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What is AdBlue and how do I fill my car up?

What is AdBlue and how do I fill my car up?

Posted on: 4th Oct 2017

AdBlue is a chemical that helps to reduce the harmful emissions produced by diesel engine and is one of the main methods manufacturers are using to achieve ever more stringent emissions targets.

Does my car use AdBlue?
AdBlue systems are becoming increasingly commonplace, but it isn’t yet fitted to every diesel car. The more recently your car was built, the more likely it is that it will use AdBlue to reduce its emissions. If you’re driving a new model launched since 2016, it’s highly likely it’ll use AdBlue.

Many people are unaware that their car uses AdBlue until a warning message appears on the dashboard announcing that the AdBlue tank needs replenishing.

How to refill AdBlue
Do not add it to the diesel tank. You must use the AdBlue filler cap. Topping up is simple though. It’s always a good idea to consult your car’s handbook first but typically all you need to do is open the AdBlue filler cap, screw on a connecter hose and then let the AdBlue drain into the tank.

Many refill containers come with a connecting hose but you may want to keep a hose in the car and use cheaper refills without a hose in future.

You must put in the amount specified in your handbook. This can be as little as 3 to 5 litres but a lot of vehicles require you to fill the tank completely. Failure to do this might result in the warning light staying on and the vehicle refusing to start.

What happens if I run out of AdBlue?
You will be reminded in plenty of time to top up by messages on the dashboard but your car will not start if you fail to refill the AdBlue tank before it runs completely dry.

How much AdBlue will my car use?
AdBlue consumption varies from vehicle to vehicle but some vehicles might need topping up after as little as 2,000 miles. Your handbook will tell you the size of the AdBlue tank.

How long does AdBlue last?
While at first it might seem sensible to keep a spare can of AdBlue in the boot any spills or leaks are likely to damage your car’s interior so it is best not to do this.

Do also note that you can’t keep a half-empty container of AdBlue if you have some left over after topping up as airborne contaminants can affect the chemical composition of AdBlue.

Is AdBlue harmful?
AdBlue is non-toxic but it is corrosive and can cause irritation to your skin, eyes and lungs, so do wash your hands after filling.

AdBlue can also damage paintwork so be sure to rinse any spills from the car’s bodywork too.

Winter safety check and treat

Winter safety check and treat

Posted on: 28th Sep 2017

Let us help you prepare for winter’s darker days and more hazardous weather with our Winter Care Check.

Vauxhall OnStar

Vauxhall OnStar

Posted on: 21st Sep 2017

Overview, tutorial and assistance

Vauxhall Check and Treat

Vauxhall Check and Treat

Posted on: 6th Jul 2017

Treat your car to a 25-point visual health check and we will treat you to a pizza, afternoon tea for two or 3 months free music streaming.

Zafira recall

Posted on: 19th May 2016

New Zafira recall issued May 2016

New corporate image at Broadwater

New corporate image at Broadwater

Posted on: 30th Nov 2015

Major refurbishment and Vauxhall corporate image update at Steeles of Worthing Aftersales site in Broadwater.

AdBlue now available

AdBlue now available

Posted on: 12th Mar 2015

AdBlue diesel additive now available at both of our sites

New Corsa

New Corsa

Posted on: 15th Jan 2015

New Vauxhall Corsa now in showrooms

Corsa, Corsavan & ADAM steering safety recall

Posted on: 30th Sep 2014

Vauxhall have announced an urgent safety recall affecting all Corsa, ADAM and Corsavan models registered since February 2014. Drivers living in Brighton, Hove, Shoreham, Worthing, Littlehampton, Storrington and Pulborough can rely on Steeles to deal with this promptly and with the minimum incovenience.

Frosts of Worthing, no longer Vauxhall franchised in Shoreham and Brighton

Frosts of Worthing, no longer Vauxhall franchised in Shoreham and Brighton

Posted on: 17th Oct 2013

Frosts of Worthing, are no longer Vauxhall Authorised Repairers in Shoreham, Newhaven and Haywards Heath. This means that they cannot carry out Vauxhall warranty work or recalls, put a Vauxhall stamp in service books, service and repair Vauxhall Motability cars or look after a lot of fleet cars and vans.

Now approved by Trading Standards

Now approved by Trading Standards

Posted on: 18th Sep 2013

We are pleased to announce that we are now a Trading Standards Institute approved business as the Trading Standards Institute now administer the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair which we subscribe to.

Frosts no longer selling new Vauxhall cars

Frosts no longer selling new Vauxhall cars

Posted on: 14th Mar 2013

Frosts Shoreham, Frosts Haywards Heath and Frosts Chichester no longer sell new Vauxhall cars. The nearest new Vauxhall showroom is now Goldsmith & Allcorn in Uckfield. Tel: 01435 865858.

Cheap petrol & diesel in Worthing

Cheap petrol & diesel in Worthing

Posted on: 18th May 2012

We are pleased to be able to say that we have had the cheapest petrol and diesel in Worthing since switching to the Harvest brand.

