Trucks recalled

Some 08 Ford trucks recalled for safety concerns. This month's recall is brought to you by Ford and reminds me of the old gas tank recall that applied to the Ford Pinto. 2008 Ford F250 and 350 4x4 trucks have been recalled because of a fuel tank issue.

The official recall number is 08-C-04. Ford states in its letter to involved vehicle owners that the fuel tank may shift forward in a heavy front end collision causing a major fuel tank leak that could be ignited at the accident scene.

The recall adds strong metal brackets attached to the frame to stop the fuel tank from shifting in a heavy front-end collision. Again, this recall only applies to 08 F250s, and f350’s with the 4x4 option and a single rear wheel axle. If you know anyone with this truck, have him or her contact their local Ford dealer to get this repaired as soon as possible.

A lesson learned

A recent subscriber to the newsletter, e-mailed me with some information about a statement I made about purchasing fuel from gas stations. The statement I made was that purchasing fuel in the morning when the in ground fuel tanks are cold would provide a better value for your dollar. The gentleman brought to my attention a few articles and sent me a couple of links about this statement.

After reviewing this material I feel that I may have fallen for an urban legend and should set the record straight with this correction. First of all, the fact that the fuel tanks are below ground provides some good insulation against radical temperature changes. The further down the in ground tanks are installed, the more stable the temperature will remain.

Also modern digital gas pumps provide a calculation for the temperature of the fuel and adjust the pumps delivery accordingly. So it would seem that it does not matter at what time of the day you purchase your fuel, you will get what you paid for.

Automotive website update

One of my favorite topic of discussion on the website has been about check engine lights, and how the average car owner can handle some basic diagnosis and turn off the check engine light on their own.

I put together a page that explains exactly why the check engine light comes on, and the best way to turn it off. When you get time, take a visit to this page and find out how you can do it yourself when it comes to check engine light diagnosis and repair. This next text link opens in a new window and takes you to the Check engine light information

Thanks for reading this month's newsletter and visiting the recommended page. I have already begun research for next month's newsletter, which will include more of the latest recalls and auto facts tips.

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Mark R Gittelman ASE Certified Master Mechanic