Ad­blue, the com­put­ers are in­structed to shut them down once they’ve run out be­cause they will no longer meet the emis­sions reg­u­la­tions they were de­signed for.

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