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A Brief History of the Power Stroke Engine

A Brief History of the Power Stroke Engine

In 1994, Power Strokes effectively revolutionized the diesel market in terms of power with 210 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque, as opposed to the previous IDI turbo numbers of 190 hp and 390 lb-ft. To further put the mid-'90s turbodiesel scene into perspective, the '94 Cummins put out 175 hp and 420 lb-ft and the GM 6.5L put out 180 hp and 360 lb-ft.

By releasing the 6.0L and other variants of the Power Stroke for the 2003 model year, Ford was able to meet the 2004 emissions deadline an entire year in advance. One of the key elements in adhering to the new regulations was the engine's employment of an exhaust gas recirculation system and it still managed 325 hp and 560 lb-ft. But the aftermarket tuning is what has made this a loved engine by truck enthusiasts, because for around $1,000 or less, you can crank a Power Stroke 6.0L up to 400whp and over 800 lb-ft of torque.

While these engines aren't perfect, the injectors are reliable when treated to proper maintenance (regular oil changes and new fuel filters), clean fuel, and fed sufficient supply pressure from the lift pump. However, if coolant makes its way into the oil, they can head south quickly. But having the proper service tools provide by CTA makes it easy to keep these work horses moving forward.


An essential tool for Power Stroke Service is our NEW #8229 - Ford Crankshaft Rear Seal Installer – Power Stroke. The tool is used to install the crankshaft rear oil seal and wear sleeve on 2003-2010 Ford Super Duty Power Stroke 4.5L, 6.0L & 6.4L Diesel engines. These applications include: F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, F-650, F-750, Low Cab Forward Models, E-Series, Excursion, & VT 365-MaxxForce7. Compare to Ford Factory Tool #303-770.


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