Dodge Cummins High Pressure Oil Pump

The Dodge Cummins is considered a great, reliable engine that has always had a reputation as hard working piece of machinery. The Dodge Cummins requires proper functioning of the of the oil pump so that it can deliver the perfect type of pressure so that oil can be delivered across the engine. If the pump is not functioning and the pressure is not at good levels problems can occur in the engine. There are certain sign you can watch for that will signal when the oil pump is not operating at his best.

One of the first signals, like with many problems will be the service engine light alerting you. This lets you know that the pressure is not high enough. A service engine light can mean that the engine is leaking oil. It can also mean that it has burned oil faster than is required. When there is a reduction in pressure the oil will not lubricate properly. Ignoring these signs could lead to overheating. Because the Dodge Cummins is a tough engine but it does require that oil be plenty high enough so that the oil is delivered to the engine bearings. When this is not happening you might hear a strange start sound.

  • Do not underestimate the importance of the high pressure oil pump in your Dodge Cummins engine. It is an important device which is repsonible for vital systems to work right. As the engine ages it is very important to keep a close check on oil levels.Dog

Ford Car Seats that Detect Heart Attacks

Things are getting pretty interesting at Ford Motor Company. Ford’s European Research and Innovation Center is working on a car seat that can detect heart attacks by monitoring heart activity. More info via The Daily Mail:The Daily Mail:

The Ford heart rate monitoring seat performs much like a traditional ECG, except the sensors are placed on the surface of the car seat instead of being directly attached to the driver.

These special sensors are capable of reading the heart’s electrical impulses through clothing and are able to use the driver’s natural contact with the seat to maintain a reading in most cases.

Ford expects the seats should be available by 2020.

GM’s New Self-Driving Cadillac

In the near future, General Motors expects to start selling a Cadillac vehicle that can drive itself. This luxury car could be on America’s roads by the summer of 2016. The company’s CEO recently revealed these plans during a speech that she delivered at Detroit’s Intelligent Transport Society.

Super Cruise

Speaking to ITS World Congress attendees, Mary Barra explained that an unnamed 2017 model will feature an advanced form of cruise control. The system enables a vehicle to intelligently operate its own brakes and accelerator during traffic jams and highway travel. She predicted that a fully self-driving auto might be available by 2020.

The Super Cruise system was first demonstrated about two years ago. It won’t allow drivers to safely fall asleep or watch movies behind the wheel. Motorists would have to remain aware of road conditions and take control when the situation becomes too complex for the automobile.

V2V Technology

Barra also announced that the 2017 model of the Cadillac CTS sedan will feature a new vehicle-to-vehicle communications system. The V2V technology enables a car to gather data from other nearby autos and use it to warn drivers about oncoming hazards. Cars with this feature share information on their current speeds and locations.

The system could help Cadillac develop more sophisticated self-driving autos that can adapt to urban conditions. However, this capability won’t be very useful to computerized or human drivers until a significant number of vehicles feature it. Other automakers have yet to announce specific plans to incorporate V2V technology.


Although it may take a number of years for automakers to develop cars that safely automate all driving, impressive progress toward this goal has been achieved in recent years. Bloomberg reports that certain Acura models automatically apply their brakes when the next car travels at a slower speed.

As GM’s CEO pointed out in her speech, completely automated vehicles already exist but aren’t for sale. A computer-driven Chevrolet Tahoe successfully traveled 60 miles in 2007, making its way through intersections and traffic. However, automakers still need to enhance and verify the safety of such vehicles before the public can use them.

Ford Releases more info on 2015 F-450

Straight from the horses mouth, we wanted to share this press release from Ford about the revamped F-450.


  • For customers who require no-compromise towing capability, the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup boasts the highest rating of any pickup truck in the United States – 31,200 pounds, measured using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard
  • F-450 Super Duty towing capability is 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor’s crew cab 4×4 pickup truck
  • Ford will rate 2015 F-Series Super Duty maximum payload using base curb weight, aligning its payload rating practices with other manufacturers to make it easier for customers to compare vehicles

Ford reaffirms the undisputed heavy-duty towing leadership of the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup at 31,200 pounds after testing using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard.

