New Changes at Ford’s Commercial Truck Division

Some shakeups are being announced at Ford this week. According to Trucking Info, John Ruppert, Ford Motor Co.’s fleet executive is moving up to its commercial truck division. Fritz Ahadi has also been appointed as Ford’s new general manager of commercial and government operations.

For more details visit Trucking Info.

English: Ford Motor Company Headquarters, Dear...

English: Ford Motor Company Headquarters, Dearborn, Mi. The Glasshouse; built in 1956, architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (Photo credit: Wikiped.

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Mulally staying put at Ford

Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Co...

Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Big news coming out of the Ford world: rumors were swirling that Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally was considering a job at Microsoft, but from the Edsel Ford II, Mulally has no plans of leaving.

Ford states, ““Alan is staying through the end of 2014 and that’s all I know,” “Frankly, he has told us that his plan is to stay with Ford through the end of 2014”.

What is an Injector Control Module?

Certain series of Ford diesel trucks use a Power Stroke engine. For example, Econoline vans, F-Series pick-ups and the Excursion. An important component of the Power Stroke engine is the injector control module, also known as a fuel injector control module (FICM.) The FICM needs to be programmed with the vehicle’s specific data to work properly.

The purpose of the injector control module in a Power Stroke engine is to convert voltage. In a 6.0 liter diesel engine the FICM will convert 12 volts to 48 volts and in a 7.3 liter diesel engine it will convert 12 volts to 115 volts. Without the FICM, a vehicle won’t start. The injector control module works in conjunction with the vehicle’s power train control module signifying when to fire each of the fuel injectors. It is also responsible for managing how much fuel is sent to the engine.

Injector control modules are used only in diesel engines and are generally located on top of the valve cover. Due to the high heat and vibrations it experiences on account of its location on the valve cover, it is very common for the FICM to go bad. When the FICM fails, the vehicle may stall or not start at all.

The Importance of Proper Maintenance in High Pressure Oil Pumps

Ford Super Duty trucks care PowerStroke engines. These engines can also be found in the likes of the Ford Excursion SUVs and in Ford Econoline vans, as well as a few other Ford products. They are internal combustion engines that rely on high pressure oil pumps to help keep them running properly.
An oil pump is used in any internal combustion engine to keep the oil circulating. Operating under pressure, it consistently sends oil to parts of the engine; including the rotating bearings, sliding pistons, and the camshaft. These parts need the lubrication in order to run properly. Without it the friction from rubbing parts would create too much heat.
Speaking of heat, not only does the oil pump help keep the engine working by providing constant lubrication, but it also helps to keep the engine cool. Therefore, it is extremely important to maintain a working oil pump and to keep the indicated amount of oil in the engine. If the oil level is too low, or if the oil pump fails the rest of the engine will eventually fail as well.
Aside from having to replace a leaking oil pump, the maintenance of oil is relatively easy. Simply keep a check on how much oil is in the engine, and fill it up with more oil as it runs low. Also, remember to completely change out the oil about every 7,500 miles to every 10,000. Take care of your high pressure oil pump, and your car engine will take care of you.