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Old 02-25-2015, 10:09 AM   #1
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Ford v10 engine.

Hi all, I have a tiffin allegro 30 foot mh with nearly 1000 engine hours. Does anyone know how many hours I can expect before any major repairs? It seems to have no current problems and drives well. Thanks.
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:11 AM   #2
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I didn't know there was an hourmeter on the engine.

You are talking about the generator? or the chassis engine?

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This is from the chassis manual

"Press the info button to scroll through
trip, outside air temperature, engine
hours and miles to empty."

"ENG HRS
Registers the accumulated time the engine
has been running."
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:36 AM   #4
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I don't know about hours but the engine has been around for 15 years. On balance it has a great track record. There have been a lot of posters on this forum whose rigs have 70-80 thousand miles on the engine and it is still pulling strong for them.
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1000 hours is only about 45,000 miles, you should get at least double that
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:57 AM   #6
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Two years ago, I traded an F-250 w/V-10 that towed our 5th wheel; 205,000 miles and never touched the motor or trans. I hope I get near that with the V-10 in our Winnebago.
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When we purchased, we were looking specifically for a V10 F53 chassis.

Ours has 65k miles, we did major preventative maintenance right after we bought it last fall (new to us).

full flush of tranny (used 4 gallons)
new plugs and connector boots, torqued to 15 ft lbs (nickle plated plugs to mitigate spitting plug issue)
brake pads all the way around
oil and filter
gas and air filter
new serpentine belt
inspect parking brake assembly

The engine, tranny, and chassis look in very good shape and I fully anticipate another 70k trouble free miles. We just finished a 6k miles trip around the southern U.S. Runs good and strong, reasonable fuel mileage.

As soon a warm wx gets here I plan on doing the CHF handing modification with the sway bar. (Its -15 outside)

we are very happy with the V10
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The Ford V10 is infamous for blowing spark plugs. Assuming your engine never blows a plug, (a $1,000 per cylinder fix), it should hold up fine with regular oil changes. Even if it does blow a plug, it can be repaired and continue it's life


Tales and fables of 250,000 miles and beyond have been commonly heard and repeatedly told, (I like odometer pictures myself).
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The Ford V10 is infamous for blowing spark plugs. Assuming your engine never blows a plug, (a $1,000 per cylinder fix), it should hold up fine with regular oil changes. Even if it does blow a plug, it can be repaired and continue it's life


Tales and fables of 250,000 miles and beyond have been commonly heard and repeatedly told, (I like odometer pictures myself).
well I have 185000 on mine and it runs just fine ( 2002 )
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The Ford V10 is infamous for blowing spark plugs. Assuming your engine never blows a plug, (a $1,000 per cylinder fix), it should hold up fine with regular oil changes. Even if it does blow a plug, it can be repaired and continue it's life


Tales and fables of 250,000 miles and beyond have been commonly heard and repeatedly told, (I like odometer pictures myself).
GET REAL and talk to someone who has put helicoils in and maintains with proper fluid and filter changes and does not drag race.
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The Ford V10 is infamous for blowing spark plugs. Assuming your engine never blows a plug, (a $1,000 per cylinder fix), it should hold up fine with regular oil changes. Even if it does blow a plug, it can be repaired and continue it's life


Tales and fables of 250,000 miles and beyond have been commonly heard and repeatedly told, (I like odometer pictures myself).
The blowing spark plug problem was fixed after about two years. Shouldn't try to scare folks with un truths. JMHO.
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per ford heavy line mechanic " I see v-10 that are proper serviced , still in service with over 300,000 miles.. and not unheard of to see over 350,000"

I had no reason to dougbt him ... he works for ford
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The Ford V10 is infamous for blowing spark plugs. Assuming your engine never blows a plug, (a $1,000 per cylinder fix), it should hold up fine with regular oil changes. Even if it does blow a plug, it can be repaired and continue it's life


Tales and fables of 250,000 miles and beyond have been commonly heard and repeatedly told, (I like odometer pictures myself).
I had a excursion with over 300,000 miles ... someone stole my stereo
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$1,000 per cylinder, 10 cylinders WOW. How much is a crate motor?

Infamous, i don`t think so, since it was a problem with all Ford modular engines.

I never heard of it, until I read it here. The city I worked for had hundreds of Ford E and F series vechicles.

I bought a 1999, V10 anyway, since I have used helicoils, in the past.

Good engine
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