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Old 07-18-2019, 08:24 AM   #11
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What does drilling a hole in the intercooler supposed to do?
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:02 AM   #12
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It supposedly lets the oily condensation drain out of the intercooler, and it was a tiny hole, maybe 3/32. The majority of the aftermarket intercoolers for the Ecoboost have removable plugs, to drain the oily mess. Lots of people on Youtube and online forums suggesting the same.
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:25 AM   #13
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My 2012 has 95k on the clock and I'm hoping for at least 60k more
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:01 PM   #14
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I just bought an F150 EcoBoost. I tried doing a lot of research. Most of the people who have had negative things to say, didn't own one. Or they "knew a guy".

I figure that Ford bet big with all these ecoboost engines (put them on everything from the focus to the Expedition), so I'm hoping for positive results.

I don't drive mine like a dog (I'm coming from a 2008 honda fit, so just kind of my learned driving style).

For those with success - did you do anything special? One poster mentioned the catch can. How many have done that? I think its probably more rare than normal.
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:31 PM   #15
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I think regular maintenance is the key, personally. Every 6 months or so I run Seafoam injector cleaner through mine (3.5 liter motor). My MPG reading right now says 17.4 with city/partial highway driving.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:01 PM   #16
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Hearing these fairly high mileage reports raises my interests in the EcoBoost when different truck time gets here. For some reason I was worried a little about turbo failure also.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:28 PM   #17
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I just bought an F150 EcoBoost.

For those with success - did you do anything special? One poster mentioned the catch can. How many have done that? I think its probably more rare than normal.
Someone who knows more correct me if I’m wrong here. From what I’ve read/watched the catch can is mainly to snatch the oil out of the evap recirculating system thing. Sucking that oily air back into the intake causes buildup on the back of the intake valves.

The 3.5l ecoboost was direct injection only up till 2018 I think it was. Direct injection means you don’t get the solvent cleaning power of gasoline on the back side of those intake valves and buildup can occur. In 2018 they went to port and direct injection. This SHOULD help keep that buildup down.

Said that to say this, if you just bought a 2018 or newer ecoboost, I don’t think you have to worry as much about the catch can install.

To answer your question, I’d bet 90%+ of the F150 ecoboosts on the road do not have a catch can installed.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:30 PM   #18
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Hearing these fairly high mileage reports raises my interests in the EcoBoost when different truck time gets here. For some reason I was worried a little about turbo failure also.
It’s on my mind, but turbo engines have been around forever. Heck, they use them in engines.

I feel if you don’t push the turbo and engine hard(tuning, bumping up the boost ect ect) they will last a good long while. There will always be a few that fail, but the majority will last a very long time.
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Hearing these fairly high mileage reports raises my interests in the EcoBoost when different truck time gets here. For some reason I was worried a little about turbo failure also.
….Don't be worried, Donald... mine (3.5) has only 17,500, on it, and still smooth!
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Hearing these fairly high mileage reports raises my interests in the EcoBoost when different truck time gets here. For some reason I was worried a little about turbo failure also.
Me too. I went with a 5.0L on my 2013 for the sole purpose of simplicity and reliability. Might have to give the Ecoboost more consideration next time.
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