PUCO Rules and Regulations

July 26, 2011

Don’t let this happen to you! PUCO rules and regulations are real and are being enforced. Recently the Cincinnati Police pulled over two trucks right in front of Fuller Ford because they did not adhere to PUCO regulations. This particular company had two dump trucks pulled over by local law enforcement because their total vehicle weight far exceeded the GVWR of the vehicles. If law enforcement suspects your vehicle is overloaded or does not have the proper license plates, they will not hesitate to pull you over. On this particular day, the police pulled over and weighed both vehicles on the spot. The individuals were then ticketed for the offense.

Many commercial truck owners are confused by the rules and regulations regarding operation of a commercial truck. This is compounded by the 500 plus pages of information in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Pocketbook or the 300 plus pages of information printed by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.  Here is our attempt to simplify the information overload.

First of all there are some key terms that need to be explained:

Inter or Intrastate transport:  Interstate is defined as crossing state lines. Intrastate is transport within a particular state’s boundaries.

Private or for Hire: If you transport your own property, equipment or personnel, you are a private carrier.  If you transport property, equipment, or passengers and receive compensation you are a for-hire carrier or common motor carrier.

GVW or GVWR: Stands for Gross Vehicle Weight or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This is the total combined weight of the truck, passengers, cargo, fuel, and towed units if the GVWR of the towed unit is 10,001 lbs. or more.  The GVWR is located on the left front door or door jamb of the truck on the vehicle identification decal or plate.

If you transport hazardous materials and placards are required on your trucks, the PUCO regulations apply to you. Therefore, you definitely need to get an annual DOT inspection.  In Ohio, call 614-466-3392 to get your DOT number and register with The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

A brief overview of whether PUCO regulations apply for non-hazardous motor carriers:



*GVWR includes towed unit with a GVWR of 10,001 lbs. or more. For example, on the second line above, if the customer is towing a 10,001 lbs. trailer, the GVWR of the towing vehicle cannot exceed 16,000 lbs. or PUCO regulations would apply.

More specific information about the above and guidelines for Motor Carriers of passengers can be viewed/downloaded here:

PUCO handbook pdf

Fuller Ford performs annual DOT inspections for $89.95. This includes pulling the wheels and performing a complete brake inspection.  The customer will be notified of any violations of PUCO regulations and advised on any brake repairs or other maintenance.  If it is the first DOT inspection, including new vehicles the DOT inspection plus the required fire extinguisher, triangle kit costs $229.95. Fuller Ford will also put the necessary inspection decal on the truck, keep the required files, and notify you every year when your inspection is due.  Not only are you complying with state law, but you are getting a very important and proper vehicle inspection as well.  Please contact Fuller Ford’s service department for an appointment: http://www.fullerisford.com/schedule-service.aspx.


Ford Power Stroke V8’s Advanced Combustion System

April 15, 2011

More power and higher fuel economy? Traditionally, you don’t achieve both when you design a new engine.

But Ford powertrain engineers have been rewriting the book on engine design lately, increasing power and fuel economy with each new engine.

A case in point is the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 offered in the F-Series Super Duty pickup.

When Ford Motor Company engineer Joshua Styron, Ph.D., began work on the combustion system of the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine, he believed that careful attention to the design of the pistons plus precise placement of the fuel injectors and glow plugs could result in an engine that delivered more power, higher fuel economy and lower emissions than the engine it was replacing.

He was right.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke, the first-ever Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built diesel heavy-duty pickup engine, is rated at 400 horsepower and 800 lb.-ft. of torque, up from the previous Power Stroke’s 350 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft.

The new engine generates this class-leading power while delivering an impressive 20 percent fuel economy gain over its predecessor, making the Ford Super Duty best in class for fuel economy among heavy-duty pickups.

This week at the SAE World Congress, Styron presents a technical paper detailing how he and his team worked to develop and test the super-efficient combustion system – pistons, fuel injectors and glow plugs – for Ford’s award-winning new Power Stroke diesel V8.

At this year’s Congress, Ford engineers are presenting no fewer than 38 papers during the three-day conference, covering a range of topics including engine design, fuel economy, safety, lighting and aerodynamics.


Because the Ford Super Duty is a work truck designed to haul heavy loads, horsepower and torque had to be the top priority for the new Power Stroke V8 diesel.

