97up-list-digest Monday, May 4 1998 Volume 01 : Number 072



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Fuel Filter
Re: FTE 97up - Fuel Filter
FTE 97up - New Truck
Re: FTE 97up - New Truck
Re: FTE 97up - New Truck
FTE 97up - ADMIN: Web chat back up

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Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 01:21:11 EDT
From: johnmck juno.com (John R. McKee)
Subject: FTE 97up - Fuel Filter

I asked this question 6 months ago, but a lot of new members have joined
the list since then. Does anybody have good first hand experience
changing the fuel filter on the 97 F-150. I know where the filter is, I
have the correct tools, I'm mainly concerned about relieving pressure in
the fuel line before disconnecting them from the filter. I'd also be
interested in any good techniques to minimize fuel spillage on
myself/garage floor. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Date: Sun, 3 May 1998 10:27:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: Shawn Utz
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Fuel Filter

John,

I had a 93 bronco which has the can type filter and is installed inside the
frame rail. I think it is similar to yours.
If you have the correct tools you should have a plastic hose fitting release widget,
screwdriver, saftey glasses, drain container, and rags. (IMHO)
The 93's manual states to trip the anertia switch while running the engine.
This is to suposedly release fuel line pressure. WRONG. Good thing I had saftey
glasses and a drain tub under there as the fuel sprayed all over upon release
of the fuel filter. I have learned that the best way is to release the fuel
pressure under the hood at schrader valve (bicycle tube type) on the fuel rail.
Thats where the screwdriver and rags come in. I would still put the drain container
under there though.
Hope this helps...

Shawn







johnmck juno.com wrote:
>
> I asked this question 6 months ago, but a lot of new members have joined
> the list since then. Does anybody have good first hand experience
> changing the fuel filter on the 97 F-150. I know where the filter is, I
> have the correct tools, I'm mainly concerned about relieving pressure in
> the fuel line before disconnecting them from the filter. I'd also be
> interested in any good techniques to minimize fuel spillage on
> myself/garage floor. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Date: Sun, 3 May 1998 13:51:29 -0400
From: "Donnie Dowis"
Subject: FTE 97up - New Truck

I am looking at a 2WD Ford F-150 supercab. This truck has a 4.6 V8 with
3.08 gearing. I would appreciate comments concerning power and fuel economy
with this set-up. Thanks.

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Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 12:00:56 -0700
From: WiNk
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - New Truck

Donnie,
I have a supercab, 4.6 XLT, with a towing package. IF you are going to tow
then you probably need a minimum of 3.55 as a rear end ratio. This ratio will
tow about 4500 lbs without any problems depending on the terrain. If you don't
tow and are in flat country then the 3.08 will work OK for you. Hills are the
problem with a 3.08 and I wouldn't have that ratio If was in the hills.

I just finished a 1400 mile trip through some rugged moutains and the the 3.55
performed excellently when passing on some real steep hills. Downshifts and
upshifts where minimal with this rear end. I would have expected a lot of
downshifts with the 3.08 and increased gas consumption.


My 1997 has the following, whinining alternatior, whining rear end, vibrations
in the steering column at 60-70 mph, shuddering in the steering column at idle,
vibrations in the drive train when pulling into a curve at high speeds,
chattering rear brakes, slapping front brakes./ The water pump, transmission
pump, rear end gears, and rear end housing have all been replaced prior to
36K. Would I buy another one like the one that I have ---- NO!. Maybe I got
one from a worthless production line, dunno why this vehicle has all the dang
problems. I do like the F-150 amenities, and convenience items, especially the
foldover rear seat.



Donnie Dowis wrote:

> I am looking at a 2WD Ford F-150 supercab. This truck has a 4.6 V8 with
> 3.08 gearing. I would appreciate comments concerning power and fuel economy
> with this set-up. Thanks.
>
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Date: Sun, 3 May 1998 15:08:09 EDT
From: Fn150XL4yo
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - New Truck

In a message dated 98-05-03 13:55:18 EDT, you write:


3.08 gearing. I would appreciate comments concerning power and fuel economy
with this set-up. Thanks.
>>

I have a 4.6L auto with 3.55 gearing and was inquiring about changing to a
3.08.The response that I got was, to keep the 3.55 because it offers more
power.There would be a slight mileage increase with the 3.08 but some power
loss also.I currently get between 13-17 mpg.I have a very lead foot and do
mostly city driving.Hope this helps.


~Jack
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Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 19:56:32 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: Web chat back up

Web chat is back up. This new chat is simpler than the last
chat engine and will hopefully give us less trouble.

Enjoy,
Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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