Three Tools Every Power Stroke Technician Should Own
Automotive and diesel technicians today need a wide variety of skills to get cars, trucks and fleets back on the road and running at peak performance. Today, technicians are trained in diagnostic skills, electrical systems, engine and exhaust system repair, as well as how to get jobs done in the most efficient manner possible. These technicians are encouraged and compensated by the service manager of their shop to be productive and avoid having vehicles sit in the bay for days. Some shops are paid a flat rate for work, while others will bill hourly. Either way, it pays for technicians to invest in having the right tool for the job. Here are three tools that ProMAXX Tool suggest every auto and diesel technician have in their tool box.
1. Ford Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS)
The Ford IDS can give complete diagnostic coverage of almost any Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicle. This tool gives technicians the ability to perform module reprogramming, key programming and a ton of other functions. It can be found at most Ford dealerships, making a it a staple if your shop regularly works on Ford trucks and vehicles. According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Technicians , having strong diagnostic skills and knowing how to use a tool like the Ford IDS can help you attain one of 40 different ASE Certifications a technician can work towards.
2. EGR Tube Repair Kit
Diesel trucks have remained popular in both commercial fleets and for personal use. Their power and efficiency have made them an ideal investment when you need to haul heavy payloads and put a lot of miles on the engine. Newer laws have required these trucks to introduce systems like the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system. EGR is a nitrogen oxide emmision reduction system that recirculates a portion of exhaust gas back into the engine; reducing peak temperatures in the cylinder. The connection point where the EGR tube meets the engine head is prone to high temperatures and heavy corrosion. Therefore when the tube is disconnected, there is always a likelihood that the bolts connecting the EGR tube can snap off.
A popular choice for many Ford Diesel Technicians is the Nino ProKit. This kit allows the technicians to drill these bolts out, over-drill into the manifold, then screw in a stainless steel insert that will handle temperatures that will not corrode the bolt when exposed to high heat and corrosive conditions.
3. Fuel Injector Puller
Fuel injectors, particularly those within the 6.7L Power Stroke are prone to become stuck inside the engine head. They're held down with a u-shaped clamp which is bolted to the head. After thousands of miles and high-heat exposure, the rubber o-ring on the fuel injector can become corroded and fuse the injector to the head. Many Ford technicians have tried an after-market tool that also bolts to the head, like the injector clamp, then using a cast metal fork ratchet the fuel injector our of the engine. Though this tool has worked, it does require a bit of set up time and can warp over a few uses, causing it to walk off the injector while pulling it out of the engine.
We recommend the PowerPull Lift Kit. This tool does not need to be bolted to the head and can pull an injector in under a minute. Also, being made from machined steel, it will last far longer than the previously mentioned tool. If that doesn't do it, the lifetime warranty it's covered by should.
Technicians are under the gun to get trucks out of the service bay and back on the road. With a limited number of technicians coming into the field, the people in this profession are looking for more ways to become more productive. ProMAXX Tool's main objective is to provide these technicians with tools that make them more productive and confident professionals that can tackle any job that comes their way.