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  1. 2010 XLT MCV 158K mi. Bought used. F suspension v noisy, bouncy. Replaced orig OEM struts w new eBay struts. Disastrous results. Worked one week, then symptoms worse than orig struts. EBay replaced w new set, but same result. Orig OEM struts put back on until i can afford OEM $800 struts. Tip: do not buy bargain struts on eBay for this FTC. care to share your experience, recommendations? thx, Bob
  2. 158K miles. Recent slow leak, loss of power steering (PSA) assist. I replaced OEM pump w a remanu O'Reilly's pump, new rings and seals. Remanu has v loud whine and slightly restored PSA. After 400mi, my mech replaced oem rack N pinion w O'Reillyremanu. Loud whine and reduced PSA continue. Plus occasional foam in reservoir after 10+ mi drives. I'm currently having remanu (Loud whiny) pump w a used OEM pump, installing new O'Reilly Hi-pressure line, new seals, new pressure switch, fluid by local mech w 15y experience. Orig OEM return line remains in place. Stay tuned. FYI: was told load whine is common w non-OEM pumps. Anybody know if this is true? Or can offer tips. Thx
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    2011 burning smell from under the hood

    Hmmm. got same prob on used 2010 i just bought. will troubleshoot and post my findings. i can smell oil thru vent fan. 157k mi. so replacing bell gasket first. otherwise ok, no overheating or noticable loss of oil, drips, etc.
  4. $55 replacement on Ebay. but i fully dissambled and soaked mine in "tuner cleaner". worked a while. 2nd attempt and closer look revealled poor design. Switching contacts simply wear oxidize and wear down. used wire brush, and gently bent toggle mechanism downward a tiny bit. Been working AOK for months. good luck.
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    fix your broken armrest

    Bought used 2010. Clearly prior owner leaned heavily and broke pawl. junk yard wants $$$ for seat backplate, all for a crappy arm rest. instead, im modifying a HD ham radio antenna mount with 180° vert and 120° horiz play w firm lockdown. under $20. attach up to a 4" wide, cut to length 1/8" hammer plate (will never bend). then top off w wide selection of eBay armrest, center console padded cushion or make one for little $. Your DIY srmrest sttaches to cargo divider. easily detaches too. Ebay and YouTube solve everything.😁