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  1. 4 points
    As the title suggests this is a quick overview of a spark plug replacement on a 3.5L Ecoboost...RWD application. Really this job has got to be one of the easiest spark plug jobs on a V configuration. The most basic ratchet and socket set will get the job done with no special tools or real tricks. Once the engine cover is removed by simply pulling it off, the coils are all right there and easily accessible. I started on the passengers side, those heater hoses are kinda in the way but you can still get a 3/8" ratchet and 6" extension back there. Drivers side bank has a few more things in the way, that PCV hose has to be removed and the electrical connector to the fuel pump has to be disconnected. The 2 coils around the fuel pump were the most difficult, both stuck in place and needed a little extra effort to pop off. The coil behind the fuel pump was the hardest to pop out, because some ass hat decided to mess up the rubber seal and let it fold over on itself. Job done. I know these plugs are not the original (they are the updated style) and the truck has almost exactly 50k miles on it. So this engine is on its 3rd set of plugs. Ford specs a gap of .030 in for the ecoboost .028 for tuned engines. The old plugs all checked out around .035 to .038. the new plugs were all unable to pass a .032 in feeler gauge. I could have let those plugs go a while longer but with not knowing when or if they were done, the ecoboosts terrible track record with spark plugs, and 2 cross county trips coming up this summer I wanted to make sure something stupid like a spark plug isn't going to mess anything up. These new SP534 MC plugs appear to be made by NGK, stamped JAPAN on the plug. Maybe next time I'll buy the NGK plugs and save some money. I've always been impressed with NGK plugs, they are top notch in my book. I used the NGK equivalent in the so called "ultra picky" Skyactive engine and my sister has yet to have an issue.
  2. 2 points
    While I find it funny for a company to drop a few major lines like that, there’s some people it’ll never affect, like myself. Could I see myself driving a Fusion? Sure. Problem is, I’m not in the market for new. It would likely be used. On top of that, I like longetivity. I don’t foresee getting rid of either of my two cars any time soon. The ‘97 has been reliable and even if a major repair cropped up, it would still probably be cheaper for me to repair it than to get a replacement. If I were to shop newer, I’d still probably be looking at used Panthers anyway.
  3. 2 points
    The front rim is from the Gen 4 (2000-2003 MY cars) the rear "step ledge" rim is from the Gen 4.5 (2004-2007 MY cars).
  4. 2 points
    Tore the Vibe apart today. Lately I noticed a rattle in the car. At first I thought it was something in a glove box, or center console. Then I decided to check, nothing. Looked in the simple places first. Nothing. I couldn't pinpoint the noise and it was when turning or accelerating/stopping harshly. Well, first I thought maybe something behind the dash. It sounded like a screw or piece of plastic. I couldn't find anything. Looked under the center console, nothing. Removed the blower motor to see if I could find anything in the HVAC box, nothing (That'd be an evil thing to do... Put something in someone's ductwork to rattle...) Nothing. I took it for another spin with all the plastics off, and realized the sound appears to be more on the passenger side. So, I decided to pull the passenger seat, then realized I have an audio amplifier under there, looks to be hooked up, so my Pioneer isn't bypassing the system probably. However, I found the damn culprit! There was a light bulb under that box. Looks brand new, not sure how it got there. It was right in that corner. That cutout is for the duct work for the rear floor vents that I had already removed looking for the annoyance. I think I took the car on many reckless drives around the neighborhood trying to pinpoint that. I was prepared to rip the whole car apart. Thankfully, I found it. Damn lightbulb was driving me mad. Now it's a silent car, and I got to practice taking the thing apart.
  5. 2 points
    The time had come for the Edge to go since the lease was just about up. Got an '18 MKC with the 2.3 It's not Edge Sport quick but it does the job.
