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What is AdBlue and Does My Vehicle Need it

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What is AdBlue?

AdBlue is an exhaust fluid used in Diesel vehicles to reduce the amount of air pollution; this is a liquid that transforms harmful pollutants into clean air. You can usually find the AdBlue filler next to the fuel filler cap with a blue lid on, in the boot, or under the bonnet.

AdBlue is a transparent mixture made of high-purity urea and de-ionised water. Urea is a major component of AdBlue as it contains ammonia which reduces the amount of NOx (Nitric Oxide and Nitrogen Dioxide) emissions before they are released into the atmosphere.

Does My Vehicle Need AdBlue?

Most Diesel vehicles built after 2015 will likely use AdBlue to comply with Euro 6 emission standards. Some vehicle models include ‘’Blue HDi’’ or ‘’SCR’’ in the description to hint about AdBlue to its users. To be 100% sure, you should check your vehicle handbook though.

What is Euro 6?

Euro 6 emissions standards are set by the European Union to help reduce the harmful pollutants emitted by cars. A Diesel vehicle cannot produce more than 80gm/km of NOx to be considered Euro 6 compliant. Some vehicles use SCR technology, which uses AdBlue to reduce NOx emissions, in order to comply with this requirement.

How Often Should I Refill AdBlue in My Vehicle?

There is no limit on how often you need to refill AdBlue. However, it would be a great idea to get it filled every six months, along with your regular vehicle servicing. If your vehicle runs out of AdBlue, it will show up as a warning sign on the dashboard. Don’t keep driving when you see this indication as it will further damage the vehicle. So, look for a safe place and request assistance from your breakdown provider.

AdBlue refill

Can I Refill AdBlue by Myself?

The answer is Yes; AdBlue can easily be topped by yourself by following the steps mentioned below.

Step 1:

Find your AdBlue tank. It’s generally located near the fuel filler cap. If you can’t find it there, it’ll be either under the bonnet or in the boot. You can easily recognize it, as it has a blue cap.

Step 2:

If you’re filling it at a fuel station, you can do so directly from the pipe available there. But if you’ve purchased the fluid elsewhere, you might need a funnel to fill it in.

Step 3:

Pour the AdBlue into the designated container of your vehicle. Consult your vehicle’s handbook to know how much fluid is required.

Step 4:

Close the lid tightly and clean off any liquid that has been spilled in order to avoid damage to the paintwork.

If you’re unsure or aren’t very confident, don’t attempt to fill out the AdBlue by yourself. Instead, visit your nearest garage and get it filled by a trained professional.

We hope this article has helped you understand what AdBlue is and how it works. However, if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us

Tags: *AdBlue *Emissions *AdBlue_Pricing *Car_Information *AdBlue_Uses

Written by Vineetha | 3.8 min read
31 Jan 2023