Quality control testing of the 2.3-liter Focus RS engine includes listening
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Closed in soundproof booths, highly trained Ford production workers listen carefully. EcoBoost 2.3-liter engines run as their tuned ears seek out a rattle that might indicate a damaged gear tooth or a whistle that might hint at a blocked oiling passage. It’s all part of an effort to ensure the engines are ready for performance duty in the new 2016 Focus RS.
“This team knows what a perfectly calibrated engine sounds like and they know the tiny sounds to listen for in case there is a problem,” Vice President, Quality, Ford of Europe Gunnar Herrmann said. “Think of it like a doctor who has the most advanced diagnostic technology but still uses a stethoscope to gather vital clues to a patient’s health.”
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