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- V Chap­pell Tonga · Skoda Auto · Belgium · Iceland · Škoda Fabia

I in­tend to use Cat­a­clean diesel en­gine fuel and ex­haust sys­tem cleaner in my 2013 Skoda Fabia 1.6 TDI be­fore its MOT. I’m con­cerned it may dam­age sen­si­tive com­po­nents such as the cat­alytic con­verter and diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter. My lo­cal garage will not use ad­di­tives or flush­ing agents, but do you have any views on this type of treat­ment?

In the past, I have used Cat­a­clean in a num­ber of ve­hi­cles with pos­i­tive re­sults and, from my ex­pe­ri­ence, I would be happy to add it to the fuel sys­tem. Cat­a­clean is specif­i­cally de­signed for ve­hi­cles fit­ted with a DPF and should as­sist in the re­gen­er­a­tion of the unit with­out caus­ing any dam­age. As with many ad­di­tives, it is some­times dif­fi­cult to judge its true benefits, but I would not ex­pect it to in­flict any dam­age.

Many man­u­fac­tur­ers and work­shops have a blan­ket ban on the use of ad­di­tives, but this is of­ten sim­ply to avoid mak­ing an in­di­vid­ual as­sess­ment on a par­tic­u­lar prod­uct.

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