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Does anyone know how to make the icon on the dash light up when the truck is in regen? The manual shows it and that it should come on but it is disabled on all trucks it sounds like. I am sure there is a way to turn it on in Forscan on a 2021 but I have been unable to find a way.
 

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I have experience with my 2019 XLT 3.0 with an icon in the instrument cluster that is illuminated with Auto Regen is not enabled. But, an icon that illuminates during regen . . . any chance an image of the section of the (owner's) manual that describes the icon that lights up during regen could be attached to a post?
Here's an image of the section of the owners manual for the 2019 F-150 describing the auto regen off icon.
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Per my owner's manual, there is a message "Exhaust Filter Cleaning" that could appear in the message center of the instrument panel.
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My experience is this message does not appear during normal operation, which includes the automatic regens.
But, I think this message did appear in my dash after I enabled Auto Regen after a long road trip where I had unchecked the Auto Regen option and traveled more than 600 miles without an active regen. My recollection is immediately after enabling Auto Regen (>600 highway miles and DPF at ~ 55%), the "Exhaust Filter Cleaning" message appeared.
Other than that one experience, I don't recall seeing the "Exhaust Filter Cleaning" message.
 

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Per my owner's manual, there is a message "Exhaust Filter Cleaning" that could appear in the message center of the instrument panel.
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My experience is this message does not appear during normal operation, which includes the automatic regens.
But, I think this message did appear in my dash after I enabled Auto Regen after a long road trip where I had unchecked the Auto Regen option and traveled more than 600 miles without an active regen. My recollection is immediately after enabling Auto Regen (>600 highway miles and DPF at ~ 55%), the "Exhaust Filter Cleaning" message appeared.
Other than that one experience, I don't recall seeing the "Exhaust Filter Cleaning" message.
That's what I was thinking of but I guess the icon is only showing the auto regen is off which is not an option on my truck and the message only displays if you manually started the regen which is also not an option on my truck. I am curious why some trucks are able to change settings for the regen?
 

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I have no clue what a Forscan is but I have a 2019..Question..Does a icon suppose to display when the truck is in Regen or a message, I have never seen either..Thanks
 

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Others may have more information, but the way I have Forscan set up, it tells me how much backpressure (how full) the the DPF is, but it does not explicitly tell me that I am in active regeneration. Having watched the DPF loading over the past 12,000 miles or so, I fully understand why it is not on a gauge. I am pushing almost 400,000 miles on two non-Ford, non-F-150 diesels equipped with DPFs. I have never known how full their DPFs were, I've never known when/if they were regenerating, they just do their thing seamlessly. I will add the disclaimer that if you tend to run your tank close to empty, your range will drop dramatically if the vehicle is in regeneration. If you had 50 miles of range, and then dropped into regeneration, that range is about 25 miles. Outside of that, I personally have not found a need to know if I am in regeneration or not.
 

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Thanks , That makes since now..
I used FORSCAN to make the regen on/off icon in the info screen and the only real advantage is you can see the % full the DPF is at any given time. This info is of limited value unless you want to disable the auto regen so as to wait until you have a trip >30 minutes or so to complete a full regen cycle, i.e. to go from 100% (full) to 0% otherwise the regen can start and if you turn off the vehicle it will ofcourse stop and you will have a DPF "short-cycle" which I have no idea if this is good or bad for the DPF system. This is why sometimes when I park inside my garage I smell a distinct burning diesel fuel this is the DPF unit which was in the process of burning off the soot.
 
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