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FAQ & TIPS
- FAQ & TIPS
- 1. WATCH THOSE BATTERIES & GROUNDS!
- 2. GET A BETTER ALTERNATOR.
- 3. UPGRADE YOUR ALTERNATOR WIRING.
- 4. GET GAUGES
- 5. BACKFLUSH THE OIL COOLER - LOSE THE FORD GOLD COOLANT.
- 6. INSTALL A COOLANT FILTER
- 7. MONITOR YOUR EGTS SPECIFICALLY
- 8. USE 10W30 SYNTHETIC
- 9. GET THE BLUE SPRING KIT AND SAVE YOUR INJECTORS
- 10. INSTALL A FUEL PRESSURE GAUGE.
- 11. GET SAFE WHEN TOWING.
- 12. GET A MORE FREE FLOWING EXHAUST.
- 13. EXERCISE THOSE VARIABLE VEINS IN THE TURBO.
- 14. INSTALL A BYPASS OIL FILTRATION KIT.
- 15. REMOVE AND CLEAN THE FUEL PUMP.
- 16. CLEAN THE OIL SIDE OF THE INJECTORS.
- 17. CLEAN THE FUEL SIDE OF THE INJECTORS.
- 18. CLEAN UP THE EGR VALVE.
- 19. CLEAN THE EXHAUST GAS BACKPRESSURE SENSOR AND THE TUBE THAT FEEDS IT TO PREVENT A NO-START
- 20. UPGRADE YOUR TURBO OIL DRAIN TUBE AND OIL SUPPLY LINES.
- 21. RE-ROUTE YOUR CRANKCASE VENTILATION (CCV) LINE.
- 22. UPGRADE YOUR TRANSMISSION
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1. Watch those batteries & grounds!
Weak supply side voltage is the #1 reason for FICM failure. The official Ford spec indicates that during cranking operations, voltage is not to drop to 9.3 volts for more than 10 seconds. In actuality, letting batteries dip below 10.0 volts should never be tolerated. Fully charged batteries left sitting overnight should measure 12.7 volts or even slightly more. If you're seeing voltage below 12.5, it's time to get those batteries on a charger! We recommend a good desulphating charger. The Battery Tender and Battery Minder line of products are solid, though any smart charger will do. Dash mounted solar options can do a good job of keeping batteries healthy as well.
In addition to checking the battery voltage, here's a list of Ground connections you'll want to inspect and clean up, ranked in order of importance.
1. Common battery terminals
2. Ground connection from passenger battery at lower passenger side of the engine.
3. Ground frame to passenger battery (close to connection above and part of the cable).
4. Ground drivers battery to frame under the air filter. (Install additional cable between this point and driver’s side to be doubly protected).
5. Ground body attachment above drivers headlight.
6. Ground body attachment on driver side firewall.
7. Ground body attachment on passenger side firewall above the heater.
8. Ground body attachment on the passenger cable pigtail by the battery.
9. Frame rail to the body under the passenger side foot-well.
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