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RE: 6.7L CAC hose rupture..beware!

Happened to me yesterday on our way home from a 1 week trip. 250 miles from home, 50 miles from the nearest dealer. 36k miles on the truck. Heard a hissing noise, then a very loud bang; thought it was a tire. Lost power. Idles fine. No engine light or codes. Happened next to a rest area west of Needles, CA on I-40. Was able to get it into the rest area. Ford had it towed to Havasu City, AZ dealer under warranty. Friend drove 250 miles to come get me and the trailer. Will carry a spare for now on. Looks easy enough to replace if it blows again. After market pipes (I have checked all the ones in this thread) are not legal in California - even if they do nothing to change the performance or smog control. Truck gets a smog inspection every 2 years in California - they would catch it. Looks like it is pretty easy to swap. Put the OEM plastic on for one day, inspect, then swap out for reliability for two years. Or paint the fancy one matte black to hide it better.
Fordlover 03/28/17 07:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2006 Explorer 4.6 v8 has no power to tow up mountains?

As also mentioned in another post, with the RCW listed, 65-70 towing ANYWHERE in the state of washington is over the max limit of 60mph towing or a vehicle over 10K of any sort. Marty Interesting, the speed limit in our town's divided roadway, (a road with very limited direct access away from stop light controlled intersections, and no cross traffic). is 45 mph, where the average speed is typically 55 to 60. Quite frankly, it is irresponsible and dangerous to drive 45 MPH (or less) on the roadway. The majority of traffic is moving at a much faster rate. Sometimes, speed limits can be wrong, luckily Texas recognizes that and covers it with a Prima Facie law rather than absolute. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ming-Han_Li/publication/241083517/figure/fig2/AS:298563419557892@1448194474849/Fig-2-A-street-view-of-The-Woodlands-Parkway-Commercial-and-residential-buildings-are.png height=400 width=400
Fordlover 03/25/17 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Downsizing Our Trailer & Tow Vehicle

We're looking to downsize our trailer to something in the 20' to 22' range, & also to downsize from our V8 truck to a V6, preferably a SUV. The trailers we've been looking at have a GVWR of 5000 lbs or less. Can we safely haul a trailer of this weight with a V6? Does anyone have suggestions on SUVs that have decent gas mileage that could tow 5000 lbs or less? Thanks for any help. The only V6 I'd consider for that load would be an Ecoboost 3.5 v6, but the smallest you can get it in that can handle a typical 22 foot camper would be the Expedition.
Fordlover 03/22/17 07:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2006 Explorer 4.6 v8 has no power to tow up mountains?

Agree with others, you are driving it wrong. I've never been afraid of RPM's and personally I like to hear the V8 sing. I've got the 2 valve version of your engine mated to a 5 speed auto/3.73's and it is more than adequate to move 5,000 lbs. of camper. You don't mention what gears you have, but the tow package trucks were rated to > 7,000 lbs.
Fordlover 03/22/17 06:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: CAFE stds on the chopping block

The only problem I can think of by moving the goal post closer is the companies who've invested substantial money to be in line the new standard are ultimately penalized where as the companies who did very little will benefit the most.Any manufacturer that can develop a car that can get 54 mpg is going to sell ton of them. Not if it costs 280K each, even if it resembles something that people actually want to buy.
Fordlover 03/10/17 09:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: HD Diesel Cost Comparison

FWIW, my neighbor is a GM guy, his wife drives Tahoe, he has a 04 or so 2500 chevy. He just came home in a new 2500 Ram and I asked him why he jumped ship, I thought the chevy had been good to him? He pointed at the Ram and said 34,000. He just couldn't justify the additional expense of the Chevy.
Fordlover 03/09/17 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: old truck with transmission problem

I'm just curious about the 6.9 diesel, I would have just assumed it would have been a 7.3... when did Ford starting using the 7.3 in pickups? I think around 1987-88 when the body style changed. All the 6.9's I've seen were in the 80 to 86 bodystyle.
Fordlover 03/09/17 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and navistars new 4500 to 6500 trucks.

Wondering if stopping at 22,000 on the 3500 trucks is because the new trucks of 4500 and up are due out real soon ?? They will be GM body and duramax with navistar frame . My good friend works for navistar,and said the trucks are almost ready. The way I look at is that GM has the truck line covered from Colorado up to the big dogs. Real soon? No coverage anywhere in GM announcements? Nearest I could find talking about returning to the medium duty line they left nearly 10 years ago is this: rebadged 4500, 5500 isuzu cab trucks
Fordlover 03/09/17 06:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: How Much Truck For This Trailer?

