97up-list-digest Wednesday, June 9 1999 Volume 02 : Number 154



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Re: FTE 97up - wipers
FTE 97up - lub fitings
RE: FTE 97up - lub fittings
FTE 97up - Monday's suck... (sorta long)
FTE 97up - Seat lift
RE: FTE 97up - wipers
FTE 97up - Coast Fuel Injection in SJ?
Re: FTE 97up - lube fitings

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Date: Tue, 08 Jun 1999 10:00:20 -0400
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - wipers

Joe Merchak wrote:
>
> Has anyone else had this problem. I own a 99 Ranger XLT and about3 months
> after buying it the wipers would come on randomly. This has seem to be
> getting worse and sometime I need to put the control switch to one then off
> before they stop. Of coarse it does not happen when at Ford so they say
> there is nothing wrong.
>
> Thanks
>
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Joe,

My wife's 99 Explorer Sport does the same thing. It
mostly happens when turning. I have an appointment at the
dealer for Thursday. The new model F-150s and the
Expeditions were plagued with this problem. My 97 F-150 had
the multifunction switch replaced no questions asked. They
just listened to my complaint and ordered a new switch. I
will let you know what happened.

Regards

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Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 08:21:06 -0700
From: "MIKE & SANDY"
Subject: FTE 97up - lub fitings

Need help! Had just finished the first oil/filter change on my 98 F-150 crew
cab and noticed that there were only two grease fittings. Was not able to
see any on the upper or lower ball joints, driver line ( universal joints )
or on any of the steering linkage. There appear to be non-removable caps
small nuts ) mounted in some of the steering linkage, but I was not able to
get them out. ( was trying to unscrew them so I could put a standard zerk
in ) If anyone knows what is going on please fill me in.
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> RE: FTE 97up - ignition problem
> FTE 97up - RE: LPO
> RE: FTE 97up - ignition problem
> Re: FTE 97up - ignition problem
> FTE 97up - Moan from '97 F350
> Re: FTE 97up - Moan from '97 F350
> FTE 97up - wipers
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> Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 02:54:19 -0700
> From: "Larry Drum"
> Subject: RE: FTE 97up - ignition problem
>
> Robert's Reply has the correct terminology for the problem. It is caused
> from pressure against the Ignition to steering wheel lock. This is common
> on most vehicles, especially if you turn the wheel after the vehicle is
off
> to "Lock" the steering wheel...
>
>
> Larry Drum
> Captain, CHP Explorer Post #834
> Needles Area
> Webmaster - www.chpexplorer.org
>
> '99 F-150 XL, Bright Red, 2WD, 4.2 V-6, 5 Spd. 3.55 LS, BugFlector II,
Vent
> Visors, Rhino Lining Bed Liner. Maxon 40 Channel W/10 Channel Weather CB.
> Maxon "Through the Glass" CB Antenna (Awesome Performance) W/Weather Band.
> (Lowering Kit Coming Soon :o).
>
> Sound System :o) -
>
> Alpine In Dish 6 Disk Changer/Receiver Head Unit (Alpine Model #
MDA-W890).
> 4 Infinity Kappa Series 5 X 7 Door and Rear Panel Speakers. 2 Cerwin Vega
> Stealth Series 12" Sub Woofers in a Custom Enclosure Behind the Seat
> (Regular Cab). 1 - Sherwood 250 Watt x 4 Channel Amplifier Bridged to 500
> Watts X 2 Channels Pushing the Subs, 1 - Pioneer 75 Watt X 4 Channel
> Amplifier Pushing the Infinitiy's. All Cable and Wiring by Monster Cable.
> Power Distribution Blocks by Monster Cable.
>
>
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> From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
> [mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com] On Behalf Of Robert Brown
> Sent: Monday, June 07, 1999 1:41 AM
> To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE 97up - ignition problem
>
> Is this the only time your pickup's done this? It may be just from parking
> at a certain attitude so that there is some load placed on the steering
> column.
>
>
> >From: Ccdolf aol.com
> >Reply-To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> >To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> >Subject: FTE 97up - ignition problem
> >Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 00:31:46 EDT
> >
> >i have a 98 f-150 4.2 5 spd 3.55 axle. i was out fishing today and on
> >the
> >way home, stopped to look at some boats for sale. i went to start my
truck
> >to leave and the ignition was locked. my wheels were turned to the right
> >and
> >the steering wheel was turned to the left. my truck has one of those
> >locking
> >levers on the right steering column to unlock the key when i turn the
> >ignition off. but my ignition seems to want to lock and not let me turn
> >the
> >ignition to start the truck. after i wiggle the steering wheel and play
> >with
> >the lock lever, it will turn, but it takes forever and it shouldn't do
> >this.
> >does anyone else's truck do or have done this??
> >
> >any response would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> >Bill
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> Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 07:27:23 -0400
> From: davesomers
> Subject: FTE 97up - RE: LPO
>
> LPO stands for Limited Production Option, as opposed to RPO or Regular
> Production Option.
> RPOs are the stuff you choose at any dealer (engines, colors, etc)
> LPOs are generally limited to Fleet dealers and include things like
> ambulance prep packages.
> And even at a Fleet dealer you will have to find the commercial accounts
> person, and not all Fleet dealers can get every option.
> You don't NEED to have a fleet to deal with this guy, but if you are a
> one-time buyer you may not get the attention you really need.
> You can find a Fleet dealer in your area from the Ford webpage.
> www.ford.com I haven't looked for it since they redesigned a few
times,
> but it should still be there.
>
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> Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 09:23:35 -0400
> From: "D'Amelio, Stephen M."
> Subject: RE: FTE 97up - ignition problem
>
> Bill Wrote:
>
> > my wheels were turned to the right and
> > the steering wheel was turned to the left.
> >
> I think your truck may be suffering from dyslexia.
>
> Steve
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> Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 11:41:36 EDT
> From: Ccdolf aol.com
> Subject: Re: FTE 97up - ignition problem
>
> thanks for the info steve, but i am looking for some intelligent
information
> though.
>
> thanks anyway
>
> Bill
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> Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 15:45:53 -0700
> From: Shawn Utz
> Subject: FTE 97up - Moan from '97 F350
>
> Hi all,
>
> Anyone out there have a clue as to why my '97 F350, 4x4, PSD, CC, LB
> makes a low moaning noise when rolling slow and turning (especially when
> backing up with a 8000 GVRW travel trailer)? I have had it to the dealer
> and, of course, we could not duplicate the noise. Initially thought it
> was a cross member noise but I am now unsure. Any replies would be
> appreciated.
>
> TIA,
> - -Shawn
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> Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 18:47:19 -0700
> From: denton sprague
> Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Moan from '97 F350
>
> Take a look at the top hose on the power steering pump...on my '98
Explorer,
> it turns freely, and I am informed it is supposed to. Under certain
> conditions, the hose will vibrate with a low moaning noise against the
side
> of the power steering housing.
>
> Shawn Utz wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Anyone out there have a clue as to why my '97 F350, 4x4, PSD, CC, LB
> > makes a low moaning noise when rolling slow and turning (especially when
> > backing up with a 8000 GVRW travel trailer)? I have had it to the dealer
> > and, of course, we could not duplicate the noise. Initially thought it
> > was a cross member noise but I am now unsure. Any replies would be
> > appreciated.
> >
> > TIA,
> > -Shawn
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> Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 22:00:47 -0400
> From: "Joe Merchak"
> Subject: FTE 97up - wipers
>
> Has anyone else had this problem. I own a 99 Ranger XLT and about3 months
> after buying it the wipers would come on randomly. This has seem to be
> getting worse and sometime I need to put the control switch to one then
off
> before they stop. Of coarse it does not happen when at Ford so they say
> there is nothing wrong.
>
> Thanks
>
>
>
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Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 11:39:23 -0400
From: "D'Amelio, Stephen M."
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - lub fittings

