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fordtrucks80up-digest Digest Volume 97 : Issue 27

Today's Topics:

Auto Hubs [STATX5 aol.com ]
Re: 2.0L rings? [Joe Chiasson
RE: Auto Hubs ["DAVID MUMMERY"
300ci straight 6 help [Vickie Gellerman
Re: F250 Finally decided on [Ken Miller
85 F-150, 2xFORD, lowering options [Brandon Hill
351W Information ["D S Morgan" ]
Re: F250 Finally decided on [Don Grossman ]
new 97 [ROBERT.BUBALA rrd.com ]
new 97 [Rick Petersen ]
Re: Airbag [silent.bob juno.com ]
Re: 85 F-150, 2xFORD, lowering optio [Mike_Barksdale acbs.com ]
RE:Ranger won't start ["jeremy kempa"
Re: F350 rear differential failure [dangil juno.com (DANIEL K GILBERT) ]
F-350 Front End shimmy [dangil juno.com (DANIEL K GILBERT) ]
Re: F-350 Front End shimmy ["J. Martin"
Broken bolt in Aluminum [rotto juno.com (R o y) ]
Re: 351W Information ["J. Martin"
Re: new 97 [Randy Zeilinger
re: E4OD Shifting Problem...(Robert [Patti & Al ]
Re: F-350 Front End shimmy [Charles Cohn
Recalls [Ken Miller
Re: 85 F-150, 2xFORD, lowering optio [Bill Morgan

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Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 08:37:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: STATX5 aol.com
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Auto Hubs
Message-ID:

I have a 96 F250 4x4 supercab with auto hubs, i have recently had to change
them because of a plastic ring which craked, looks like this could be a never
ending battle!
Does anyone know if these can be switched over to manual hubs, and if so who
sells the parts.

thanks Sam M. Statx5 aol.com

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Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 09:59:45 -0300
From: Joe Chiasson
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: 2.0L rings?
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Randy L. Hatcher wrote:
>
> can someone tell me if it would be better to have the rings replaced on my
> 1986 2.0L Ranger or would I be better off getting a rebuilt {or rebuilding-
> I know how} wngine?
> please e-mail replies,thank you.
>
> afn23242 afn.org
> Randy Hatcher
>
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To rebuild, or not to rebuild. If you do the rebuild, be prepared. I
thought all I was going to do was your basic ring job, ended up doing
the total bottom half, two of four pistons where cracked(if you end up
doing pistons, use hypereutectic, these pistons are a god send for doing
away with piston slap,they also require less side clearance they only
expand afew thou rather than the 5 or 6 of stock pistons) Cams are kind
of soft in these engines to so be prepared.
2.0L Rebuilder
Joe

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Date: Sun, 22 Jun 97 18:42:10 UT
From: "DAVID MUMMERY"
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: RE: Auto Hubs
Message-Id:

Sam, you can get manual hubs from Ford or just about any Place the advertises
in Petresons 4Wheel mag. The prices are about $100 for the set. ie. both hubs.


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From: STATX5 aol.com
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 1997 7:37 AM
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Auto Hubs

I have a 96 F250 4x4 supercab with auto hubs, i have recently had to change
them because of a plastic ring which craked, looks like this could be a never
ending battle!
Does anyone know if these can be switched over to manual hubs, and if so who
sells the parts.

thanks Sam M. Statx5 aol.com


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Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 11:53:44 -0700
From: Vickie Gellerman
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: 300ci straight 6 help
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I have a 83 ford f-150 w/ a 300c.i. straight 6. A short time ago I was
forced to replace the engine with one I purchased from a local junk
yard. To my dismay I discovered that this particular junk-man had sold
me an engine from a 1975 vehicle. Many of the parts from the original
motor would not work on this older one.(e.g. harmonic balancer,water
pump,oil dipstick etc.). Now I finally have the motor completely
reassembled , all of the pullys allign and so forth.The problem I am now

encountering is a serious lack of power. As far as I can figure it seems

to be a problem with ignition timing.The engine is running like the
timing is too far advanced but, when I tried to adjust it there was no
signifigant gain in performance. I have checked it with a timing light
and it appears to be at least very close to correct. My question is, if
the years of the motors are this far appart am I experiencing a problem
between the distributer and the ignition module not working together
correctly? The distributer is from the 75' motor and the ignition module

is the original from the 83'. I also was wondering if it might be a
problem with the timing chain being a tooth or two off even though I
have not taken it off. Keep in mind that this engine was in a junk yard
and may have been running terribly before I was lucky enough to be
cursed with it. Any kind of advise as to where the problem may lie would

be much appreciated as I am at a loss at the moment and don't want to
work on somthing that is not part of the problem. Also, the previous
motor ran very well before it's untimely demise.