  6. 2 points
    I think these cars are just prone to inner tire wear. Any part of the suspension or steering is worn, you’re gonna get inner tire wear. Even worn subframe bushings. 2-3 years is a reasonable expectation between alignments before components wear out and advance tire wear. You can drill the spot welds and cut the little tabs to allow an extra few tenths of a degree of camber adjustment.
  7. 2 points
    Got a set of trim rings. They haven’t been touched in a while, decided to clean them in the sink. Well, I flipped one over to clean the retaining ring area and a live, angry scorpion fell out. Saw another pair of pinchers sticking out of another end. Hella nope. I sent the one in the sink down the drain and doused the damned ring with brake clean and tossed the lot outside on the deck. These things are staying outside and I’ll clean them with the hose instead.
  8. 2 points
    Pulled this beast about 400 or so miles yesterday. Yes it is absolutely at the limit of what the F150 can handle without a weight distribution hitch but the Ecoboost pulled that 8000lb trailer with ease. I definitely would have preferred to pull this trailer with a 3/4 ton truck, that extra front end weight of the bigger truck would have made the drive more comfortable. In this picture I just had the trailer jack off the ground so the full weight of the empty trailer is on the truck.
  9. 2 points
    Run a RWD 3.5 EB at WOT and then we'll talk about dangerous, your lucky to keep the thing going straight. And thats in a vehicle that weighs more than two of those Fiestas. Just remember Matt...respect the power. Vulcanator, I think the salt brine is as bad if not worse than regular rock salt, the dust it creates gets on and inside of everything.
  10. 2 points
    Or, uh, a really grumpy 302 while attempting to keep pace with some Fusions...
  11. 2 points
    Got the Fiesta to touch triple digits on Thursday morning. I was late for work, traffic wasn't letting me merge onto I-70 and the Transit van waiting behind me kept creeping ever closer to my bumper. Once I had an opening I let it rip to redline in 1st, 2nd and 3rd, then went to fifth and kept it pinned until I reached 100. I then coasted for a mile until I caught up with traffic in front of me. Never saw the van again and I felt a little better. The car was surprisingly composed for being so small and light. Moral of the story: Don't get in my way when I'm mad and running late. I do dangerous things.
  12. 1 point
    Supercoupe is sold! Gonna miss it
  13. 1 point
    There used to be a section titled, my other car. Could not find it. Thought I would update with a photo of my other Ford, a 2002 Ford Focus. This car won Best Focus Wagon in 2011 at the Carlisle Ford Nationals. Back then it "only" had SVT running gear (engine, 6-speed Getrag, all wheel disk brakes.) Since then have added SVT front bumper, SVT skirts, SVT interior and rear spoiler. Shown below is an updated photo of my "other" car: SVT-WGN.
  14. 1 point
    I do think its a bit of a silly move by Ford but technology has come so far and a lot of these new SUVs are getting much better fuel economy than even 10 years ago. The American auto brands are very good at building SUVs and trucks, they know this and they ride on it. I do think it would be cool if Ford could get back to the days of the 90's where the Explorer just steam rolled everything in front of it, almost a dozen different brands and no one could even come close to the Explorer. Ford just failed at anticipating a market shift...big time. There is definitely something to say about buying a car from an American manufacturer, you as a car buying customer do not matter to them as much as a customer buying a truck. That's one of the reasons I felt so confident buying an F150, I could walk into any Ford dealership and if I'm dissatisfied loudly say "I' think I'm going to go check out a Chevy", and they would be all over me to do anything to make me happy, you do the same about a Fusion or whatever and they wouldn't care near as much. As a company Ford will do as much as possible to keep their truck customers happy...massive TSB support, huge extended warranties, you name it. And when they mess up everyone knows about it and they have to work extremely hard to gain trust back. Its all about the $ and that happens to come from trucks and SUVs. With the new Expedition, Ranger, Bronco, EcoSport, possible Mini Bronco, and the Explorer going RWD it is pretty clear Ford is dead serious about bolstering its SUV lineup. I think a big indicator of how they are going to perform is going to be based on the Bronco, if it actually turns out to be big beefy square body off roader that can run with the Wranger then IMO they aren't messing around. To say your done with Ford because they don't make cars is a bit silly, what if the day comes and you need a truck or a SUV, and you know they have the best vehicle on the market...your going to let the fact that they don't sell a mid-sized car influence your decision to buy a truck or SUV? Removing the Fusion completly did hit me as odd, I mean the Midsized car segment is really big and when the Aston Martin themed Fusion came out it sold extremely well, I would think that really put the confidence in Ford that they can produce a really nice car that people like.