Welcome to the nineties! You're lucky you were able to
find two fittings. The good old days of zerk fittings
have been replaced by "maintenance free" u-jounts,
tie rod ends, ball joints etc. You can still replace
these components (when they fail) with parts with
grease fittings.

Makes me laugh when places like "Jiffy Lube" advertise they
grease all your fittings, when in today's autos & trucks
they are virtually non-existent.

Steve D'Amelio
Systems Administrator
CVS/Pharmacy
1 CVS Drive
Woonsocket, RI 02895
401-765-1500 x3351 FAX 401-762-4607
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> From: MIKE & SANDY[SMTP:mikes53 lanset.com]
> Reply To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
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> Subject: FTE 97up - lub fitings
>
> Need help! Had just finished the first oil/filter change on my 98 F-150
> crew
> cab and noticed that there were only two grease fittings. Was not able to
> see any on the upper or lower ball joints, driver line ( universal joints
> )
> or on any of the steering linkage. There appear to be non-removable caps
> small nuts ) mounted in some of the steering linkage, but I was not able
> to
> get them out. ( was trying to unscrew them so I could put a standard zerk
> in ) If anyone knows what is going on please fill me in.
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Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 11:38:11 -0400
From: "Keith Veren"
Subject: FTE 97up - Monday's suck... (sorta long)

How refreshing to hear a good-dealer experience. If you look through the
archives, the "bad-dealer" letters, along with rants and moans about
horrible service seen everywhere. I know this is not the case for me, I
have had nothing but the best service at Acton Ford in Acton, Massachusetts.
[ www.actonford.com ]
I am sure many list members also have had many good experiences with their
dealer and I would like to hear more about the dealers that did the
immpossible on-time and for below-budget with good service, instead of the
stories about the dealers that are horrible.


