97up-list-digest Saturday, August 29 1998 Volume 01 : Number 197



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 97up - Air Filtration System On F150
Re: FTE 97up - Engines
FTE 97up - 1999 service questions
FTE 97up - f-150
FTE 97up - 1999 4R100 heavy duty trans cooler
FTE 97up - Atlanta Get-together in Sept at truck show
FTE 97up - News on Ford recalls
FTE 97up - suspension recall
FTE 97up - Re: Air Filtration System on F-150
FTE 97up - Cabin Filtration Issue

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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 08:09:45 -0400
From: "jmc.chartier"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Air Filtration System On F150

Ronald R. Palmer wrote:

> Anyone out there ever heard of a air filtration system on the F150. When I
> bought my 1998 F150 Supercab the salesman told me "The Air In This Truck Is
> 30% Cleaner Than The AIr Outside". He told me that the air conditioning and
> ventilation system had a filtration system on it. I havent seen anything in
> the owners manual about this type of arrangement. I am also curious.... If
> there is such a system.....is there a filter that should be changed on a
> regular basis. Just curious if anyone out there has heard of this.....
>
> Ron

Ron,

It is and add on. You have to buy the parts (I believe it is in a kit) and
you cut out the heater box and install the filter.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier

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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 08:22:12 -0400
From: "jmc.chartier"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Engines

BigFords1 aol.com wrote:

> The Lightning F-150 has 325 horsepower. The normal F-150 has 235 (now 260)
> horsepower? Why doesn't Ford put the lighting engine in all the F-150's? The
> only reason I could think of is maybe the Lightning enggine doesn't have as
> much torque.
>
> David
>

David,

I think it is marketing and economics that make them do this stuff. If you
could get a 325 hp engine in your XL would you bother with a Lightning? Ford will
make a bundle on the Lightning and not as much on the XL. The XL would probably
go faster too. Ford is having enough trouble keeping up with the demand for
5.4L's as it is, so if every F-150 had a 5.4L... Besides you could probably put a
Supercharger on a stock 5.4 for about $2500.00 and get an extra 60-80 hp so why
bother with a Lightning.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier


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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 08:38:00 -0400
From: "Bridgman, Derek"
Subject: FTE 97up - 1999 service questions

1. The service manual only calls for servicing the 4R100 every 30,000
miles regardless of use (towing). Is there anything wrong with
servicing this transmission more often?


2. When changing the oil on the new Powerstroke turbo diesel, is
there anyway to build up the oil pressure without starting the engine?
I know to fill the replacement oil filter before installing, but the
turbo and oil galleys will be basically dry until the pressure builds
up. Any ideas?
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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 09:03:12 -0400
From: John Kanyan
Subject: FTE 97up - f-150

Can anyone tell me what the tow rating available is on an f-150 4x4 Thanks
...John

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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 08:20:00 -0400
From: "Bridgman, Derek"
Subject: FTE 97up - 1999 4R100 heavy duty trans cooler

Does anyone know the physical size difference between the standard
transmission cooler that comes on the 4R100 and the heavy duty
transmission cooler that is part of the towing package?

The service manual indicates a 0.6 quart difference in total fluid
capacity, but I'm looking for the actual cooler dimensions.

Thank you,
Derek
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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 13:56:31 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - Atlanta Get-together in Sept at truck show

I'd like to meet up with other Georgia FTE list members Saturary,
Sept 12th. Petersen is having the U.S. Truck Fest at the Atlanta
Motor Speedway from Sept 11-13. Tickets are $15, $5 for children
3-12. If you buy in advance they are $12 and $5, available at
Ticketmaster locations. The Atlanta Motor Speedway is 40-50
miles south of Atlanta.

Everything from custom/classic trucks, 4x4s, truck races, monster
trucks, mudding, you name it, there's a little for everyone - even
a "Kids Extreme Zone." If you want to meet up with other FTE
members, please email me (kpayne ford-trucks.com) and we can work
out the details. If you leave your phone number I'll get in touch
directly - otherwise I'll email you. Peggy, the kids and I plan to
be at the show. Gary Bowling, it sure would be nice to see your
67 again (I'm jealous, I have its picture next to my computer!).