  15. 1 point
    Damnit, you figured it out!!!!
  16. 1 point
    OK here's a name..... KEVIN
  17. 1 point
    I wondering how folks here would take this. Ford is taking an enormous gamble here, I think. They kind of set themselves up for this to happen, in a way - the Focus, Fusion, Fiesta and Taurus (Especially) are long in the tooth. The Fiesta is the basis of the Ecosport, Focus is the Escape, the Taurus is the Explorer. I could see them being able to bring the Mondeo back as the Fusion if there is another enormous demand for a sedan. But just like when they dropped the Panther platform people crapped their pants and yet the sun still rose and set. The Accord is being outsold by the CR-V. Same with the Camry and RAV-4. Gotta go after low-hanging fruit. Hopefully they aren't shooting themselves in the foot. A bad dealer doesn't make the manufacturer bad. I was in and out with Lincoln with a grand total of about 40 minutes spent in the dealership.
  18. 1 point
    Finally the Volvo 17s are back on the car after being in winter storage since November!
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  20. 1 point
    Did the tuneup to the Vibe today. I love this motor so much... Plugs and PCV valve all I really could do to it. Find it intriguing that the coil pack has 4 leads on it... Old plugs + 1 new one. Also, since I have so many cars... Trying to keep tabs on things easier... Now when I am ready to do an oil change, I don't have to bring a bunch of sockets with me and guess which one it is.
  21. 1 point
    I have replaced most of my exhaust pipe. The last muffler broke of at some point and the rest of the pipe had rust and a couple of pin holes. On the driveway is a horrendous job. Had the front up on ramps, rear bumper on jackstands, cut the old bolts and the pipe with the flex and sawsall (didn't have enough clearance to drop it down), then support the front muffler and the middle of the pipe with other jackstands (din't have another person). At the end I sprayed some spots with cold galvanizing zinc.
  22. 1 point
    The new truck for my group at work arrived today. With exception of the less than attractive aluminum cap my company chooses to equip all of our trucks with it looks very sharp. 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4x4 Crew Cab long box. So this is the biggest Tacoma you can get, and let me say the rear leg room is no better than a small car. My group is just excited that we were able to get a smaller truck. The company apparently cross shopped the Tacoma and the Colorado and Toyota delivered a better price for the options. Its all setup already with nice little micro leds in the grill and the nice Whelen top led strobe
  23. 1 point
    If you know anybody looking for that Metra kit with the digital climate control, let me know. Still have it from my Sable sitting in a box on a shelf. iandmacdonald(at symbol)live.com -Mac
  24. 1 point
    I've done some crazy stuff with my 95 in severe weather. I've actually impressed people with its versatility when they thought my car wouldn't make it up a snowy driveway. It struggled, but I did the Clarkson approach: More Power. That Essex made it up a snowy driveway and didn't give a fuck. Man I can't wait to get my Gen 2 running again... Of course... My Olds was the best Winter car I've ever driven. I couldn't even tell it was snowing out
  25. 1 point
    The little guy circled in yellow: Ford decided in '04 to go with a heated PCV valve which is why it has an electrical connector and it also costs more than a traditional valve. It twists on and locks in place with two small plastic clips. The only way to remove the old one (afaik) is to break the clips on the old one so you can pull it out.