Ford Excursion Parts And Ford Excursion Accessories
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Prevent your Ford Excursion.s Transmission from Failing and Overheating
Built for rough roads, the Ford Excursion, which was introduced in the early 2000s, was one of the most utilized albeit heaviest vehicle ever built. Its prodigious size and weight were designed for heavy duty; thus, excessive fuel usage was expected. Due to this, it did not last long in the market because its sales declined drastically as fuel prices increased. Dubbed as one of the Fifty Worst Cars of All Time by TIME Magazine in 2007, Excursion buyers experienced quite a few problems with their purchase including parking space, ride quality, and steering problems. But these problems are nothing compared to an overheating or failing transmission, which can be really expensive. Like any other types of vehicles, preventing your Excursion\'s transmission from overheating (and eventually failing) is better than to actually fix one, which will more often than not cost you a fortune. So to avoid paying for this costly repair, here are some things that you must do.
Watch out for the symptoms
One of the most important things to look out for is your transmission fluid. Always check for a burnt smell as it signals you that the fluid is already very old and no longer able to protect the internal parts of the transmission effectively. This may also mean that there are already worn components that are causing excess heat and friction, so you\'d better replace it at once to ensure it continues to cool and lubricate your transmission\'s internal components properly. Another symptom is transmission slippage although this can also be a cause for other issues in your car\'s engine, specifically internal clutch failure or broken vacuum lines, and may also need a specialized equipment to detect. Other indications may include, but not limited to, unprecedented noise and leakage coming from your hood.
Know what\'s causing the overheat
There could be several causes for an overheated transmission, and one of the most common is related to your fluid\'s efficiency and level. As mentioned earlier, this fluid is your transmission\'s lifeblood, and it can also cause damage if replacement is not done, which is recommended every 3-6 months. Another cause could be a cooling system failure, which is most often than not affected by clogged cooler lines.
If you own one of these SUVs, you\'re most probably the outdoorsy type, and you might want to ease up on the heavy load as it also causes your Excursion\'s transmission to work harder, requiring more fluid pressure and power than normal. Scorching weather conditions may also play a role in heating up your tranny, so make sure to include checking your local weather report before heading out.
Maintenance is the key
For quite a big vehicle such as the Excursion, it can\'t be emphasized enough how consistency in maintenance is the key to prevent overheating. You don\'t want to be stuck in the middle of the road with a big mundane of metal such as this to give you a headache.
Some simple steps like checking your fluid level (using an appropriate dipstick) every few weeks or so to make sure that you\'re not running on low can make your transmission work more efficiently. Changing your fluid regularly (a recommendation of every 30,000 to 60,000 miles or as indicated in your car\'s manual) can also lessen the possibility of overheating. And since we\'re on the subject, it may be useful to note that maintenance of your cooling system does wonders in keeping not only your transmission but also your whole engine\'s temperature at the normal level. It\'ll save you from a lot of costly repair or replacement in the future.