The Benefits of Powerstroke Injectors

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The modern diesel injectors that supply your engine with fuel are electronically controlled and more reliable than ever. Diesel trucks from Ford are long-lived workhorses, and many run well over 200,000 miles. Continue reading

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.


Adjust Gear Shift Indicator in F-150

Sometimes, shift indicators can malfunction—leading to an array of nuisances when vehicle owners intend to park. If a 1997-2003 Ford truck improperly displays its position, several remedies exist.

If your truck is in Park, and if the indicator displays a Reverse position, the indicator may be working improperly. Similarly, if the indicator is off-center a little, the same problem may be attributed to the annoyance. The fix is, however, surprisingly easy, and it works well with many 1997-2003 Ford vehicles.

First, simply remove the vehicle’s trim panels, carefully. If this process isn’t taken with extreme care, the removed trim panel may damage the vehicle’s external structure, scuff important mechanisms or cause the trim panel to break. Once the trim panel is removed, separate the plastic shroud. This plastic shroud is located atop the steering column—where it surrounds the device.

The problem’s source is located near the right-most side of the vehicle’s steering column. Once the shroud is removed, it’s easy to access the spot. Identify the white plastic piece to the steering column’s right, and target the device’s black wheel.

The wheel should be attached to a purple wire. The targeted wheel is called an “adjustment wheel”, and it’s utilized to correct a faulty shift indicator. Turn the wheel, and examine the shift indicator simultaneously. As you turn the wheel, the shift indicator should wiggle a bit. Turn the wheel until the indicator is aligned—and until the vehicle’s correct shift is displayed.

Replacing the F-150 Fuel Filter

The air, oil and fuel filters on your automobile are important to keeping your vehicle running smoothly. Regular maintenance of these filters helps avoid problems, especially those caused by dirty fuel from pumps. The debris from dirty gas builds up in your system and the filter helps remove them.

The more effective your fuel filter, the more trash and particulates it will capture. It is important to change it out regularly, at least once a year or every 10,000 miles. This is a small investment of a few dollars and 15 to 30 minutes that pays big dividends in fuel savings and engine performance for your F-150.

Before you start, ensure you have safety glasses, a fuel filter wrench, and the appropriate replacement filter. The steps are as follows:

  1. Locate the filter on the inner frame rails on the driver side. It looks like a very small can and has lines leading from the fuel tank.
  2. You first disconnect the filter retaining clips, pushing down on the top of the clip and sliding them forward.
  3. With the clip out of the way, insert the filter wrench over the nipple of the fuel filter. With a steady, moderate force, hold onto the wrench while pulling away the fuel line connector until it separates
  4. Repeat this on the other side, totally separating the filter from the lines.
  5. Remove the old filter and clip in the new one, making sure you have the fuel direction correct.
  6. Reconnect both ends of the fuel lines, making sure they are connected tightly.
  7. Reconnect both fuel lines and retainer clips and check for any leaks.

The process may be a little slow the first time you replace the filter, but you’ll quickly get comfortable with this important piece of maintenance.

Dodge Ram Info


The Dodge Ram truck comes in three package levels for personal use. The Ram 1500 Crew Cub, a light duty diesel truck, was the Truck of the Year for 2013 and 2014. The base model, the ‘Big Horn,’ has a starting MSRP of $29,965 with a 3.6L Penstar V6 diesel engine. With a choice of 12 colors and 6 trim levels, this model has a Best in Class distinction for its gas mileage of 17 MPG city. It also gets 25 MPG highway.

The base model Dodge Ram 2500 is a regular cab with an eight foot bed. With a starting MSRP of $30,115, this truck features a 5.7 HEMI V8 engine with 383 horsepower. It is also available as a crew cab with either a six or eight foot bed. The 2500 is offered in eight trim levels and with both 4×2 and 4×4 options available.

For those jobs that require a great deal of power, the auto maker offers the Dodge Ram 3500. With seven trim levels, a MSRP of $30,910 and a standard 5.7L HEMI V8, the 3500 also offers more powerful engine options. A 6.4L HEMI V8 is available as well as a 6.7L Cummins. Buyers can choose from six or eight foot beds as well as between a regular and crew cab.

A recall of just 159 Dodge Rams 1500s was issued so that the transmissions can be replaced by Chrysler. One of the suppliers used by Chrysler notified the auto maker that some of the transmissions in those particular Dodge Ram trucks could have difficulty shifting into park. Though Chrysler stated that it is unaware of any incidents related to this problem, it notified all 159 owners of the trucks built during 12 days of late January and early February 2014 of the issue.