FAQs—Ford F-350 Pickup
Why do I hear a knocking noise coming from my engine? What could be causing it, and what do I do to stop it?
When you hear knocking noises coming from your engine, especially when you are accelerating or towing a heavy load, it means that your engine is not burning fuel properly. The knocking noise that you hear is caused by exploding fuel inside the combustion chamber. Normally, fuel should be burning smoothly and not exploding. When the fuel explodes, it can only mean that there is too much compression and heat inside the combustion chamber. The explosions can eventually cause a very expensive damage to your engine.
Carbon build-up inside the combustion chamber is the most common cause of this problem. In order to fix this, you need to treat the engine with a top cleaner and add a fuel system additive that is capable of removing carbon build-up inside the combustion chamber. You can also bring your pickup to your local mechanic and have it cleaned. Another cause of this knocking problem is engine overheating. When the engine becomes too hot, it causes the fuel to explode. When your engine keeps on overheating, your cooling system should be checked. Lean fuel and air mixture can also cause the fuel to explode, so you might want to check the components that affect it. Any worn-out or defective parts should be replaced to avoid further problems.
How do I prevent my F-350's transmission from failing?
Your transmission needs transmission fluid for it to function. To prevent your transmission from failing, you can start by regularly checking your transmission fluid with the dipstick that comes with your vehicle.The transmission fluid should always be at the right level.If it goes above the right level, bubbles can be created, which is a bad thing. It is very easy to do, and you don't have to spend money to do it. You can check your owner's vehicle manual to find out where the transmission fluid dipstick is located. If you are going to check the transmission fluid, the best time would be is when the engine has warmed up. Normally, transmission fluids are pink in color. If they arealready brownish or deep purple and if they already have an unusual burnt smell, it is time to replace the fluid. You should also check if the transmission fluid is leaking and have the leak fixed immediately.
Why is my fuel gauge giving a faulty reading?
If your fuel gauge is giving a faulty reading, there might be something wrong with the gauge itself. The problem can also be caused by a defective instrument voltage regulator, defective sending unit, bad wiring, or poor ground connection. An erratic fuel gauge reading can definitely test your patience. But, why stress about it when you can bring your vehicle to your trusted mechanic as soon as possible and have the problem fixed? Whatever it is that is causing the erratic fuel gauge readings, there is always a solution.