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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Speed Dependent Wipers
FTE 97up - RE: Power Rear Slider
Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
RE: FTE 97up - need more meat on ground.
RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
FTE 97up - Brakes
Re: FTE 97up - Brakes
Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
Re: FTE 97up - clutch disks and pressure plates
Re: FTE 97up - help with driveline noise and dealer
Re: FTE 97up - Ford's Modular V-8 "not a Good Choice for Trucks"
FTE 97up - Not answering mail.
Re: FTE 97up - Bad news
FTE 97up - SuperDuty TSB issue
Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
Re: FTE 97up - Ford's Modular V-8 "not a Good Choice for Trucks"
Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
FTE 97up - Triton Improvements for Late-Production '99 Models
RE: FTE 97up - SuperDuty TSB issue
FTE 97up - replacement spark plugs
RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
RE: FTE 97up - Brakes
RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
FTE 97up - Sputter and poping sound

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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 06:27:22 -0500 (CDT)
From: Caver
Subject: FTE 97up - Speed Dependent Wipers

I have a 99 F150 XLT and have not been able to activate/deactivate the
speed dependent feature for the intermittent wipers. I've followed the
instructions in the owner's manual with no luck. Has there been an update
to the instructions, or can someone tell me if they've successfully done
this, and how they did it.

Thanks,

Ramsey, Huntsville, AL
99 F150, 64 F100


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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 06:57:08 PDT
From: Scott Matus
Subject: FTE 97up - RE: Power Rear Slider

They just said that it had a Laurence rear slider.

David, Do you have the same noises that I posted on Monday? That growl
sound at low RPMs in 1st or second? I wonder if all PSD 4x4 6-speeds have
this sound. There was a post that stated that is aware of the noise and
has a workaround. Would you consider allowing some wrench to touch your
truck for this upgrade?

Anyway the latest modification is a pair of 138 db air horns. THey are
purchased from a Marine/boat website. They have a medium and high pitch.
It really gets peoples attention. I considered the horns from a locomotive,
but I read of lawsuits from people that were involved in accidents they
caused when they sh_t their pants.

Scott.


>From: "David Moore [Dmoore Dmoore.com]"
>Reply-To:
>To: "'Scott Matus'"
>Subject: RE: Power Rear Slider
>Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 21:50:15 -0500
>
>I looked at the article but I didn't see the mention about the power
>slider.
>?
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Scott Matus [mailto:mr_scsi hotmail.com]
>Sent: Friday, May 28, 1999 8:35 AM
>To: jzysek one.net; dmoore dmoore.com
>Subject: Power Rear Slider
>Importance: Low
>
>
>I have one but not installed it yet. I also sold one to David, He likes
>his. They were about $315 from the distributor.
>
>David: Maybe you can give him your impression. Look at the latest Motor
>Trend and the 2 SuperDuties that are V10s. They installed the CRLaurence
>power slider on their test vehicles.
>
>Scott.
>
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 08:13:26 -0600
From: "Daniel M. Richmeier"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's

Ccdolf aol.com wrote:


> I'm looking into trading my 98 f-150 reg cab 4.2 5 spd 3.55 pick up
> in for a 99 f-150 sc 5.4 3.55 or 3.73 i want to get the 4x4, but i'm
> being told that the 4x4 cannot tow or haul as much as the 4x2. why is this?
> i would think that with stiffer suspension and the extra 4x4 stuff, it would
> be able to tow as much or more and haul as much or more.
>
> any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Bill
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Don't buy a 4X4 unless you really need it. You will have practically twice the
number of drive train components as opposed to a two-wheel drive truck. These
added parts create resistance which result in decreased mileage and rougher
handling. The higher center of gravity of a 4X4 can also be an issue when
hauling a camper or other high profile load.

Whatever you do, don't get the automatic hubs. A friend of mine who is a
mechanic at a local Ford dealership told me that the automatic hubs are designed
to be engaged only 15 times before they fall apart. These automatic hubs are
also used on Ford's "Explorer" which he and other Ford mechanics refer to as the
"Exploder," because of their weak construction.

