How to Get More Horsepower from a 3.0L Ford

by Tabitha Dye
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In addition to a number of performance-enhancing parts, driver's can get more horsepower out of their 3.0-litre Ford through some simple modifications at home. Proper vehicle maintenance, for example, can also help the engine reach its maximum horsepower potential -- estimated to be between 200 and 240.

How to get more horsepower from a Ford 3.0L

Step 1

Remove any unnecessary weight from the vehicle. Extra weight means the engine is working harder to achieve less.

Step 2

Keep the vehicle's tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires will slow down vehicle. Avoid using oversized tires, which place added pressure on the vehicle's engine, thus reducing horsepower output.

Step 3

How to get more horsepower to your Ford

Keep the wheels aligned, and maintain shocks and struts. Misaligned wheels can create "drag," and force the engine to work harder than it has to.

Step 4

Use the recommended Ford fuel. Ford suggests using regular unleaded with octane rating of 87 in most of its vehicles.

Install power pulleys, bigger exhaust, additional air intake system and/or filter. These modifications or additional parts can add additional horsepower to the engine.

Items you will need

  • Work gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Additional horsepower installation kits

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