DEF Frequently Asked Questions

March 7, 2011

Does it cost more to operate a 2011 Super Duty since it requires DEF?

A primary advantage of having SCR/DEF on the new Power Stroke diesel engine is the 5-8 percent increase in fuel efficiency compared to a diesel engine using a Lean NOx Trap. This means the 2011 Super Duty is more efficient to operate than a Ram Pickup and the 2010 Super Duty models. Here’s a quick look at the potential annual SCR/DEF operating costs/savings:

Assumptions

  • DEF is $3-5 per gallon
  • Customer will use approximately 5 gallons every 7500 miles
  • Customer will see a 5-8 percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to an LNT system

Operating Costs/Savings

  • Two DEF refills = $30-50
  • Fuel savings = $142-222 ($3 per gallon)
  • Total annual savings is $92-192

BOTTOM LINE: 2011 Super Duty is more cost effective to operate than Silverado HD even with both vehicles using an SCR/DEF system.

When should the DEF tank be refilled?

Customer will receive a number of audible warnings and dash messages, beginning at approximately 800 miles before the DEF tank is empty. Under normal operation, the DEF should only require filling with the recommended oil change intervals. Towing can increase DEF consumption.

Will the truck still run if refill warnings are ignored?

The truck will experience reduced engine speeds as the DEF tank approaches empty, eventually forcing the engine idle when the DEF tank is depleted.

If a truck is not used for a while, will the DEF need to be replaced?

The system will monitor DEF quality and adjust for conditions of use or non-use. The warnings and dash messages will indicate when the fluid needs to be refilled.

Can new DEF be added to the DEF already in the tank?

Yes. Motorcraft DEF is widely available in 1 and 2.5 gallon bottles for customer use. Ford recommends only API-certified DEF.

Will DEF freeze?

DEF has a freezing point of 12 degrees Fahrenheit (F). The DEF tank, supply module and lines are heated to help prevent freezing while the truck is in operation as well as thaw any frozen fluid once started. DEF expands when it freezes; the DEF tank is designed to allow for this expansion.

Can the truck be started and operated if the DEF is frozen?

Yes, the truck can be started and operated while the DEF thaws.

Where is the DEF fill port located?

It is located on the driver’s side of the truck next to the diesel fuel filler and is easily identified by its smaller, blue cap.

What if the wrong fluid is added to the DEF tank?

If improper fluid is added, the DEF tank must be drained completely before adding additional DEF to avoid contamination. The truck should be immediately taken to the dealer for service if improper fluid is added.

What is the shelf life for DEF?

DEF has a minimum shelf life of one year if stored between 12 and 86 degrees F. Note that in warmer climates, DEF will have a shorter shelf life.

Learn More

Watch this short tutorial on how to properly fill your DEF tank and when to fill it according to the message center in the instrument cluster: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF5Oggb7gUk

DEF is available at Fuller Ford in 1 gallon bottles or in bulk. Call our parts department at (513) 352-5870 or (888) 893-7505 or contact us at http://http://www.fullerisford.com/order-parts.aspx for more information.

As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the entire Super Duty line-up! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Fuller Ford can help you with all your Super Duty questions and needs! Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.

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Diesel Emissions

August 29, 2010

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The improved combustion system is the heart of the all new 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine, helping deliver a balance of power, fuel efficiency and reduced nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. A combination of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and aftertreatment system work together to help make the all new 6.7L Power Stroke the cleanest Ford Power Stroke diesel engine ever. The three step aftertreatment system includes a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), new-for-2011 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) using Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).

CLEANEST POWER STROKE DIESEL ENGINE EVER

Step 1: Cleaning and Heating

The Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC)

  • The first step in the exhaust aftertreatment process and could be referred to as the cleaning and heating step
  • Converts and oxidizes hydrocarbons into water and carbon dioxide
  • Provides and promotes heat into the exhaust system to help increase the conversion efficiency

Step 2: Removing the NOx

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)

  • A new-for-2011 technology on Super Duty
  • The second step in the exhaust aftertreatment process where most of the NOx is removed from the exhaust stream
  • Located between the DOC and the DPF in the exhaust system
  • Uses a liquid chemical reactant, Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)
  • DEF Dosing Module sprays a fine mist of DEF into the exhaust stream to react with the NOx in the exhaust as it passes through the SCR (when heated, DEF splits into ammonia and carbon dioxide)
  • These molecules are atomized and vaporized and evenly distributed into the exhaust flow
  • Once the DEF solution is combined with the exhaust flow, chemical reactions convert the ammonia and NOx into water and harmless nitrogen

