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Fuel additive level too low error

Post by Med_tech3 » 01 Nov 2018, 14:20

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I have a 11 reg Peugeot 207 1.4 Diesel which has 98000 miles on the clock. Recently after filling up, the 'Fuel additive level too low' error appeared.
My question is - Is this something only Peugeot garages can change and reset the ECU or do you know if any other garages are able to do it?
My local Peugeot garage has quoted £250-£300 to refill it and reset the ECU - is that a reasonable price?

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Re: Fuel additive level too low error

Post by GiveMeABreak » 01 Nov 2018, 14:48

The expensive element is the additive itself Simon. It is important that you get the correct one for the vehicle. You will need Diagbox (the PSA diagnostic kit and software) to reset the additive counter. You can obtain the filling kits yourself - post up your VIN and I can advise on the correct one. But you will need to reset it. There are members here that have Diagbox who offer their services.

Look at this post and towards the end there is a link to a Google map with member locations on:

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Post by Med_tech3 » 01 Nov 2018, 20:09

Hi Marc. My VIN is VF3**************[VIN obfuscated, can be read by forum staff]
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Post by GiveMeABreak » 01 Nov 2018, 23:03

Hi Simon, ok, so your build date is 12530.

This means your vehicle should be using EOLYS Powerflex additive. Your additive tank should have a Blue cap / click fit connectors for clarification.

Walker supply this fluid product code 80620 which is a 3L kit.

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Post by Med_tech3 » 02 Nov 2018, 20:44

Ok thank you. Where is the tank? Is it under the car in front of the fuel tank? Do I have to jack up the car to fill it?
Also if I bought this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lexia-3-PP20 ... 2329564389
would I be able to use it to reset the ECU?

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Post by GiveMeABreak » 02 Nov 2018, 21:41

I wish you'd posted about that Lexia kit you bought - that one won't be a full-chip kit and therefore will have some issues with full-CAN architecture cars like the C5 and 308 and I suspect the C4 GP. If you can send it back and get a refund (you don't have to give a reason under consumer contract regulations) - you have 14 days to notify them and 14 to return.

Yes you will be able to reset the additive ECU with a Lexia, but I would get that one returned if I were you.

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Re: Fuel additive level too low error

Post by Paul-R » 02 Nov 2018, 21:51

Don't think he's bought it yet Marc.

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Post by Med_tech3 » 02 Nov 2018, 21:53

I haven't bought it yet. Just looking. Is there a particular one you recommend?
Also is it easy to fill the tank?

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Post by GiveMeABreak » 02 Nov 2018, 22:11

That's a relief - just wanted to save you some later grief :-D

Yes, I'll dig up a video I recommend - but I'm just having chips for supper, so I'll get back to you later on this :wink:

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Post by GiveMeABreak » 03 Nov 2018, 10:06

Ok, so I've just rechecked everything for you and your 207 actually uses the flexible pouches and NOT a tank itself. The flexible pouch is contained in a rigid casing. Extreme caution is recommend when removing and fitting these pouches, as you a) don't want to get any of the liquid on your skin, nor split the new pouch on insertion.

So the good thing with a pouch is you don't need the hassle of filling it through a gravity drip.
Med Assitive Tank.PNG
The Additive Pouch Housing is shown here.
16 & 17 are the shell casing parts and 15 is the Additive Pouch
The part number from Peugeot for the 3L pouch is 9678033680. They charge £182.38 for the pouch inc. VAT, so not much difference in it.

Now to be honest, there are genuine Citroen / Peugeot pouches on ebay - one new one here for about £163...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Genuine-CITROE ... 426&chn=ps

...which would save a few quid - but be cautious of buying some that have been recovered from a salvaged vehicle! - If they say "used", ignore them. You don't know how much is left in the pouch and of course that can cause the ECU to think there is more in the tank than there actually is, as it is expecting 3L to be replaced.

Here's the procedure
  • Where protective gloves.
  • You will need to raise the rear left of the vehicle too gain access.
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Med Assitive Tank D.PNG
Be wary of fluid running back from the pipes when disconnected (Suggest covering with a small plastic bag and a rubber band).
Disconnect the connector ( as "a").
Uncouple the pipe (4).
Release the fixings (2) by a quarter turn; By means of a screwdriver .
Slightly move aside: The heat shield (1).
Remove: The lower housing (3) with the flexible reservoir .
Detach the flexible reservoir (6) from the lower housing (3).
Uncouple and close the pipe (5).
CAUTION: The flexible reservoir (6) must not protrude sideways from the lower housing (3) : Risk of damage (On reassembly) .

Refitting
  • Refit: The lower housing (3).
  • Turn the fasteners (2) a quarter turn.
  • Connect the connector ( as "a").
  • Connect the pipe (4).
  • Reset the additive counter to zero
  • Perform the actuator test "refilling the pipe: additive pump - additive injector"; Using a diagnostic tool.

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Re: Fuel additive level too low error

Post by GiveMeABreak » 04 Nov 2018, 00:42

Med_tech3 wrote:
02 Nov 2018, 21:53
I haven't bought it yet. Just looking. Is there a particular one you recommend?
Also is it easy to fill the tank?
Sorry, I forgot to answer the first part of your question. Many members have bought their Lexia kits form a UK supplier and members can obtain a 15% discount store-wide.

See my post here for details. We know these are full kits, so are more expensive than the cheaper ones and UK support is provided:
viewtopic.php?f=51&t=60112

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Re: Fuel additive level too low error

Post by Med_tech3 » 06 Nov 2018, 00:48

Thank you Marc for all the info. :)