FAQs—Ford F-150 Heritage
I have a friend who is convincing me to get a cover for the newly installed winch in my Ford F-150 Heritage, but is it really helpful? What specific type and level of protection can a winch cover provide for the winch in my truck? Is it a valuable investment?
A winch cover is primarily designed to protect the winch from the elements such as rain and snow. If the winch is left exposed to these elements without protection for a long time, it may end up rusted and corroded, unable to perform the function it is designed to do. As to the level of protection that it provides, that would depend on the type of winch cover that you will get. There are hard and soft winch covers, each offering a different level of protection. Soft winch covers are typically made from neoprene or vinyl with nylon backing, and most are designed to tie to the winch so that it can secure the winch components from the elements. They offer the benefit of easy access and removal anytime the winch needs to be used. Meanwhile, the hard covers offer the benefit of being tougher and longer-lasting, providing not only protection but also a seamless look to the truck.
I've always wanted to improve the engine power of my truck, and a buddy at work suggested an upgrade from my truck's stock exhaust manifold to high-performance headers. How do these upgrades work? How are they able to provide more power to the engine?
High-performance headers help the engine gain more power by eliminating backpressure. Backpressure pertains to any form of resistance to the flow of exhaust gases from the combustion chambers and out into the open. Exhaust gases are expelled from the engine during the exhaust stroke in the combustion cycle. Ideally, they will be able to flow out without any obstruction, but that isn't always the case. Stock manifolds are often built with curves that create bottleneck in gas flow, so engine pistons have to push harder and work more in order to expel the gases. This robs the engine of power. Now with high-performance headers, you get backpressure-free operation, which translates to more power for the engine.
I think I have a low oil pressure problem in my truck—my oil pressure warning light has been lit up several times during my drive. What other symptoms should I look out for to confirm if it is indeed a low oil pressure?
Low oil pressure in your Ford F-150 Heritage truck could lead to a serious problem if not attended to right away. Do you hear any abnormal noise that might be caused by your hydraulic lifters not getting enough oil? Or have you experienced increased operating temperature in your engine? If you do, it's important to have your truck checked to determine which specific component is causing the problem. Is the oil pump starting to wear out? Do you have a leak somewhere in your vehicle? You need to address this right away because overheating can cause a lot of troubles and a hefty amount on vehicle repairs and replacements.