FAQs—Ford E250 Econoline
Why is my Ford E250 Econoline making a sputtering noise and having misfires when accelerating?
Among the common reported problems of the Ford E250 Econoline is its rough running engine and possible misfires on acceleration. It may have something to do with the ignition coils and ignition coil boots which have a tendency to dry up and to start cracking. Sometimes, the ignition wires are not properly routed to the valve cover and this may also be the cause. Thus, it's important to always check these parts and determine whether they need to be replaced. The sputtering noise can also due to the dislodgement of the spark plugs from the cylinder heads. Consult a mechanic regarding the replacement of the cylinder heads.
I am experiencing Transmission Fluid Leaks. What are the possible causes and how do I go about solving this problem?
Transmission fluids leaking may be caused by transmission overheating and if often a sign of an internal transmission problem. However, it may also be caused by failure of the front pump seal of the transmission. To solve this immediately, remove the transmission, replace the front pump seal and replace all fluid in the transmission filter. Afterwards, verify if it flows properly through the transmission fluid lines and cooler. You can prevent this from happening again by not carrying load being the gross vehicle weight limits as this cause the transmission to overheat.
Why does my E250's Rear Anti-lock Brake System light illuminates for no reason at all?
The Rear Anti-lock Brake System (RABS) light illuminating with no driving issues present is most likely a sign of a complex problem and an expert checkup is needed. In must cases, the RABS control module must be replaced.
Why do I hear buzzing noises from my Muffler?
Buzzing noises coming from the muffler or the exhaust system is usually caused by debris or broken pieces from the catalytic converter that have reached the muffler. It could also be caused by a hole in the exhaust system. Thus, have a technician thoroughly inspect the muffler and catalytic system. More often than not, the muffler or catalytic system needs to be replaced.
I just recently gave my Ford E250 a new paint job and I'm now thinking of jazzing the exterior with more accessories. What ideas would you suggest in sprucing up my van?
If you wish to make your van look more striking, then consider bumper and grille replacements. A direct fit or customized Chrome bumper would look great; add to that a fresh Grille Assembly and Chrome Trims. A front-end mask could also be a great addition. You can also change your factory hood into a primer coated one. Having your hood primed would also make it more resistant to corrosion. New primed door handles are also an interesting accent. Give your tires a makeover and choose the rims that would suit them. Customizing your headlights and adding LED lights, Off-Road lights and Car bulbs can be the finishing touches.
Ford E-250 Econoline: The Full-Size Van That Won America’s Heart Big-Time
Ford is not only a competitive automaker, but it is also a record-nabber at that. Since the 1980, the company’s E-Series, which was previously called as the Econoline, has been the best-selling van model in the US as of 2012. The E-250, particularly, was a robust full-size van that could accommodate both cargos and passengers without whining. The model underwent several style and spec changes through the years, but the fact that it is still being manufactured fifty years later is enough a proof of its quality and deliverability.
1961 – 1967: The flat-nosed van
Characteristically flat-nosed, the first-generation of E-250 units were offered as a cargo van and a pick-up truck that could seat eight passengers in three-row seats. The front of the vehicle was generally heavy, but this was solved by placing a counterweight over the rear wheels for weight balance. Despite being a competing model side by side the Corvair 95 and the Volkswagen Type 2, the unit did not copy anything from the two; the E-250 had an engine located in between and behind the front seats. The units sported a tandem of a 6-cylinder engine and a 3-speed manual transmission, but later on an automatic transmission was added as an option.
1968 – 1974: Better drivability
Still playing around with the vehicle’s weight balance, the engine of the second-generation E-250 models was moved to the front. Equipped with a V8, these models were driven by the front wheels and had a Cruise-O-Matic feature for easier driving. Aside from seating up to nine passengers, the units also had houndstooth fabric for the seats, an AM-FM stereo, and an air conditioning system as interior features. Later changes included a new grille and the shift to sliding rear doors.
1975 – 1991: More spacious and sturdier
With a longer nose, the third-generation models were based on a new platform called VN, which consisted of a full frame and a Twin I-Beam front suspension. The capacity was between two and fifteen passengers, and through the years, only minor changes were done, including a restyled grille with Ford’s Blue Oval logo, square headlights, anti-lock brakes, and a full-size spare tire.
1992 – 2012: More eco-friendly
Driving dynamics and load carrying capacity were improved in this generation. The units had a standard 4.6-liter Triton V8 engine where a power of 225-hp could be squeezed out. Aside from being more ergonomic and spacious, the units were also the first ones to have airbags for the steering wheel. Another new thing about the units was the use of a CFC-free refrigerant. Later on, dual airbags were also installed on the dashboard. Around 2009, the headlights and grille were enlarged, and the hood became longer. A few other additions included Ford’s Sync system, a passenger-side glove compartment, and a rear-view back-up camera. The E-250 was also the first American-made van to use E85, a fuel alternative to gasoline derived from plants.