Interesting Stuff about the Ford E-350 Super Duty
- Previously known as the Econoline, the E-Series is sold as commercial and passenger vans. Heavy-duty cutaway van models are used as large box vans and Class C recreational vehicles. Ambulance packages are also offered. Some of the E-Series vehicles are turned into work trucks and shuttle buses as well.
- The Ford E-Series was introduced in the market in 1961 and was launched as a compact van initially. Over the years, the series has been turned into a line of full-size vans, which includes the Ford E-350 Super Duty. Since 2012, the E-Series vehicles, along with the Transit Connect compact MPV, are the only vans by Ford in North America.
- The known rivals of the E-Series in the full-size van market include the Chevrolet Express and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Under the E-Series are the Ford E-350 Super Duty and E-250 Super Duty models. These two have higher gross vehicle weight ratings, while the E-150 is marketed as the base version.
- The Ford E-350 is part of a top-selling full-size van lineup. The E-Series has held the title as a best-selling American full-size van since 1980. It dominated the US market in this category with about 79.6% market share in 2007 and reached the top of the sales chart with 168,722 units sold. It even made it to the list of top 20 best-selling vehicles in the US by Autodata in the same year.
- The E-Series is also considered a tow vehicle due to its gross combined weight rating or GCWR and that low curb weight compared to other vehicles. The GCWR of the E-Series is rated at up to 20,000 lbs. or 9,076 kg.
- Although the E-Series had been a successful line of full-size vans by Ford, the van lineup was discontinued at the end of the 2014 model year, to be replaced by the fifth-generation rear-wheel drive variant Ford Transit under the North American version. The move was made for the consolidation of Ford’s North American models and global vehicle lines. Although on top of the cargo and passenger vans, the Transit will offer chassis-cab and cut-away models, the Ford will still manufacture E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis models until the end of the decade, as reported.
Ford E-350 Super Duty: Recalls
The Ford E-350 Super Duty is built for cargo hauling and towing, and it sure has a good capacity for heavy-duty tasks. But even a vehicle built for hard work has its weak spots. In the past, it has been the subject of a series of Ford recalls involving other E-Series vehicles and Ford models. Here are some of the commonly reported problems for your reference:
Faulty throttle body control module
In 2010, Ford issued a recall for some of its vehicles, including the 2011 F-350 Super Duty. The recall is due to a faulty throttle body module, which had a tendency for an internal electrical short. The electrical short could lead to overheating. Dealers had to inspect vehicles that were recalled and replaced the problematic component.
Possibility of fuel spillage
In 2008, a recall was released due to fuel spill. Affected units include the 2008 F-350 Super Duty and the F-250 Super Duty. These units didn’t meet the fuel spillage requirements, compromising the fuel system’s integrity. In case of a frontal impact, the fuel delivery module might get damaged instantly, leading to fuel spill and fire when exposed to hazardous elements. As a result, dealers had to install a reinforcement bracket for free.
Rough engine operation
In 2007, the 2008 F-350 and F-250 Super Duty were recalled because of reported rough engine operation and lack of power. The problem was attributed to excess hydrocarbons in the exhaust of a diesel engine, resulting in high temperatures in the diesel particular filter. Aside from rough engine operation, strange noises, white smoke emitting from the exhaust, power loss, and flames out of the tail pipe were reported. To fix the software problem, reprogramming of the power train control module was done by some dealers.
Defective brake shift interlock problem
In 2011, more than 16,000 units were affected by a recall, which included the 2012 F-350, 2012 F-250, and 2011 F-150. The reason for the recall was a defective brake shift interlock switch problem. Because of this, the affected units experienced a transmission issue. They would shift out of park even without applying the brakes. The faulty brake/shift interlock could pose a safety risk, as this could lead to a crash.
FAQs—Ford E-350 Super Duty
I recently purchased a second-hand Ford E-350 Super Duty. and I'm keen on paying particular attention to tire care. I know that the right tire pressure should be maintained and that there is a maximum PSI (pounds per square inch) duly informed by the manufacturer. But, I'm just curious, what would happen if I go for the maximum PSI? Would it matter?
