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Old 05-19-2018, 01:42 PM   #1
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Looking at the V-10 Life expectancy

I now have my 2012 Georgetown XL 378TS with 60,000 mile and don't plan on slowing down any as long as I have my health as they say.

I have done research on the 3 valve V-10 engine and have heard many with F-250 and F-350 with many with 150,000 miles and up to 200,000 miles on them with no major engine issues.

Now my engine and drive train is running great with no issues as I usually stay on top of all maintenance myself or with help from Ford.

I change oil and filter every 4,000 to 5,000 miles.
I have flushed transmission and radiator systems at 35,000 miles
I have also flushed brakes at 35,000 miles.
I add fuel additive each year when I plan a long haul of 1,500 -2,000 miles
( I Have used Berryman B-12 Chemtool Carburetor/Fuel Treatment & Injector Cleaner for the past 6 years on this engine)
I have checked rear differential oil and replaced at 50,000 miles



Future maintenance
1. Brake flush soon
2. 80,000 miles spark plugs and wires, unless something happens earlier. Ford say they are good for 100,000 miles
3. Replace Disc Brakes around 75,000 miles if they show wear.

So who has more miles on their Ford V-10 3 valve engine?
Have I missed anything you would add?
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Old 05-19-2018, 01:54 PM   #2
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IMHO, the Ford V10 is one of the best gas engines out there if later than 2000. The early ones like to blow spark plugs. I think that was fixed in the 2001 model year.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:17 PM   #3
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IMHO, the Ford V10 is one of the best gas engines out there if later than 2000. The early ones like to blow spark plugs. I think that was fixed in the 2001 model year.
I think that was when it was a 2 valve engine and I believe in 2005 they changed to a 3 valve engine which probably was the fix.
So we are talking about the newer engines.
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Old 05-19-2018, 04:00 PM   #4
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My last V-10 MH (Georgie Boy) was traded in at 75000 miles (11 years) and all I did was change the oil once a year. Never had an issue with the engine or any of its components. The V-10 is the least of my expectations for issues with current Georgetown MH.
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The plug problem was/is? due to the aluminum heads and the threads being destroyed. I would check into that before replacing the plugs yourself.
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Old 05-19-2018, 04:07 PM   #6
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Iím betting that Iggy is way out front of the rest of us when it comes to mileage.......and maintenance so far.

Iím watching, but if one continues to do their regular maintenance like Iggy says....Iím almost betting you can ďwillĒ the V-10 to your kids
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Old 05-19-2018, 04:10 PM   #7
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I have 96,000 miles (155,000 km) on mine, change synthetic oil every 6,000 miles (10,000 km) or once a year. So far no issues. Due for a spark plug change.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:25 PM   #8
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Spark Plug change NOTE.

I have read that when you hit 100,000 miles and want to get the plugs changed leave it to Ford dealer as I have read it is tricky.

I have read on a cold engine to just crack the spark plug thread 1/2 of a turn then put like WD 40 down along the base of the spark plug and leave over night to seep down the threads to the bottom of the spark plug.
They say in some engines the carbon build ups on the bottom of the spark plug base inside the head and must be softened before you try and remove the plug.
I know we are going off subject of my original thread but this is just a side note FYI only.
This is always a great way to have everyone learn more about their rigs.
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Old 05-19-2018, 08:36 PM   #9
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I've done several sets of those plugs. I've had good success using an impact gun to remove them without breaking them off. I wish I had pics to clarify what happens, but they are made in 3 pieces. The center ceramic part, the hex and threads which slides down over the top of the ceramic part, and a "tube" which is actually the ground electrode slides up from the bottom. The bottom edge of the threaded part is "squished" over the tube and forms the seat where the plug seals against the cylinder head. It's this tube that gets stuck in the head and the squished part comes un squished when you remove the plugs. When you use an impact gun it breaks the carbon loose faster than it unsquishes the top part and they plugs come right out.
Of course if they do break off... They're is s tool available to remove the pieces without pulling the cylinder head.
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:41 AM   #10
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V 10 life

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I was transportation mgr. at a major co. that had many v-10s 3 valve. It was not uncommon to get 400,000 miles. The secret is to change fluids and keep RPM under 4000
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