Your Ford Explorer Engine

The Ford Explorer 

The Ford Explorer is great for traveling. Its versatility allows for seating of up to seven passengers depending on the model and year. Owners love the fact they can easily change its configurations as easily as they can change their traveling plans. Proper maintenance will keep a Ford Explorer running smoothly for years. However, all things mechanical will break down sooner or later. As everyone knows, the engine is one of them.

There are a lot of parts to consider when it comes to Ford Explorer engines. Regardless of the year, make and model, there are basic parts that all engines share in common. Consumers often buy vehicles based on their engine performance and torque capabilities. 

They also consider how much fuel the engine will consume. At Jim Vreeland Ford, located at 340 E. Highway 246 in Buellton, California, we carry all the Ford parts our customers need. As well as Ford makes engine parts they will naturally succumb to wear and tear. 

Consider the main parts of an engine:

1. The engine block, or cylinder, is the main part of the engine. The engine block is where fuel combustion takes place. Parts like the connecting rod, crankshaft, piston, and water jacket etc. are all bolted to it. As anyone soon learns, when any engine element is out of place, the engine will not function properly. 

2. The cylinder houses the pistons that transmit thrust and power to connector rods. The pistons compress the fuel-air mixture. They are responsible for converting the engine’s fuel energy into mechanical energy. Mechanical energy transmits its power to the crankshaft. The signs of a faulty piston includes white or gray smoke, excessive oil consumption, poor acceleration, and an overall loss of performance and power. 

3. The crankshaft is the engine part that converts reciprocating motion to rotational motion. This system causes a vehicle to move. Pistons connect to the crankshaft through a connecting rod. There is a sensor for virtually every part of the engine. The sensor’s job is to warn drivers when a part has failed or is about to fail. The signs of a faulty crankshaft include excessive engine vibration, misaligned timing marks, and a separated harmonic balancer.

4. The cylinder head sits on top of the block. A properly functioning cylinder head seals the cylinder’s working end and prevents gases from entering or exiting on the engine’s cover head valves. The head houses spark plugs, valves, and the camshaft etc. A cracked cylinder head may leak oil, coolant, or smoke. 

The first sign of a cracked head may be a reduction of engine power and performance. Cracks cause less engine compression and allow pressure to escape. If your engine is constantly dying and needs restarting, a cracked cylinder head could be the problem.

5. Connecting rods connect pistons to crank shafts. The connecting rod’s lower end joings to the piston, and its bigger end connects to the crank shaft. The signs of a bad crankshaft include engine stalling, backfiring, and smoke. 

Warning sensors can be faulty as well. As mentioned, there are numerous elements that enable engines to work. When any one thing goes wrong, the challenge is narrowing down the problem. This is why mechanics sometimes dismantle an entire engine to locate and fix one problem.

6. The oil sump sits at the cylinder block’s lower end. This is where the engine oil rests and circulates. All the moving parts of an engine would overhead within seconds if its lubrication system malfunctioned. Signs of a bad oil sump can include an oil puddle under the car, leaks around the oil drain plug, or oil pan damage. 

7. The camshaft sits in the cylinder head, or is positioned at the bottom of the cylinder block. It opens or closes valves at the appropriate time. Frequent engine stalling, poor idling, poor mileage, and slow acceleration may indicate a bad camshaft. 

8. Valves fit on the cylinder head. They regulate air flow and fuel mixture inside the cylinder. They regulate exhaust gas outside the cylinder. If the valves are stuck and closed, they cannot release pressure outside or inside the cylinder block.

9. Spark plugs ignite the engine's air fuel mixture. They create a controlled explosion inside the cylinder at the end of each compression stroke. Signs of faulty plugs include rough engine idling, problems starting the car, engine misfires, and high fuel consumption. Drivers may also experience sluggish acceleration.

Gaskets, push rods, piston rings, bearings, and an entire array of engine parts could also populate the list. They each have their own function and purpose. The experts at Jim Vreeland Ford can put all the pieces of the puzzle together for Explorer owners in need of engine parts and accessories. 

Taking the Explorer out for a weekend excursion is one of the main reasons why people chose their Explorer. With its lakes, mountains, deserts and oceans, and near perfect all-year-round weather conditions, California offers the perfect backdrop for the perfect getaway. 

About Buellton California

Buellton is a small town located on US Highway 101 in the Santa Ynez Valley. Santa Barbara County is well known for being a tourist destination. Buellton's population of 4,500 people reside in a six-mile radius of four unique villages. The Danish City of Solvang, the western town of Santa Ynez, and the relaxed and quaint communities of Los Olivos and Ballard receive thousands of visitors each year. Vandenberg AFB is located close by and always maintains an air of mystery. San Francisco is a short five-hour drive away on US 101 or scenic Highway 1. 

There are some great things to do in Buellton too, whether passing through or staying for a spell. Plan to visit Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., and the town's gift and specialty shops. Keep your Ford Explorer in great running condition. Its very name is an inspiration to navigate the open roads to the next destination. For all your Ford parts and accessories, you can count on the helpful folks at Vreeland Ford to deliver.