Ford E-350 Econoline Parts And Ford E-350 Econoline Accessories
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One of the most popular full-sized vans in the world, the Ford E-350 Econoline has been a favorite among small- to medium-sized businesses for its carrying capacity and fuel efficiency. However, despite its high degree of craftsmanship, the E-350 does need to be maintained from time to time keep it consistently efficient.
One of the key maintenance tasks you will need to learn as Ford E-350 owner is how to check for and adjust the tire pressure. Even the best-quality tires tend to lose as much as 1 PSI every month, and once the tires become too soft from lack of air, it will lead to reduced handling performance and higher fuel consumption. This is why it is important to have the tires checked for proper pressure, especially when the van will be driven across long distances.
Ideally, you should check the pressure in the tires every time you fill up for gas. If that is not possible, you should at least check every 30 days. It is also recommended to check the pressure for every 10-degree change in temperature, after changing to a new set of tires or before making long trips.
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to the right tire pressure for your van. Various factors, including the thickness of the rubber, the size of the tire, and the overall quality of the material will dictate the tire pressure that\'s best for your vehicle. And keep in mind that the optimum pressure does not equate to maximum pressure: if the tire has too much air inside, it will result with poor braking characteristics and shorter tire life. In a worst case scenario, the tire may even blow up and pose a hazard to you and everyone else on the road.
If your E-350 still has its factory tires, you refer to the owner\'s manual for the recommended tire pressure for your van. Also, depending on the model year, stickers on the door jam, trunk lid, or the fuel door may also indicate the ideal tire pressure.
Before starting, make sure that the tires have been stationary for at least three hours in the shade. This ensures that the tires are \"cold\" for the most accurate reading. Locate the valve stem in your tire, remove its protective cap, and carefully insert the tire pressure gauge into the stem. You should start to hear the \"pssst\" sound of air escaping at this point. If you have a standard pencil-type gauge, the indicator should point to a number in a minute or so, but if you are using a digital gauge the result should pop up almost immediately. Compare the measured PSI with that of the manufacturer\'s recommendations. If the pressure is low, gradually inflate the tire until it reaches the right number. But if the PSI is too low, allow a bit of air to escape until the pressure reaches recommended levels.