97up-list-digest Thursday, May 28 1998 Volume 01 : Number 097



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In this issue:

RE: FTE 97up - Static electricty
Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150
RE: FTE 97up - Static electricty
Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150
FTE 97up - rumblings
RE: FTE 97up - rumblings
[none]
FTE 97up - RECALLS
FTE 97up - Re:

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 07:51:21 -0500
From: "Gary Day"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Static electricty

I carried a can of static-guard and sprayed my seat every once in a while.
It was happening to me on my '95 Z71. It helped out. I'm waiting
(patiently) for my F250 SuperDuty - it's going to have leather so I hope I
don't have the problem at all.

Gary


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> Sent: Thursday, May 28, 1998 12:45 AM
> To: 97up
> Subject: FTE 97up - Static electricty
>
>
> Lately I notice, that every time I get out of my 98 Ford
> Ranger I get a
> shock when I close the door. Anyone know how to stop this?
>
>
> Thankx
>
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 07:32:16 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150

They calibrate for different tires, but the allowable tolerance is 5 MPH.
So according to Ford yours is acceptable.

Nathan Bernard

- -----Original Message-----
From: Ann Mitchell
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 1998 6:26 PM
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150


>My speedo on my 1998 F150 4x4 is off by 3 mph (slow). I have 16-in wheels
>and 245/75/16 tires. I wonder if all the trucks are setup for some
standard
>wheel size and if you order something different nobody bothers to adjust
for
>it.


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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 09:42:24 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Static electricty

At 07:51 AM 5/28/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I carried a can of static-guard and sprayed my seat every once in a while.
>It was happening to me on my '95 Z71. It helped out. I'm waiting
>(patiently) for my F250 SuperDuty - it's going to have leather so I hope I
>don't have the problem at all.
>
>Gary
>
>

I've seen this topic discussed in one of the automotive
newsgroups. The problem, for the most part, is caused
by low-resistance tires on many vehicles they cause alot
of static. Supposedly they're not as bad as they used
to be but I'm sure they're still a factor.

Ken


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Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 08:54:27 -0500
From: Zach Whitehill
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Changing Tire size on my F150

Stephen Magee wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I am new to this list so I appologise if this question has been answered
> before.
>
> I have a '97 F-150 XLT, 4.6L with P235-70R16 tires. I think that these
> tires
> look too small for the truck and would like to put the next size up on
> the next
> time I get tires. I have seen many XLTs and Lariats with P255-70R16
> tires from
> the factory. I have not been able to get a straight definitive answer
> from Ford
> or any dealership as to ALL the changes that I have to make on the truck
> to make
> it "factory spec" when I put on larger tires. I have even been told by
> Ford's
> 800 help line that "You can't do that!". My response was "Why? You do it
> on
> Lariats." Basically they will not give me the information.
>
> I know that changing the tire size can potentially change:
> 1) odometer
> 2) speedometer
> 3) automatic transmission shift points
> 4) antilock brake (I have them on rear only)
> 5) Anything else??????
>
> I have been told that many stories:
>
> 1) You just have to change 1 location in the computer's setup
> 2) you have to change out a speedometer gear
> 3) Numbers one and two above.
> 4) antilock brakes are not effected
> 5) antilock brakes are effected
>
> Please HELP! Does anyone know the REAL truth???
>
> Thanks,
>
> Steve Magee
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STEVE,
I HAVE A 97' F150 WITH A 5.4L 4X4 I THOUGHT THAT THE TIRES LOOKED TO
SMALL ALSO. SO I PUT 285-75R16'S ON MY TRUCK. THESE ARE SUPPOSEDLY THE
BIGGEST TIRES YOU CAN PUT ON A STOCK FORD. MY ANTILOCK BRAKES STILL
WORK AND THE TRANNY SHIFTS FINE. THE ONLY THING THAT REALLY CHANGED WAS
MY SPEEDOMETER ITS OFF ABOUT A 10% AND FORD CAN'T RECALLIBRATE FOR THAT
SMALL OF A CHANGE. BY THE WAY I DID ALL THIS ABOUT 23,000 MILES BACK
AND HAVEN'T HAD A PROBLEM SINCE...

ZACH
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 08:44:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: Carlos Lawton
Subject: FTE 97up - rumblings

Anyone else having, or know what causes a strange rumbling /rough idle
in the '97 F-150, V-6, 5 speed? Happens whenever I reduce engine speed
to idle, whether rolling or not.




