Gearhead’s Guide to Ford Powerstroke Parts

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Finding the right Ford Powerstroke OEM or aftermarket parts can seem daunting. This popular line of truck has seen many changes over the years, and multiple features have been added to the original since the first Powerstroke came along in 1982. Continue reading


Powerstroke Help: Troubleshooting Your Ford Diesel Truck

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In 2004, when Ford released its new 6.0-liter Powerstroke to replace the previous 7.4-liter, diesel enthusiasts were dubious, but they were ultimately thrilled with the increased power and faster turbo response. The changes made to the engine design complied with new emissions standards. Continue reading

The Best Ford Powerstroke Parts to Maximize Your Truck’s Engine Efficiency

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Ford Powerstroke technology has been around for more than 20 years. It was first used in Ford F-Series pickup trucks beginning in the middle of 1994. Since then, Powerstroke engines have been used in many different vehicles, including Ford E-Series vans, Ford sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and more. There have been several different versions, including the 3.0L, 3.2L, 6.7L, 6.4L, 6.0L, and 7.3L.

Overview of Powerstroke Engines

Ford first introduced the Powerstroke engine in 1994. It was the 7.3L version, which revolutionized modern day views on diesel engines in pickup trucks. It featured a two-valve design and the ability to last over 300,000 miles, which was a considerable improvement compared to most vehicles at that time. The Hydraulically actuated Electronically controlled Unit Injector, or HEUI for short, allowed oil to be pushed through oil lines into two oil rails. As the name implies, the pressure would automatically be controlled.

In 2003, Ford received a push to improve the Powerstroke engine because of changing emissions standards as well as increasing prices of fuel. To remedy this issue, Ford took the 7.3L down to a 6.0L displacement. The bottom end of the engine was revised to be sturdier despite the more rigid engine block. The top end was also modified and was manufactured with four valves in the cylinders as well as an upgraded HEUI. The turbocharger was upgraded due to the need for sufficient airflow for more power.

Emissions standards and other issues have prompted Ford to continue redesigning Powerstroke engines, so they came out with the 6.4L in 2008 and the 6.7L in 2011. The next version will be the 3.0L Powerstroke, which is set to be released on some truck models in 2018. Overall, the goal of improving these engines is to make them more powerful while staying within emissions regulations, getting decent mileage, and allowing the use of parts and accessories.

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Ford Powerstroke Parts

Many people choose to accessorize their vehicles and install various parts. Of course, parts also need to be replaced to keep vehicles running smoothly. Several 6.0L Powerstroke parts are available to improve performance as well as overall appearance.

Fuel injectors are used in all diesel-powered engines. Diesel fuel injectors are used to increase reliability, fuel efficiency, and make drives smoother; however, they also aim to save costs and help the environment while staying within emissions standards. Fuel injectors are available for each Powerstroke version, and picking the proper one is crucial. Kits can be purchased, some of which include other accessories such as glow plugs.

Ford Powerstroke engines also come with high-pressure pumps. These typically come with two valves, an internal transfer pump, cylinders, and pistons. Basically, the purpose of these is to deliver fuel efficiently to the injectors while creating pressures around or at 24,000 psi. High-pressure pumps are available for different Powerstroke versions, including the 6.0L.

Another Ford Powerstroke part is the Exhaust Gas Recirculation system (EGR). These systems work to send some of an engine’s exhaust gas back to the cylinders. These aim to reduce NOx that is released into the environment, which will reduce the amount of harmful gases that contribute to pollution. These are available for the Powerstroke 6.0L, and it is possible to get an EGR in a package that also comes with oil cooler gaskets and mounting bolts.

Additional Parts for the Ford Powerstroke 6.0L

The Ford Powerstroke 6.0L F-series, E-series, and Excursions manufactured around 2003-2004 use a diesel turbocharger that increases the engine’s efficiency and power output.

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Other available Ford Powerstroke 6.0L parts include gasket kits, which come with both lower and upper valve covers. Sensors, better known as injector control pressure sensors, work to pressurize fuel in injectors. These automatically read oil pressure. The Ford Powerstroke 6.0L also comes with a fuel injection control module, which creates the energy required for the injectors to work. Without this, the engine will not get the voltage it needs.