Styron said the engineering brief for the 6.7-liter stressed performance. “Four hundred horsepower was the target. Early in the development program, fuel economy was viewed as much less important to this customer than power and torque,” Styron said. “But we believed we could deliver a good combination of both — 400 horsepower along with fuel economy that was not only significantly better than the old 6.4, but higher than our competitors’ engines, too.”

Making fuel economy a priority on the new Power Stroke was the right move. With oil selling for more than $100 per barrel and diesel fuel at more than $4 a gallon in most parts of the country, Ford Super Duty customers will save money every time they fill up.

The pressure on the Power Stroke engine design team was immense. The outgoing 6.4-liter Power Stroke was nearing the end of its run in the Super Duty and Ford engineers knew improvements were on the way from competitive diesels in General Motors and Dodge trucks. Added to that, emissions requirements were tightening for the 2010 model year. So, attention to detail around the combustion system would be the key to delivering a better engine by every standard of measurement.


“To deliver class-leading fuel economy and refinement as well as lower emissions, the combustion system had to make the best use of the limited supply of fresh air entering the engine,” said Styron. “Combustion systems with the best air utilization extract the most heat from the fuel, produce less soot and NOx, and minimize the energy required to pump fresh air into the engine.”

Styron and his team used computer simulations to evaluate piston bowl shapes, precise placement of the fuel spray within the combustion chamber, glow plug positioning and other factors. Following consultations with diesel engine experts at Ford’s Dunton Technical Center in Great Britain and the Ford Research Lab in Aachen, Germany, Styron’s team built two single-cylinder prototype engines. A comprehensive test plan was developed to optimize each layout and finally choose the one best performer.

The winning design features a chamfered re-entrant bowl, fine-tuned injector targeting and optimum air swirl that is matched to a super-efficient spray pattern.

“This design provides the best mixing of fuel and air in a heavy duty truck engine,” said Styron. When the first running prototypes of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke were built, the combustion chamber design was exactly the same as the one chosen from the single-cylinder test engine.

“The combustion system is really the heart of the engine. It determines the engine’s ability to use air,” added Styron. “Get it wrong, and you end up with poor fuel economy and higher emissions. The fact that we got the answer right saved us time and money. The end result is that Ford Super Duty customers now have the most powerful and fuel efficient diesel pickup engine money can buy.”

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 needs! Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.




Ford Offers Industry-First Truck App Software That Keeps F-Series Owners in the Know When They Tow

March 29, 2011

An all-new Truck App in Ford F-Series features an industry-first in truck technology – a software application for safe and easy towing and off-roading.

With more than 50 percent of F-Series owners regularly towing a trailer, Ford developed the first application to walk drivers through the proper trailer connection process, among many other features.

The Truck App is available on F-Series’ class-exclusive LCD instrument cluster screen, a beefier version of the driver information display where traditional stats on fuel economy, vehicle settings and trip tracking also live.

“The 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen presents detailed information in an engaging, easy-to-use manner so customers get the most out of their Ford trucks for work and for play,” said Joseph Fodera, cluster applications engineer.

A checklist asks drivers a set of questions to help ensure the trailer is connected properly:

  • Ball coupler connected and locked?
  • Tongue jack raised?
  • Mirrors adjusted?
  • Electrical wiring connected?
  • Lights functioning correctly (running lights, left/right turn and brake lights)?
  • Trailer Brake Controller gain setting adjusted?
  • Wheel chocks removed?
  • Safety chains connected?

For those who own multiple trailers, Truck App allows drivers to name each trailer and collect and store accumulated mileage for each – for up to 10 different trailers, displaying helpful information such as accumulated miles for a particular unit, trailer brake gain (with available integrated brake controller) and output.


Off-road information
The Truck App also caters to the off-road enthusiast with unique information screens such as pitch-and-roll, which shows the angle of surface incline, the degree of tilt and steering angle.


The app on the F-150 SVT Raptor includes a specific screen that shows the status of Hill Descent Control™, off-road mode and the 4×4 system.