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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 09:34:27 CDT
From: Robert Brown
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - need more meat on ground.

I was just curious (for future reference).


>From: "David Moore [Dmoore Dmoore.com]"
>Reply-To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
>To:
>Subject: RE: FTE 97up - need more meat on ground.
>Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 20:41:40 -0500
>
>C1
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
>[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Robert Brown
>Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 1999 5:27 PM
>To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
>Subject: Re: FTE 97up - need more meat on ground.
>
>
>What is the code for a 3.73:1 LS?
>
>
> >From: RSnovi aol.com
> >Reply-To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> >To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> >Subject: Re: FTE 97up - need more meat on ground.
> >Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 17:17:39 EDT
> >
> >In a message dated 6/13/99 7:08:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> >rdbrown2 hotmail.com writes:
> >
> >i have 3.73 ls
> >
> >RS
> >
> >
> > Date: 6/13/99 7:08:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time
> > From: rdbrown2 hotmail.com (Robert Brown)
> > Sender: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
> > Reply-to: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> > To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> >
> > Check your axle code on the sticker in the driver's door. 18 is a
>3.08:1
> > open rear end, 19 is a 3.55:1 open rear end, H9 is a 3.55:1 limited
>slip
> > rear end (there is also a 3.31:1 and a 3.73:1 ratio but I don't know
> >those
> > codes).
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 09:42:37 -0500
From: "Strukel, Mike"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's

Actually, I would have to disagree with Dan in Denver. I think that
where you live should have an impact on whether you buy a 4x2 or 4x4. I
am not really talking about whether you need a 4x4 or not, but more from a
resale/demand perspective. Here in MN, there are very few 4x2 sales.
Most all of the trucks sold here now are 4x4, the depreciation on the 4x2s
now is very significant, where the 4x4s is actually small in comparison.
This is mainly because there is now such a small market for a 4x2 trucks (in
our area).

just someting else to consider.

Mike Strukel
99 SD F250

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From: Daniel M. Richmeier [mailto:dan peaktopeakrealty.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 9:13 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's




Ccdolf aol.com wrote:


> I'm looking into trading my 98 f-150 reg cab 4.2 5 spd 3.55 pick
up
> in for a 99 f-150 sc 5.4 3.55 or 3.73 i want to get the 4x4, but
i'm
> being told that the 4x4 cannot tow or haul as much as the 4x2. why is
this?
> i would think that with stiffer suspension and the extra 4x4 stuff, it
would
> be able to tow as much or more and haul as much or more.
>
> any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Bill
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Don't buy a 4X4 unless you really need it. You will have practically twice
the
number of drive train components as opposed to a two-wheel drive truck.
These
added parts create resistance which result in decreased mileage and rougher
handling. The higher center of gravity of a 4X4 can also be an issue when
hauling a camper or other high profile load.

Whatever you do, don't get the automatic hubs. A friend of mine who is a
mechanic at a local Ford dealership told me that the automatic hubs are
designed
to be engaged only 15 times before they fall apart. These automatic hubs
are
also used on Ford's "Explorer" which he and other Ford mechanics refer to as
the
"Exploder," because of their weak construction.

Dan in Denver

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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 09:59:08 -0500
From: "Ben Goodwyn"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's

My father in law bought a 4x2 one week after I got my 4x4. They are
basically similar in other features. I think he regrets his purchase,
because when it comes to the work we do on our deer cabin guess which truck
gets it done! Whether its pulling stumps, driving through the creek or
sand - his truck stays at the cabin and mine gets to do all the work. I have
even gotten to pull him out of the sand once! I would trade a little towing
capability for the 4x4 any day.