I found this information on Petersen's web site:
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.petersenevents.com/truck_events/tre_f.html

Ken Payne
CoAdmin (kpayne ford-trucks.com)


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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 12:07:46 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: FTE 97up - News on Ford recalls

>Return-Path:
>From: "David Steelman"
>Subject: FTE Small - News on Ford recalls
>Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 13:39:59 -0500
>X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
>Sender: owner-small-list ford-trucks.com
>Reply-To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>
>Hello all. This was on the AP wires this morning (I work at a TV station)
>and I thought I'd pass it along to everyone on the list. It does not
>mention Rangers right now, so let's hope it stays that way.
>
>
>Ford recalling thousands of cars and trucks
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>
> (Detroit) -- If there's a Ford in your present there could be a
>recall in your future.
> Over a-half (m) million cars and pickups will have to go back to
>the dealers because of faulty suspension parts.
> Owners of 310-thousand 1993 Ford Tauruses and Mercury Sables can
>expect to get recall notices. The sedans and station wagons have
>springs that could break from cracks and corrosion. That in turn
>could damage the tires.
> The recall affects 21 states -- mostly in the North -- where
>corrosion is more of a problem.
> Ford is also recalling some 1997 and '98 pickups. The F-150
>four-wheel-drives have springs that can break and hit the fuel
>tank.
> The F-150 is America's top-selling vehicle.
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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 18:44:11 -0500
From: Steve Stavos
Subject: FTE 97up - suspension recall

As Alan Wilson had mentioned there is a recall with the rear leaf
springs on all '97 f150's and certain '98 f150's, here is the "Safety
Defect" paragraph off of my recall notice.
Under conditions of both vehicle overloading and severe duty use, high
stress levels may develope in the rear springs that can cause the middle
leaf spring assembly to break. A broken spring leaf could contact the
fuel tank as it works its way out of the spring assembly. If a spring
punctures the fuel tank, you may smell fuel. Should a significant amount
of the fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source, there is a
potential for a fire. However, there are no identified ignition sources
in the spring area of the vehicle. If a spring breaks, you can lose load
carrying capability and the vehicle may sag.
Here is the "Repair"
At no charge to you, your dealer will inspect the rear leaf springs and
install spring clips. Your dealer will replace the spring assemblies if
a broken spring is detected during inspection.

I send this to you as my loaner car sits in the driveway while the
dealer works on my rusty doors. I did call the dealer and to make sure I
get my spring clips.
This recall is known as "Saftey Recall 98s18", also I just wanted to
give more detail to help anybody that might not have a competent dealer.
Lets face not all dealers are created equal.
Steve S.
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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 18:08:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Keith F.
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Air Filtration System on F-150

Hi Ron. Have a look at the Air Filtration System at
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ford.com/showrooms/accessories/Ford/Fseries.html.
This might be what your dealer was referring to. I wonder if we
all have it in our F-150's. Any-one ordered this accessory? Keith
F. - keithf rocketmail.com

> Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 19:55:40 -0500
> From: "Ronald R. Palmer"
> Subject: FTE 97up - Air Filtration System On F150
> Anyone out there ever heard of a air filtration system on
> the F150.When I bought my 1998 F150 Supercab the salesman
> told me "The Air In ThisTruck Is 30% Cleaner Than The AIr
> Outside". He told me that the air conditioning and
> ventilation system had a filtration system on it. I havent
> seen anything in the owners manual about this type of
> arrangement. I am also curious....If there is such a
> system.....is there a filter that should be changed on a
> regular basis. Just curious if anyone out there has heard
> of this.....Ron


_________________________________________________________
DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 21:26:15 -0400
From: "Ashok Ajmani"
Subject: FTE 97up - Cabin Filtration Issue

Ron,
The filtration system is not a standard item. It should be, its very good.
We have a '98 expedition and I installed the kit in our truck. It is a
generic kit applicable to the 150/250, ex and navigator. It works very well
and keeps the interior of the truck dust free. I installed ours at ~4000
miles. We have ~11000 miles now. They recommend replacing the filter at
~15000 miles. I will replace my first one at ~10 to 11K miles. If you wish
to get the gory installation details let me know, I will send them to you.
Regards,
Ashok
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Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 19:55:40 -0500
From: "Ronald R. Palmer"
Subject: FTE 97up - Air Filtration System On F150
Anyone out there ever heard of a air filtration system on the F150. Ron


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