Top Two Gripes with the Classic Ford Courier
The Ford Courier has been around for many years now. It began as a ambulance-looking sedan delivery-funny-looking today but very reliable in the 50s-and eventually shaping into one of the most loved light trucks out of the long-running American manufacturing giant. Very little in the way of major trouble has been associated with this much-loved Ford, ensuring that the brand remains relevant and relied-upon long after the tag Courier has been retired or reapplied. Still, no vehicle is ever truly perfect, so here are the top two problems that ever owner or would-be owner should be aware of.
Overheating and the rear gate valve
It has often been reported that the 2005 edition of the Ford Courier has a problem with overheating out of the blue-the truth, however, is that it appears that this edition has a tendency to over-pressurize the engine. The problem didn't cause any immediate detriment to the drivers at the time but was alarming in the sudden rise of the temperature gauges needle. It has since been discovered that rear gate valve had a tendency to seize up, causing pressure within the engine to shoot up.
The best solution has proven to be a replacement of the rear gate valve in question. As the increase in pressure also has an effect on a lot of vulnerable components attached to the engine, it is important to check the whole engine-especially the valves and heads-as some other components might be affected.
Fuel problems and the injector pump filter
Also a problem commonly reported with the 2005 Ford Courier-at about 150,000 miles-is a tendency to lose power at over 2700 rpm. This abrupt occurrence used to be blamed on the engine, but any work done in and around the engine failed to bring any kind of resolution to the problem. It was later found that the injector pump filter tended to clog up heavily over time. The filter itself is very difficult to spot as it is much smaller than other filters.
It is an easy enough change out and, in this instance at least, more thorough cleaning and maintenance seems to prevent the problem from ever occurring to begin with.
I got a check engine light coming on during one of my drives the other day, and I had my Ford Courier checked to determine what the problem was. I was told by my mechanic that my oxygen sensor has to be replaced. What will happen if I don't replace the sensor right away? Is an oxygen sensor replacement something I can forego for a while?
No, replacement of a damaged oxygen sensor is not something that you can delay. This sensor reads the exhaust that passes through the exhaust pipes to determine if your engine is receiving the right amount of air and fuel. As it sends reading signals to the car computer, the latter continuously adjusts the amount of air and fuel sent to the engine until the right quantity is reached and maintained. Without the information sent by the sensor, the engine won't get the right amount of air and fuel for combustion, and you will likely experience a wide range of driving problems in your ride—difficulty in starting the car, poor idle, poor fuel efficiency, and a lot more. Prevent all of these by getting a new sensor right away!
I need to get a new air intake tube for my vehicle, and I'm looking for one that is high performance. What features should I look into in order to ensure that the new tube will be able to provide more power to the engine?
The first thing you need to look into is the construction of the tube. Is the material used of high quality? It should not easily break and get damaged, and it should be resistant to corrosion. Another thing to consider: is the design efficient? As much as possible, look for an intake tube with fewer bends—this means air will be able to flow directly to the engine without backpressure or any type of restriction. And if you are getting an intake tube together with an air filter, choose a filter made from cotton gauze or foam. Remember not to get a paper filter as this can easily get clogged.
I'm doing some DIY wheel detailing in my Ford Courier, and one of the things I'd like to do is to polish or wax the rims of my vehicle. I have no experience doing this, and I'd like to ask for advice on what type of polishing or waxing compound I should use for my ride. Any tip for me?
Perhaps the most important thing to remember in your vehicle is that different wheel materials require different types of polish or wax. So, the first thing to do is to determine the materials used in building the wheels in your car. For instance, while wax is needed for painted wheels andpolish is necessary according to the original finish of your auto wheels, anodised wheels only need petroleum jelly to look great. And sometimes, the materials used in building the wheels will determine the right product to use.