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Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 12:12 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's


I'm looking into trading my 98 f-150 reg cab 4.2 5 spd 3.55 pick
up
in for a 99 f-150 sc 5.4 3.55 or 3.73 i want to get the 4x4, but
i'm
being told that the 4x4 cannot tow or haul as much as the 4x2. why is this?
i would think that with stiffer suspension and the extra 4x4 stuff, it
would
be able to tow as much or more and haul as much or more.

any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Bill
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 09:22:28 -0600
From: Marc Beauchemin
Subject: FTE 97up - Brakes

Hi folks,

I've got a 1998 F250LD 4x4 S/C SB XLT 5.4l with Rear-Anti
Lock breaks.
Seems every time I have to make an emergency stop, which
fortunately is not too often, I am not impressed with the
breaking ablilty of my truck. It is virtually impossible
to make the front tires squeal, let alone lock them up.
Combined with the rear anti-lock kicking in with
even moderate breaking makes it tough to stop in an
emergency. At first I thought the I had the wrong vacuum
booster but I checked it out and it says F250 on it.

The dealer says all ford trucks are like this. I know Ford
doesn't rate as well as others in this area with the Ralph
Nader types but I'm hoping there's something wrong with
mine that can be fixed. I love everything else about this
truck (ok, well almost everything), but I dread the day
I'll have her loaded up to 7700lbs w/camper & boat etc and
have to lay rubber to stop.

Any one else have this problem?

Also, does anyone know if the rear anti-lock breaks are
adjustable?

Marc
MarcB edmc.net
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 12:13:21 -0400
From: Scot Evanson
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Brakes

You may not be getting things correct as to the function and purpose of the
ABS.

You do not want the wheels to "squeal", only slow the rate of turning to
just above point of "squeal" (skid). I would have suspected that you should
be able to lock up any axle that does not have the ABS feature, though.
Remember, however, that the fronts bear most of the weight of the vehicle
while stopping and this added weight make for some very good contact with
the pavement, thereby reducing the likelyhood of skid on the front. At that
time, the rears (ABS equiped in your case) should be 'pulsing' with the ABS
in full force.

How does it preform on wet pavement?

Marc Beauchemin wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> I've got a 1998 F250LD 4x4 S/C SB XLT 5.4l with Rear-Anti
> Lock breaks.
> Seems every time I have to make an emergency stop, which
> fortunately is not too often, I am not impressed with the
> breaking ablilty of my truck. It is virtually impossible
> to make the front tires squeal, let alone lock them up.
> Combined with the rear anti-lock kicking in with
> even moderate breaking makes it tough to stop in an
> emergency. At first I thought the I had the wrong vacuum
> booster but I checked it out and it says F250 on it.
>
> The dealer says all ford trucks are like this. I know Ford
> doesn't rate as well as others in this area with the Ralph
> Nader types but I'm hoping there's something wrong with
> mine that can be fixed. I love everything else about this
> truck (ok, well almost everything), but I dread the day
> I'll have her loaded up to 7700lbs w/camper & boat etc and
> have to lay rubber to stop.
>
> Any one else have this problem?
>
> Also, does anyone know if the rear anti-lock breaks are
> adjustable?
>
> Marc
> MarcB edmc.net
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 11:20:11 -0500
From: "Charles Abraham"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's

I too disagree with Dan in Denver. Anyway, I thought the F-150s don't
have locking hubs, manual or auto. That they use an entirely different system.
But. I can't be sure of this since I drive a Super Duty 4x4 with the auto hubs
(by-the-way, I have had no problems with the auto hubs).

When I bought my wife's '97 we asked around and got all the arguments
against getting 4x4. Common one, "you'll probably only use it once or twice
a year so why spend the extra $2K" Well we didn't get it and first snow storm
were we sorry! Also, come summer we go to launch our boat and get stuck.
I am offered from a farmer all the free fire wood I can take in my pickup. But
I can't get to his woods because I have to cross his muddy fields which I get
stuck in and require being pulled out with his tractor. And the story goes on...

Believe me: what you get with a 4x4 is independence and security, knowing
if you get caught on the road in bad weather we'll probably be okay; if you
need to pull your boat out of the water you don't have to get your neighbor's
4x4 to do it. Owning a 4x4 in a word is freedom! I would never go back.