SAE J2807 establishes tow vehicle performance requirements against certain performance criteria to determine a truck’s maximum trailer tow rating. Ford is a founding member of the J2807 committee, which includes other truck and trailer manufacturers.

“We leave no doubt with customers that the F-450 pickup truck has best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds – whether tested using our own internal towing standards or SAE J2807,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

2015 Ford F-450 upgrades
Ford improved the 2015 F-450 pickup by giving it a more capable version of the F-350 frame, plus a more capable suspension and 19.5-inch wheels and tires to enable its best-in-class towing.

The F-450 pickup is available exclusively as a crew cab 4×4. The truck’s J2807-certified maximum tow rating is 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor’s crew cab 4×4 pickup.

Best-in-class towing performance is achieved with Ford’s second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine that has been developed to provide the segment’s top combination of power, torque and efficiency. The Power Stroke boasts best-in-class 440 horsepower across all Super Duty pickup models – from F-250 to F-450. Super Duty also offers 860 lb.-ft. of torque for the same models.

Ford is the only heavy-duty pickup truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – from concept to execution – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations. This approach enables Ford engineers to optimize the vehicle’s performance across the entire lineup.

Ford previously determined F-450 pickup towing capacity using rigorous internal testing standards exclusively. Now it has added SAE J2807 test procedures, reaffirming the F-450 pickup rating. F-450 passed the additional tests with 31,200 pounds in tow, just as it passed Ford internal tests.

SAE J2807 requires the vehicle to be loaded with about 400 pounds more weight than Ford’s internal test (two passengers instead of one, and base curb weight instead of minimum curb weight), but the weight addition has no effect on F-450 towing capacity. Using either standard, F-450 has best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 pounds.

As a result of the J2807 test results, Ford is also increasing the F-450 pickup’s already best-in-class gross combined weight rating from 40,000 pounds to 40,400 pounds – topping the nearest competitor by 2,500 pounds

Payload rating changes
Ford is migrating to the J2807 standard when it introduces all-new vehicles and will use base curb weight, rather than minimum curb weight, to determine payload ratings for all of its pickup trucks. The change will align Ford’s payload rating practices with other manufacturers to make it easier for customers to compare vehicles.

Using base curb weight, maximum payload for the 2015 F-450 pickup goes from 5,450 pounds to 5,300 pounds.

As always, actual payload ratings are determined for an individual vehicle in its as-built condition at the factory. Ford F-Series Super Duty customers continue to have the flexibility to add or delete equipment to meet their specific payload needs. Each truck’s unique payload rating can be found on the tire and loading label on the door frame.

Y-Pipe Assembly Function

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If you wish to gain better fuel mileage, consider using a Y-Pipe Assembly for your exhaust system. The Y-Pipe Assembly Function, used in cars with (6), (8), or more cylinders with one tailpipe, serves to increase engine power by improving the flow of exhaust and lowering the temperatures of the exhaust gas. A properly functioning engine will produce waste products that must be routed out of the system. The Y-Pipe Assembly allows for this process.

Y-Pipe: What is Involved

The Y-Pipe Assembly Function supports an internal combustion engine for vehicles including trucks, cars and motorcycles. It removes waste gases from the engine through a set of pipes and manifolds. If it is faulty, the engine will not perform appropriately and the vehicle will have lower gas mileage. Following are the components that connect with the Y-Pipe Assembly to ensure it works properly:

The Exhaust Manifold is part of the exhaust system connects to the combustion cylinders of the engine and draws in the exhaust gases that build up as the engine runs. These exhaust gases are then sent to a collector that moves them throughout the exhaust system.

The Muffler is connected to the internal pipe system. Baffles within the Muffler reduces the noise that combustion creates as it leaves the exhaust pipe.

The Catalytic Converter finishes the combustion of the exhaust gases that escaped the engine’s combustion chamber. This helps reduce the possibility that carbon monoxide or nitrogen oxides will enter the atmosphere.

The tailpipe is the final part of the engine exhaust system that removes exhaust gases from the vehicle. The Y-Pipe connects it to the vehicle’s exhaust system.

