97up-list-digest Thursday, June 25 1998 Volume 01 : Number 129



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Recall 97B16 What is this????????
Re: FTE 97up - Recall 97B16 What is this????????
FTE 97up - more on F250SD 4R100 noise
Re: FTE 97up - yadda - yet another delivery date advisory
FTE 97up - 99 Powerstroke Fuel Filter
Re: FTE 97up - 99 Powerstroke Fuel Filter
FTE 97up - Space between the Gas and Brake pedals...

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Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 13:58:21 -0500
From: JJ/Rae
Subject: FTE 97up - Recall 97B16 What is this????????

Does anybody know what recall 97B16 really is. Got our 97 F250 4x4 PSD back from
the dealer yesterday and the invoice stated: Did find A B program. Ordered parts
for recall 97B16. When I asked what this was nobody knew. I was passed off to the
mech that did the work and he had no idea. First he thought it was some kind of
reprogram for the PCM but when I asked about the parts he was stumped. After
looking around he came up with: Its for heavy duty/severe duty use only, the air
filter can clog up early causing the air box to implode owner needs to increase
frequency of checking the air filter and replace when needed. Nothing was said
about parts, so does anybody know the real skinny on this recall?????

JJ


ICQ # 14108174
It ain't serious, It's only life
1997 F-250 XLT Powerstroke Diesel 4x4, SC, SB, 5sp, 4.10,
285/75R16 BFG/MT's On Order!! K&N Filter, Lund bug deflector,
Smittybuilt Sure-Step Nurf Bars
http://www.ford-trucks.com/pictorial/big/1997_f250_1.html
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.abol.com/users/jlester/photos/f25023.jpg


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Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 16:03:05 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Recall 97B16 What is this????????

I just looked the 97B16 recall up. It is only on certain Power Stroke
F-Series. Apparently if the air cleaner is allowed to get EXTREMELY dirt
(Plugged) it can suck in the sides of the filter and allow unfiltered air to
pass. They will put new filter retainers in and on some trucks (depends on
witch air cleaner lid you have) they will replace the air cleaner lid so it
can't collapse.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

- -----Original Message-----
From: JJ/Rae
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 1998 2:13 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Recall 97B16 What is this????????


>Does anybody know what recall 97B16 really is. Got our 97 F250 4x4 PSD back
from
>the dealer yesterday and the invoice stated: Did find A B program. Ordered
parts
>for recall 97B16. When I asked what this was nobody knew. I was passed off
to the
>mech that did the work and he had no idea. First he thought it was some
kind of
>reprogram for the PCM but when I asked about the parts he was stumped.
After
>looking around he came up with: Its for heavy duty/severe duty use only,
the air
>filter can clog up early causing the air box to implode owner needs to
increase
>frequency of checking the air filter and replace when needed. Nothing was
said
>about parts, so does anybody know the real skinny on this recall?????
>
> JJ


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Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 22:57:58 -0500
From: "Roy E. Springer"
Subject: FTE 97up - more on F250SD 4R100 noise

In response to the question about was the noise there from the start, the
person reporting the problem replied:

"The noise was there from the start.

I have found some Ford TSB about this tranny stating that service
personnel should contact Ford with the diagnostic info their tool
generated. It also says no fixes shall be made before 6/30/98.

The noise seems to be related to engine speed. It appears at about 700
rpm and then around 1400-1500. I think I'm also hearing a similar noise
while driving, when the engine is at about 1400-1500 rpm. I'll drive
around some more while listening carefully."

Are the TSBs online somewhere?

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Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 23:09:02 -0500
From: "Roy E. Springer"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - yadda - yet another delivery date advisory

Nathan, thanks for the info - Glad to know how to determine the build date.
Also, I did notice that all dates/scheduling seems to be on a weekly basis,
Monday dates.
That made me wonder what the STAT DATE 062398 (Tuesday) meant.
BTW, this info was retrieved and faxed to me 061798, so it is not the date
status was checked.
I'll check with my dealer tomorrow for update on ramp, rail car, etc.
I bet there are lots of empty rail cars available due to current events.

Roy

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> From: Union Auto
> The printouts mean give or take a week so they are based off of
> Mondays. On the lower right hand corner of the window sticker there is a
> string of numbers with the last few being the build date.
>
> Nathan Bernard
> Union Auto, Inc.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Roy E. Springer
> >STAT DATE 062398 CODE V - LOCKED IN

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Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 08:48 -0400 (EDT)
From: STEVEN.BAKER roche.com
Subject: FTE 97up - 99 Powerstroke Fuel Filter

I have a brand new F250 99 Powerstroke with about 500 miles
on it. This is my first diesel and I am having a problem
locating the fuel filter. The manual is not very descriptive.

Could someone give me a general spot to look in, standing in
front of the truck, facing the engine?

Is it easier to search for it from underneath?

Also, I checked at the Autozone and HiLo in my area (South of
Houston, Texas) claim they will not stock any 99 specific
parts such as air, oil and fuel filters until the last
quarter of this year. Are any of the parts from the 1997
usable? Or do I need to purchase this stuff from the dealer
right now.

I appreciate the help.

Steve
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Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 10:08:11 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 99 Powerstroke Fuel Filter

If you look on top of the engine there is a plastic cover that says 7.3L
Turbo. There are two nuts on this that you remove to change the fuel
filter. With this cover off you'll see a black cap (where the carburetor
would be on a gas engine). It has notches you can insert a screw driver
into (side ways) and take the cap loose. After the cap unscrews the filter
will come out attached to the cap. The new one clips on and you screw it
back in. Also there is a yellow lever on the passenger side of the filter
housing. This is the water separator. You should drain it (for about 30
seconds) when you put a new filter in.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.

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From: STEVEN.BAKER roche.com
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Thursday, June 25, 1998 9:06 AM
Subject: FTE 97up - 99 Powerstroke Fuel Filter


> I have a brand new F250 99 Powerstroke with about 500 miles
> on it. This is my first diesel and I am having a problem
> locating the fuel filter. The manual is not very descriptive.
>
> Could someone give me a general spot to look in, standing in
> front of the truck, facing the engine?
>
> Is it easier to search for it from underneath?
>
> Also, I checked at the Autozone and HiLo in my area (South of
> Houston, Texas) claim they will not stock any 99 specific
> parts such as air, oil and fuel filters until the last
> quarter of this year. Are any of the parts from the 1997
> usable? Or do I need to purchase this stuff from the dealer
> right now.
>
> I appreciate the help.
>
> Steve
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Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 17:11:27 -0500
From: "rw"
Subject: FTE 97up - Space between the Gas and Brake pedals...

I have a problem that hope someone can shed some light on. I have a BIG foot
and have noticed in panic situtations, my shoe is touching both the gas and
the brake pedals. Which almost created one disaster. Does anyone know if the
space between these two pedals could be widened? Or could the pedal on the
brake be changed to a more narrow one. Could the dealer do this or some
other custom shop.




Thanks
Bob

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