How do I carry out a DPF regeneration on an automatic?

I have an 8-speed automatic Ford Transit Connect. A NOX sensor recently failed and resulted in diesel finding its way into the oil because a regeneration was being called for but not triggered. I contacted Ford's customer care centre who advised me to contact a technician at a Ford main dealer. I asked the question about how an auto regen was triggered. I was told it needed 2000+ revs for about 20 minutes.
The problem is, being an 8-speed auto, that in order to reach 2000+ revs, I would have to break the speed limit on a motorway because every time the engine gets any where near the 2000 revs it changes up a gear.
There is no mention of this in the vehicle's handbook. Does this suggest there may be problems ahead for drivers of 8-speed auto Fords - and perhaps similarly specced vehicles made by other manufacturers?

Asked on 4 October 2023 by keith baker

Answered by Craig Cheetham
The best way to do this would be to drive the Connect in manual mode, which is a feature of the eight-speed auto. You need to shift to manual (M) to switch the feature on. Press the upper + button to upshift. Press the lower – button to downshift and shift back to drive (D) to switch the feature off. You can then drive the van at legal motorway speeds in a lower gear if you need to do a DPF regen. We agree that Ford should put this in the vehicle's handbook.
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