97up-list-digest Thursday, September 17 1998 Volume 01 : Number 215



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - (no subject)
FTE 97up - Is dipstick off by 1/2-inch?
Re: FTE 97up - Is dipstick off by 1/2-inch?
Re: FTE 97up - Is dipstick off by 1/2-inch?
Re: FTE 97up - RE: Battery saver
FTE 97up - Battery saver / BATTERY BUDDY
Re: FTE 97up - (no subject)
Re: FTE 97up - Battery saver / BATTERY BUDDY
Re: FTE 97up - Battery saver / BATTERY BUDDY
Re: FTE 97up - Battery saver / BATTERY BUDDY

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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 07:49:15 -0700
From: Joe Zuk
Subject: FTE 97up - (no subject)

I heard that the 99 PSD come with a second battery. I have a 99 SD on
order with a gas engine I would like to install a second battery to
power a camper that I am going to install when I get the truck. Where is

the 2nd battery located on the diesel? Does anyone know how hard it
would be to install a 2nd battery on gas engine (what kind of mounting
hardware would I need to add)?

Thanks,
Joe



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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 12:27:20 -0400
From: "Daniel O'Shea"
Subject: FTE 97up - Is dipstick off by 1/2-inch?

I seem to remember reading a post where someone mentioned that the
Ranger oil dipstick (at least on some engines) read off by 1/2-inch or
so. It had something to do with the angle the engine was mounted at.

Now I can't find it in the archives. Am I making this up?? Am I
crazy?

BTW - I've got a 98 Ranger 4x4 4.0.

Thanks!

Dan

dano ltx.com
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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 12:00:38 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Is dipstick off by 1/2-inch?

The dipsticks are often wrong on new vehicles. I'd suggest putting a mark
on the dipstick after changing the oil and putting in the correct amount of
oil (make sure to run the engine before marking the level).

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

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From: Daniel O'Shea
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 1998 11:42 AM
Subject: FTE 97up - Is dipstick off by 1/2-inch?


>
>I seem to remember reading a post where someone mentioned that the
>Ranger oil dipstick (at least on some engines) read off by 1/2-inch or
>so. It had something to do with the angle the engine was mounted at.
>
>Now I can't find it in the archives. Am I making this up?? Am I
>crazy?
>
>BTW - I've got a 98 Ranger 4x4 4.0.
>
>Thanks!
>
>Dan
>
>dano ltx.com
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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 13:18:15 -0400
From: Chad Royse
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Is dipstick off by 1/2-inch?

My 97 F250HD 460 was off by 1.5 quarts. It took 3 different dipsticks
and tubes to finally get it within a .5 quart accuracy. My 99 F250
V-10 seems to be about a third or maybe a quarter off. The 95 Ranger
I used to own (4.0) was dead on. So is my 86 Sentra, but who cares.
;)

Chad

Union Auto wrote:
>
> The dipsticks are often wrong on new vehicles. I'd suggest putting a mark
> on the dipstick after changing the oil and putting in the correct amount of
> oil (make sure to run the engine before marking the level).
>
> Nathan Bernard
> Union Auto, Inc.
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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 13:52:19 EDT
From: RAMWORKER aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - RE: Battery saver

In a message dated 9/16/98 12:24:47 AM Central Daylight Time,
rrpalmer eatel.net writes:

> It is my understanding that all F150's come with this
option..........but.....
> ...I could be wrong.

The window sticker indicates that this is standard equipment, it's under the
functional section. This is on a '98 F150

> > >>The battery saver is a device which kills power to accessories that were
> > >>left on in the truck after 40 mins. this includes the headlights,
> > >>domelight, etc. The boss is right.

Thanks for that information. I couldn't find any reference to it in the owners
manual.
As far as the boss being right, even a blind hog occasionally finds an apple!


> > > How can I get one of these?

You may already have one, check your window sticker. I thought about trying to
add one of these to an existing truck, maybe using a battery voltage sensing
relay in lieu of the timer relay, but gave up, as my opinion is that cutting
and splicing all those wires will actually reduce the reliability of the
vehicle, rather than enhance it. Adding one to a Ford without it may be a
simple plug in affair, but I doubt it.

> > One of what? A battery saver, or a Boss who is right?


You can have my Boss!

Best Regards,
Robert
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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 11:46:59 -0700
From: dwhipkey gte.net
Subject: FTE 97up - Battery saver / BATTERY BUDDY

There is a product out there that does what the Ford battery saver does
and it's called the battery buddy. Here is a link to it. The picture
shows ho it is installed.....it simply mounts on the side of your
battery box and connects in line with the pos+ cable and the battery.

Looks like cheap insurance to me !!!!!!

Dave
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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 14:02:45 -0500
From: Jeff Tarant
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - (no subject)

There is one battery on each side - I don't know which one is the second -
the drivers side I think...it mounts the same way the passenger side one
mounts...

Joe Zuk wrote:

> I heard that the 99 PSD come with a second battery. I have a 99 SD on
> order with a gas engine I would like to install a second battery to
> power a camper that I am going to install when I get the truck. Where is
>
> the 2nd battery located on the diesel? Does anyone know how hard it
> would be to install a 2nd battery on gas engine (what kind of mounting
> hardware would I need to add)?
>
> Thanks,
> Joe
>
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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 17:23:32 EDT
From: RAMWORKER aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Battery saver / BATTERY BUDDY

In a message dated 9/16/98 1:50:44 PM Central Daylight Time, dwhipkey gte.net
writes:

> There is a product out there that does what the Ford battery saver does
> and it's called the battery buddy. Here is a link to it. The picture
> shows ho it is installed.....it simply mounts on the side of your
> battery box and connects in line with the pos+ cable and the battery.

I know I'm getting old and everything, can't see as well as I used to, but I
don't see the link. Would you mind posting it again?

Best Regards and TIA,
Robert
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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 15:58:30 -0700
From: dwhipkey gte.net
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Battery saver / BATTERY BUDDY

Sorry group, here is the link. All I can say is duh......



http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://st3.yahoo.com/galls1/batterybuddy.html
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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 19:50:31 EDT
From: RAMWORKER aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Battery saver / BATTERY BUDDY

In a message dated 9/16/98 6:20:23 PM Central Daylight Time, dwhipkey gte.net
writes:

> Sorry group, here is the link. All I can say is duh......
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://st3.yahoo.com/galls1/batterybuddy.html


This looks like an excellent product, I don't say that often, it's high praise
from me.
Price is good, no wire splicing, and voltage sensing, just like I wanted.
Won't my Wife be impressed, no more jump starts after she leaves the lights
on!
And all this started because I wanted to know what the Battery saver was.
Thanks again to all.

Best Regards,
Robert
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