97up-list-digest Wednesday, May 5 1999 Volume 02 : Number 117



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 97up - Drain plug Valve
RE: FTE 97up - F150 2WD look like a 4WD
Re: FTE 97up - New EPA SUV Emissions Regs
FTE 97up - questions on Ford Ranger front end pull
Re: FTE 97up - questions on Ford Ranger front end pull
Re: FTE 97up - questions on Ford Ranger front end pull
Re: FTE 97up - questions on Ford Ranger front end pull
FTE 97up - Trans. In Line Filter
Re: FTE 97up - Trans. In Line Filter (Web site)

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Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 06:19:34 -0600
From: "Joseph L. Casey"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Drain plug Valve

I have used the drain plug on two different trucks--it works fine. The address
is:

Fumato Eng. of America
12328 Northrup Way
Bellevue, WA 98005
425-869-7771 phone
425-869-2558 fax

He has a list of car brand and engines and the drain plugs for each

ATUMLAW aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 5/3/99 4:12:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Claude-King worldnet.att.net writes:
>
>
> to replace the drain plug, search all the archives and can't find it HELP
> >>
>
> Got mine from performance products. Don't have the number on me, im at work
>
> VTY
>
> Atilla
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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 09:11:55 -0500
From: "Chris Patrick"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - F150 2WD look like a 4WD

> Has anyone tried modifying an F150 2WD to look like a 4WD?
> Like changing
> the front grill, adding wheel mouldings and shocks to lift it
> up and give it
> a more 'aggressive' appearance? I like the looks of a 4WD
> much better, but
> I don't like the extra cost, rougher ride, lower payload
> capacity and lower
> gas mileage. Your thoughts?

i have the 4x2 XLT with "stx" package, which includes body color front and
rear bumpers, mirrors, and 17" rims. I really think that the 4x4 wheel
moldings would have rounded out this package very well, since the tires
ALMOST stick out the fenders, and im getting chips on my "step" (its a
stepside).. so as soon as $$$ possible, im getting the mouldings... the only
problem is that the rear fender for the 4x4 is different than the 4x2 (its
punched for mouldings) so im gonna have to cut and drill a bunch of holes in
the fender...

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Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 10:20:17 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Frank Bures"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - New EPA SUV Emissions Regs

On Mon, 3 May 1999 13:45:37 -0500 (CDT), Douglas R. Floyd wrote:

>
>
>
>> add gasoline that costs $0.50 more than in any other state (and I'm going to
>> get really pissed if someone whines "It's still cheaper than Europe" again!)
>> and cost-of-living expenses rising out of control (anyone see what $150K
>> gets you in the housing market in the areas of major job
>> concentrations...not much).
>
>When comparing to Europe, be aware that Europe has public transportation
>almost everywhere you want to ever see. Without a vehicle in the States,
>you are SOL. (My 2 cents worth on comparing Europe's inflated gas prices
>to the US.)

And do not forget, it is MUCH smaller and it has no major oil supplies of
its own (Norway and northern UK excluded). In just several hours, you can
cross several national borders there. You have to travel two days just to
cross Ontario.


Frank Bures, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Toronto, M5S 3H6
fbures chem.toronto.edu
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://frank.chem.utoronto.ca/electronics

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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 13:40:22 EDT
From: Cookies aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - questions on Ford Ranger front end pull

1996 Ranger 2wd. Damn thing pulls to the right. Been in the shop 5 times for
it. They make up every cockamamie excuse. Tires have been replaced, aligned,
etc., friggin thing still pulls to the right.

Ideas???? Technical know-how from Ford?