In addition to the Truck App software application, the more traditional screen menus include:

  • Gauge mode – includes real-time temperature transmission oil
  • Trip A/B – includes trip time and mileage information and tracks two trips
  • Fuel economy – tracks fuel consumption history and offers selectable displays for efficiency in miles to empty, average and instantaneous
  • Settings – allows the customer to turn features on or off, change autolamp time, set trailer brake setting and monitor oil life
  • Information – provides management of the MyKey® feature, a system check screen and key system warnings for trailer sway control, Hill Descent Control and Tire Pressure Monitoring System

The F-150 productivity screen is standard on all FX2/FX4, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum models. It is also available on XLT as part of the XLT Convenience Package.

Video link:

Click here for a video that illustrates the features of the new Truck Apps for F-Series.

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 towing questions and needs! Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.

Important Guidelines For F-650/F-750 Diesel Particulate Filter Regeneration

February 7, 2011

The 2010 and 2011 F-650/F-750 Super Duty chassis cabs are equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), as part of the after-treatment exhaust system, to trap soot and other large particles produced by the engine combustion process.

The soot that accumulates in the filter must be periodically reduced to ash to prevent excessive exhaust restriction. The soot reduction process, also known as “filter regeneration”, is generally performed automatically by the engine and after-treatment system.


The normal operating temperature of the exhaust system is very high. Never work around, or attempt to repair, any part of the exhaust system until it has cooled. Use special care when working around the diesel particulate filter. The DPF heats up to a high temperature after only a short period of engine operation, and can remain hot even after the engine is turned off. Failure to follow these instructions may result in personal injury.


The following description is applicable to 2008-2011 Cummins engines. For 2008-2010 Caterpillar engines, see the Owners Guide.

Under most operating conditions, DPF regeneration will be transparent to the operator. An increase in engine/turbo sound level is normal during filter regeneration.

If, however, the engine is operating for extended periods of time under one of the following conditions, operator assistance may be required to facilitate the filter regeneration process:

  • Vehicle is operated in stop-and-go traffic and/or maintains low speeds as in city/delivery driving
  • Engine is started and shut-off frequently
  • Vehicle payload is relatively light
  • Vehicle is regularly operated in cold ambient temperatures (i.e. below 0° F [-18 C])

Instrument cluster lamp(s) will illuminate and/or flash when operator assistance is required. In addition, engine performance will become increasingly limited above Level 1.

At Levels 1 and 2, two courses of action may be taken by the operator to facilitate filter regeneration:

  1.      The vehicle may be driven on the highway at highway speeds.
  2.     The operator may perform a parked regeneration by following the steps in Parked regeneration procedure.

At Level 3, performing a parked regeneration is the only available course of action (short of professional servicing) available to the operator for regenerating the filter.

At Level 4, professional servicing is the only way to regenerate the filter.


Warning: When performing the parked regeneration procedure, make sure the vehicle is safely off the roadway, and the exhaust system is away from people, or any flammable materials, vapors, or structures. Engine speed may increase during parked regeneration.

Note: Parked regeneration is only available when the DPF lamp on the instrument cluster is illuminated (solid or flashing).

  1.      Bring the vehicle to a complete stop on level ground and safely off the road with the exhaust system away from people, flammable materials, vapors or structures.
  2.       If your vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission and a steering column shift lever, place transmission in P (Park). Otherwise, place the transmission in N (Neutral).
  3.    Remove feet from the accelerator pedal and clutch pedal (if equipped).
  4.      Set the parking brake.
  5.      Within 5 seconds of setting the parking brake, remove foot from the service brake pedal.

The engine speed may also increase slightly. To allow parked regeneration to continue uninterrupted:

  1.     The vehicle must remain parked.
  2.     The accelerator pedal, service brake pedal, and clutch pedal (if equipped) must not be depressed.
  3.     The parking brake must remain set.

On average (depending on filter level and other factors), the process will take 20-30 minutes to complete. The DPF lamp will turn off when the process is complete. Repeat Steps 1-5, if parked regeneration is interrupted.


Depress any of the floor pedals to discontinue parked regeneration.


