The Truck Engine Nobody Likes
A different perspective on engine problems
Previously, we learned of the extent of engine problems that a significant number (but not all) of truck owners have experienced while owning a vehicle equipped with the much-maligned Ford 5.4L 3-Valve Triton V8 engine.
Recently, a video of a disassembly of one of these motors was published on the I make cars YouTube channel where its host “Eric” (who owns and runs a full-service auto salvage business in St. Louis, MO called “Importapart”) tears down a 5.4L Triton 3-valve V8 engine while discussing what whom he considers a salvage mechanic.
According to Eric, this engine is well known for “…broken spark plugs, blown cam phasers, failed timing components, broken valve springs and more” and he’s not the only one in the world of engine recovery.
Also, just because an engine has gone bad doesn’t mean there’s nothing good inside.
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“Part of our model is to tear down and sell rare and niche market engine parts. I don’t build or rebuild engines—we just supply hard parts to those who do!”
The value of this video
So why another article on the Ford 5.4L 3-Valve Triton V8 engine? Mainly because the referenced video is one of the few I’ve seen where someone points out that there is a market (i.e. a need) for near-perfect, reusable parts.
In this case parts that can be reused to support repairs on these seemingly 200,000+ mile outlier models equipped with the Triton 5.4L 3-valve V8 engine that you’ll find plenty of reviews reporting on how well their truck performs is doing well despite its nefarious reputation. Which—some quite correctly point out—whether the problems would grow (or at least be far fewer) if all owners took better care of their truck maintenance.
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Not only will you learn something new about the engine, but there’s the added bonus that it’s a fun video to watch and listen to as Eric gives his thoughts on the engine and the work that goes into it. ‘he has.
Without further ado, here is the video posted below and recommended to watch in its entirety:
Disassembly of the Bad Ford 5.4 V8 3-valve engine. Which of the MANY possible failures eliminated this one?
For additional articles related to engine issues, here are a few for your consideration:
• Six vehicles with deadly engines or transmissions to avoid
• Vehicles most likely to need repairs within 12 months of purchase
• How 85 Octane Fuel Can Destroy Your Engine and Void Your Warranty
Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced in early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for better performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily news on new and used vehicles.
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