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We had a loud popping noise and are now getting error codes P2453 and P2282 on our Meriva B (A13DTC) 1.3 CDTI Diesel.

On investigation there is a rubber pipe that has burst. At first I thought it was the intercooler pipe but this looks nothing like it.

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The numbers on the pipe are:

>FPM< 55568548 GM 354294126 2
Does anyone know what this pipe maybe, and where we can find a replacement. I've searched online assuming those numbers starting 55 are the part numbers but nothing is coming up.

I've attached a photo of the pipe - Apologies for the bad photo quality.
 

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The number is a good one but it's for the complete exhaust difference pipework (see pic)
and that particular number is only used on the 1.3 Meriva B,
i imagine it would cost a lot from a dealer,
you could replace with some fuel hose from Halfords or similar if they have the right size

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Thanks for the replies.

I've managed to get hold of another of the rubber pipes from a scrap car.

After replacing it and after a short time I could see the new pipe expanding and shortly after it burst again.

Someone has suggested sealing the broken end which would go to the inlet (stopping the air unbalancing the inlet mixture).

Does anyone know if this is a sensible option and a possible fix ?? - Or does anyone have any other ideas ?

Thanks in advance
 

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It looks like you have excessive exhaust back pressure, possibly caused by a sooted up DPF.
 
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Thanks. That makes sense. They were getting the error code for the DPF and kept having to go for drives with a high rev to try and burn it off, but it kept coming back.

I've got a feeling the build up of soot on the DPF is now beyond burning off :(
 

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Could try removing it and washing out with a pressure washer.
 

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Never done one myself.
All depends on whether the nuts come undone really.
 
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Thank you - Will give it a go tomorrow and see how we go. I assume it can't really do much harm ?
 

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If you look on YouTube a lot of specialist cleaning services just basically blast water through them to clean them out.
 
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Thanks to everyone for the information so far.

We are really struggling to get it off. We've managed to remove some of the bolts, but struggling to get it disconnected from the engine block. I can't see where the bolts or connection is. Any one had this with the Meriva B - Any ideas ?
 

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Does anyone know if there is a Haynes workshop manual or similar available for the Meriva B ? - I can only find them for the Meriva A. Really struggling to find where the bolts/connection are to remove this.

The engine number is A13DTC.

Thanks again.
 

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Finally managed to get the DPF off. It does look filthy.

Does anyone know if anything can be used to clean it - apart from the proper DPF cleaning fluid ?

ie, could we use hot water and washing up liquid, washing liquid, baking soda, or something similar ? - I've read that you shouldn't use cold water as it can set it like concrete.

I don't want to cause any damage and if we need to get some cleaning fluid we are going to have to wait to get some delivered.

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In the video I posted a link to, the product used was "Wynn's Off Car DPF Cleaner". Probably worth the few quid spend if its known to work, but of course do google to see if there is a better alternative. HTH (y):)
 

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In the video I posted a link to, the product used was "Wynn's Off Car DPF Cleaner". Probably worth the few quid spend if its known to work, but of course do google to see if there is a better alternative. HTH (y):)
Thank you - I'm thinking of going for that, just have to wait a few days for delivery. I can't really find any other alternative mentioned.
 

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I owned a couple of 1.6 HDi Peugeots, and thats how I found that video. I couldnt stand the thought of spending a four figure sum at a garage to acheive the same result as I could at home for a few quid. Fortunately I never had any problems with my Pug DPFs, but I would have definitely followed the steps in that video. The Wynns product was mentioned way down in the comments. There may be alternatives, but I'm not aware of them, but the Wyns appear very cost effective to me.

Hope the repair goes well and do keep the thread updated as Id like to know how you got on. (y) :)
 
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