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    Which RV Chassis, E-450 or Transit Cutaway?

    Looking at a smaller B+ or C RV for retirement in a year or so and thinking about going full-time. Question is, which cutaway chassis? The E450 is a proven (old) body on frame design with the reliable 6.8 V10. The Transit is a unibody with the Ecoboost 3.5. Neither will be MPG champs, with the...
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    Mobil 1EP, 5W30, 6200mi, Ford 2.0l Ecoboost

    Vehicle is a 2017 Ford Escape 2.0l Ecoboost. M1 5W30 Extended Performance (not ESP as on report), in vehicle around 1 year. Sheared down to a 20w probably from fuel dilution. This was the 2nd oil change from 2200mi to 8400mi. Zero oil added during period. Short trips Monday-Friday,cold...
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    Last of the 'ol Pennzoil "Long Life"

    Down to my last 2 gallons of Pennzoil 15w-40 "Long Life". Acquired about 10 cases (40gal) for around .50/gal from a company I worked for that went bankrupt as we were clearing out the shops. We used to keep a couple of jugs in the trucks to top-up standby generators in various building we owned...
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    New Motorcraft FL-910S opened.

    Filter looked very well constructed especially for the $4 price point. Noticed that some Motorcrafts use center tube holes and some louvers. <a class="lb-image-link" rel="shadowbox[1403358c87eb0d4a01]"...
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    EcoBoost/GDI Engines and Short Trips

    I'm thinking of getting a new Ford Edge, The standard engine is now the 2.0l Ecoboost which seems to get pretty good reviews. My normal week is driving to the train station about 3 miles each way. I usually jump on the parkway for about 2 miles and the coolant just hits normal temp in the winter...
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    Hess Gasoline Brand.....RIP

    Another long-time brand is disappearing. Hess announced the sale of all retail gasoline operations to Speedway, a division of Marathon Oil. All Hess stations will be converted to the Speedway brand. So, any comparisons between Hess gasoline/detergent quality vs Speedway? Better, worse -or-...
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    Interesting Fuel Inventory/Grade Usage

    With the recent hurricane Sandy gas-shortages affecting Long Island, Hess posted station inventory levels every 3 hours or so on their website. Interesting to see how much regular vs. premium the stations inventory. <a href="http://hessexpress.com/FuelInformation"...
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    -->Motorcraft FL500S Bypass Pressure???

    Does anyone have the bypass pressure spec for the FL500S filter? Looking at various manufactures, they are all over the map....from 8 psi for Wix, to 20 psi for Baldwin/Hastings to 16 psi for Purolator.
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    Reuse Strut/Spindle Bolts??

    I'm changing the front springs/struts on my 2011 Mustang. Ford says that the bolts and nuts that attach the strut to the spindle (2-per side- #2&3 in the picture) are one time use. I've read that others re-use them w/Loctite. Discount price is close to $45 w/shipping for four nuts and bolts! I...
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    Valero's position on Top Tier fuels....

    Sent a e-mail to Valero (largest refiner in the USA) about detergents in their gas grades and got a straight-forward expanation of their position.... <span style="font-weight: bold">Does Valero Premium Unleaded contain more detergents than the regular grade? Does the detergent quantity just...
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    Motorcraft Dual Clutch Transmission Fluid

    Anyone have any info on what type of fluid the Ford Dual Clutch Transmission Fluid is or any alternatives? It's the factory fill in the new Getrag 6 speed manual transmission on the 2011 Mustang (which is a conventional manual transmission) P/N XT-11-QDC Spec: WSD -M2C200-C <a...
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    If G-05 Is So Good....Why Is Ford Switching ....?

    ...To Dexcool?? I just bought a new 2011 Ford Mustang GT, and the engine is filled with Ford Specialty Orange Coolant, which is basically Dexcool. (After Posting this, I just read the Motor Magazine Article which seemed to explain the why...for global standardization, but is Dexcool really...
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    So Ford Is Moving Back To Dex-Cool Country....

    I was perusing the owners manual for the 2011 Ford Mustang, and the coolant specified for the new, Triton-based 5.0l V8 "Coyote" engine and the 3.7l V6 is "Ford Specialty Orange Coolant" which is Dex-cool. The new-for North America Transit Connect and the new F-Series Diesel and gas engines also...
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    New Ford Coolants??

    Noticed that Ford is using a dark green HOAT coolant in some of the new Ecoboost engines. Doing some research on the new Mustang 411hp 5.0l "Coyote" (not Ecoboost) engine came upon this caption line under a water-pump picture from a pretty <a...
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    2-Year Oil Change??

    My mom's Buick 3.8 Regal only has around 1500 miles since the last oil change (Mobil 1 10w30, stash bought by Dad before he passed). She drives mostly local errands, but I take the car on the highway for a decent drive once and awhile. Bringing the car in for inspection Saturday. Think I can...
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    General Grabber HTS Report (Happy New Owner!)

    Well, I finally had enough with the OEM Contitrac's on the Tribute. Very noisy and slippery in the wet, so with 32k on them it was time for a trade-up. I bought a set of the General Grabber HTS. Based on TireRack owner reviews and Consumer magazine tests, I figured they were worth a shot. Got...
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    Mobil 1 ATF vs Pennzoil Mercon V

    I'm currently running Pennzoil Mercon V in my Tribute. I was thinking about changing out to Mobil 1 Syn ATF, but looking at the specs, the Mobil doesn't look all that much better (for more than double the cost). The Pennz. Mercon V has a pour point/flash point of -67f/385f vs -41f/392f for the...
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    Castrol Mercon V

    Castrol say their Mercon V "exceeds" the Ford spec for Mercon V. How does it stack up against other brands of conventional, licensed Mercon V? I have used the Supertech in the past, but wanted to try the Castrol. Is $1.75 more a quart worth it vs the Supertech?
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    Turtle Wax 1-Step Wax 'n Dry

    I bought some <a href="http://www.turtlewax.com/main.taf?p=2,1,4,2" target="_blank">1-Step Wax & Dry</a> on a BOGO sale. The stuff seems to be pretty good for in-between regular wax jobs. I was skeptical, but a few sprays on a wet panel before chamois dry really shines, and the water beading...
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    Valvoline Brand For Sale

    <i><b>Ashland looking to sell Valvoline division- NY Post</b></i> <span style='font-size: 8pt'>Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:25am BST</span> April 24 (Reuters) - U.S. chemical maker Ashland Inc (ASH.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is looking for buyers for its Valvoline motor-oil division, which could...
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