Additional parts include fuel pressure regulators and glow plugs. Fuel pressure regulators regulate the pressure of the fuel. When this malfunctions, fuel may leak out of the vacuum hose on the regulator. Signs that Powerstroke 6.0L drivers need to replace their regulators are sputtering, stalling, and not running smoothly.

Diesel glow plugs are another part for Ford Powerstroke 6.0L engines. These are equivalent to spark plugs that are found in gasoline engines. They are helpful in colder months because they absorb compression heat and prevent ignition, meaning a diesel engine can start smoother and preserve fuel.


Several different Ford Powerstroke parts can be replaced and upgraded. From valve cover gaskets to internal systems, the parts in your Ford Powerstroke engine can be modified or replaced to make it run better and save fuel.

7.3L Diesel Engine Weak Points

7.3L Diesel Engine Weak Points

Every engine has its own unique weak points, and the 7.3L diesel engine is no exception. The precise issues and severity of the concerns may vary, but when you recognize that there are common weak points that do arise in the 7.3L diesel engine, you will find those concerns easier to identify and correct.

Limited Power

7.3L diesel engines are not at the high end when it comes to power. This can lead you into problems if you seek to improve the engine to make it more powerful. Most mechanics advise that you not alter the engine by doing anything other than replacing faulty parts and handling routine maintenance.

One of the issues with the 7.3L diesel is the potential for failing parts. If you maintain your engine properly, you can avoid or limit repairs. Some issues, however, may require immediate parts repairs or replacements when you encounter a problem.

Problems with Short Trips on a 7.3L Diesel

If you only drive short distances, your engine may experience cylinder washing. This is the process by which unburned fuel partially eliminates oil’s protective barrier on the cylinders. This may score your cylinder walls over the miles, which could lead to decreased compression and blow-by.

Issues with Transmissions

Most mechanics consider the 7.3L diesel’s main problem to be the transmission. It is more likely than most to “catch and slip”, which occurs more often in cold weather, and can cause headaches when you’re at stop signs and traffic lights. Vehicles with automatic transmissions are the ones that usually develop this problem.

Failure of CAM Position Sensors

Another issue that happens with regularity on the 7.3L diesel engine is parts failure. You may experience various problems with parts, but the CAM position sensor is one of the most common problems.

If you have a CAM position sensor fail, it will usually need replacement. It is not an expensive part, if you compare it to other parts that might have issues, but owners consider it a troublesome problem.


Reprogram Keyless Entry Remote

If you have found yourself needing new keyless entry remotes for your Ford truck, you may be wondering how to reprogram them. It may surprise you to know that it is quite easy, and you can do it yourself. Here is the step by step guide to reprograming keyless entry remotes:

1. Put a key in the ignition, and starting from the “off” or 3 position, turn the car to the “on”, or 4 position. You will do this eight times in a row, quickly.

2. If you have done this correctly, the doors will lock/unlock, letting you know that the car is now in programming mode.

3. Immediately (you only have 20 seconds) program your transmitter by pressing any button on the transmitter. At this point the doors will once again lock/unlock, letting you know that the transmitter has been programmed. If you have taken longer than 20 seconds to do this, then you will have to start over again.

4. You can repeat this step to reprogram any additional remote transmitters. When you have finished, turn the ignition off, or wait for 20 seconds. The doors will lock or unlock again to let you know that programming has finished.

There you have it. Reprogramming your keyless entry remote is quite simple to do.

How to Calibrate the Rearview Mirror in the Ford F-Series Vehicles

The new F-Series seems to have a rear view mirror like most vehicles have. But this mirror is unlike any you have had in the past. Formerly, most rear view mirrors in cars were best used for looking at what was behind you or hanging up your sunglasses or name badge to keep them from getting crushed or lost. Now, in the exceptional Ford F-series, rear view mirror technology reaches new heights as the mirrors feature easily-calibrated auto-dimming features and a functional self-calibrating compass which enable the mirror to not only see where you have been, but are also capable of showing you how to arrive at where you want to go.

Calibrating these innovative devices can be easily done by following the provided directions regarding the auto-dimming feature or the compass. The auto-dimming feature does exactly what it advertises: as bright lights appear from behind, the image in the mirror darkens as the brightness increases. The compass is self-calibrating and is able to indicate the direction in which the vehicle is pointing. The compass features an LED-display and can be upgraded to provide not only direction, but also the outside temperature which can be chosen instead of the direction by using a toggle switch which enables the temperature to appear in Fahrenheit or Celsius.