The DPF is designed to retain a relatively large amount of residual ash and provide many miles and hours of maintenance-free operation. At some point, generally beyond 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or 5000 hours of operation (whichever comes first), the DPF will require professional cleaning to remove the accumulated ash. The exact number of miles or hours of operation will vary greatly depending upon vehicle/engine loading and operating conditions, ash content of the engine oil, and quality of the diesel fuel used in your truck. Adhering to your engine manufacturer’s recommended oil and fuel specifications will maximize the miles and hours of operation before the DPF professional cleaning is required. Refer to your engine manufacturer’s owner’s manual for more details regarding recommended maintenance and service of your DPF.

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.



Ford Truck Commercial Upfit Rebates

September 9, 2010

Ford’s long history in the commercial vehicle market is backed by a reputation of quality, power, dependability and value. Ford Truck Commercial Connection Incentives offer even more value to your business with added purchasing power.


  • Pickups: Plow, Salt Spreader, Tool Boxes, Rear Lift Gates, Side Racks, Ladder Racks, Spray Tanks and Spreaders, Winches, Professionally created and permanently installed painted or vinyl company graphics and logos.
  • Chassis Cabs: Beverage Trucks, Box/PDV Trucks, Crane Body, Dump Trucks, Flat-Bed/Stake Trucks, Plow, Service/Utility Trucks, Spreader, Tow Trucks
  • Cutaways: Ambulances, Box/PDV Trucks, Shuttle Buses, Utility Body
  • E-Series Wagons: Shuttle
  • E-Series Cargo Vans: EconoCargo Interior Systems, QuietFlex Storage Systems, Masterack Racks & Bins, Vocational Upgrades
  • Transit Connect Van: Legget & Platt, Sortimo, Katerack and Adrian Steel Interior Systems


  • Ranger Pickup: $500 Upfit Cash*
  • F150 Pickup: $500 Upfit Cash*
  • F-Series Super Duty Pickups (F250 – F450): $500 Upfit Cash*
  • F-Series Super Duty Chassis Cabs (F350 – F550): $1000 Upfit Cash*
  • F650 & F750 Super Duty Chassis Cabs: $1500 Upfit Cash*
  • Transit Connect: Up To $500 Upfit Cash**
  • E-Series Cargo Vans: $1200 Upfit Cash (Call Fuller Ford @ (513) 352-5800 x 51 for information on additional interior storage incentives)*
  • E-Series Wagons: $1000 Upfit Cash*
  • E-Series Super Duty Cutaways & Stripped Chassis: $1000 Upfit Cash*


As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes ALL Ford commercial trucks! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s commercial 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 commercial truck inventory at http://http://www.fullerisford.com/commercial-new.aspx.

*Receive upfit assistance for the cost of the upfit up to $500. Unit must contain a ship-thru code of 31D or 31C to be eligible for up to $500 upfit assistance. Non ship-thru orders are only eligible for a maximum of $400 upfit assistance on upfits costing $200 or more. Take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 7/31/11. See dealer for details.

**Available on upfits costing $1200 or more. Excludes available factory-installed options. Take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 7/31/11. Restrictions apply. See dealer for details. Units receiving any form of CPA (56A), GPC (56G), Long-Term Rental (56K) or other concessions are ineligible.


May 24, 2010


Ford Motor Company has invested $320 million in its Sharonville transmission plant over the past three years in its all new six-speed, heavy-duty truck transmission. This new equipment has resulted in the addition of 100 jobs, which brings the plants total employment to roughly 1700. The new 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift transmission comes standard on the 2011 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks which are all assembled at Ford’s Kentucky Truck plant in Louisville. The 6R140 transmission is a third larger than the five-speed version that it replaces. It was designed to handle the 25 percent greater torque of Ford’s new 6.7 liter diesel engine and the higher speeds of its new 6.2 liter V-8 gas engine on Super Duty trucks. The 6R140 transmission will provide more power for hauling and improved fuel efficiency.
The Sharonville plant produces the new 6R140 transmission on the same flexible production line building that the older 5R110 transmission was produced on. Sharonville has already produced nearly 50,000 of the 6R140 transmissions and has the capacity to build approximately 250,000 units per year. The 6R140 transmission is not the only equipment that is produced at the Sharonville plant. Gears and torque converters are also produced at the plant. This equipment is used on every other Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicle that Ford builds, including the new C-class cars built in China.

The all new 2011 Super Duty trucks are now here at Fuller Ford. Come see the new 6R140 transmission up close and in person. 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.


April 7, 2010




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:




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


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.



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

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