P.S. get the "Off-Road" package, for the $110 buck the shields and added front
suspension is well worth it.

Charles.


>
> Ccdolf aol.com wrote:
>
> > I'm looking into trading my 98 f-150 reg cab 4.2 5 spd 3.55 pick
> up
> > in for a 99 f-150 sc 5.4 3.55 or 3.73 i want to get the 4x4, but
> i'm

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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 12:42:33 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - clutch disks and pressure plates

I've noticed the aftermarket has been laging lately. We have to use Ford
U-joints also.

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.
- ----- Original Message -----
From: Rivera, Max
To:
Sent: Thursday, June 10, 1999 1:06 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - clutch disks and pressure plates


> I am having a hard time finding a clutch disk for my 1997 f150 4.2l
5speed.
> It seems that only the dealer has the parts. Autopart stores, i have
called
> serveral, do not even carry it. It would seem that this is a normal item
to
> carry and would like to know if anyone else has had this problem.
>
> Thanks
>
> Maximo D. Rivera
>
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 12:49:58 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - help with driveline noise and dealer

He should have another truck on the lot. See if it does it also. If not
you've got a reason to require him to fix it.

Nathan

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From:
To:
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 1999 4:35 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - help with driveline noise and dealer


> Hi everyone, I need some help with a noise I have in my trucks front end.
> It's a 99 superduty 250 v-10 with an auto trans. What happens, is when I
> shift into reverse or drive, there is a loud CLUNK in the front end when
the
> tranny
> engages
> I took it in to the dealer and he said it was because I put a lift
kit
> on the truck. When I told him the noise was there even before the lift,
and
> that his service department installed the lift, his story changed. Now he
> was telling me this is normal and not to worry. Well, I am worried. Has
> anyone else had this problem, or Know what might be causing it?
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 13:03:26 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Ford's Modular V-8 "not a Good Choice for Trucks"

I have to comment on this one. There are many people that don't like the
overhead cam engines just because they are different. The'll make up
reasons its no good and say that they need replaced. But for pulling power
these engines are wonderful, reliability has been great, and mileage is much
improved over the old windsor engines. The only complaint I have is that
the power band is so smooth that you don't notice the power that's there.
If you drive a 460 you'll know when it comes into its power band because it
will suddenly sit you back in your seat (the new GM engines are this way
also, but it's not until close to 4,000 RPM that they do it), where the V-10
makes smooth power but you don't get that sudden here we go sensation. That
makes the 460 feel more powerful by the seat-of-the-pants meter. However if
you run a 460 and a V-10 side by side (empty or loaded) you'll find that the
V-10 walks all over the 460 (the 5.4L will empty)

Nathan


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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 12:55:18 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: FTE 97up - Not answering mail.

Sorry I haven't been commenting on questions lately, but our service manager
has been on vacation so I've had to do his job and mine. I'm still getting
caught up, but hopefully I can get back to normal soon

Nathan Bernard
Union Auto, Inc.


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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 12:40:45 -0500
From: "Union Auto"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Bad news

We haven't had any 4R100's go bad. However, we had a couple of E40D's in
older Power Strokes go out with simmilar mileage to yours. I'd say it just
wasn't put togeather right, The Two we had I haven't seen the one since and
the other now has 110,000 miles on it with no problems.

Nathan

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From: Joseph Veres
To:
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 1999 12:24 AM
Subject: FTE 97up - Bad news