Forecourt changes

Forecourt changes

Posted on: 15th Apr 2012

Our Goring Way petrol forecourt has changed fuel brands to Harvest Energy.

Fixed price repairs

Fixed price repairs

Posted on: 25th Mar 2012

To make things more transparent we have introduced a fixed price repair for the most popular jobs on the most popular Vauxhalls.

Office of Fair Trading Approved

Office of Fair Trading Approved

Posted on: 10th Dec 2011

We are pleased to say that we are now OFT approved as we subscribe to the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair, operated by Motor Codes, the industry body supported by Government and approved by the Office of Fair Trading.

Snow Socks back in stock

Snow Socks back in stock

Posted on: 11th Aug 2011

We now have snow socks back in stock after running out earlier in the year.

Snow Socks

Snow Socks

Posted on: 14th Dec 2010

Steeles are now stocking Snow Socks. We are the only stockist in the Worthing, West Sussex area but we can also send them all over the country. We use Royal mail Special Delivery and only charge £5 P&P.

New Astra Estate

New Astra Estate

Posted on: 4th Jul 2010

Vauxhall have released details of the estate version of the New Astra, the Astra Sports Tourer. It will have it's world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October with a UK launch date yet to be confirmed.

New Vauxhall Meriva

New Vauxhall Meriva

Posted on: 20th Jan 2010

These are the first official pictures of Vauxhall's new Meriva, which is set to turn the conventional concept of family-car usability on its head with a combination of clever, rear-hinged back doors which radically improve access/egress, and a raft of unique cabin features that boost interior versatility.

New Chevrolet Spark

New Chevrolet Spark

Posted on: 3rd Nov 2009

The new Chevrolet Spark is the latest edition to the Chevrolet Range. Available from 1st. March 2010 this modern city car has lots of exciting things to offer.

New Astra photos released

New Astra photos released

Posted on: 16th May 2009

Vauxhall have released details of the all new, British-built Astra which will appear in UK showrooms in December 2009.

Frosts Worthing have closed

Frosts Worthing have closed

Posted on: 27th Mar 2009

Frosts have closed their Ferring Vauxhall site leaving Steeles as the only franchised Vauxhall garage in the Worthing area.

Electrifying looks - The new Ampera

Electrifying looks - The new Ampera

Posted on: 19th Mar 2009

General Motors launched the revolutionary Ampera at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2009. A right-hand drive Vauxhall model will go into production in 2012.

Caffyns Vauxhall have closed

Caffyns Vauxhall have closed

Posted on: 9th Nov 2008

Caffyns have closed their Preston Road Brighton Vauxhall site. This is obviously very sad for their staff and we hope that the ones who are being made redundant find new jobs very soon.

New Vauxhall Insignia

New Vauxhall Insignia

Posted on: 22nd Mar 2008

Vauxhall's Vectra replacement is due later in 2008 and is to be called the Insignia.

New Vauxhall Agila

New Vauxhall Agila

Posted on: 24th Jan 2008

The long awaited replacement for the Vauxhall Agila is to due to be launched in April 2008. The new Agila is very different to the outgoing model with a modern, striking exterior and interior.

New Chevrolet Aveo

New Chevrolet Aveo

Posted on: 18th Jan 2008

There will be a new addition to the Chevrolet range in Spring. The new Aveo which replaces the Chevrolet Kalos. The most significant features of this completely reworked model are its striking exterior, its high-class interior and a new, even more efficient petrol engine.

Chevrolet car sales

Chevrolet car sales

Posted on: 22nd Nov 2007

We can now supply new Chevrolets as well as new Vauxhalls.

Motability

Motability

Posted on: 17th Jul 2007

Motability have confirmed their official approval of Steeles for servicing & repair on Vauxhalls and Chevrolets. They have also confirmed that all Vauxhall & Chevrolet customers can bring their car to Steeles for servicing or repair, regardless of supplier.

Vacuum

Vacuum

Posted on: 5th Jul 2007

We now have a vacuum cleaner at Goring Way.

New Car Wash

New Car Wash

Posted on: 15th Nov 2006

Our Goring Way forecourt now has a Car Wash. The new Car Wash is a high-specification modern machine capable of the highest standard of vehicle washing & drying. Specification includes a water recycling unit, a high-pressure wash system, an under-chassis wash, uprated wheel cleaning units and the latest brush materials.

Texaco

Texaco

Posted on: 26th Oct 2006

We have now changed our fuel brand at Goring Way from Shell to Texaco. This will come as a shock to some customers as we were with Shell for over 20 years but longer standing customers may remember that we were Texaco for 30 years before that!

Teville Road Showroom

Posted on: 20th Jul 2006

We closed our Teville Road showroom in July 2006. This does not mean that we stopped selling new & used vehicles though: we are still selling cars & vans from our Broadwater site and Alan Steele is now dealing with all sales personally.

New corporate look at Broadwater

New corporate look at Broadwater

Posted on: 7th Dec 2005

Our Broadwater Aftersales site has now been fully refurbished and conforms to Vauxhall & Chevrolet’s new corporate look.