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Old 12-27-2018, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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White smoke while in regen

Hey guys I have a 2013 2500hd with the lml with 55,000 miles on the truck. I have owned the truck for almost 3 years. I have had the def tank heater replaced and the 9th injector replaced along the way. I have noticed while in regen mode if I take off from a stoplight quickly or getting onto the interstate from the ramp the truck will produce a puff of white smoke out the tailpipe. Sometimes it can be enough smoke to ghost out the cars behind me, usually happens about 5-6 times and then quits. It does not throw any codes and the truck runs/drives fine and only does it in regen mode. Usually once per tank fill up as the truck is short tripped a lot. I have read up on this and most things I find people say a clogged particulate filter and the only way to have the dealer diagnose is to have them do a forced regen while driving. I have taken my truck to the dealership to have it checked out and of course all the did was hook it up to the computer and found no codes-they would not do anything I asked them to do with test driving doing a forced regen. I have a video of it smoking, just need to figure out how to post it here. Any help or thoughts guys? Thanks


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Old 12-27-2018, 11:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do a search on here as this has been discussed quite a bit. That’s nothing, mine will literally billow white smoke. If you say there’s no MIL, and it runs and drives fine, don’t worry about it.
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Old 12-27-2018, 12:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My experince with this is it is caused be fuel that does not burn hot enough in the 9th injector "low pressure burn"

Thoughts bio diesel or/and additive lower the burn temperature.

Try buying fuel from a different source.
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I will try fuel from a different source.


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Old 12-27-2018, 01:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by BanksLB7Duramax View Post
Do a search on here as this has been discussed quite a bit. Thatís nothing, mine will literally billow white smoke. If you say thereís no MIL, and it runs and drives fine, donít worry about it.


Just curious on what to search? I tried white smoke in Regen and got one topic which I had found before. Thanks


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Old 12-27-2018, 05:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah, mine did that today for a minute or two. Smoked out the whole road every time I gave it any throttle at all, mpg plummeted, and then a minute later it was right as rain again...
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ever notice when you leave a propane BBQ on long enough to burn off the crud or what's left after a self cleaning oven is done? White ash. I suspect the same thing with the DPF. it likely doesn't vaporize everything, but leaves a white ash that is very fine and easy to blow out the exhaust.

Mine does the same if it's in regen and I'm driving around town or stop and go. On the highway under reasonable load I never have noticed the white cloud. I suspect that under decent load the ash get's blown out continously and isn't noticed.
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I was doing 60 when I noticed it, and it wasn't just noticeable... I really thought something was wrong, but all the gauges were normal and then it went and cleared up all by itself. This is the only regen truck I've ever driven that didn't have any kind of notice pop up to tell me wtf is going on when it goes into this cycle.
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Normal, but can be embarassing at times. Its unburnt fuel that collects in the DPF. Not soot ash...

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