> Hi Y'all -
>
> I purchased a 99 PSD 250 XLT with auto tranny, 3.73 ratio - delivered in
> the end of December. I love the truck - but, I took it in to the dealer
> (Cal Worthington, Anchorage, Alaska), at 3,400 miles for the oil change
> and a list of concerns.
>
> One of my concerns was that when I would accelerate slowly, when it
> would make it's last shift change at about 45 mph (when in OD), the
> tranny seemed to have to "search" to shift into the final gear. It
> wasn't a real obvious problem, in fact just barely noticable.
>
> When I called the dealer this morning to find out what they found out, I
> was advised that when the transmission man took out the truck for a test
> run, the tranny "crapped out" on him and they had to tow the truck back
> to the dealer!
>
> Man, what a shock - and disappointment, but at least it happened when
> they were testing it, and not when I was towing my boat over one of our
> passes to the ocean!
>
> Anyway, they were tearing it down when I talked to them, and as yet, no
> one has any idea as to what the problem might be.
>
> Nathan - or anyone else - any ideas. I haven't even towed anything with
> it yet. Seems awlfully early to have a problem - is this a sign of
> things to come with this tranny? I've never had a automatic before -
> always a stick, because I never trusted autos - old fashioned I guess -
> or maybe not! Gary
>
>
>


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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 13:12:48 -0500
From: Todd Styles
Subject: FTE 97up - SuperDuty TSB issue

My local dealer is refusing to do the TSB 99-6-4 (new airbox). I contacted
Ford's CAC and they basically said all they can do is document by concern.
Any ideas on how to get this handled? Thanks, Todd. '99 F250 SD,SC,PSD
6-speed.
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 15:20:46 -0400
From: "Keith Veren"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's

Only 15 times?? That is the biggest peice of misinformation I have ever
heard on this newsgroup. Besides, Ford now has front hubs that are
automatic AND manual (you can either manually lock them at each wheel, or
rely on the automatic vacuum system to lock them - best of both worlds!).


Keith


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>Don't buy a 4X4 unless you really need it. You will have practically twice
the
>number of drive train components as opposed to a two-wheel drive truck.
These
>added parts create resistance which result in decreased mileage and rougher
>handling. The higher center of gravity of a 4X4 can also be an issue when
>hauling a camper or other high profile load.
>
>Whatever you do, don't get the automatic hubs. A friend of mine who is a
>mechanic at a local Ford dealership told me that the automatic hubs are
designed
>to be engaged only 15 times before they fall apart. These automatic hubs
are
>also used on Ford's "Explorer" which he and other Ford mechanics refer to
as the
>"Exploder," because of their weak construction.
>
>Dan in Denver
>
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 12:23:38 -0700 (PDT)
From: Keith Privratsky
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Ford's Modular V-8 "not a Good Choice for Trucks"

I have raced my buddy down an on-ramp to the freeway -
and lost (not by much). Mine is a 99 F250 SC XLT V10
4.30 stock, his is a 92 F250 HD SC 460 4.10 Camper
shell, BUT he has modified the air box, changed the
muffler, improved the shift in the tranny, and added
an aftermarket spark enhancer. I'm hoping that a K&N
and muffler will put him back in his place.

Keith P.

BTW - enjoying the posts!

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> I have to comment on this one. There are many
> people that don't like the
> overhead cam engines just because they are
> different. The'll make up
> reasons its no good and say that they need replaced.
> But for pulling power
> these engines are wonderful, reliability has been
> great, and mileage is much
> improved over the old windsor engines. The only
> complaint I have is that
> the power band is so smooth that you don't notice
> the power that's there.
> If you drive a 460 you'll know when it comes into
> its power band because it
> will suddenly sit you back in your seat (the new GM
> engines are this way
> also, but it's not until close to 4,000 RPM that
> they do it), where the V-10
> makes smooth power but you don't get that sudden
> here we go sensation. That
> makes the 460 feel more powerful by the
> seat-of-the-pants meter. However if
> you run a 460 and a V-10 side by side (empty or
> loaded) you'll find that the
> V-10 walks all over the 460 (the 5.4L will empty)
>
> Nathan
>
>
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 15:25:33 -0400
From: "Keith Veren"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's

I agree! Get the 4X4. Besides, just because the 2X4 lists a couple of
hundred more pounds for maximum loading or towing weight, that is truly very
little. Most people load their truck until you have everything in it that
you want, if the rear bumper is about to drag on the ground and the
headlights point towards the sky, then it is probably overloaded - take some
weight off.

