The 4.0L SOHC Ford V6 engine introduced by Ford in 1997 is produced in Cologne, Germany and only fitted to American vehicles. Don’t mistake this 4L motor for the OHV designed engine produced until 2000. Which was used in the Ford Explorer, Ford Aerostar, Mazda B4000 and Ford Ranger. You stopped at the right place the first time [for a change], if you are on the search for the 4.0L SOHC Ford V6 engine for sale.
Ford learned from it’s small 2.9L V6 that the design needed attention. Starting with the 2.9L motor and continuing with this engine line, which includes the 4.0L SOHC [single overhead camshaft] variant. Ford made the change. The camshaft is now chain-driven rather than gear driven, [we like chains over belts and noisy gears]. The arrangement of the exhaust valves is different too, eliminating the “Hot-Spot” that caused issues on the 2.8 L heads.
The 1997 Ford Explorer introduced a new two valve single overhead cam (SOHC) version of the 4.0L V6 engine. Maximum power output increased about 28% increase in power and an 11% increase in torque over the existing 4.0L overhead valve (OHV) design. The new design’s performance features are single overhead camshafts [SOHC] driven by a patented “Offset Y-drive” dual stage chain system, a lightweight plastic variable induction system, and aluminum alloy cylinder heads.
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