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DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 10:01:15 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - rumblings

I had a poor idle on my '97 Ranger 4.0L, turned out to be a leaking
intake manifold gasket causing an air leak that the ECM was trying to
correct, unsuccessfully. Apparently got pinched when the engine was
assembled. It would cause the engine to change RPM while sitting at a
light, but the eventually got bad enough to make the engine run very
badly (noticeably shaking the truck) and die.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carlos Lawton [SMTP:c_lawton yahoo.com]
> Sent: Thursday, May 28, 1998 9:44 AM
> To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE 97up - rumblings
>
> Anyone else having, or know what causes a strange rumbling /rough idle
> in the '97 F-150, V-6, 5 speed? Happens whenever I reduce engine speed
> to idle, whether rolling or not.
>
>
>
>
> _________________________________________________________
> DO YOU YAHOO!?
> >
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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 10:01:46 -0700
From: STEPHEN_WITTE hp-sandiego-om2.om.hp.com
Subject: [none]

>Subject: FTE 97up - F-150 vs. F-250 Super Duty Manual Drivetrain
>
>Opinions please!
>
>I'm trying to decide between a 1998 F-150 and 1999 F-250 Super Duty
>4x4,
>extended cab, short-bed truck. I will ONLY buy a manual transmission
>drivetrain.

I totally agree with the manual transmission decision, more control,
more reliability, and better gas mileage.

>I plan on doing some towing in the future, a boat up to
>3000lbs. This is at the upper limit of the rating of the F-150
>manual
>drivetrain, but only about 1/2 the rating of the F-250 manual
>drivetrain.

Is this the first truck you have ever bought? If so, my
recommendation is to buy the bigger truck. You will discover about
500 different reasons for needing more carrying capacity, or towing
capacity. (Equipment rental, loads of topsoil, loads of roofing
shingles for the house, etc.) I bought a 1977 chevy C20 3/4 ton in
1983 2wh drive, and had it until I replaced it with a new Ford 97 F350
Crew Cab 4X4 this year. I had a Searay 20' power boat for about 10
years and towed it everywhere with the chevy. The chevy had a 'granny
low' which was great for pulling the boat/trailer out of the water. I
never needed 4X4 with this boat. If your boat comes with 'surge'
brakes, you may need to find a way to disable them when backing up
your driveway.
>
>I live in a house with a very steep concrete driveway from the street
>to
>the house. I was planning on using the low range (4L) of the 4x4
>transfer case to back the boat and trailer up the driveway. With the
>F-250 Super Duty with manual locking hubs, I can leave the hubs
>disengaged and take full advantage of the low range in effective
>"2WD"
>(w/o hubs locked) and not bind up the front drivetrain.

My F350 4x4 has manual locking hubs, and I too thought about using the
truck in 4x4 without locking the hubs as a way to get extra low range.
However, the owner's manual says never put the truck in 4x4 without
having the hubs locked. I have heard that what may happen is that a
bump or some other glitch can cause a partial lock of the hubs and
that major damage can result from the splines being partially engaged.
I would simply plan on using the lowest gear available in 2 wheel
drive and make sure you buy a limited slip differential when you get
the truck. Here again, the F250's larger engine is going to help you
out.

>If I go the
>F-150 route, I have to figure out a way to disable the center locking
>differential when I shift into 4L, so that I don't bind up the front
>drivetrain while turning on the concrete driveway. Is it a simple
>matter to disconnect the F-150 center differential via a bypass
>switch
>of some sort? I can do this myself, once I know how it is
>controlled.
>Is it electrically or vacuum controlled? (I would opt for the
>completely manual transfer case in either the F-150 or F-250 Super
>Duty).
>
>Believe it or not, one can get the 1999 F-250 Super Duty 4x4 with
>manual
>drivetrain for only about $1500 more than a comparably equipped 1998
>F-150 4x4!! For that money I get a larger engine, much heavier duty
>drivetrain, axle, and braking system! My only concern will be the
>harsh
>ride quality of the unloaded F-250 Super Duty 4x4. Is there any way
>to
>soften up this ride?? My ideal vehicle would be an F-250 Super Duty
>engine, transmission, and rear axle, with F-150 suspension!!!

My '97 F350 rides very well on the road (unloaded) except for certain
freeway concrete bumps and I would expect an F250 to ride even better.

- Stephen Witte
San Diego, Calif.

'97 F350 4x4 5speed crew cab

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 13:09:36 -0500
From: jamann jjma.com
Subject: FTE 97up - RECALLS

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET A LIST OF ALL THE RECALLS=
=20
ISSUED FOR A PARTICULAR MODEL? NOT JUST THE ONES THAT ARE ISSUED OUT=20
TO THE PUBLIC, BUT THE ONES THAT THE DEALERSHIPS ALSO KNOW ABOUT!

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Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 13:55:38 EDT
From: Sigarms229 aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Re:


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