Step 3: Removing the Soot

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)

  • The last step in the exhaust aftertreatment process and designed to scrub any remaining soot from the exhaust
  • Soot can be described as the black smoke seen in diesel exhaust
  • Located in the exhaust system, after the SCR
  • Periodically cleans itself through a process known as “regeneration”, which is similar to a small incinerator burning off trapped particulates
  • Passive regeneration naturally burns off soot when exhaust temperatures are high enough
  • Active regeneration (forced burn-off) occurs as needed, depending on operational use

DEF FAST FACTS

Injection of DEF to reduce NOx is a proven technology used throughout the auto industry. Unlike other manufacturers’ solutions, the DEF system allows the diesel engine to run at its optimum range in terms of fuel mixture – some systems require the engine to run richer, which can be harmful to diesel engines, to control the NOx.

  • DEF is a solution of approximately one-third high-purity urea and two-thirds demineralized water that is clear, nontoxic and safe to handle.
  • DEF tank, supply module and supply line are heated to help ensure DEF remains in a liquid state, preventing it from freezing while in operation or thawing from a frozen state.
  • DEF is injected into the exhaust system, to greatly reduce NOx levels.
  • The DEF tank includes temperature and fluid level sensors, and when the level reaches an approximate 800 mile distance-to-empty level, an instrument cluster warning alerts the driver.
  • On Pickups, the DEF tank and fill nozzle are located together with the diesel fuel tank and fill nozzle on the driver’s side of the vehicle and require refilling at oil-change intervals.

POWER STROKE EMISSIONS STRAGEGY

  • Allows the engine to operate with a leaner fuel mixture than previous Power Stroke engines
  • A leaner fuel mixture has less fuel and more air
  • Leaner-burning engines help produce less particulate emissions
  • Less particulate emissions result in less-frequent DPF regeneration
  • Less-frequent regeneration helps improve overall engine fuel efficiency

DEF is available at Fuller Ford in 1 gallon bottles or in bulk. Call our parts department at (513) 352-5870 or (888) 893-7505 or contact us at http://www.fullerisford.com/order-parts.aspx for more information.

As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the entire Super Duty line-up! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Fuller Ford can help you with all your Super Duty questions and needs! Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.


2011 Super Duty

June 14, 2010

The all new 2011 Ford Super Duty has recently arrived, with a Ford-designed and engineered powertrain lineup made for extreme temperatures, long hauls and heavy loads. F-Series has been the best-selling truck for 33 years and Super Duty deserves a large chunk of the credit for that record. Now, with new Ford-designed and Ford-developed powertrains, a redesigned exterior, and a more spacious interior that features “smart” innovative technologies, you can fully expect “the best” to get even better. That is why Ford has more trucks on the road with over 250,000 miles than any other brand. Check out these tough and innovative features of the all new 2011 Super Duty.

All-New Powertrains

The new 2011 Super Duty’s available all new 6.7 liter PowerStroke V-8 Diesel Turbocharger and 6.2 liter V-8 gas engines, coupled with a new TorqShift Heavy Duty 6-speed automatic transmission, deliver significantly improved horsepower and torque.

Improved Fuel Efficiency

More power doesn’t have to mean more gas. Along with offering significantly improved class-leading fuel economy, the Super Duty’s 6.2 liter gas engine is E-85 capable, and the 6.7 liter PowerStroke Diesel is B20 (BioDiesel) capable. The new 6.2 liter has made a 15% improvement in fuel economy over the previous gas engine, while the new 6.7 liter has made an 18% improvement over the previous diesel.

Better Control

Among the enhanced off-road control features for the 2011 Super Duty are Hill Descent Control and an Electronic Locking Differential, which provides maximum traction by locking the rear wheels to turn at the same speed.

Maximum Capability

Super Duty has best-in-class towing and payload capabilities and offers more towing innovation: A first-ever factory-installed 5th wheel/Gooseneck Hitch Trailer Tow Prep Package is attached directly to the frame and has a towing capacity of 24,400 lbs. Super Duty also boasts of best-in-class conventional towing capacity at 16,000 lbs.

Towing Confidence

Features such as the exclusive standard Trailer Sway Control and enhanced tow/haul mode offer the utmost confidence when towing a big rig. For more peace of mind, Super Duty offers available integrated Trailer Brake Control.

More Productive

The new, easy-to-use 4.2 inch LCD Productivity Screen, located directly in front of the driver, stores mileage and fuel history, gives access to off-road features such as an Inclinometer and provides a towing checklist.

The all new 2011 Super Duty trucks are now here at Fuller Ford. As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the entire Super Duty line-up! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s truck leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.


