Can a bad ICP sensor affect fuel mileage?

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Cars are a complicated thing and often parts go bad without your even knowing where to start in order to fix them. That being said, when something like the ICP sensor goes out in your car, there are a few different things you should know about what it can do to the performance of your car. The ICP sensor, like many sensors in your car, can affect the overall performance of your car.

The first thing that many people ask when the ICP sensor goes out is, does this affect my fuel mileage. The first and foremost condition that is directly caused by a bad ICP sensor is of course revving and shutting off without warning. The ICP sensor does not necessarily affect the gas mileage but it can affect the overall running of your car or truck. In a diesel engine, the ICP sensor works as a moderator of sorts that insures the engine is running at maximum efficiency. ICP stands for Injection Control Pressure. This means that the sensor provides feedback and indicates the needed and existing injection pressure in the injectors.

Though it can have an adverse effect on fuel economy in a limited range, disconnecting a sensor or having a sensor that is not working properly does not mean that you will go from having a truck or car that gets 30 miles per gallon that plummets to 10 miles per gallon. Likely, the change will be small so you may not even notice that there has been a change in fuel economy. More likely, you will notice that the engine is not being controlled as specifically or as closely as it may have been in the past. This can be seen through revving and stopping that is directly related to the pressure that should be indicated by the faulty sensor.

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What causes an EGR cooler to go bad?

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With any car repair it can be difficult to spot the exact reason why any part may have gone out or worn out. With many parts, there are specific reasons that often lead to failure and knowing a bit about these possible causes for failure can help you to keep your car up and running for far longer. With a complicated part like the EGR cooler, there are two or three possible causes for failure and each points to the need for further service of your vehicle.

The first and most common cause is of course restricted coolant flow. This generally happens when there is a blockage or contaminants in the oil cooler. This restriction of coolant makes it possible for the EGR cooler to stop functioning properly due to increased heat that often throws the sensor off. This restriction of coolant is something that should be looked into by a professional mechanic to help rule out any other issues that may be hiding. A restriction in coolant flow can also affect the rest of your engine and may cause overheating and other serious issues that could lead to the need to completely overhaul a system.

Another cause may be that the part has simply worn out or become old. Often times sensors and complicated parts like the EGR cooler are very finicky. This means that they can wear out easily just through normal wear and tear. Also, taking the time to have your car serviced and properly maintained is the best way to insure that parts do not wear out. Often, a mechanic can spot issues before they become major issues making it possible to correct these problems before they cause even more damage to your system that may already be compromised.

Installation of F150 Off-Road Lights is Easy

Installing off-road lights for the Ford F150 is easy. In the package, you will find zip ties, the lights, a switch, and 30 feet of wiring harness, including a relay. The following steps make this project easy.

1. Disconnect the battery cables, then remove the in-line fuses from the wiring harness.

2. Plug the relay into the harness, making sure the relay is both grounded and mounted. This is done by using the included screw to connect both the black ground wire and the relay box to the inside of the frame.

3. Using the zip ties, you will need to tie down the lamp lines that go to the bumper. The easiest route to the bumper is via the frame and along the radiator.

4. You will then need to run the other lines into the dash, which is done by following the wheel well between the door and the fender frame, then dropping the line down the fender, and running the line under the carpet inside the cab.

5. Next, you will need to pop of the dash trim and install the switch on the left side, drilling a small hole into the dash panel. The switch will be connected to a green wire and a white wire; pull tight to be sure they are long enough. The brown wire is the ground wire, which can be mounted under the dash inside the cab.

6. Now is a good time to re-insert those in-line fuses and then install the switch through the dash panel into the three wires, using the ring tightener at the back. Re-install your dash panel, and don’t forget to put all your knobs back on. You are now ready to install the lights, and then the job is done.

 

Online Research: Buying a New Truck

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When it comes to buying a truck, it will be your responsibility to perform adequate research. Fortunately, in today’s age and time, we have the Internet, and by going online, you can complete your research in well under a day’s time. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a new or used truck, and it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a truck on the Internet or in person, going online and doing research is still of importance.

Tip #1: Do a CARFAX search

The person or dealer you’re buying a truck from may or may not provide you with a free CARFAX report. If not, then you need to use the Internet to search for the CARFAX on the truck you’re wanting to buy. Many people have saved themselves from wasting a lot of money by first checking a CARFAX report.

Tip #2: Compare prices on similar trucks

One of the most important things you can use the Internet for when your researching a truck is comparing it to trucks that are similar. For example, if you’re considering giving $20,000 for a truck and you see that most other people are giving only $16,000 for a truck similar to the one you want, then this is a good indication that the seller is not selling the vehicle for a reasonable price.

Tip #3: Research other models

You can also use the Internet to research other makes and models that are similar to the one you’re wanting to buy. A lot of times, you may be able to find that a similar make or model is a lot less expensive than the one you initially wanted to purchase.

 

Tips for Buying a Truck

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If you’ve decided to buy a truck, whether it be new or used, there are several things that you will need to take into consideration. First of all, you need to consider the fact that trucks tend to cost quite a bit more money than cars do. Furthermore, most of them aren’t very good on gas; however, the newer the model, the better it will likely be on getting decent gas mileage. Let’s take a quick look at several other things you need to consider when buying a truck.

What size do you need?

First of all, just like cars, trucks come in different sizes, with the larger the engine in the truck, the more seating as well as the more weight the truck can tow. Keep in mind, though, that a larger engine doesn’t always translate into more seating. For example, if you purchase a large diesel truck that has only a single cab, it will only seat between one to three people.

What type of fuel do you want it to run on?

If you’re looking to buy a heavy-duty, full-size truck, you may as well plan on buying one that has a diesel engine. Although diesel fuel as of now is a bit more expensive per gallon, these trucks tend to get much better gas mileage than those that run on regular gas.

What type of drivetrain do you want?

If you can’t drive a five-speed, then you of course wouldn’t want to invest in a truck that has a manual transmission. Also, you need to decide whether or not you want the truck to be four-wheel drive. If you plan on going off road in your truck, four-wheel drive will be extremely valuable.