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    Octane Adjustment Ratio - Ecoboost

    I've been monitoring the "Octane Adjustment Ratio" (OAR) in my 2016 F150 with the 2.7l Ecoboost using a variety of Premium fuels using Torque on my phone. For those who are unaware, the 2.7 Ecoboost requires 87 octane fuel, but the owners manual suggests the following: For vehicles with...
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    Out with the old, in with the new F150

    It was time. When even the non-mechanically inclined wife can tell that something isn't right in the engine, it was time to dump the '04 F150. 185,000 miles, 5.4 3V V8, and the phaser rattle and timing chain rattle had become much louder over the last month. Rusted out cab corners, wheel well...
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    Apple or Samsung?

    I've been a longtime Windows Phone user (believe it or not). More to the point, a very long time Nokia phone user. I am currently using a Nokia Lumia 925. Due to a recent mishap that cracked the screen pretty bad, I am looking to replace the phone. I am becoming more and more frustrated with...
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    An abandoned rail station and main line

    The "Lackawanna 1940" on the rail is likely not referring to the railroad, but to the rail manufacturer. Likely the former Bethlehem Steel plant at Lackawanna, New York.
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    Diesel Prices out of kilter?

    Noticed today that Diesel pricing here is off the charts. At the moment, E10 gasoline is selling for around 3.20 a gallon on average in the Twin Cities, and can be found as low as 3.09 a gallon. Diesel just jumped to 4.39 a gallon at many stations around me. Thats $1.19 more a gallon than...
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    Surprise FL500s clone on my '04 F150

    Well that was a frustrating afternoon. Went to do the oil change on the new to me '04 F150 supercrew with the 5.4. Go to remove the oil filter only to find: A. the quickie lube gorilla put this one on - don't even want to mention how many turns past gasket contact this was... and B. It was...
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    Any recommended radiator brands?

    My '88 Jeep Cherokee appears to have decided that the current radiator must be replaced (or repaired - we'll see). The current unit is a brass/copper heavy duty cooling Mopar replacement (only 6.5 years old). I believe it was made by Modine. The OEM version made it nearly 15 years before...
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    Alternator / Battery Troubleshooting

    I've got an issue I want to make sure I am diagnosing correctly - it's currently -13F outside (real temp, not windchill), so I want to be right the first time! Issue: '99 F150 with the 4.6l V8 and Heavy Duty Alternator (130 Amp). Dashboard went crazy while driving to work, cycling on an off...
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    Citgo Synthetic 5w30, 6078 mi, 4.6l V8 F150

    It's been a while since the last update, so here goes: Vehicle: 99 Ford F150 Supercab Flareside 4x4 Engine: 4.6l 2V V8 Tranny: 4-Speed Auto Oil Filters: All Purolator Pure Ones at this point Air Filters: Through 3/06 was a Fram, then a Napa Gold Driving Charecteristics: 3/06 to 6/06...
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    Citgo Synthetic 5w30 (SL), 7117 miles, '99 Ford F150 4.6L V8

    The details: Truck: 1999 Ford F150 Supercab Flareside 4x4 Engine: 4.6L 16V SOHC V8 Tranny: 4 Speed Automatic Oil Filter: Purolator Pure One Air Filter: Fram (in use for 19000+ miles). Not happy with the "new and improved" design of this filter in terms of fit in the air box, but see the UOA...
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    Citgo Synthetic 5w30, 6267 miles, '99 Ford F150 4.6l

    The details: Truck: 1999 Ford F150 Supercab Flareside 4x4 Engine: 4.6L 2V SOHC V8 Oil Filter: Purolator Pure One Air Filter: Fram (in use for 12000+ miles). Not happy with the "new and improved" design of this filter in terms of fit in the air box, but see the UOA results below. Driving: 60/40...
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    Citgo Synthetic 10w30, '88 Jeep Cherokee, 4.0l, 4105 Miles

