DPF problem or other problem?
Been reading the forums for a long time now but thought I should finally join.
A bit of background as I need some help... I've had my A3 for a year now and suffered issues with the DPF system after a couple of weeks ownership - the pressure sensor needed replacing and the vacuum unit also. Not had many issues with the DPF since apart from needing to take it on longer drives at inappropriate times when it wants to regen!
This post might be a bit long so please keep reading!
At the beginning of April after a long fast drive the DPF light lit up. I unloaded the shopping and took it on the usual 15 mile route at the usual speeds while it was still hot. Nearing the end of the route the car still hadn't extinguished the light, so I changed direction and headed for the motorway. 5 miles along, the dash beeped and the coil pack light flashed a couple of times BUT then went out along with the DPF light so assumed all was clear and drove home.
Last Thursday I was out and noticed the car start its regen process, so diverted to a longer route home. The regen appeared to have completed but the oil temp stayed at 94 degrees which I thought unusual.
On Saturday it started a regen on a fast road after some town driving but appeared complete before arriving at destination - oil temp still hotter than usual and noticed the MPG was 36.9 (around 10MPG lower than usual on this run). On return journey I filled the tank... A journey of 40 miles motorway. Plugged in VCDS and the soot load was at 28.9%. Decided to take it on a run with it plugged in. Driving 1 mile from home it loaded from 28.9 to 32% which was a very quick load up IMO which then went up further until 35% when it started a regen.
Looking at the VCDS logs I recorded, the regen status kept starting and stopping even though I was doing a constant 60mph and at 32% VCDS reported failed regen, then it started again straight away until it cleared at 14%.
Sunday went out and noticed that the tank had lost 1/4 fuel. Considering I'd only done 50 miles since filling it up it shocked me. On the drive the oil temp shot up to 94 then 97 degrees and a regen started. Again.
Now I've had the car for a year I've gotten used to the regen process and pretty much know when it's likely to start doing it, but the events over the past two weeks have made me a bit concerned that something's wrong again.
I've checked the internet and some people say it could be the oil level has raised too much after regens when the post-inject occurs.
I can't really find any other clues as to why the DPF has been loading up so quickly or why the oil temp seems to be so high so often and don't know whether this could be related to the vacuum unit or pressure sensor again.
Has anyone had a similar issue? If so, did you find the cause of it?
It's been booked in with Audi this week but I'd still like to see if anyone can help shed some light so I can go armed to the techies with some questions and information!
Appreciate your time and hopefully input :)