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Powerstroke and winter grill cover?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by IA Farmer, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. IA Farmer

    IA Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    I have a 2010 Powerstroke and I have read that you shoud NOT run the grill cover while you plow. I don't want to put it on and take it off every snowfall. So should I leave it off all winter or just watch my temps while im plowing? I will prolly be plowing about 4 hours per snow.
     
  2. buddy4781

    buddy4781 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Ford may still make a deflecter to keep snow out of your intake. Most folks are not aware of this deflecter so talk to parts or your local Commercial Ford Rep.
     
  3. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Put a deflector on your plow.
     
  4. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    It only takes about 4 minutes to put it on and less to take it off, it's no big deal. Goes on with velcro tabs and some adjustable nylon straps, no tools required. It's a small price to pay compared to the replacement cost of an engine cause you imploded you intake lines and allowed snow and unfiltered air to enter your engine causing it to blow. It happened to a local Hwy. Dept here last year. Cost them like $18k for an new engine.
     
  5. IA Farmer

    IA Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    thanks for the info I will be leaving it on all year and just watch my gauges to make sure I don't overheat.
     
  6. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    man we run a bunch of big fords and i've never seen a cover on them in the winter... granted the plows are hanging off of them the majority of the time.
     
  7. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Get a damn deflector!
     
  8. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Why would your intake pipes implode from not running a front grille shroud?
     
  9. IA Farmer

    IA Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Ajslands, a couple things one you need to calm down. And two if you would read my opening post no where in there does it talk about wanting to keep snow out of the intake. I have a deflector on my plow and if you can tell me how a deflector will keep my engine temps down please enlighten me. I was wanting to know if plowing with the grill cover will cause my engine to overheat from lack of airflow.

    Thanks to everyone for the replies I think I will put it on and watch my gauges and if it gets hot I will just take it off it doesn't sound like its as hard as my Chevy was
     
  10. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    I dont think you will have an issue with overheating but I would leave the grill cover off for the winter. When plowing, you are moving at much lower speeds and not getting much air flow through the radiator.

    Maybe leave it on for the first few storms and if you notice then engine fan kicking on, pull the cover off.

    I'm having a hard time understanding why you would need the cover anyway. I have seen Ford test videos from Alaska and none of the trucks had a grill cover. I know that it can get pretty freaking cold in Iowa but these newer trucks do a really good job of running at the proper temp.
     
  11. buddy4781

    buddy4781 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Ram- I sold commercial ford trucks for several years. You need air flow into the engine. Your plow blocks some at highway driving speeds so a grill cover is not a good idea. Two things will help; the deflector for your intake and a deflector for the plow. Guess I should have gone into more detail in my first responce. You will be fine with these two additions.
     
  12. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    U my frend kneed 2 wirk on yoar weeding kompweehenshun!! :nod:

    As the truck is operated in dry type snow conditions the intake injests the snow which can pack into the filter element, eventually totally clogging it. Once the filter is completely plugged the engine still needs to intake air, the pressure caused by the suction of the engine will eventually implode the plastice intake ducts.

    FWIW I only use it in moderate to heavy dry type snows. It also isn't just a plowing thing as any truck going down the road/highway on longer trips will injest just as much if not more snow than a truck plowing.
     
  13. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Unlikely... But after reading that statement of yours, it sounds like you need to get that speech impedament of yours fixed. :nod: :nod:
     
  14. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    As much as you may enjoy it, ignorant is no way to go through life.
     
  15. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    You mean "ignorance" :nod: or "being ignorant"

    And you say I need to work on my reading comprehension. Lol
     
  16. IA Farmer

    IA Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Well so from what it sounds like I may not need it at all. Last year I had a 2009 Dmax and I have a short commute to work and without the grill cover it wouldn't get warm by the time I got to work, but while plowing my engine temp would get rather hot and the cover had to come off, and it was a pain to get back on afterwards. Hopefully the Ford wont need it at all. Where does the intake deflector go on the truck? Are they easy to take on and off?
     
  17. qualitycut

    qualitycut PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,227

    On 08-10 ford diesels you need the cover on in winter. The 6.4 sucks a lot of air and will freeze up air box or worse. My dad manages a ford dealer and they get trucks in every year with that problem sometimes its not cheap. Keep in mind that its 2008 through 2010. Thats why they started giving it to you with the trucks after 08.
     
  18. snopushin ford

    snopushin ford Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 190

    grille cover

    you do need the cover, i tried plowing without it and it sucked in enough snow to suck in the filter minder. after that i always used the cover and no problems, and the truck warms up faster. fords have a large cooling system. i just did a dpf delete with H&S tuner so now that i have gauges it will be interesting to see what the temps really are because i do not trust the factory gauges.
     
  19. IA Farmer

    IA Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    QualityCut and Snopushin Ford do either of you have the intake deflector that was mentioned above and are they worth the money?
     
  20. qualitycut

    qualitycut PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,227

    never heard of an intake deflector? Googled it nothing came up. My plow does have a snow deflector. I have a buddy who hauls cattle 2010 ford he had some major issues because he didn't have his grill cover on. I would just have it on to be same bottom line.