Thanks ED

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Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 12:57:01
From: Ken Miller
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: F250 Finally decided on
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Frank,

I guess I wasn't clear. When I take the truck in to one of this quick
lube places, They charge me between $10 and $15 to change the oil using MY
oil and filter.

Shortbeds: They are out there. I almost bought one, before I ordered the
new one with a long bed.

In terms of filter prices, I am coming up on my first Powerstoke oil
change, and have been pricing different filters and brands. The cheapest I
have found is NAPA for $12.99. What are you paying for filters back in Penn?

MK
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Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 17:44:44 -0500
From: Brandon Hill
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: 85 F-150, 2xFORD, lowering options
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I own a 85 ford f-150 2wd. I am wondering what options i have to lower
it 2" or 4". I know you can get a flip kit for the back and lowered
springs and/or I beams for the front. But what else is availaible?

Also How wide of tires can i fit in the wells without rubbing. I am
thinking on putting 255/70's on 15x7 rims.

Give me some ideas dudesand dudets.


Brandon Hill
bhill field-works.com
85 FORD Supercab Flareside, 302 EFI

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Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 21:32:05 -0500
From: "D S Morgan"
To:
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I am not sure which list to put this on so here goes. I have a 81 f100 Step
Side that I will be putting a mid 70's 351W into in the next few weeks. I
was wondering if anyone knew the horsepower/torque ratings and the
compression ratio. I have another 81 stepside with a 300 six cylinder. I
will be using the 351W powered truck as mainly a drag strip vehicle. I am
tired of Mustangs and Crumaros getting all the lime light at the local
track.

Thanks for any info you may have on this for me.

David Morgan

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Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 19:24:43 +0000
From: Don Grossman
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: F250 Finally decided on
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Frank P. Martin, III wrote:

> While I'm on the subject of Powerstrokes, I do have an unusual question:
>
> Does anyone else out there own a 1996 F-250 Super Cab, short bed, 2 wheel
> drive with a Powerstroke
> or do I own the only one ever made? I've yet to see another one like it.
> Long beds with a Powerstroke...yes; but I have never seen another short bed
> besides mine.....just curious.
>
> Frank P. Martin
> fpmartin usaor.net



There's one in my area. I only notice it because it was a 1 ton 4x4
with a crewcab and short box and a Powerstroke of course.

jftr

--
Don Grossman
duckdon pacific.net

It's hard to do 90 on a speed limit budget.......


63 Ford F-250 4x4

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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 07:42:30 -0500
From: ROBERT.BUBALA rrd.com
To: "fordtrucks80up(a)lofcom.com"
Subject: new 97
Message-Id:

RR DONNELLEY & SONS COMPANY

TO: OAS -00000001 *fordtrucks80up lofcom.com

FROM: ROBERT.BUBALA

DATE: 06/23/97
TIME: 07:48:53

SUBJECT: new 97


Hello

Well, I finally decided to order my truck last Friday night, and guess
what, I ordered the diesel. Here is what I ordered:

midnight blue with gray interior, 603A package, 7.3 diesel, 4-spd
auto, camper/towing pkg, off road pkg, roof lights, 40/20/40 seat,
limited slip 3.55, HD front suspension, HD rear suspension, chrome
rear bumper, manual hubs, off road tires, spare off road tire and
carrier, and tach. I originally ordered the big recreational mirrors,
but I may change that this morning.

The salesman said that there is a good chance that he would not be
able to have the ordered completed as a 97, and in which case I told
him that I do not want a 98 (can't wait that long), so they will then
do a search.

I just wanted to thank everyone who has given me input on my new
truck. I have learned a lot and appreicate all the assistance.

Rob Bubala
mailto:robert.bubala rrd.com
Iron Horse 4x4s, Inc. (NW Indiana) Vice-President
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.off -road. com /~iron



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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 07:41:30 -0600
From: Rick Petersen
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: new 97
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I'm new to this list, so this may already have been covered, but:

I'm looking at a new F150 4x4, and have a few questions. First, is there a
big difference between the electric shift 4x4 and the floor mounted
shifter? Will either or both allow going into and out of 4x4 while in gear?