GET YOUR FIRST TANK OF 6.7L EXHAUST FLUID FREE!

April 7, 2010

FORD’S NEW 6.7L DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID (DEF) TOP-OFF OFFER

 

2011 6.7L SUPER DUTY OWNER SERVICE OFFERS

The 2011 model year F-Series Super Duty has just launched and is arriving at Fuller Ford. This

new Super Duty features an all-new, Ford designed and Ford built 6.7L Power Stroke turbo diesel

engine that has best-in-class torque, horsepower and fuel economy.

To complement the launch of the new 2011 F-Series Super Duty 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel, Ford is

pleased to provide your 2011 6.7L Super Duty owners two service offers:

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DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID (DEF) TOP-OFF OFFER

Background

The 2011 F-Series Super Duty 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel is equipped with advanced new technology to

meet 2010 federal emissions standards. The Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology

dramatically reduces NOx levels from the emissions system. This technology uses Diesel Exhaust Fluid

(DEF), a clear fluid that is injected into the exhaust system to help convert NOx to nitrogen, a non-toxic

gas.

As part of the vehicle’s maintenance requirements, owners of the 2011 6.7L Super Duty are responsible

for keeping DEF at proper levels in order for the vehicle to operate properly. The vehicle instrument

cluster message center will indicate fluid level in the DEF tank, as well as provide warning messages

when the DEF is low and needs to be refilled. Generally, the DEF tank should be filled during the oil

change service intervals. However, depending on customer use, replenishment may need to occur

more frequently.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Offer Details

For 2011 F-Series Super Duty 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel vehicles purchased on or before December 31,

2010, Ford Motor Company will cover the cost of the Motorcraft DEF fluid when the owner returns to the

Ford dealership or diesel equipped Quick Lanes for the Diesel Exhaust Fluid fill.

  • · Eligibility: 2011 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel Super Duty Owners who purchased on or before

December 31, 2010. Retail and Fleetail (less than 50 vehicle) owners are eligible.

  • · Program Terms: Vehicle is within one year of the warranty start date and vehicle mileage is

10,000 miles or less. One DEF no-charge fluid fill per VIN.

 $50 SERVICE REBATE OFFER

Background

The 2011 F-Series Super Duty 6.7L Diesel is equipped with an Intelligent Oil Life Monitor (IOLM). The

IOLM pinpoints the remaining oil life in the vehicle by monitoring several key inputs, including:

  • · Driving habits (such as towing and workload)
  • · Hours of operation and at idle
  • · Oil and coolant temperature
  • · Engine speed and torque
  • · DPF (Diesel particulate filter) cleaning cycles

 

The instrument cluster’s Message Center will notify the owner when the vehicle is due for an oil

and filter change. The first scheduled maintenance can be up to one year or 10,000 miles depending

on vehicle operating conditions.

$50 Service Rebate Details

For 2011 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel Super Duty vehicles purchased on or before December 31, 2010,

Ford Motor Company will provide a $50 service rebate when the owner visits the Ford dealership

or diesel equipped Quick Lanes for their first maintenance visit.

  • · Eligibility: 2011 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel Super Duty Owners who purchased on or before

December 31, 2010. Retail and Small Fleet (less than 50 vehicle) owners are eligible.

  • · Program Terms: Vehicle must be within one year of warranty start date or 10,000 miles as this

rebate is intended for use at the first maintenance visit. One $50 service rebate per VIN.

  • · Rebate Process: Customer must visit the fordowner.com website in order to obtain the rebate

form. The rebate form will be available beginning April 5. After completion of the first maintenance visit.

Questions? Want to order an all new 2011 super duty with lifetime free oi changes?

vist us at: www.fullerisford.com


Maintenance and Genuine Ford Motorcraft Filters key to sustaining Powerstroke Diesels

April 5, 2010

Maintenance and Genuine Ford Motorcraft Filters is the key to sustainability of your Ford Power Stroke 6.0, 6.4, and 6.7 liter diesels.

If you want to prevent problems with your Ford Power Stroke Diesel engines it is essential to follow the recommended oil and filter, fuel filter, and coolant maintenance guidelines. The 7.3L and 6.0L Power Stroke Diesel engines use high press oil to actuate its advanced injectors, often reaching flow rates of    18 ½ Gallons per minute. The 6.4L uses high pressure fuel to actuate its injectors. Cleanliness, level, and proper flow of both fuel and oil are vital to the success of the Power Stroke Engine.

