Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (1/2015 – 7/2015)

OwnersLog2Wow, this year is flying by!  It’s going so fast, I totally missed the April update.  Not to worry, though, as my F-150 has continued to run and drive well, albeit with a couple of hiccups.  Read on for more details.

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How-to: Replace 2011-2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Vacuum Assist Boost Pump

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2011-2012 Ford F-150 Vacuum Assist Boost Pump

Wow, that’s a mouthful, right?  And, what’s a “vacuum assist boost pump” anyway?  Read on, and I’ll explain what the part is, why it’s on the trucks, and how to replace one if yours has gone bad.  It’s really quite simple, and anyone with a basic set of hand tools and a half hour to spare can do the repair themselves.

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Owner’s Log: 2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop (11/2014 – 2/2015)

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One year of ownership!  While it wasn’t all smooth sailing, it’s been a lot of fun.  The Mini needed some TLC, and continues to light up my smile when I’m behind the wheel. Read on to hear about the tumultuous last quarter for the Mini Cooper.

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Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (10/2014 – 1/2015)

OwnersLog2It was an exciting three months for my F-150.  Not only was there the normal Thanksgiving road trip, but a couple of towing experiences and some good driving in snow.  The new 2015 F-150 may be on dealership lots, but my 2011 truck is still looking and driving like new!  Read on for more details.

 

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2010 Mini Cooper S (R56) Engine Air Filter Replacement – DYI

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R56 Mini Cooper S Engine Air Filter

The R56 Mini Cooper S was sold in America for the 2007-2012 model years.  It featured a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing over 170 horses and 180 foot-pounds of torque.  That tiny turbocharged engine needs a lot of air, so its filter can get dirty quickly. Read on to see step-by-step directions to replace the air filter yourself.

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Owner’s Log: 2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop (8/2014 – 11/2014)

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Nine whole months with a car that could just about fit in the bed of my F-150?  Yep, you got it!  The Mini does well, getting me into parking spaces I wouldn’t even think of parking my truck in, as well as providing comfortable summer transportation.  Read on for more details.

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