97up-list-digest Monday, July 27 1998 Volume 01 : Number 164



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - 97 Explorer pinging
FTE 97up - Thank you for your help
Re: FTE 97up - Time to VIN
Re: FTE 97up - 97 Explorer pinging
Re: FTE 97up - 1998 Ranger
FTE 97up - 50th anniversary edition F150

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Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 06:18:38 EDT
From: LexRex aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - 97 Explorer pinging

For 1 1/2 years, I ran it on 93 octane without problem. Recently, at 35,000
miles, it has begun pinging so I took it to the dealer, who suggested I use
lower octane. I asked him twice, and he said lower octane. He said these
engines are so well tuned that anything more than 87 causes pinging. He said
it didn't ping before because I needed a tune-up, which he performed.
I also talked to the regional service rep, who said I needed to try lower
octane.
Now I've run 5 tanks of 87 through it, and it pings more and more.
Suggestions? Is there anyone at Ford I can talk to that can cut through these
stories and get it fixed?
Thanks
Jack
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Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 08:30:29 -0500
From: "joeb"
Subject: FTE 97up - Thank you for your help

Well after much thought and time spent here studying your posts, I
bought a '98 F150 XLT Supercab 4X4 with the 5.4L, and 4speed overdrive. I
want to thank all of you for your input and a special thanks to those of you
who responded to my questions about the size of the truck.

Joe

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Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 14:45:28 GMT
From: "Russell A. Hunter"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Time to VIN

I'm wondering if this is what's happened to my truck order. It was supposed
to have been delivered the week of June 29th and still isn't here. The
dealer can't seem to tell me anything other than it's in a rail mixing
center and should be here any day. I can't believe they can't tell me when
the rail company has it scheduled to be put on a car and shipped.

As far as this dealer's allocation goes, they always have a lot of F150's on
their lot, maybe 25 to 30 and seem to move them through pretty quickly.

Is there a phone number at Ford that I can call to find out what's going on?

>The reason they do allocation this way is to make sure the "fair-weather"
>truck dealers don't keep the dealers who normally sell trucks from getting
>their fair share. In the same regard when it comes to hard to get cars,
>most dealers who can't get trucks right now can get cars. Ford has been
>telling every dealer that most will have a 4-6 month wait depending on that
>dealers allocation. The dealer should know aprox. how long it will take.
>And I find it hard to believe that they wouldn't be checking. If you are
>trading think of how much your truck will depreciate in 6 months. When
>things are time consuming to get, I make sure to set a time and miles limit
>that the trade price will be good for because I'll lose money if I don't.
>If your buying outright many dealers will tell you anything to get your
>deposit and order.
>
>Nathan Bernard
>Union Auto, Inc.


Russell A. Hunter
rahunter traveller.com


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Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 12:49:33 -0400
From: Chad Royse
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 97 Explorer pinging

I've never heard of something so ridiculous. Did you more or less say that the
pinging started after the dealer tuned it up? ("He said it didn't ping before because
I needed a tune-up, which he performed.") I bet the technician screwed up the timing
or something similar.

Rather than let some one so incompetent touch it again, I would look at going to a
different service center.

Good luck!
Chad

LexRex aol.com wrote:
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> For 1 1/2 years, I ran it on 93 octane without problem. Recently, at 35,000
> miles, it has begun pinging so I took it to the dealer, who suggested I use
> lower octane. I asked him twice, and he said lower octane. He said these
> engines are so well tuned that anything more than 87 causes pinging. He said
> it didn't ping before because I needed a tune-up, which he performed.
> I also talked to the regional service rep, who said I needed to try lower
> octane.
> Now I've run 5 tanks of 87 through it, and it pings more and more.
> Suggestions? Is there anyone at Ford I can talk to that can cut through these
> stories and get it fixed?
> Thanks
> Jack
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Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 12:53:23 -0400
From: Chad Royse
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 1998 Ranger

I used to get that on my 97 F250HD when one or more of the front (auto) hubs would
lock in. I really hated them for that. My 99 F250SD, I have the 4:30 gears and the
truck makes no abnormal sounds at all at those speeds.

Chad

Randy Collins wrote:
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> I recently purchased a 98 Ranger 4x4 Off Road with 4.10 gears. Whenever I
> am at speeds of about 78mph or higher I hear a faint vibration sound (I
> don't actually feel a vibration) coming from the front of the truck. I was
> told this is a product of the low gears. Anybody know anything about this?
> Also fuel mileage. I usually get about 11-14 mpg driving at normal speeds.
> Anybody else experience these?
>
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Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 13:48:29 EDT
From: CRO47 aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - 50th anniversary edition F150

I saw one of these the other day, had in script on the side above the F150
fender badge "50th Anniversary Edition"

How is it different from regular Lariat 150s??
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