As a general rule, tires should be ideally filled up with air when they are cold, such as first thing in the morning before you start your drive, or after letting it cool down for a few hours after your trip. The information on the sidewall of your tire will tell you the maximum PSI or maximum cold pressure your tire needs to be able to carry its full load. Two things are likely to happen when you inflate your tire to its maximum PSI: (1) its handling capacity would change and (2) its lifespan decreases. Tires that are filled to the maximum produces more pressure on your braking threshold and frequent sudden cornering could cause your rear tires to slide out. Also, inflating them to the maximum PSI submits the rubber to quick wear and tear, thereby lessening traction and putting it at risk of a blowout.
I usually have trouble starting my car, especially during the cold weather. Is it something I should worry about, since it is going to be winter soon?
Temperature changes greatly affect the overall operation and performance of car batteries. Automotive batteries are at their most optimum efficiency when the temperature is about 26.7 C (80 F). Therefore, extreme heat escalates the internal temperatures and cause internal corrosion on the battery.
Meanwhile, cold temperature slows down the chemical reactions, which explains why even a fully charged battery could be sluggish during the winter season.
I have a four-year-old Ford E-350 Super Duty, and I've been noticing a really slow turning over first thing in the morning and some sudden death episodes while on the road. Could it be a problem with my battery?
The lengthiest lifespan of a battery is approximately five years, of course depending on the weather and car usage. Older batteries are more sensitive, especially when the radio, light, or fan is left working for a longer period. Common signs that indicate you need a new battery include a slow crank or turning over, sudden death while driving or you can't power up the radio or the lights, and a car that would not immediately start once you go out for a drive and park for a few hours. If you are not sure about all these indications, the best thing to do is to bring your vehicle to a service technician for diagnosis and evaluation. That way you don't have to spend yet without confirming the problem.
I recently had an aftermarket alarm system installed, and my car would not start this morning, thereby making me miss an important appointment. What must be wrong?
In the event that you purchased an aftermarket product that has caused abnormalities in the performance of your vehicle, then the factory security system must have disabled your vehicle. Vehicle systems are normally wired to work only with designated factory equipment and the best thing you can do to solve it is to take your vehicle back to the dealer.
Gaining Presence While Retaining Essence: The Ford E-350 Super Duty
The E-series was Ford’s claim to fame in the van industry, as it made a splash with hefty vehicles that provided power and reliability. This series offered a distinct look and overall versatility when it was introduced back in 1961. It was based on its own platform, but used many parts from the F-series pickup truck line. The E-series has gone through numerous changes and has developed such outstanding rides as the Ford E-350 Super Duty. Here’s a rundown of its ever growing popularity, as it maintains the core features that have made the E-series what it is today.
1961-1967: The birth of a compact van
The first Ford E-series van was released in 1961 based on the compact Ford Falcon. It was seized to compete with Chevrolet’s Corvair 95 and Volkswagen’s Type 2. It was initially marketed as an 8-passenger cargo van with three rows of seats. This vehicle sported a flat nose with its engine between and behind the front seats. A 144 CID six-cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission came with the earlier models of the E-series, but the later models came with 170 CID or 240 CID engines with either manual or automatic transmission.
1968: Second generation put on hold
The introduction of the second gen vans was delayed until the late spring of 1968. This was caused by the United Auto Workers strike. Because of this, the second generation models were marketed as 1960 models rather than 1968.
1969-1974: Breaking boundaries
Finally the second gen Ford E-series was born, and it was out to revolutionize a new van design by moving the engine to the very front of the automobile, beneath a short hood. In addition to that, this series offered a V8 engine and a “Twin I-Beam” front suspension design. In 1971, the grille was redesigned. The following year, a new model of E-series was introduced, and sliding rear doors became optional.
1975-1991: Major facelift
With a ground-up redesign and new platform, the 1975 E-series went through a number of aesthetic improvements. For one, the nose came with a proper hood, which was very similar to the nose length of today’s E-series vehicles. Even the interior was redesigned as the driver’s compartment was given more ergonomic controls. With its full frame, the E-series chassis could be used as cutaway vans, which provide the base for buses, ambulances, and trucks. Few changes were seen since then; but in 1979, a new front grille and square headlights were added. In 1983, the “blue oval” logo of Ford was integrated into the grille.
1992-Present: A coming of age
In 1992, the E-series was redesigned with a more aerodynamic structure. Inside the vehicle, the driver’s compartment was designed to provide improved room and ergonomics. An upgrade in engine power and capabilities were other changes that the E-series went through, aside from grille, hood, and headlight changes in 2003, 2008, and 2009.