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2011-2016 Ford Diesel Dead Pedal

Posted by Paul Wilson on Dec 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The 2011-2016 Ford Powerstroke is an amazing truck.  With up to 24,500 lbs of 5th wheel towing capacity and 400-440 HP from the factory these diesel trucks are meant to be worked.  

However, you many have noticed that your Ford 6.7L just doesn't seem to have the snap your old truck did.  You step on the throttle thinking all that power is going to rocket you into traffic.  In reality you probably feel like it just meanders into the lane.  We call this lack of throttle response the "Dead Pedal".  

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Below you will find 3 things that cause the Dead Pedal and a simple solution for your truck. 


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Reason #1: Electronic Throttle Input

Many people refer to this as "Drive-by-Wire".  It means there is no physical connection between the throttle pedal and a mechanical fuel injection system. Instead it is completely controlled by electronics.  This automation has the ability to change throttle response based on a host of inputs including  temperature, gear, 'run mode', and boost to name a few. 

Reason #2: Turbo Lag

Turbo lag is a term used to describe the time between hitting the throttle pedal and the truck reaching the desired torque output for set load point.  This delay is characterized by the time it take the turbocharger to reach the desired airflow rate or boost.  In today's modern engines, the turbocharger typically leads the fuel curve to the desired torque output in order to minimize particulate emissions.  The slower an engine accelerates, the easier it is to control particulate emissions. 


Reason #3:  Factory Calibration Strategy

Factory engineers have to consider a wide range of vehicle uses and driver skill levels when they calibrate throttle feel.  The best throttle feel for your 16 year old daughter backing up to a trailer is probably not the one you'd prefer for your daily commute.  We solve this one size fits all throttle calibration by adjusting the throttle feel based on how the truck is being used (towing, daily driving, racing etc.) 


What fixes the 6.7L Powerstroke  Dead Pedal?


The Fix: Custom Edge Insight Pro Tuning

Custom Insight Pro Ford Tuning offers the driver the sensation of driving much lighter vehicle while improving mileage, throttle response, and of course peak power over the GM stock offering. Custom tuning is without question the best option for solving the dead pedal problem. 

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Topics: Ford, 2011-2016 Ford 6.7 Tuner, Ford 6.7, Insight Pro, Custom Ford Tuning