Keith

'98 Expy 5.4L V-8 / 4X4 / XLT / Tow / Off-Road / Rear Air / 3rd Seat / 17" /
3.73LS

'98 Explorer 5/0L V-8 / All Wheel Drive / XLT / Mach / MoonRoof / 3.73LS

'99 F-350 SuperDuty / 6.8L V-10 / 4X4 / XLT / SuperCab / Longbed / Factory
Snow-Plow Package / Tuff-Country 3.5" Lift / 8' Fisher Plow w/FishStik / Tow
/ Class V / 4-Wheel OTF / Cloth Captains 1-power / Off-Road / SRW / Power TT
Mirrors / Automatic w/Power-Take-off


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From: Mike Wolfe
To: XOG
Date: Tuesday, June 08, 1999 1:23 AM
Subject: EXPEDITION: Monday's suck... (sorta long)


>It was 7:30am... a rather humid, muggy morning here in Lancaster, PA. I'm
>on my way to work, both A/C's crankin' full-blast, jammin' to some
tunes....
>I stop at a red light and she starts sputtering, missing, and carrying
on...
>one cylinder not firing ... I drive on (it didn't stall). I'm
>thinking, "...this is all to familiar." My '97 did a similar thing when
the
>A/C was on, and it turned out to be the A/C condenser overflow dripping on
>the oxygen sensor or something, shorting it out. But, I know they relocated
>that overflow tube because it was an obvious engineering flaw (sorry, Tom
>B., but it's the truth).
>
>Planning to leave for a business trip right after work, I says to myself,
>"Self, what ever will you do? You certainly don't have a spare X in your
>back pocket!!" Of course, I'm due home Friday night, only to leave
Saturday
>morning for a 4x scouting mission in NJ with Tom Cody. Crap. Of course,
I'm
>thinking the worst... gonna have to rent a car and bail on the trip
>Saturday.
>
>So, I get to work safely, only after the Service Engine Soon light comes
on,
>and starts FLASHING periodically (what's up with that? Does the flashing
>mean to service the engine REALLY soon?)
>
>Anyway, I call up my dealer at 8:30am. I begged and pleaded that they
>bestow mercy upon my X.... TODAY (please?). I couldn't believe it... they
>had time... So, off to the dealer I go. Got a ride back to work (thanks
>again, Cindy... I owe ya one)...
>
>The truck was done by 4:30pm. Diagnosis? Coolant (heater?) hose union
>leaking down on coil/plug #4. I believe that's the one closest to the
>firewall on the driver's side. Hot coil + cooler liquid = CRACK. Either no
>fire or it was shorting.
>
>They replaced coil and plug #4 under warranty (despite the quarter-inch of
>mud and dust caked around just about everything under the hood from my last
>escapade pulling my bro out of the mud).
>
>Thanks and good job, Keller Bros Ford, Lititz, PA!! Came thru again for
me.
>
>In any case, I made it to Phili for my business trip (and only forgot the
>toothpaste), and it looks like I'm a go for Saturday!! Wooohoooo!!
>
>Mike - '99 EB
>
>
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Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 12:38:08 -0400
From: Price CON James
Subject: FTE 97up - Seat lift

I found a seat lift for my 99 F150 supercab at The Seat Lift Kit by Calmar
Industries Inc. at http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.calmarindustries.com/seatlift.html
. Thanks to Ron Wright.

Jim Price
Dyntel Corp.



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Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 10:31:20 -0700
From: "Rivera, Max"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - wipers

I too have had problems with my 1997 f150 4.2l 5speed, every once in a while
my wipers come on and i have to turn on my wipers and turn off to stop them.
I have not yet taken the truck in to the dealer, will soon.

regards

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From: Joe Merchak [mailto:jmerchak eclipse.net]
Sent: Monday, June 07, 1999 9:01 PM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE 97up - wipers


Has anyone else had this problem. I own a 99 Ranger XLT and about3 months
after buying it the wipers would come on randomly. This has seem to be
getting worse and sometime I need to put the control switch to one then off
before they stop. Of coarse it does not happen when at Ford so they say
there is nothing wrong.

Thanks



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Date: Tue, 08 Jun 1999 13:10:48 -0700
From: George Passidakis
Subject: FTE 97up - Coast Fuel Injection in SJ?

Has anyone had work done on a PSD by Coast Fuel Injection in San Jose, CA?

Did they do a good job?

I'm in the need to get a guage set(boost/trans temp/pyro) installed ASAP.

Thanks,

George
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Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 22:24:57 -0500
From: "Mike Fairleigh"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - lube fitings

I don't think my '98 F-150 SC has any at all. The fact is, today's cars and
trucks have non-greasable suspensions. I was particularly impressed by this
when the pittman arm on my '98 had to be replaced at just under 13,000
miles. There was over 1/4" of play in the front wheels with the frond end
up on a jack. I'm hopeful that I just got an arm on the assembly line that
hadn't had any grease put into it.....


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