    Vehicle: '88 Jeep Cherokee Engine: 4.0l Inline Six Tranny: 4 Speed Auto Oil Filter: Purolator Pure 1 Air Filter: Fram Oil Used: 0.5 qts Makeup Oil: None 50%City/50%Freeway Mileage. Period was from 5/05-8/05 in Minnesota weather. Rot 5w40= Shell Rotella T 5w40 Synthetic Cit 10w30 = Citgo...
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    Shell Rotella T Synthetic 5w40 - '88 Jeep Cherokee 4.0l L6, 3968 Miles

    Vehicle: '88 Jeep Cherokee Engine: 4.0l Inline Six Tranny: 4 Speed Auto Oil Filter: Napa Gold 1626 (Wix) Air Filter: Fram Oil Used: None Makeup Oil: None 60%City/40%Freeway Mileage. Period was from 1/05-5/05 in Minnesota weather. Rot 5w40= Shell Rotella T 5w40 Synthetic Valv AC 10w30 =...
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    Rotella T Synthetc 5w40 - 99 Ford F150 4.6l V8, 6117 miles

    The details: Truck: 1999 Ford F150 Supercab Flareside 4x4 Engine: 4.6L 2V SOHC V8 Oil Filter: Napa Gold 1327 Air Filter: Fram (in use for 6000 miles). Not happy with the "new and improved" design of this filter. Driving: 60/40 Highway/City. Couple of light trailer towing hauls. Fair amount of...
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    Shell Rotella T Syn 5w40, 6132 Miles, '99 F150 4.6L V8

    The details: Truck: 1999 Ford F150 Supercab Flareside 4x4 Engine: 4.6L 2V SOHC V8 Oil Filter: Napa Gold 1327 Air Filter: Fram (in use for 30,000 miles). Filter replaced at this change -looked awfully bad. Driving: 60/40 Highway/City. Couple of light trailer twoing hauls. Fair amount of Gravel...
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    Shell Rotella T Syn 5w40, 4186 Miles, Jeep Cherokee 4.0l

    Vehicle: '88 Jeep Cherokee Engine: 4.0l Inline Six Tranny: 4 Speed Auto Oil Filter: Napa Gold 1626 (Wix) Air Filter: Carquest Premium (Wix) Oil Used: None Makeup Oil: None 40%City/60%Freeway Mileage. Period was from 9/04-1/05 in Minnesota weather. Average Hi for period: 45 F Average Low for...
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    Rotella T Syn 5w40, 6027 miles, '99 F150 4.6l V8

    The details: Truck: 1999 Ford F150 Supercab Flareside 4x4 Engine: 4.6L 2V SOHC V8 Oil Filter: Wix 51327 Air Filter: Fram (in use for 24,000 miles). Filter still looks good. Driving: 60/40 Highway/City. No trailer towing. Fair amount of Gravel Road driving. Analysis: Blackstone Rot= Shell...
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    Shell Rotella T Syn 5w40, 4192 Miles, '88 Jeep Cherokee 4.0l

    Vehicle: '88 Jeep Cherokee Engine: 4.0l Inline Six Tranny: 4 Speed Auto Oil Filter: Wix 51626 Air Filter: Carquest Premium (Wix) Oil Used: None Makeup Oil: None 40%City/60%Freeway Mileage. Period was from 6/04-9/04 in Minnesota weather. I have not broken down temp details yet. Rot 5w40=...
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    '88 Jeep 4.0, Rotella T Syn 5w40, 4,103 miles

    Vehicle: '88 Jeep Cherokee Engine: 4.0l Inline Six Tranny: 4 Speed Auto Oil Filter: Purolator Pure One Air Filter: Carquest Premium (Wix) Oil Used: None Makeup Oil: None 50%City/50%Freeway Mileage. Period was from 2/04-5/04 in Minnesota weather. I have not broken down temp details yet. Rot...
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    '99 F150 4.6lV8, Havoline 5w20, 6,134 miles

    Next round of 5w20 use... The details: Truck: 1999 Ford F150 Supercab Flareside 4x4 Engine: 4.6L 2V SOHC V8 Oil Filter: Napa Gold (Wix) Air Filter: Fram (in use for 18,000 miles). Filter still looks good. Driving: 50/50% freeway/city, about 600 miles of trailer towing, plenty of gravel road...
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