Improve Your Vehicle’s MPG

The stubbornly high fuel prices of the past few years have focused considerable attention on the need for more fuel-efficient vehicles. Government regulators, environmentalists, lawmakers and automobile manufactures are all on a mission to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles manufactured and used in the U.S. As a consumer, the easiest way you can contribute to the effort is to ditch your gas-guzzler and drive a more environmentally friendly car. However, not all of us can afford a new car, or may not necessarily want one. Even if a new car is not in your budget or your wish list, there are several measures you can take to improve the gas mileage of your current vehicle.

One of the most obvious measures is to ensure that your vehicle is properly maintained. Vehicles become less fuel-efficient as they age mainly because critical components like the carburetor, spark plugs and air filters become clogged with grime and dirt. Regular maintenance of these components can help keep your vehicle running as fuel-efficiently as it was designed to, for years.

Driving at, or under the speed limit is also a good way to optimize fuel use. When you drive over your vehicle’s optimal fuel economy speed, you tend to use up more gas. Studies have shown that by cutting down on excessive speeding or acceleration you can cut down on fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent.

Similarly, keeping your tires properly inflated and minimizing cargo can help you save fuel. Try not to load your vehicle too excessively. If you must carry something heavy avoid putting it in a cargo box on the roof because a cargo-box reduces the aerodynamic efficiency of your vehicle and increases drag. Both factors can substantially reduce your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

Another way to minimize gas consumption is to use cruise control as much as you an especially on long hauls. Cruise control helps maintain your car at a steady speed and reduces the need for constant acceleration and braking. Buying gas at the coolest time of the day is another way to save on fuel because it minimizes wastage due to evaporation.

Additional source:

https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/driveHabits.jsp

What tools are needed to remove a diesel fuel injector?

Powerstroke_Injector_RT__43328.1341169278.220.220

Removing your diesel fuel injectors may seem like a job for only a skilled mechanic but the truth is with the right tools, just about anyone with a little know how can remove their diesel fuel injectors. There are a few different tools that you will need to remove the fuel injectors from any diesel engine and with these tools, you can have your engine pulled apart in no time.

The first tool you will need is of course you run of the mill wrenches. This is to remove any covers, protective shields, and more that help to keep your engine enclosed. This type of tool is something that just about everyone has and there should be no reason to buy a new set. Wrenches are easy to come by and most injector covers use standard size nuts and bolts which means that you will not need to buy any special wrenches that are hard to find or useless for other jobs afterward.

The next tool you will need is of course what you will need to take the injector out themselves. This tool is ironically enough called a fuel injector remover. This tool offers a wide range of sockets, much like a ratchet set, that will fit injectors of any size. The set also includes the clamps and bars that you will need to create adequate leverage to remove your injectors. Depending on what company you purchase from, you may also find a simpler, less complicated tool. The less complicated tool is also a fuel injector remover but instead of complicated sockets and clamps, this tool is simply a tube in which you place your injectors then pull. If you feel at any time that you are not able to remove your injectors properly, you may want to call a mechanic to get some pointers.

 

2016 Ford Taurus News

2014_ford_taurus_f34_ns_31814_600

Via Edmunds.com, the redesigned 2016 Ford Taurus will be faster, lighter and more fuel efficient that its predecessor. According to the vehicle experts,

The car’s weight is expected to be reduced and a nine-speed automatic transmission will be offered as part of an effort to improve the big car’s fuel economy and performance, an industry source with knowledge of the redesign told Edmunds. Additionally, the redesigned Taurus will share a front-drive vehicle platform with the Ford Fusion. The current Taurus was developed on a modified Volvo platform.

Will you be shopping for a new 2016 Ford Taurus?

Common 6.0L Powerstroke Issues

Do you have a problem with your 6.0L Powerstroke engine? You are not the only one. There are a number of common issues associated with this type of engine. If you have a vehicle with this type of engine, your engine trouble may be caused by one of these failures.

Oil Cooler

Sand that remains in the oiler cooler of the 6.0L Powerstroke from the manufacturing process commonly causes the oil cooler to fail. Using poor quality motor oil in the engine may lead to accelerated oil cooler failure.

EGR and EGR Coolers

The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, used on the engine to lower emissions, can fail after a build of soot when the EGR coolers do not work properly. White smoke, which is actually escaping steam, in the exhaust is a sign of failure.

FICM

The fuel injection control module (FICM) can burn out quickly on the 6.0L Powerstroke engine due to excessive heat and vibrations. Stalling and a rough ride are signs of FICM trouble and demand attention.

HPOP

The swash plate style pump of the 6.0L’s high pressure oil pump (HPOP) is known to have many issues ranging from the leaking of seals to even a complete malfunction.

