If you drive a Ford Powerstroke, it is because you demand both power and performance from your diesel truck. Whether used as your everyday car or as your main hauling rig, making sure that your suspension is operating properly is of utmost importance.
When you do notice that your ride feels bumpier than normal, take your truck to Diesel Pickup Pros for their reliable service. Offering quality repairs and professional advice to Floyds Knobs, Georgetown, Jeffersonville, and New Albany, Indiana, as well as Louisville, Kentucky, Diesel Pickup Pros will make sure your Ford Powerstroke’s suspension is working properly for an ultra-smooth ride.
Progression of the Ford Powerstroke Suspension
In 1994, Ford built the first Powerstroke truck. It was very strong for its time, and the model stayed the same all the way until 1997. It is now referred to as being one of Ford’s “Old Body Style” trucks. Back then, suspension was made of both front and back springs called leaf springs. If you still have a Ford Powerstroke that was built anywhere between 1994 and 1997, odds are your truck still has leaf springs.
Though models between 1997 and 2016 had various different changes made to them in order to improve their suspension, it wasn’t until 2017 that Ford added aluminum to the body of the car. This meant lightening the suspension load. It’s new 6.7L “Scorpion” power plant was also coupled with an upgrade to the Ford Powerstroke gearbox in order to enhance performance.
How Your Ford Powerstroke Suspension Works
The purpose of a truck’s suspension is to keep the body of the truck off of the road, especially during bumps, potholes, rough road, and turns.
The direct purpose for rear suspension is to keep the front of the car on the ground while accelerating, and the purpose for front suspension is to prevent the car from dipping low into the ground when braking and coming to a complete stop.
Your Ford Powerstroke as a suspension that comes equipped with spring coils. These coils give bounce to your car which shock absorbs from the body more easily with every small bounce.
Reasons Why Your Ford Powerstoke’s Suspension Might Be Damaged
Part of what makes your Ford Powerstroke’s suspension operate is its coil springs. When the coil springs are damaged, your suspension does not absorb shock or distribute weight the way it should. Some of the reasons your suspension coil springs could become damaged are:
- Age and Corrosion: The corroding of metal over time coupled with years of use and overuse could eventually cause rust, cracks, and breaks in your Ford Powerstroke’s coil springs. This can significantly weaken your suspension and cause it not to work properly.
- Bumps and Potholes: Most suspension coil spring damage happens when you are driving the car and accidentally going over a bump or pothole at a high speed. If your coils break when hitting either of these, it means that there was probably already some damage there to begin with.
- Chemical Change: Over time, different metals can go through chemical changes due to age and weather exposure. When hydrogen molecules get in between the iron that makes up steel, it becomes susceptible to breakage. This phenomenon, also known as embrittlement, could be the reason your suspension in your Ford Powerstroke is damaged.
- Overloading Your Truck: A spring that is overloaded with far too much weight could very easily get crushed and cease to work properly. If you think you have been overloading your diesel truck or attempting to haul too much weight, take it to Diesel Pickup Pros for a professional inspection.
How Diesel Pickup Pros Can Help
You deserve a truck with all the power to tow heavy trailers and endure lift kits. However, this doesn’t mean that you should have to sacrifice a smooth ride. When it comes to Ford Powertrokes, Diesel Pickup Pros is happy to help you with all your suspension needs.
As your go-to shop for diesel powered pickup service, repairs, and modifications, we guarantee the quality of our service with full maintenance and repair reports. At Diesel Pickup Pros we pride ourselves on being the one-stop shop for all your diesel truck services and repairs.
Our shop is equipped with the same factory-grade tools and equipment as the dealerships, ensuring the highest quality services backed by our 24 month or 24,000-mile warranty. Give us a call today and schedule an appointment to repair the damaged suspension in your Ford Powerstroke.