ALERT: The EPA imposes HUGE fines on DPF-R delete providers and users, along with anyone else attempting to skirt vehicle emission controls.
The EPA can LEGALLY come after anyone who physically alters the DPF-federally mandated emission equipment on their 2007-2009 Dodge Cummins Diesel 6.7 or 2007-2009 Ford Powerstroke 6.4 Diesel vehicle regardless of the fact they own it. This includes any garage or garage-owner that knowingly or unknowingly deletes the DPF system of any diesel truck as a business.
How did we get here?
Several years ago I wrote the very first blog post about the new ultra-low sulfur fuel and the historic changes in the CLEAN AIR ACT managed by the EPA, which required lower carbon offsets resulting in complete engine redesigns for the Dodge Cummins 6.7 diesel, Ford Powerstroke 6.4 diesel and the GMC. (However, the GMC trucks never seemed to have the problems of the Ford and Dodge, thanks to a unique exhaust recapture system.)
My original blog post has led to hundred of pages, thousands of comments, multiple class-action lawsuits on the part of Dodge diesel truck owners angry, frustrated and financially-strapped by the performance of their trucks. I also made a couple of YOUTUBE videos, which recently were REMOVED from public view at the request of the garage owner fined by the EPA. His request as part of an ongoing EPA initiative to stop the removal of the DPF and similar emission-altering equipment.
Again, I want to make it clear I am all for clean air (and water), and that neither this blog owner nor the garage owner was openly trying to defying the EPA. In an effort to investigate the information on the system by interviewing certified Dodge mechanics at a local Dodge dealership, I was berated by the readers of this blog who provided a litany of (colorful)rebuttal and commentary. Furthermore, I did contact an official media rep at Chrysler-Dodge corporate for their response to the problems with the DPF, check engine lights on the Cummins trucks, which were also posted on this website. I have also contacted various representatives of the companies selling aftermarket kits to enhance the performance of diesel trucks, and most refrained from being interviewed on the record regarding the EPA fines of diesel truck owners, other than to acknowledge that on the letter of the law, it’s true. even an aftermarket exhaust system coud be considered a fineable offense, if you read the fine print.
I have attempted to contact association for OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and aftermarket manufacturers for some clarification or opinion on this subject, but I haven’t heard back from them at this time. With SEMA coming to Las Vegas in a few weeks I will certainly do my best to further research these issues with the popular aftermarket suppliers, and bring you their response.
In the meantime, please, please, please beware of this penalty under law. I know I will get a *TON* of backlash on this post from anti-EPA folks and all I ask is that you DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER. I have written this blog and provided as evenly-handed information as possible, including alternating opinions, contacts for lawyers representing class-action lawsuits and the like. As such it’s also my responsibility to let you know, if you didn’t already, the fines are steep. So please consider this notification as I have JUST TODAY, been made aware myself of the legal ramifications of the DPF-R delete.
I am also disclosing that no one from the EPA has contacted me directly to ask that I post this message.
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