I'm looking for a trailer at this size and features: Keystone Laredo 330RL Keystone says the Gross Vehicle Weight is 9,875. Let's call it 10,000. Ford says an F-150 can pull up to 10,500. The F-250 can pull up to about 13,500. If money was no object I would probably get the F-250, but since my last name isn't Gates or Buffett I do want to spend my money wisely. If you have this sort of experience, what would be your advice regarding this decision? I'm a big fan of the Ecoboost F-150, and believe in the tow ratings. However if I was looking at a 9K loaded trailer, I'd go directly to the HD trucks. Pulling a car hauler loaded to 10K lb is a completely different animal than pulling a 10k lb long and high wall RV.
Fordlover 03/09/17 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Driving with your hazard flashers on

Maybe he is confused. Sorta like that new bathroom choice thing, he must be uncertain if he is left, right or somewhere down the middle.
Fordlover 02/15/17 06:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Breakdown of truck sales 2016

You could virtually copy this whole thread when someone links pickup sales for any given month. Same for trailer tires thread. That's why we are down to ten pages of topics. Same old garbage. But how else do we justify our life choices and criticize others for not buying what we bought? :h Patriot... Perhaps you can post that article again that shows the percent of market by diesel engine brand. :B There's no doubt it's stunning how so many people were burned in the 6.0L, 6.4L and to some degree the 6.7L Ford fiascos and still come back for more. When reading the Dieselstop yesterday I was amazed how many were trading off 2011-2014 6.7L trucks for new models to avoid the disasters that they have been known to cause. One has to give it to Ford, they have incredible marketing. I got burnt on my 6.0L in repairs and resale and wasn't going in for Round 2! And this is coming from what was a die hard Ford man! :B What about those who bought the gold standard Cummins and got burned? My uncle hasn't had a single ram mafia member offer to reimburse the bill for his new engine at 130K miles on his 2006. I'm pretty sure he's not holding his breath. So much for those who said "buy the cummins, it will never let you down." Do you really want to compare the 2006 Cummins reliability record to a 2006 Ford 6.0L? Deflecting isn't the same as answering the question. The Cummins reliability record doesn't mean squat when you are the one holding the 12,000 dollar bill for a new engine just out of warranty period. Would you really want to lecture my Uncle on the reliability record of his engine? That is ice cold man. I also never said he was considering the 6.0 back in 2006. He traded in a Land Cruiser and went for the Cummins over the Duramax, and paid dearly.
Fordlover 02/15/17 06:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Breakdown of truck sales 2016

"The Best Never Rests" :B Made a quick run to the deer camp this morning and saw several new F350 DRW trucks. Man are they a jewel. Dually in deer camp? You must be a flat lander hunter. Yep... Pretty much flat land full of Live Oaks, Post Oaks, and Pin Oaks. No wonder that F-350 has been trouble free. You need to come out West to the mountain passes where they have to work hard no matter which direction is chosen! ;) :B Nice! I was thinking the same. I'll pass... While you guys freeze your balz off I'm enjoying 85F temps fpr the last few days. BTW...those Dodge dashboards don't stand a chance in this Texas heat. Crack... Crack... Crack... Next thing you know it the whole top of the dash is gone. :W Oh Fishy My 11 year old Dodge lives in a harsher heat than your Texas - try Tucson - parked outside all year - Dash is in great shape - no cracks, and no flat land cruising either Sooo... It's just a great conspiracy when you google dodge cracked dash and get photo after photo?? I'm sure they are all photoshopped.:W My buddies old 99 and his 01 had massive holes in the middle of the dash, we used to joke with him that the rams were factory equipped with the hole. http://cdn.carcomplaints.com/complaints/images/e04224b6-5a4a-1030-a1ce-d4882b41c61dr.jpg height=400 And yes, that is Texas registration/inspection stickers in the corner of this windshield. On the plus side, his 2006 dash is still crack free last I saw.
Fordlover 02/15/17 05:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Breakdown of truck sales 2016

I'm really in a conundrum. I don't like Ford seats, Rams always break down and I don't like the looks of GM trucks. I need a 3/4 ton truck. you tried the 2017 seats. Word is they are all new.
Fordlover 02/14/17 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Breakdown of truck sales 2016

You could virtually copy this whole thread when someone links pickup sales for any given month. Same for trailer tires thread. That's why we are down to ten pages of topics. Same old garbage. But how else do we justify our life choices and criticize others for not buying what we bought? :h Patriot... Perhaps you can post that article again that shows the percent of market by diesel engine brand. :B There's no doubt it's stunning how so many people were burned in the 6.0L, 6.4L and to some degree the 6.7L Ford fiascos and still come back for more. When reading the Dieselstop yesterday I was amazed how many were trading off 2011-2014 6.7L trucks for new models to avoid the disasters that they have been known to cause. One has to give it to Ford, they have incredible marketing. I got burnt on my 6.0L in repairs and resale and wasn't going in for Round 2! And this is coming from what was a die hard Ford man! :B What about those who bought the gold standard Cummins and got burned? My uncle hasn't had a single ram mafia member offer to reimburse the bill for his new engine at 130K miles on his 2006. I'm pretty sure he's not holding his breath. So much for those who said "buy the cummins, it will never let you down."
Fordlover 02/14/17 11:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Injectors

