Ford Country Squire Engine Care Tips
The Ford Country Squire is an iconic station wagon throughout the United States between the 50s and 90s. Although it is built to perform for a long time, its lifespan depends on how regular you are able to service its engine. Unmaintained engines can experience a number of problems such as increased gas consumption, noises, stalling, and odors.
You can avoid these problems by regularly checking the following things during your Country Squire's engine maintenance.
- Check and change your engine oil when needed.
One of the important things to regularly check with your Ford Country Squire's engine is the engine oil. Oil is responsible for controlling the heat of your engine by drawing it away from the combustion chamber. It also lubricates the components in order to protect them from friction. Over time, oil accumulates carbon deposits and debris, which turns it into sludge-like substance. This makes it less efficient in controlling the temperature and in lubricating the components.
To check the oil of your Country Squire, look for the dipstick within the engine with a dry cloth in hand. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with the cloth. Put the stick back in and pull it out again. Check the color of the oil on the stick. If it has an amber or honey color, the engine oil can still be used. If it has a black color though, you'll need to consider changing your oil.
- Inspect the air filter regularly.
Oxygen is required in order to create a combustive reaction with the gasoline. To ensure dirt doesn't get taken in by your Squire's engine, an air filter is used to block away any dust from entering. Over time, dust accumulates in the filter, which can interrupt the flow of oxygen into the combustion chamber. A dirt caked filter is unable to efficiently stop debris from entering. Large amounts of debris collecting in the combustion chamber can create problems such as a clogged fuel injector.
Read the manual of your Ford Country Squire to determine where the air filter is located. It is recommended to check the filter every 15,000 miles. To clean it, remove the filter and use a strong blower to remove the dust. If your car's performance hasn't improved after cleaning the filter, you may need to consider replacing it.
- Examine your engine's PCV valve.
The next thing to regularly check is the PCV valve of your engine. The valve recycles partially burned fuel from the engine crankcase by sending it back to the combustion chamber. This action can decrease your car's fuel consumption.
To check your PCV valve, detach it from the vehicle with the hose still connected to it. Cover the opening of the hose with your finger. If you are able to feel a strong suction from it, the valve is clean. Another method of testing it is to shake the valve. A clean PCV should give off a solid rattling sound. Should there be no suction or if the rattling sounds muffled, you may need to replace the valve.
Checking these three parts of your engine should help you keep the driving experience of your Ford Country Squire a positive one for a long time.