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Case Study: 2013 Ford F-150 LIMITED EcoBoost

Vehicle Sector: Construction

Industry Sector: Construction


Class size, upfits, and trim packages all impact reman decisions. This LIMITED F-150 spent time in sales and customer service before ending up in the field. After 166,000 miles this EcoBoost engine was showing signs of age with leaking oil lines and seals. This mountain-duty truck with a nice trim package made this vehicle an excellent reman candidate.

Power Train:

The EcoBoost engine packs a lot of power in a small space – this creates heat management and stress issues. Not all engines make it to their bearing lifetime expectations; some go beyond the expected lifetime. This power train was ready for a refresh.


The suspension system was shot. Unimproved construction sites combined with mountainous duty resulted in failure of almost all suspension components.


The only real problems with the interior was blend doors, mirror controls, and the blower motor.


The exterior was still in good shape and needed only select badge replacement.


An engine and transmission paired with mounts were supplemented with a transfer case and  drive shaft U-joints to avoid time-in-service failures. The differential was serviced with replaced pinion and axle seals. Catalytic converters and O2 sensors were replaced as part of the exhaust system service. Fuel injectors, O-rings, and ignition coil pigtails were replaced as required. The fuel pump was replaced to ensure correct, uninterrupted fuel delivery.

Reman service includes replacing the cooling system (radiator, heater core, water pump, hoses, belt tensioner, and belt) along with the air conditioning system (compressor, condenser, and evaporator).

For the braking system: a new master cylinder, brake booster, brake calipers, brake rotors, brake pads, and brake hoses were installed. New shock absorbers at all four corners, sway bar end links, tire rod ends and a steering gear – coupled with a four-wheel alignment, rounded out the suspension solution. Ford’s Integrated Wheel End (IWE) system is a known failure point. The IWE actuators were replaced preemptively to avoid future failure.


Another “like-new” reman result. It is hard to notice the gradual degradation in feel and performance over time and with use. It takes driving a reman to truly appreciate what replacing everything that wears out can do for performance and feel.

The EcoBoost engine provides amazing acceleration, speed, and economy in one package. The restored steering, suspension, and braking solution results in a dramatic like-new handling and ride experience.

The steering system provides a tight, unmatched feeling of the road. The braking system is responsive and crisp.

The truck is ready to reassume sales and executive related roles. No doubt this vehicle will have another field service lifetime in a few years.  One could say this truck has already served two lifetimes and will have two more. That is unlocking value and what the reman service is all about.

Saving almost 50% of the replacement cost AND getting a 3-year, 100,000-mile warranty creates its own testimonial, but we always appreciate feedback from delighted customers – we were more than excited to hear the testimonial on this project which confirms VR is:

Cheaper Than New.  Better Than Used.