fordtrucks80up-digest Monday, August 25 1997 Volume 01 : Number 078
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Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 10:15:46 -0500
From: George Deas
Subject: diesel coolant additives
I have a 1996 powerstroke that is approaching the 15000 mile mark. I
aquired some Pencool 2000 cooling system treatment and was wondering if
this is compatible with what was put in at the factory. I don't want to
end up with some funky reaction in my cooling system.
Thanks in advance to all who reply, and a Big thanks to Ken for making
this forum possible!!!!!
1996 F-250 Powerstroke (I love this truck)
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 10:12:24 -0700
From: Bill Funk
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #77
> On Fri, 22 Aug 1997 09:35:21 -0600 cvanhooser juno.com (Charles R Van
> Hooser) writes:
> >electrical goes out because when it happens all electrical devices
> >stop also, the one that I notice the most is the radio. Has anyone
> >heard of this before and can you give me some advice of where to look
> >to correct this problem.
You probably have a key ring with a *bunch* of stuff on it; this weight
will often cause the problem you describe.
There are two fixes; the cheap, temporary fix is to remove all but the
The best fix is to remove a lot of the extra weight from the key ring,
and get a new switch; it's been damaged by the weight on the ignition
President, ASCII User Group
The coolant additive at the dealer is only $7.00 a bottle, thats whats
required to be added every 15,000 miles. I cant tell you if the Pencool
2000 is compatible or not, but in my truck, when compared to the price of
oil changes, fuel filter changes, transmission fluid and filter changes,
what the heck is $7.00 every 6th oil change????? LOL
Just my opinion, Im sure every one out there has one as well and many
probably dont agree with me, but then it is my truck I'm talking about so
I get to do it my way.
At 10:15 AM 8/24/97 -0500, you wrote:
>I have a 1996 powerstroke that is approaching the 15000 mile mark. I
>aquired some Pencool 2000 cooling system treatment and was wondering if
>this is compatible with what was put in at the factory. I don't want to
>end up with some funky reaction in my cooling system.
>Thanks in advance to all who reply, and a Big thanks to Ken for making
>this forum possible!!!!!
>1996 F-250 Powerstroke (I love this truck)
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>I have a 96 Ranger xlt 2.3L 5 speed manual with stepside bed.
>I would like to know what the largest engine I could put in my truck
>without any modifications to the engine compartment. I would also
>to know what other changes would have to be made in order for this to
>work. Any help would be appreciated.
Well, no mater what engine you plan to put in there other than another
2.3L, there are going to have to be changes.
Mathew Harwood (toolman8 ix.netcom.com) has a 4.0 that came out of a 97
Ranger and is offering a good deal. This would be the best way to go for
the least modifications made to your truck.
Parts For Sale
1997 Ford Ranger Powertrain
Complete 4.0L V-6 engine
Complete Ranger/Mazda 5-speed transmission
Engine wiring harness and EEC-V computer
Fuel pump and lines
Complete, uncut exhaust for extended cab
Radiator with hoses
All accessories (PS pump, A/C compressor, alternator, water pump)
All engine-mounted sensors
Mass air sensor
Driveshaft for extended cab (pending usage with 5.0L motor)
This engine has less than 7000 miles on it. Purchased 12-17-96.
He is still advertising this add on his web site at
But im not sure if he still has it or not. It really is a good deal!
No, what I meant was that a limited slip in the front is okay as long as
the truck has manual locking hubs. When the hubs are unlocked, it doesn't
matter what kind of diff you have. I think you might have problems if you
have a limited slip in the front with auto-hubs though. I read where Ford
is the only full-size truck maker that still offers manual hubs and with a
5-speed, 4.10 gears, and the low lock in thr transfer case, Ford has the
lowest crawl ratio of any new vehicle!
>It shouldn't make any difference if the truck has manual lockout hubs
>though. Correct me if I'm wrong.
>>Is the Trac Lok a manual device, engaged by the driver or is it a
>>limited-slip like what is found from the factory? If it is the later, I'd
>>think twice about installing one unless you spend most of your time in
>>loose material/dirt roads. A limited-slip in the front diff. can produce
>>some weird steering including huge amounts of understeer.
I think he was reffering to a manual locking Diff, not manual locking hubs.
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 12:44:06 -0700
From: William Street
Subject: 90 Ranger Clutch Problem
Hmm.. I think this may have got lost in the shuffle so let's try again.
I've a bit of a problem with my clutch in a 90 Ranger 2.3L, 5speed
that started about 120-130K miles (currently 150K).
1. clutch doesn't seem to fully disengage - shifting into 1st
is VERY hard when not moving, shifting into reverse grinds.
2. doesn't always happen - sometimes everything works just fine
3. occasionally when completely stopped, clutch disengaged,
all is ok - I can move into neutral and back to 1st - then
in 1st with clutch disengaged I can feel a slight jerk and
it takes a lot of pressure to move to neutral and is VERY
difficult to get back into 1st
4. seems to be somewhat temperature (outside temp.) dependent -
last summer I had the problem quite severely (a hot summer)
and during the fall/winter/spring months it rarely acted up
but this summer the problem is back
Any ideas. Clutch plate/disk? Hydraulics?
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