Installing a Y-Pipe Assembly

First, make sure you check the pipe to make sure it is smooth. If not, sand it down until it fits securely. The vehicle needs to be jacked up with proper support and the negative battery terminal must be disconnected.

When removing the old Y-Pipe, loosen the front support bracket. After this, loosen the nuts on each bank and remove them from both the front and back. As you remove the Y-Pipe, make sure that the middle goose neck mount is the last part taken out.

As you install the new Y-Pipe, make sure to position the middle goose neck mount before continuing. Secure the new bolts. Overall, the process is simple and should take about an hour or so to complete.


New Van Helps Fords Employment Numbers

Ford has made a commitment to hire 12,000 additional people by the end of 2015, which is great news for the local economy. The Ford president for the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, says that it is likely that this number will be surpassed.

The reason for the increase of employment numbers with Ford has to do with a new van. The 2015 Ford Transit is a van that is being built at the Kansas City plant and will be sold in the United States for the first time ever. Over $1 billion has already been invested into the production of the commercial van. More people are being added to the workforce in order to produce the vans on schedule.

The majority of the employees being added are new hires and this is increasing the plant employment by one-third. There are a total of three crews at the Kansas City plant. With the new employees that have been added, Ford is a little more than 75 percent over the goal to add 12,000 new jobs across the U.S. by the end of 2015.

The increase in jobs was part of a commitment made to the UAW in 2011. In addition to employees being added in Kansas City, there have been additions in Flat Rock, Louisville, Lima, Ohio and the Michigan assembly plant. Another 300 jobs are anticipated to be added to the Cleveland engine plant by the end of the year.

Solely in 2014, approximately 5,000 people will be hired by Ford to support the growth. These jobs are both hourly and salaried. There are more launches planned in North American than previous years, which is what keeps the need for new employees at a focus. With shifts at the plants in terms of the models produced, it has allowed Ford to focus on new products, including the new van.


Ford Celebrates Mustang Birthday with Empire State Building Unveiling


We owe a big happy birthday post to the Mustang. This year, Ford celebrates 50 years of the Mustang. The car manufacturer is celebrating big, by way of the Empire State Building. Via CBS Local:

Ford is celebrating the golden anniversary of its iconic Mustang by unveiling the new 2015 model from the top of the Empire State Building.

Ford is also planning to build 1,964 limited-edition Mustang GTs in honor the pony car’s 50th anniversary.

The 50 Year Limited Edition cars will be some of the first built when production of the 2015 Mustang begins this year. It will be available in white or blue with either a manual or automatic transmission.

Does the Pickup Truck Have a Future in Modern Society?

The current rise in gas prices coupled with government policies for greater fuel efficiency standards (54.5 mpg) in corporate average fuel economy has prompted the question of whether the gas guzzling pickup truck will have a future in modern society. The answer is an unequivocal “yes.” The need for construction workers to haul large equipment or farmers to transport their agricultural products ensures that pickup trucks will be around for quite some time. However, consumers may very well see a revamp of current pickup models and designs.

A roaring economy encouraged the production of powerhouse trucks such as the heavy duty Chevy Silverado or Dodge Ram for personal transport. However, the present era of conservative spending makes these vehicles less appealing for the average consumer. These “beastly” pickups may not disappear altogether, but their numbers will decrease substantially in favor of more fuel efficient pickup designs.

Ford and Chevrolet are leading the pack in making the transition to produce powerful yet economic full-size trucks conducive for everyday consumer usage. Ford’s EcoBoost F-150 provides consumers with a 365 HP V6 engine combined with 20+ mpg fuel economy for hauling supplies, towing or packing gear for vacation travels. The Chevy V8 is soon to follow. Chevy also has the launching of a new mid-size truck in the works with the all-new Colorado.

If fuel prices remain high, pickup manufacturers may lean towards producing compact purpose built trucks. Consumers may even see the return of half-car/half truck vehicles offering greater fuel efficiency, hauling capability and easier carlike handling.

Future fuel costs and advances in auto technology will definitely have an impact on the future of the pickup truck. What remains to be seen is consumer reaction to new pickup truck trends in the future, such as choosing to rent a truck rather than buying, which could completely alter the market.