Is there much difference in performance between the 4.6L and the 5.4L? I
_may_ tow a 2 horse trailer once in a while, but probably nothing bigger.
Will the bigger engine make a noticeable difference if I'm not towing
anything.

How important is the limited slip, considering I do most offroading on dirt
roads (some are pretty bad, but generally there is a road). I've narrowed
my choices to a couple trucks here in my area, and one has the off road
package but no limited slip, the other no off road package but has the
limited slip.

Any recommendations on antitheft (one truck has the keyless entry, a couple
others don't). I don't particularly want an alarm system (they seem more
annoying than usefull now) but would like something to keep the truck from
being started.

And finally, on accessories - is a bedliner worthwhile, and will I run into
any problems installing a camper shell on the short bed?


---Rick Petersen
---El Paso, TX.
---email: rpetersen whc.net
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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 12:37:20 EDT
From: silent.bob juno.com
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: Airbag
Message-ID:

On Thu, 20 Jun 1996 13:41:44 -0300 Emilio Chaparro
writes:
>I have a Ranger 1996, the ligth "airbag"inthe control panel turn on.
>My mechanics told me that the problem is in the battery. I don't
>believe.
>Any one can help me?
>
>Emilio

Does it turn on and stay on, or does it turn on for a few seconds then go
out? If it goes out after you turn on the engine, then this is normal.


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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 09:51:43 -0700
From: Mike_Barksdale acbs.com
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: 85 F-150, 2xFORD, lowering options
Message-ID:

Why would you want to ruin a perfectly good truck by lowering it !!!






I own a 85 ford f-150 2wd. I am wondering what options i have to lower
it 2" or 4". I know you can get a flip kit for the back and lowered
springs and/or I beams for the front. But what else is availaible?

Also How wide of tires can i fit in the wells without rubbing. I am
thinking on putting 255/70's on 15x7 rims.

Give me some ideas dudesand dudets.


Brandon Hill
bhill field-works.com
85 FORD Supercab Flareside, 302 EFI


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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 10:39:58 PDT
From: "jeremy kempa"
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: RE:Ranger won't start
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I'm writing to say thanks to everyone for their ideas on why it wouldn't
start. I had discovered the problem last weekend and fixed it this past
weekend. The problem came down to the fact that the armature and the
piece of shaft the it's connected to had broken off. I only discovered
this by chance, by checking for excessive play in my distributor. When I
replaced the distributor and played with the timing it fired up and has
run no problem since. Thanks again everyone.


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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 15:47:55 EDT
From: dangil juno.com (DANIEL K GILBERT)
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Cc: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: F350 rear differential failure
Message-ID:

Hey Dick,
i have A 1990 F-350 Crew Cab 4WD and I have problems with the rear seals
leaking on me but it has never gone as far as Dif. failure. For the most
I'am really happy with my truck with the excetion of the terrible gas
mileage I get. As far as the pinion bearing coming loose I have also
experienced that and I am currently getting a small leak through there
also. Good luck with your truck.
On Tue, 10 Jun 1997 14:08:21 -0400 (EDT) Samily aol.com writes:
>outer seals leaked fluid on rear brake shoes. dealer repaired outer
>seals
>installed new rear brake shoes. 6,000 miles later had entire rear end
>failure. the carrier bearing cup spun in the housing and the pinion
>bearing
>was found to be loose on pinion causing the shims to fail. Has anyone
>else
>experienced this problem. Truck is 1993 F-350 4x4 crewcab with 38,000
>miles.
>Ford tells me tough luck on my $2,900 repair bill. If anyone has
>experienced
>this problem with either the rear end, or Ford, then please email me
>at:
>
>Samily aol.com
>
>Thanks, Dick
>
>
>
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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 15:47:55 EDT
From: dangil juno.com (DANIEL K GILBERT)
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: F-350 Front End shimmy
Message-ID:

I have A serious problem, I own A 1990 F-350 Crew Cab 4WD with a 6"
suspension lift and A 3" body lift and 38" Super Swampers. I have done
everything I can think of to eliminate the problem. The problem occurs
at around 35-40 miles per hour both accelerating and deaccelerating it
seems more evident when slowing down and the problem seems to get worse
at times and sometimes even disappears. At the worse times the front
tires seem to jump off the ground because the shaking is so bad. Some
sollutions I have tried is bought new tires because a couple of shops
seemed to recommend this and it did resolve the problem for the most part
but I could still feel the vibration slightly. Before that I bought all
new steering components, tightened up all the spidle nuts etc. etc...and
the problem has still remained. Even tire ballancing and allignments
have not helped. The problem has occured off and on for a couple of
years and just when I think that I have fixed the problen it comes back.
I would greatly appreciate any suggestions if any one has ever come upon
such a problem.