Let er rip- I'm all ears

Randy
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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 14:17:34 EDT
From: RAMWORKER aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - questions on Ford Ranger front end pull

Randee,

Basics first, caster, camber and toe-in can all cause pull, maybe their
machine needs to be calibrated? Also, caster and camber have complimentary
angles, steering axis inclination comes to mind, the other escapes me at the
moment, that are built in to the steering geometry and are generally not
checked, has the truck ever been wrecked? Is the frame straight? Does the
truck track correctly? I mean if you're following the truck down the road,
can you see one side of the truck more than the other? That would indicate a
diamond shaped frame (parallelogram vs. a rectangle). Have the front tires
been swapped side for side to see if the direction of the pull changes? I'm
assuming they were sharp enough to check the condition of the front end
components and that all the bushings (particularly, strut rod bushings) are
in good condition, that's pretty much a given with most alignment places, but
worth a check. If all that checks out, maybe it's time to take a look at the
front brakes, if the calipers have a plastic piston, they are sometimes
troublesome in this and other matters, I would rebuild the calipers and
replace with a steel piston if one is available, if you determine that the
brakes are causing the problem.

I'm sorry I don't have any answers for you, only questions, but perhaps the
answer to one of the questions will solve your problem. When they start
making up excuses, it's similar to an argument that has degraded into a
shouting match, it means they've run out of intellect and just want you to be
reasonable and see it their way. Maybe it's time for a new shop, Good luck!

Best Regards,
Robert

In a message dated 5/4/99 10:44:32 AM Pacific Daylight Time, Cookies aol.com
writes:

> 1996 Ranger 2wd. Damn thing pulls to the right. Been in the shop 5 times
for
> it. They make up every cockamamie excuse. Tires have been replaced,
aligned,
>
> etc., friggin thing still pulls to the right.
>
> Ideas???? Technical know-how from Ford?
>
> Let er rip- I'm all ears
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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 14:31:17 -0400
From: "Kenneth J. Nagy"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - questions on Ford Ranger front end pull

Some thoughts.

Could be a brake problem. I did a disk brake job on my '96 Explorer and
after about a week, it started pulling to one side. I used Ford pads, and
had the rotors cut, still pulled. The dealer said my rotors were out of
round, so I had them re-cut. This fixed the problem. Could also be a stuck
caliper.


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Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 1:40 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - questions on Ford Ranger front end pull


> 1996 Ranger 2wd. Damn thing pulls to the right. Been in the shop 5 times
for
> it. They make up every cockamamie excuse. Tires have been replaced,
aligned,
> etc., friggin thing still pulls to the right.
>
> Ideas???? Technical know-how from Ford?
>
> Let er rip- I'm all ears
>
> Randy
> cookies aol.com
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Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 12:37:59 -0700
From: denton sprague
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - questions on Ford Ranger front end pull

Switch the front tires only and see what happens.

Cookies aol.com wrote:

> 1996 Ranger 2wd. Damn thing pulls to the right. Been in the shop 5 times for
> it. They make up every cockamamie excuse. Tires have been replaced, aligned,
> etc., friggin thing still pulls to the right.
>
> Ideas???? Technical know-how from Ford?
>
> Let er rip- I'm all ears
>
> Randy
> cookies aol.com
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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 16:56:51 -0500
From: DanBrotzman
Subject: FTE 97up - Trans. In Line Filter

Received a direct mail card from "Magnefine" advertising in line =
magnetic oil filters for automatic transmissions. They list a web site =
at www.nationalfleetservices earthlink.com but I could not get it to =
work. Also list a phone # 313-923-1799 & fax 313-923-1795. Has any one =
had any experience with this company? I have a 99 SD F350 PSD with a =
6SPD manual and want to put an oil filter inline with one of the =
transmission cooler lines.
Can someone tell me if the 6 speed manual transmissions have magnetic =
drain plugs like Fuller transmissions and Spicer use?
For those who have the 6 spd manual do you experience a loud resonent =
gear noise between 700 and 800 RPM? Sounds like a bad input shaft =
bearing or a lot of back lash between the input gear and counter shaft =
gear only at that RPM range.

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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 19:24:32 EDT
From: Ford4x4 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Trans. In Line Filter (Web site)

In a message dated 5/4/99 2:59:50 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
no1windo frontiernet.net writes:

>


Try http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.nationalfleetservices.com/ They indicate they will be online
tomorrow.

Stewart
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