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Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (10/2015 – 12/2015) (Final)

OwnersLog2Christmas came early to our household this year!  In an unexpected turn of events, the 2011 F-150 you’ve been reading about for over four years has been replaced.  A good deal was made on a 2015 F-150 Lariat, the review of which will be posted in the coming weeks.  Read on for my parting words for Ford’s bread-and-butter truck.

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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: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (4/2014 – 7/2014)

OwnersLog2Another three months has gone by, and although my F-150 isn’t being driven as much, due to my Mini replacing it as my main commuting vehicle, it’s still a great truck. Now, a full two years and nine months has gone by, and the F-150 still looks and feels fresh inside and out, and the only thing I’d replace it with would be another truck.  Continue reading for the run-down on what my Ford has been up to lately.

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Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (1/2014 – 4/2014)

OwnersLog2Two and a half years.  A personal record for having kept a vehicle.  That just goes to show the staying power of a pickup truck, especially one as well-sorted as the Ford F-150.  Although it isn’t my daily driver any more (there’s a new car in the fleet for that purpose), it still gets worked out – whether it be foul-weather duty, hauling, or going on road trips. Continue reading for more details about the past quarter with my F-150.

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Off Road: … and stuck!

Stuck F-150 DistanceWhen you own a 4WD vehicle, snow can become a fun thing, like being a kid again.  You look forward to driving in the snow, so long as the 2WD cars aren’t anywhere around to slide into you.  You boast about your two-speed transfer case and your off-road skid plates and tires.  Or, if you’re like me, you don’t quite look forward to driving in it, but know that you can go (almost) anywhere you need to, and can usually get yourself out of sticky situations.  Well, that is, if you know what’s underneath the snow.

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