My buddy with a Duramax had to replace all his injectors at 120,000 miles and got me worried - I have about 200,000 miles on my 2006 Dodge. How long do injectors typically last and how does it differ by brand of truck? My buddies 2006 Cummins needed a tow and new injectors at 65K miles, a tip broke off of one. About 5 grand later, his "bullet proof" cummins was back on the road. I'm pretty sure they typically last longer than this though.
Fordlover 02/09/17 09:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Ford Expedition

Looks great. The dial knob is fine, after a while, you don't think about it. No conspicuous reminder of whether the truck is in park or not. I prefer a shifter handle. If it's not all the way forward or all the way up, you shouldn't be stepping out of the vehicle. Sadly, I predict more injuries. Jeep crushes man, transmission left in neutral.
Fordlover 02/09/17 09:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7 Powerstroke "3" year report

I am glad that the OP is happy with his Ford Diesel. But to be fair 3 years and 88k is not a profound statement on a diesels life or dependability. It is really just beginning it's life and is now completely broken in. These should be 500 thousand mile engines. and to be honest Ford has had many many problems with it's diesels over the years. One year would be great the next would require changes for emissions and it would be terrible. They seemed for years to have no long range engine design planning for future emissions and power requirements. The overwhelming number of really older diesels I come across are either the 7.3 Ford which was the International Harvester Bus engine, or old Dodge Cummins. Dodge did the only smart thing. They teamed up with a real dependable diesel engine maker and put that badge on the truck. Ford (and for that matter Chevy) would be smart to follow suit. Instead they fiddled around the edges trying to reinvent the wheel. and mostly failed. Ford should get CAT to source one of their smaller diesels for them and off you go to the races. And GM who once owned the biggest diesel manufacturer in the US Detroit Diesel could do the same. I cant wait for MACK to make a pickup. Daniel, some people have no interest in driving a vehicle 500K miles, and you can put me in that group. If a vehicle can go 200K miles without many problems, I consider that a win, and OP is closing in on half way there, Fish is more than 1/2 way. I personally don't give a flip what the reliability is from 250K to 500+K. I've driven/ridden in Ford and GM's with 300K on them, and the truck is pretty shot at that point. I've ridden in older Dodges with 150K on them and they are shot. I've heard the new interiors are much nicer, so maybe they hold up better than the 90's and early 2000 models.
Fordlover 02/09/17 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hauling ATV in bed and towing TT

Looks like I might be getting an ATV, and likely to be a slightly larger one and I don't think the the tailgate will close all the way based on some quick measurements. So if the tailgate won't close all the way, I can't tow my travel trailer with the tailgate down, what options exist? I know I can take the tailgate off as one option, but that isn't always the nest option as I need a locking bed when I get to my destination. Is there a way to partially raise/close the tailgate and secure it part way up so its safely out of the way? An expensive over the rail cargo system isn't an option at this point. Any other thoughts would be appreciated. Mind your rear window. It is not unusual for new ATV owners to immediately find a need for a new rear window in their truck. I've had two friends experience this, one did it multiple times before he built a wood box that sat in the bed to prevent the front rack on the ATV from touching the glass.
Fordlover 02/09/17 07:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you determine how much to spend on a truck?

I prefer to save ahead of time. Step 1: Drive paid for vehicle. (my SUV is 15 years old) Step 2: Pay yourself car payment (avg. new car payment ~500 bucks)(trucks probably more like ~750) Step 3: When you've saved enough, you can pay cash for your new vehicle Step 4: Enjoy new vehicle that isn't towing around 40K in debt behind it Step 5: Continue paying yourself a car payment for your next new vehicle. We have enough for a new vehicle saved, but since my truck is still doing what we need it to do, and it's holding up great, we'll just continue to save. Which is a good thing as new midlevel trucks are likely to cost near 100 grand by the time we're ready to upgrade.
Fordlover 02/08/17 06:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheel hub assembly failure due to towing?

No problems with the way you're towing. I'm a Ford tech and these are a common occurrence. I've had better luck with Ford OEM. The cheap aftermarket ones are, well, cheap. Ford has a 2 year warranty. X2 - This is what I read in my research. I just replaced both original front hubs at 105K miles on my 02 explorer with OEM units. I read stories about aftermarket units failing in <5K miles.
Fordlover 02/08/17 06:06am Tow Vehicles
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