Dangil juno.com

Depressed,
Danny

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Date: Mon, 25 Mar 1996 18:32:09 -0800
From: "J. Martin"
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: F-350 Front End shimmy
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> new steering components, tightened up all the spidle nuts etc. > etc...and
> the problem has still remained. Even tire ballancing and allignments
> have not helped. The problem has occured off and on for a couple of
> years and just when I think that I have fixed the problen it comes > > > back.

Hhmmm...i have no experience in lifted trucks...but your prob seems to
be pretty common to other trucks that i know of--trucks with similar
mods. They all seem to have problems with those big tires going out of
balance.
You remarked that the problem goes (or went) away after getting new
tires? Have you ever tried running a different tire? Maybe a REAL good
buddy would let you borrow his BIG wheel/tire combo for some
testing...is it anywhere near possible to borrow (yeah, it'd look way
FUNNY) a set of street wheels/tires to test your front end out?
I dunno as to what might cause it...maybe one or more of your suspension
components are stressed, bent, twisted, worn out, etc.?? Maybe your
suspension is out of the limits of it's geometry? If new tires cause it
to go away, just for awhile, I'd think that the tires are to blame. Most
of the big trucks around here (in Houston, there's alot of 'em!) seem to
have abnormal wear patterns on their tires to, now that i think of it.
It'd seem to take a miracle in order to keep that much rubber from
getting out of balance.

Again, just my thoughts...

Josh --> '88 FDR

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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 18:30:22 CDT
From: rotto juno.com (R o y)
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Broken bolt in Aluminum
Message-ID:

I am replacing the water pump in my 1988 F-150 with 302-V8. One of the
bolts broke off in the aluminum timing chain cover. A short stub is left
to grip with vise grips. Any suggestions on breaking the grip the
aluminum has on the bolt?

I will use antiseize when I re-install to help prevent the problem next
time.

Thanks for any ideas.

Roy
rotto juno.com

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Date: Mon, 25 Mar 1996 18:43:40 -0800
From: "J. Martin"
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: 351W Information
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D S Morgan wrote:
>
> I am not sure which list to put this on so here goes. I have a 81 f100
> Step Side that I will be putting a mid 70's 351W into in the next few
> weeks. I was wondering if anyone knew the horsepower/torque ratings and
> the compression ratio.

> I am tired of Mustangs and Crumaros getting all the lime light at the
> local track.

HEY, david!

I'm not sure where to begin, but you'll need more info about your combo
in order to find out what the compression ratio is. Is the combo
completely stock? You'd probably need block #, head casting #, etc.,
before you can find out anything. I'm a born-again Ford man,
(returning back to my roots), and I don't have any of that kind
of info, yet. Mostly just Chebby stuff...wish i could help more.
I'm learning, too! Once you get the block/head id #'s (if you don't
already have them) i'd be more than happy to repost your Q on the
Fordnatics list, WITH YOUR PERMISSION, of course. I'm not sure what
we have to do, in order to comply with the list rules...i'll try
to find out, if Ken doesn't beat me to it!

Wish i could help more...

Josh --> '88 FDR

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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 19:54:27 -0400
From: Randy Zeilinger
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: new 97
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Rick Petersen wrote:
>
>
> ---Rick Petersen
> ---El Paso, TX.
> ---email: rpetersen whc.net
> ---www: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.whc.net/gsp
>
> ____________________________________________________________________
>Okay Rick, Here is my 2 cents worth...
The electronics have been greatly improved over the years so they work
well now. Personally, I like the mechanical shifter, but then again I
like manual hubs.

The 4.6 would probably be a better choice is your towing is limited.
But you can't beat the 5.4 for the power (MPG be dammed). They do get
better mileage after you get a few thousand miles on them. But the 4.6
are pretty spunky.

Go with the limited slip, skip the off-road package.

Bedliners keep the bed nice and neat but they can trap water and cause
rust if you get a cheap one. Don't have one for mine.