Keith




- -----Original Message-----
From: Ben Goodwyn
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 11:08 AM
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's


>My father in law bought a 4x2 one week after I got my 4x4. They are
>basically similar in other features. I think he regrets his purchase,
>because when it comes to the work we do on our deer cabin guess which truck
>gets it done! Whether its pulling stumps, driving through the creek or
>sand - his truck stays at the cabin and mine gets to do all the work. I
have
>even gotten to pull him out of the sand once! I would trade a little towing
>capability for the 4x4 any day.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
>[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Ccdolf aol.com
>Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 12:12 AM
>To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
>Subject: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's
>
>
>I'm looking into trading my 98 f-150 reg cab 4.2 5 spd 3.55 pick
>up
> in for a 99 f-150 sc 5.4 3.55 or 3.73 i want to get the 4x4, but
>i'm
>being told that the 4x4 cannot tow or haul as much as the 4x2. why is
this?
>i would think that with stiffer suspension and the extra 4x4 stuff, it
>would
>be able to tow as much or more and haul as much or more.
>
>any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.
>
>Bill
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 14:35:27 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Douglas R. Floyd"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's

>
> Only 15 times?? That is the biggest peice of misinformation I have ever
> heard on this newsgroup. Besides, Ford now has front hubs that are
> automatic AND manual (you can either manually lock them at each wheel, or
> rely on the automatic vacuum system to lock them - best of both worlds!).
>
>
> Keith
>

I have not heard anything bad about the new autolocking front hubs, which
says a lot. I have heard problems with older front hubs, replaced by
manual ones, but not the latest ones from Ford.

I am glad for the manual lock feature... some other trucks out there are
auto only, so if the vacuum gives out, you got 2WD, until you get some
new hubs.
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 13:33:48 -0600
From: Alan Bowes
Subject: FTE 97up - Triton Improvements for Late-Production '99 Models

Does anyone have a list of the changes/improvements that were made to the Triton
engines during the last part of the 1999 model year production?

I've heard that ports were opened up and HP/torque specs have been improved.
Anyone know the details or have the new specs?

Alan


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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 15:07:12 -0500
From: "Jeff Schapker"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - SuperDuty TSB issue

Todd,
Go to Ford-Diesel.com Power Strokes 1999-Up and do a search on this site,
there is a lot of information about that subject.
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ford -diesel. com/

 



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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 13:53:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dan Gaudenti
Subject: FTE 97up - replacement spark plugs

I passed 30,000 miles a while ago and I'm thinking about changing the
spark plugs (there is no way I'm going to leave plugs in there for 100,000
miles). The dealer wants $9 each! I've looked at Autolite Double
Platinum ($5.60) and the new-fangled Bosch Platinum+4 plugs ($6). Because
of the way the 4.2L and 4.6L ignition systems work, double platinum is
best for long life. But if they are changed often enough, that shouldn't
be an issue. Anybody have a preference (and a reason)? Anybody tried the
+4?

Thanks,

Danny

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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 16:39:41 -0500
From: "pennhead"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's

It sounds like your father-in-law knew EXACTLY what he was doing!!! His
truck stays relatively new while yours takes the beating!

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Ben Goodwyn
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 9:59 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's


My father in law bought a 4x2 one week after I got my 4x4. They are
basically similar in other features. I think he regrets his purchase,
because when it comes to the work we do on our deer cabin guess which truck
gets it done! Whether its pulling stumps, driving through the creek or
sand - his truck stays at the cabin and mine gets to do all the work. I have
even gotten to pull him out of the sand once! I would trade a little towing
capability for the 4x4 any day.

