Top Two Troubles with the Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon
It's a van! It's an ambulance! It's a camper! No, wait. It's the Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon. Yes, the E-350 is all those things and more. Which was the great thing about this great van-both figuratively and literally. It was cool for its versatility and truly huge in size to boot-that makes it one of the best-selling full-sized vans in America. Like anything ever made, it isn't totally perfect. So, here are the two most common gripes that consumers have had with the E-350. It's great to note that by "common" there really aren't that many problems with this classic.
Funky Pistons & Cracked Blocks
This serious but relatively rare problem is encountered in the newer 2006 E-350 at around 96,000 miles. It has only happened to a handful of people, and has not been a cause of any serious incidents-yet. It usually manifests itself with slowing of the van before shutting down and refusing to start. Potentially, however, if the failure occurs at faster speeds, it would be extremely dangerous. Strangely enough, the engine on the E-350 is generally well-received, and the problem seems to be an odd "lemon" as they used to call it.
Unsurprisingly, no general recall orders were issued with regard to this specific problem, but dealers are the best bet for a replacement. Be warned, however, that the rarity of the problems has had many dealers turn down their customers, not realizing that the incident is, in fact, wholly due to a fault in workmanship.
Tricky Tire Treads
The 1996 E-350 and its Firestone Steeltex r4s tires are front and center in this much less serious gripe. Most reports focus on one tire, though others claim that nearly all four can be affected. The problem is that the tires experience tread-separation more rapidly than other brands-leading to a brief loss of control. Potentially dangerous as this is, it is far easier to solve than most other problems. A new set of tires-even aftermarket ones work here-solves the problem readily.
FAQs—Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon
I've been meaning to buy a second hand Ford Econoline E-350 van for my family (five big kids plus me and my wife) but at the same time I want to make money out of it as well. Any ideas on how I can make the most out of this huge vehicle?
The E-Series line of vans can be used for a variety of purposes. It can be converted into a delivery van, a shuttle service vehicle, and it can even pull a trailer truck. All you have to do is search for the right parts needed to make these conversions possible. Removing the seats may be a lot of work but it is possible and necessary to make way for more cargo. Proper maintenance like choosing the right tires to accommodate heavier loads is crucial to ensure safety and to maximize fuel consumption. Official dealerships and other service shops offer parts for towing additional cargo, just make sure that these are certified products and are installed properly by a professional.
My 2009 Ford E-350's check engine light is illuminating and I have experienced misfires on acceleration. I had a rough, uphill drive and I was disappointed to see melted spark plugs. Any ideas on why this is happening?
Most of the time, the ignition coils and/or the ignition coil boots are the culprits of this problem. It's the rubber boot that insulates the coil to the spark plug can dry and crack allowing arcing. Check the coils and boots, and replace these parts as needed. Some experts also recommend replacing the coil boots any time the spark plugs are replaced.
I felt excessive vibration while driving my Ford E-350 (4R100 A/T, 75,000 mileage). I discovered fluid leaks from the rear of its transmission. What do I do to avoid further damage?
You should check if the fluid supply hole is clear of debris. This dilemma is usually caused by a lack of lubrication to the rear of the transmission and rear seal failure. Clogging in the fluid supply hole can cause the loss of lubrication in the extension housing (rear portion of transmission). This leads to rear seal failure from lack of lubrication, and can cause bearing failure in the extension housing. Replacement of the extension housing and gasket is recommended.
An experienced mechanic friend of mine suggested aluminium inserts after I heard loud popping noises and misfires on my Ford E-350 (V10, 180,000 mileage) should I consider this modification as a solution?
If your Ford E0350 is still under base warranty, it usually gets cylinder head replacements. But if your vehicle is out of warranty then yes, aluminium inserts are the answer. Spark plugs become dislodged from cylinder heads hence the popping noise and the misfire incidents. The damaged threads on the spark plug ports in the cylinder heads can be replaced with aluminium inserts.
I noticed corrosion after a coolant leakage from the heater core. There is possible leakage at the passenger side of my Ford E-350 as well. I already replaced this once with a standard quality heater core because of budget constraints and now I'm regretting my decision! Help!
Subpar heater core replacements tend to leak and not last very long thus causing leakage and further damage to your car. Electrolysis can cause repeated problems with the heater core and radiator. You should disconnect the battery and check for voltage present in the coolant. Replace corroded parts and flush the coolant. For extra measure, add in ground straps to prevent corrosion. Also, worn engine mounts causes excess engine movement which can damage heater core connections, so you should also look into replacing those if you're replacing the heater hoses to avoid damage.