9 Tips for Proper Care of Your Ford Powerstroke Diesel

Ford Powerstroke DieselIt doesn’t take a ton of effort to ensure that your Ford remains a reliable and well-functioning truck.

Today we discuss our tips for proper care of your Ford Powerstroke Diesel engine.

Plus, TSC Ford Specialist can help you out in that equation by offering exceptional vehicle services by Ford trained technicians that know their stuff. Read on for some interesting tips.

1. Take Care of Routine Services

This is probably the most important aspect of caring for your Ford Powerstroke diesel engine to get the most out of it. Diesel engines are susceptible to neglect, and just adding additives or aftermarket products won’t cut it. Be sure to visit TSC Ford Specialist on all routine maintenance dates, especially if you are towing heavy items often, idling often or in heavy traffic.

2. Consider Using Synthetic Oil

We typically recommend making the switch to synthetic motor oil. It is superior to conventional oil in many ways, other than price, which is often higher. Synthetic oil is resilient to breaking down, helping to maximize engine protection between oil changes.

3. Use an Oil Additive for Stiction

Stiction is the result of oil break-down and the build-up of carbon deposits within an HEUI injector. It also causes misfires and hard starts. Remember, don’t use just any oil additive, popular additives specifically designed to combat stiction are best.

4. Be Sure to Change Fuel Filters

Caring for your Ford Powerstroke Diesel engine means that fuel filters and water separators need to be changed and drained every 15,000 miles.

5. Service the EGR Valve

Every other oil change should suffice. When the EGR valve clogs, fuel economy and performance suffer and can cause an engine to run hotter than normal, this could lead to head gasket issues.

6. Use Quality Fuel Additives

It is recommended to use a fuel additive that increases the cetane rating of diesel and provides lubrication to the fuel system; there are many quality, affordable brands on the market as well.

7. Drive it Fast

Occasionally it is a good idea to use your variable geometry turbocharger that comes with most Ford Powerstroke diesel engines. Over time, soot accumulates on the vanes, restricting their movement. If you only drive around town for the most part, you’ll want to give your engine a better workout. Get the truck warm, drive it wide open for a few short bursts and everything should loosen up.

8. Avoid Excessive Idling

This is not a good thing, as it contributes to fuel dilution. Excessive fuel dilution is cause for concern as it modifies the properties of the engine oil. If it is cold, it may be necessary to let the motor idle for up to 10 minutes before driving, warmer conditions you can get away with 2 to 3 minutes. Never put a load on a cold engine.

9. Cool It Down

Try to get into the habit of allowing it to idle for at least 30 seconds before shutting off the engine. This will give the turbocharger an opportunity to cool, preventing oil from cooking once the engine is shut down and oil stops circulating through the turbocharger.

We hope you found these tips for proper care of your Ford Powerstroke Diesel engine helpful. Even better,  choose TSC Ford Specialist to help with all your vehicle maintenance and repairs to ensure the longevity of your truck . Call us today to schedule your next service. 

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