ICP Sensors

Some 6.0L Powerstroke engines were shipped with faulty injection control pressure (ICP) sensors. Replacement ICP sensors typically experience none of the issues associated with the original sensors.

Oil Rail Plugs

The high-pressure oil rail’s plugs have faulty O rings and can lead to stalling or difficulty in starting the vehicle.

Coolant Leakage

The degas bottle has a leakage problem due to faulty seams.

HUEI Sticking

The hydraulically actuated electronically-controlled unit injector (HUEI) in this engine type can become stuck more easily than with other engines. Low quality oil and fuel can increase the chance of the HUEI sticking.

 

Common 7.3L Powerstroke Engine Issues

Vehicles often develop certain issues and problems, but the specific concerns and the severity of those problems can vary. By recognizing the common issues that arise in the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine, it is easier to identify any concerns before buying the vehicle.

CAM Position Sensor Failure

A common problem that occurs in the 7.3L Powerstroke engine is the failure of certain parts. Although a variety of parts can fail or have problems, the CAM position sensor is a common part that often fails.

In general, it is necessary to replace the sensor after it fails. The part is not expensive when compared to other parts, but it can be an annoying problem.

Transmission Concerns

The transmission is considered the weak point of the 7.3L Powerstroke, and it can cause a variety of problems. The transmission is particularly likely to develop a catch and slip, which can be a problem when it happens at stop lights and signs.

A catch and slip is most likely to occur during cold weather conditions and happens rarely during the summer, but it can be a sign that work is necessary. Automatic transmissions commonly develop the problem.

Limited Power

The 7.3L Powerstroke is not the most powerful engine, and it may cause problems when measures are taken to make it more powerful. It is generally best to avoid any alterations to the engine that are not part of regular maintenance or the replacement of faulty parts.

Even though the 7.3L Powerstroke does have some common concerns that may arise, the most common problems are related to the power and the potential for parts to fail. Most of the problems can be avoided or limited with proper maintenance, though some issues may require immediate replacements or repairs when the problem arises.

Discontinued Power Stroke Trucks

The Power Stroke engine is found in Ford diesel trucks, but certain engines and vehicles have been discontinued in the effort to improve the vehicles. Before considering a Power Stroke vehicle, it is important to identify engines that are discontinued since it may cause concerns regarding future repairs.

7.3L Engines

The 7.3L Power Stroke is a discontinued engine and the trucks with the engine are also discontinued. Since the 7.3L engines were initially developed in 1994, changes to federal emissions guidelines and the development of new technology caused it to be discontinued in 2003.

6.0L Engines

In 2003, the 6.0L Power Stroke engines were introduced in Ford trucks. Even though the engine was replaced with the 6.4L Power Stroke in 2007 and 2008 trucks, the engine was not discontinued until 2009.

6.4L Engines

Even though the 6.4L Power Stroke was initially released for 2008 vehicles, the engine was discontinued by 2010, when it was replaced by the 6.7L engine.

The Power Stroke diesel engines that are used in Ford trucks have a long history. Even though the engines that were developed initially have been discontinued, it is still possible to find trucks with the older engines. Depending on the age of the truck and the discontinued engine in the vehicle, the challenges and issues that may arise during routine maintenance can vary.

Common 6.4L Power Stroke Issues

In 2008, the 6.4L Powerstroke engine was introduced in Ford vehicles. Even though it was an improvement on the previous 6.0L engine, certain issues can still arise. By understanding the common issues associated with the vehicle, it is easier to find concerns before buying a 6.4L Powerstroke vehicle.

Radiator Leaks

A common problem that can occur with the 6.4L Powerstroke is that the radiator or the radiator hose may leak. Depending on the location of the leak, there may be signs around the radiator, long the side or by the tow hooks.

White splatter and rust, particularly below or around the radiator, can indicate that there is a leak.

Oil Dilution

Oil dilution refers to the fuel that slips past pistons and gets into the crankcase. Oil dilution can cause a variety of problems, including reduced lubrication throughout the engine and a higher risk of hydro-locking.

Even though oil dilution is a common problem, regular oil changes and maintenance can catch the problem early.

Water in the Fuel

The water separator is a key problem with the 6.4L Powerstroke. Water gets into the fuel, which causes a reaction leaving behind white residue. The residue gradually builds up until it starts to block the drain valve ports. When that happens, the water ultimately mixes with the fuel.

Draining the water by opening the water separator valve can help prevent the water from building up and causing more problems. In general, it is best to drain the water at least once per month.

The 6.4L Powerstroke engine had a few common problems that developed. Even though it was designed to improve on previous models, regular maintenance and management is necessary to keep the engine in good working condition. The issues can vary slightly, so it is important to have the vehicle checked to identify any current concerns.