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 USE THE RIGHT OIL

New API CJ-4 engine oil is required for Power Stroke 6.4L engine to meet federal emission standards. Vehicles equipped with the Power Stroke 6.0L can benefit from this same high performance oil as well. Operation of the Ford 6.4 and Ford 6.7 liter Power Stroke Scorpion diesel requires Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fuel.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR COOLANT

The coolant concentration should be maintained at 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water. The level of coolant should be maintained at the “COLD FILL” range in the coolant reservoir. If you suspect any coolant system leaks or lack of cooling, pressure test the cooling system. Refer to your Owner Guide for additional information.

 Engine coolant system nitrite strength should be checked and serviced at the mileage or equivalent hour intervals specified by the maintenance schedule. Check coolant nitrite strength using the 3-Way Antifreeze Test Strip kit. Rotunda # 328-00001 to determine if additive is required. If the nitrite strength is between 800 ppm & 300 ppm add 32 fl. oz. (946 mL) of Supplemental Coolant Additive Motorcraft VC-8 or equivalent. If nitrite strength is below 300 ppm flush & refill engine coolant (refer to Motorcraft Premium Gold Engine Coolant Change Record) – Do not add Supplemental Coolant Additive if flush & refill is required.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM

 Diesel fuel quality is critical for reliable engine operation. Motorcraft® Cetane Booster & Performance Improver, PM-22-A (U.S.) / PM-22-B (Canada) can be added to improve fuel economy, starting ability, and reduce engine wear. The water separator should be drained monthly (at least) or when the “Water in Fuel Lamp” illuminates. Biodiesel fuel must not exceed 5% (B5). To avoid cold weather fuel gelling, add 6 oz. of Motorcraft® Anti-Gel & Performance Improver PM-23-A (U.S.) / PM-23-B (Canada) to every new tank of fuel.

 

 

ALWAYS USE GENUINE FORD MOTORCRAFT FILTERS!!

All Ford Motor Craft Filters are specifically designed and rigorously tested to insure the utmost performance for your Ford Power Stroke 6.0, 6.4, 6.7 liter diesel engines. Aftermarket Filters can cause damage and potential catastrophic failure to your Power Stroke engine.

6.0 AND 6.4 LITER OIL FILTERS

The Motorcraft end cap is engineered to fit properly in oil filter cap to allow oil flow to bypass valve for engine protection. The competitor shown here, however, has a design that restricts oil flow to the bypass valve, which could potentially result in engine damage. Secondly, the Motorcraft has a precision fit and proper spacing between the oil filter cap and the top end of the element. The competition’s loose fit could allow its element to lift during operation and allow the drain valve to open, bypassing oil from the engine and potentially causing premature wear and/or engine damage.

 

Motorcraft Super Duty Oil Filters:

  • Engineered to fit properly
  • Filters particles as small as 20 microns (human hair is 74 microns)
  • Engages the oil drain valve to insure all oil enters the filtration bath
  • Also engages the by-pass valve on the oil filter stand pipe to prevent engine oil starvation

The Competitors Oil Filters:

  • Decrease oil life
  • Extend cranking time
  • Create trouble when diagnosing no-start concerns
  • Lead to premature engine wear and Injector failure
  • Can cause excessive and unnecessary repair costs and potential total engine failure
  • Sold with permanent caps that have to be re-purchased if returning to the correct OEM filter
  • Shorter depth of filter does not allow for engagement of by-pass or drain valves
  • Often cheaper filters deteriorate and spread debris throughout engine
  • Pleats not evenly spaced and adhesive binding weak – less effected filtration

 

6.0 AND 6.4 LITER FUEL FILTERS

The Motorcraft 6.0L fuel filter has a special water separator that is not found on the competitor filter. The absence of this separator may allow moisture to penetrate the filter’s pleats, eventually allowing moisture to pass. The 6.0L Power Stroke Diesel engine’s fuel system is highly advanced, and its integrity can be compromised with any amount of water entering the fuel system.

 

Motorcraft Super Duty Fuel Filters:

  • The chassis mounted fuel filter has a special outer rap to keep moister out of the fuel
  • The chassis mounted fuel filter also has an integrated Air Bleed Orifice which uses the full potential of the filter pleats by allowing air to be purged from the top half of the filter, thus allowing for the entire filter to be utilized

The Competitor’s Fuel Filters:

  • Have no outer rap to work as a water barrier creating potential for water in fuel and injector damage
  • Have no bleed orifice which causes shorter filter life span and greater risk of fuel starvation and debris damage to injectors and other engine components.

For more information about Ford Power Stroke Super Duty Sales, Parts, and Service visit us at www.fullerisford.com


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