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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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Video: NHTSA Distracted Driving PSA (w/Poll)

NHTSA PSA Video ScreengrabDistracted Driving is in my top three pet peeves behind the wheel, if my top pet peeve.  Accidents caused by distracted driving are so tragic, because they’re easily prevented.  For phones, Bluetooth connectivity helps quite a bit, and the prices have come down, so I’m curious as to why it hasn’t become commonplace, even when states like Maryland pass Distracted Driving laws making it illegal to use your phone without being hands-free.  Hopefully this new PSA by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) can start to curb the latest in in-car distractions.  Click through the jump to see the videos.

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GM in Hot Water over Ignition Woes

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt

It’s a tough time to be General Motors.  The recently free-from-government-debt automaker is under the proverbial microscope after 31 accidents in its vehicles killed 13 people.  The problem?  Faulty ignition lock cylinders, which lead to a loss of control of the car.  Continue reading for details, a list of affected vehicles, and the NHTSA’s press release on the recall.

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16,000 Ford F-Series Pickups Recalled over Transmission Concern

Even the best-selling pickup truck in America can have a bad day, and this is the F-Series’ day.  Ford is recalling a bit more than 16,000 F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks.  The issue is the switch that prevents a driver from shifting from Park into Neutral or Drive.  Normally, it stops drivers from shifting out of Park unless the brake is pressed, but apparently some faulty switches were installed into the affected vehicles.

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128,000 Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans Recalled over Wheel Stud Issue

2010 Mercury Milan

Last week, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that Ford is recalling over 128,000 Ford Fusions and its sister car, the Mercury Milan, because of a problem with the wheel studs.  The recall only effects Fusions and Milans with steel wheels, not alloy ones.  Wheel studs are threaded bolts by which a vehicle’s wheels are attached.  They run through the brake hub, and if enough of them break, the wheel could literally fall off of the car.  Continue reading for more details and the NHTSA’s press release.

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NHTSA investigating steering issues on 2011 Sonata?

As a maker of inexpensive vehicles, Hyundai has come a long way.  They started as the maker of the Excel, an almost universally hated automobile (right up there with the Yugo), to being on American consumers’ buy list in the last few years.  With recent releases like the Genesis and Genesis Coupe, and then the 2011 Sonata, you’d expect Hyundai to be riding high.  Not so fast.  It started a few weeks after the 2011 Sonata went on sale, and continues today, with the NHTSA investigating steering problems with the redesigned family hauler.

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