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

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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.

Step 5

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

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