Ford E-350 Club Wagon: Maintenance Tips for Increased Engine Performance
Despite having few modern customizations, the staying power of Ford's Econoline never wavered. With that, you should be glad you're driving a Ford E-350 Club Wagon. It's a capable vehicle with lots of space for both passengers and baggage. You can't go wrong with this wagon especially if you're going on long road trips. But, you can still get more from it. We're talking about increased engine performance and you don't even need to spend a lot of money for custom services to get it. Below are some tips on the upkeep of your vehicle and how these could give you the energy boost that you need:
- Think about synthetic lubricants.
Synthetic lubricants are designed to reduce friction within the engine system; better lubrication between internal moving parts. As a result, they help the engine live longer. Unlike conventional oils, synthetic ones do not break down in high-heat and high-stress situations. In cold weather, these lubricants offer excellent performance and extreme temperature protection. Stability and protection against deposits are also features that you get to enjoy if you use synthetic lubricants for your high-performance engines.
- Do not neglect your Ford E-350 Club Wagon's ignition system.
The ignition system is an important engine component that's very low maintenance. So low, that most drivers forget about it totally. Most of the time, drivers check this one vital engine component only when they car misfires and the engine won't start. The truth is you should always include the ignition in your maintenance checks. Your car's ignition is the one responsible for controlling the spark and the timing of the spark plug firing to match varying engine requirements. It also must increase the battery voltage so it can overcome resistance in the spark plug gap and fire the plug. If any of these processes fail, it may lead to unsatisfactory performance from the engine.
- Think about installing larger throttle body and injectors.
The throttle body is an important part of your vehicle that is responsible for allowing air to flow into the engine. And since air is required in the combustion process, more air means higher power output for the engine. Depending on what type of engine your wagon has, installing larger throttle body and injectors can give you as much as 10-20 more horsepower and comparable torque. The catch however is that you have to be sure what kind of throttle body upgrade is suitable for your engine. You lose power instead of gaining some if the throttle body and the engine does not match.
One of the most productive ways to increase engine performance is by increasing compression. Added compression means adding more horsepower. This modification should go hand and hand with cam selection because the latter also affects cylinder pressure or what you call working compression. You'll need the two to match so you don't damage your engine. You should also watch out for fuel and spark curves when bumping compression. You also need enough octanes to avoid pinging once compression goes beyond the 10.0:1 ratio. Check with your mechanic whether you can bump up compression in your engine and which cam selection should go with it.