FAQs—Ford E-450 Econoline Super Duty
I'm starting to smell musty odor in the cabin of my Ford E-450 Econoline Super Duty vehicle. I am unable to trace the source of the odor yet, but I'm guessing it's coming from the cabin filter. What is the replacement interval for this filter? And how do I determine for sure that it's the filter that's causing the musty odor in my ride?
The frequency or interval in replacing the cabin filter in a vehicle varies from one driver to another. There are individuals who replace their cabin filter monthly, while others suggest getting a new filter after every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. It is important to replace this filter regularly because it gets clogged with contaminants and particles since it's the part that filters out and isolates all the pollution on the road from your cabin whenever you drive. You would know if the musty odor in your auto is caused by this filter because the odor will be coming from the A/C system, circulated in your ride. When you encounter this, it's time you replace the filter.
Last winter, I was locked out of my vehicle for quite a while because the lock froze after a whole day of parking in the building parking lot. I don't want the same thing to happen this coming winter. Is there any way to defrost the lock when it freezes?
There are several things that you can do in the event that you find your vehicle lock frozen in the winter. You can flush the lock with WD40 in order to lubricate and sort of loosen it up. If you have a blow dryer handy, you can heat the lock using this tool. Some drivers advise trying to heat the key with a lighter and try to insert it (this needs to be repeated a few times before it works). Or if none of these works, you can look for a lock de-icer product; this is designed to be sprayed into the lock.
I brought my Ford E-450 Econoline Super Duty vehicle to the shop for its regular tune-up and inspection, and I was told by my mechanic that there seems to be a leak in my engine. He said he could see oil in my cooling system, mixing with my coolant. How serious is this problem? Is it something I need to be worried about? I haven't agreed to any repair or replacement yet.
Oil in your cooling system is a serious problem, and this indicates a great possibility of a leak in the system. This is an issue that must be addressed right away to keep the engine and its neighboring parts from getting damaged. One thing you need to determine is if there is also coolant in the oil (instead of just the other way around). And if there is, this is another issue that you must also handle. This will be evident if you see milky substance in the oil, which would probably be the coolant. The leak in the system could be caused by a gasket problem or a crack in the head or the cylinder. You need to find the cause and fix it before you do anything else. Otherwise, the same problem could occur again anytime soon.