All About Ford’s 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel

ford-powerstroke-dieselAre you looking for information that will give you everything you need to know all about Ford’s 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel? TSC Ford Specialist is a great place to start asking questions to get the answers you need.

For starters, this engine is characterized by its hydraulic, electric unit injection system which uses highly pressurized engine oil as a medium for generating fuel pressure directly into the injector body that improves overall performance, lower emissions, and better fuel economy.

The 7.3L Power Stroke was the first electronically controlled, direct-injected diesel engine in the light-duty market segment and is one of the most popular and sought after engines in a pickup truck because of its reliability and longevity.

The “Super Duty” line of trucks delivers a higher degree of torque and horsepower than their latter versions making them a desirable vehicle for tough jobs such as towing.

The 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel was developed by the Caterpillar Engine Division with a joint venture between Caterpillar and International Truck. The original engine achieved notoriety within International as the T444E (T for turbo, 444 for the number of cubic inches the engine displaced, and E for electronic controls). When it finally became installed in Fords, it then was known as the 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel.

These engines can be considered true old-school diesel because they are mechanically-injected, so they don’t require any extra complicated, overly expensive, or prone to- failure electronics. They also never came with problematic emissions equipment such as EGR, DPF, or SCR technologies.

Another benefit is you’ll never have to pay thousands of dollars for fuel injectors because if they wear out, you can get a complete set from DPS for next to nothing. Many are drawn to this engine because it’s able to run 100 percent biodiesel which makes it cheap and easy to afford but maybe not so sophisticated and the exhaust has a very distinct smell, which may turn some people off.

When properly maintained, you should have years of worry free driving. However, there are some issues that have been known to affect this engine, the most common are:

  • Injector regulator valve sticks or sensor wires are damaged,
  • Injector driver module gets damaged from water,
  • Cam position sensor stops working,
  • Under valve cover harness connectors become loose or shortened
  • Fuel filter clogs
  • Lift pump fails
  • Overheating occurs
  • Injector control pressure sensor
  • Fuel heater fails

Avoid are all mainstream issues with proper maintenance and care, of course.  At TSC Ford Specialists we can assist you with all of these types of repairs with this Ford engine.

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