Are you talking a full size camper or just the cab high shell type?
No problem with the shell type but a camper with beds, sink, stove and
toilet may be just a tad too much for the GVW.

The keyless entry is real nice. I'll never go back to manually
unlocking the doors.

Good luck,
Randy Z.

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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 18:31:44 -0700
From: Patti & Al
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: re: E4OD Shifting Problem...(Robert Smallwood)
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Say there Robert, does your tach. ever quit when the trans. acts up
on you?
I had a problem with mine, it would not go into overdrive... The tach would
go dead the
overdrive light would flash, and the trany shifted like it had some kind of
racecar shiftkit in it. Then just as quick as it screws up it would all
clear and work fine.
Sometime it lasted a few seconds/ or sometimes it would last 10 or 20 min.
To make a long story shorter, turned out that it all stemmed from a bad
speed sensor,
the trany would get the bad signal from my tach cutting out and then it
would go into trouble mode! I had guys in trany shops telling me to get over
to them, They siad I definatley had big trouble and the trany is worth 3500
Cdn. they wanted to drop the pan,
test all the sensors pack in the trans. probably try to sell me a new E40D
I'll bet.
And you know it would'nt have made a pinch of difference, cause the unit was
fine the whole thing was caused by the tach sensor....
"81" F250 / with complete "91" dsl. running
gear/7.3/E40D/ Chilliwack BC.
CANADA...(don't get snowed...)

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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 23:14:54 -0400
From: Charles Cohn
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Re: F-350 Front End shimmy
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At 03:47 PM 6/23/97 EDT, you wrote:
>I have A serious problem, I own A 1990 F-350 Crew Cab 4WD with a 6"
>suspension lift and A 3" body lift and 38" Super Swampers. I have done
>everything I can think of to eliminate the problem. The problem occurs
>at around 35-40 miles per hour both accelerating and deaccelerating it
>seems more evident when slowing down and the problem seems to get worse
>at times and sometimes even disappears. At the worse times the front
>tires seem to jump off the ground because the shaking is so bad. Some
>sollutions I have tried is bought new tires because a couple of shops
>seemed to recommend this and it did resolve the problem for the most part
>but I could still feel the vibration slightly. Before that I bought all
>new steering components, tightened up all the spidle nuts etc. etc...and
>the problem has still remained. Even tire ballancing and allignments
>have not helped. The problem has occured off and on for a couple of
>years and just when I think that I have fixed the problen it comes back.
>I would greatly appreciate any suggestions if any one has ever come upon
>such a problem.
>
Is the steering gear preload correct? On my '94 Econoline I had some
shimmy at around 30,000 miles. I checked the steering gear and found out
it was slightly loose. Tightened it up according to the shop manual. That
didn't cure the problem, so I took it to the dealer. They said I needed
new front pads and I said no thanks, I'll do it myself. So I did, even
though the pads were not completely worn down, and that cleared it up. The
Econoline does go through front pads fairly fast. It just turned 80,000
miles and is on its third set.


Charles Cohn, chasmagc mindspring.com
6311 Mark Trail, Austell, Georgia 30001 (30168 after 6/30/97)
USA

voice: 770-944-7510

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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 22:14:23
From: Ken Miller
To: fordtrucks80up lofcom.com
Subject: Recalls
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Howdy,
Here are some recalls that some of you might be interested in. Take From
the June Issue of Trailer Life magazine, pp 95.

"Ford Motor company is recalling 22,000 (1997) Ford F-150 pickups
registeredin Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Winconsin, Michigan,
New York, Maine Vermont, and New Hampshire. The PCV fitting can freeze,
causing the trhottle to stick in the high-speed cruise positon when
driving. Dealers will install a foam insulating sleeve on the PCV line.

Ford is also recalling 25,000 (1997) Ford Expedition sport-utility vehicles
due to a possible defective weld in the rear-axle track bar bracket
assembly. If the weld fails, the axle can shift sideways relative to the
frame and body. Dealers will install a track bar bracket reinforcement kit
and inspect he axle tubes, and replace the defective parts as necessary.

The company is also recalling 133,000 (1997) Ford F-150 pickups because
the seat belts anchoring attachments are missing or improperly installed.
Dealers will inspect and repair the attachments."

Good Luck
MK
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Date: Tue, 24 Jun 1997 07:26:22 -0500
From: Bill Morgan....


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