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Ccdolf aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 12:12 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's


I'm looking into trading my 98 f-150 reg cab 4.2 5 spd 3.55 pick
up
in for a 99 f-150 sc 5.4 3.55 or 3.73 i want to get the 4x4, but
i'm
being told that the 4x4 cannot tow or haul as much as the 4x2. why is this?
i would think that with stiffer suspension and the extra 4x4 stuff, it
would
be able to tow as much or more and haul as much or more.

any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Bill
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 16:51:33 -0500
From: "pennhead"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Brakes

Allow me to add some insight:

At one time I owned a Ford Aerostar, with rear ABS, and began experiencing
problems with braking. It's like they would work up to a point (under
normal braking) but would suddenly fail if the stop progressed to the
emergency point. Not a good time, granted, and made for a seat-puckering
ride. The culprit, my brake man advised, was that my rear brakes were out
of adjustment, and that the front brakes were the only ones working. I was
wearing out the front pads, while the rear appeared virtually untouched
(also served to warp the rotors by generating so much heat). I followed his
advice, and it resolved the problem.

His advice? Always set the parking brake. It helps the rear auto adjusters
do their job.

Just my $.02 worth.

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Scot Evanson
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 11:13 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Brakes




You may not be getting things correct as to the function and purpose of the
ABS.

You do not want the wheels to "squeal", only slow the rate of turning to
just above point of "squeal" (skid). I would have suspected that you should
be able to lock up any axle that does not have the ABS feature, though.
Remember, however, that the fronts bear most of the weight of the vehicle
while stopping and this added weight make for some very good contact with
the pavement, thereby reducing the likelyhood of skid on the front. At that
time, the rears (ABS equiped in your case) should be 'pulsing' with the ABS
in full force.

How does it preform on wet pavement?

Marc Beauchemin wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> I've got a 1998 F250LD 4x4 S/C SB XLT 5.4l with Rear-Anti
> Lock breaks.
> Seems every time I have to make an emergency stop, which
> fortunately is not too often, I am not impressed with the
> breaking ablilty of my truck. It is virtually impossible
> to make the front tires squeal, let alone lock them up.
> Combined with the rear anti-lock kicking in with
> even moderate breaking makes it tough to stop in an
> emergency. At first I thought the I had the wrong vacuum
> booster but I checked it out and it says F250 on it.
>
> The dealer says all ford trucks are like this. I know Ford
> doesn't rate as well as others in this area with the Ralph
> Nader types but I'm hoping there's something wrong with
> mine that can be fixed. I love everything else about this
> truck (ok, well almost everything), but I dread the day
> I'll have her loaded up to 7700lbs w/camper & boat etc and
> have to lay rubber to stop.
>
> Any one else have this problem?
>
> Also, does anyone know if the rear anti-lock breaks are
> adjustable?
>
> Marc
> MarcB edmc.net
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 17:05:15 -0500
From: "Ben Goodwyn"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's

I bought my '98 with 54000 miles so that I wouldn't mind giving it a
beating. I really enjoy feeling like I get my use out of my workhorse. I
drive the wife's car when I want it to be pretty & smooth.

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of pennhead
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 4:40 PM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's


It sounds like your father-in-law knew EXACTLY what he was doing!!! His
truck stays relatively new while yours takes the beating!

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Ben Goodwyn
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 9:59 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's


My father in law bought a 4x2 one week after I got my 4x4. They are
basically similar in other features. I think he regrets his purchase,
because when it comes to the work we do on our deer cabin guess which truck
gets it done! Whether its pulling stumps, driving through the creek or
sand - his truck stays at the cabin and mine gets to do all the work. I have
even gotten to pull him out of the sand once! I would trade a little towing
capability for the 4x4 any day.

- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-97up-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Ccdolf aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 12:12 AM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's


I'm looking into trading my 98 f-150 reg cab 4.2 5 spd 3.55 pick
up
in for a 99 f-150 sc 5.4 3.55 or 3.73 i want to get the 4x4, but
i'm
being told that the 4x4 cannot tow or haul as much as the 4x2. why is this?
i would think that with stiffer suspension and the extra 4x4 stuff, it
would
be able to tow as much or more and haul as much or more.

any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Bill
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 19:24:30 -0500
From: "Karl Nyhus"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 4x4,s and 4x2's

- -----Original Message-----
>From: Ccdolf aol.com

>i'm being told that the 4x4 cannot tow or
>haul as much as the 4x2. why is this?....


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