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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: 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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Replacing an Heirloom: Bye-Bye BMW, Hello, er, BMW? (Part 2)

1992 BMW 525i 01In Part 1 of this 2-part series, I chronicled my ownership of a family-owned 1992 BMW 525i, including it ups and downs.  Click here for Part 1.  In this part, I’ll be going through the replacement process, from narrowing down the literally hundreds of choices, to finding the car I wanted.  Continue reading for Part 2.

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Replacing an Heirloom: Bye-Bye BMW, Hello, er, BMW? (Part 1)

1992 BMW 525i 01While I never got around to blogging about it, a 1992 BMW 525i resided in front of my house for the past two years, recently replaced by another car.  This post will serve as a chronicle of its journey under my ownership.  The 525i was a gift from a relative, and though it only accumulated a shade more than 5,000 miles in its two years in my care, I learned a lot from it, and wish it well with its new owners, wherever and whomever they may be.  I’ll dip into some of the technical bits, but don’t fret – I won’t stay long.  I hope you enjoy reading about my BMW as much as I enjoyed owning it.  So, let’s get started …

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Risky Business: Ford’s New 2015 F-150

15FordF150_02Ford has had pretty good success with its most recent new cars.  The redesigned Escape, Focus and Fusion have all gotten off to pretty good starts, with only a few recalls and issues to deal with.  Not bad considering that all three were new from the ground up, including the engines.  This year, Ford is releasing its new Mustang and F-150, both of which promise to raise the bars in their respective segments.  While the new Mustang’s styling and independent rear suspension may turn off some loyal Mustang buyers, the new aluminum F-150 is Ford’s gamble with what has been the top truck in America for almost 40 years and contributes to up to 30% of Ford’s profits year after year.  Continue reading to see why I think it’s a risky move, and what Ford has done to mitigate that risk.

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Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (7/2013 – 10/2013)

OwnersLog2My 2011 F-150 is headed for my own personal record book.  It’s got the most miles I’ve put on a single vehicle since the year 2000, it’s the third-longest amount of time I’ve owned a single vehicle, and it continues to hold its place in my driveway.  It’s been two years since I purchased it, and it continues to be trouble-free and my go-to for any trip that doesn’t involve a mall parking lot.  Continue reading for the nitty-gritties.

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