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About CanadianEh

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    2020 Escape Titanium, 2012 F-150
  1. ALL GDI engines will eventually foul their intake valves. Especially if the engine is turbo-charged. The fouling occurs when blow-by is recycled into the intake air-stream via the PCV system. The oil vapors and condensate from the crank impinge on the intake manifold side of the valve and valve stem. When the engine is heat-soaked at operating temperature, the oil vapor and condensate hit the now HOT valve and valve-stem, and bake onto the surface. At the miles increase, the carbon build-up can get pretty extreme. Hard starting, rough idle, poor air-flow, restricted air-flow, pre-ignition - lousy mileage, rotten performance - the list goes on. To prevent this, install a catch-can between the PCV valve and the intake. There is a whole spectrum of available catch-cans out there. I bought one on Amazon.ca for my wife's 2020 Titanium with the 2.0 liter 4 cylinder. It was installed at 16,000 km (10,000 miles), and I'm surprised at how much the catch-can system actually collects. It's that much less that gets thrown on the hot intake valves. Is it a 100% solution? I don't know yet. The Chinese knock-off design I bought for $25 (and installed in the 2020 Escape) is an accurate copy of the Mishimoto system of baffles, which costs US$150. I know that's kind of shitty to do, but I couldn't afford the Mishimoto units - which are built in China anyway, sooo.... All I DO know, is that the intake valves on my 2012 F-150 with the 3.5 liter ecoboost are fouled. I put on two catch cans at about 180,000 km, so about 40,000 km ago. Did it prevent further build-up? I hope so. I need to remove the carbon buildup with a crushed walnut-shell blasting, but that's for Spring 2022. I'm going to replace the two Princess Auto air-dryer / "catch-cans" on my F150 with the same unit I used for the Escape.
  2. My wife bought a 2020 Escape titanium in March 2021. Dealer shuttle, low miles, blah, blah, blah. The single-horn was a tinny sounding squeak, which didn't get anyone's attention. Unacceptable. Stopped by the local wrecker and took a two-horn set from a 2014 F-150. I own a 2012 F-150, and the horn is loud, and has a nice two-tone sound. Modified the original Escape horn bracket to accommodate the second horn, and they have the same female connector which easily plugged into the existing power supply. Now when she presses the horn button, there is a commanding two-tone blast. The horns cost me $5, and an hours worth of time to modify the bracket and install the new set.
  3. CanadianEh

    License Plate Bolt Modification

    Sorry, forgot to mention it can be found at any building-supply store for cheap - like, 10 feet for $6.99, kind of thing. So, it's a cheap, easy fix.
  4. CanadianEh

    License Plate Bolt Modification

    You didn't state why you didn't like the two-bolt installation. I'm guessing it's the rattle / vibration from the unsecured side of the plate. So, one way to address that is to use peel-and-stick 1/4" weather-strip foam molding on the unsecured side of the plate. That way, the plate is held against the bracket and no more rattle.
  5. Seems like there are after-market front and rear strut-tower / shock-tower braces for most recent Ford vehicles, including older Escapes. I am searching for front and rear strut-tower braces for a 2020 Escape. Anyone with information, please advise.