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97up-list-digest Thursday, September 30 1999 Volume 02 : Number 264



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In this issue:

FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End
FTE 97up - fuel leak
Re: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End
Re: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End
Re: FTE 97up - Loss of power
RE: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End
FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards
FTE 97up - Re: 5.4 Piston Slap

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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 07:28:04 -0400
From: "Schetting, Brenda S [AMSTA-AR-PCB]"
Subject: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End

I have a 98 F150 and I have a knocking in the front end. I've checked my
tires and they all have the proper air in them. I was talking to one of my
friends and he said that it might be the steering column. I thought it
might be that or the idler arm or the tie rode ends. Any suggestions or
thoughts?

Brenda

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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 10:03:32 -0500
From: "Dan Prescher"
Subject: FTE 97up - fuel leak

I have a 99 F-350 SD PSD with 12K miles on it. On the road last week we
started smelling diesel fuel fumes coming in through the air vents. Stopped
at a Ford dealer and discovered a leak in the fitting where the fuel line
enters the rear of the block head -- fuel was actually spraying back on the
exhaust pipe.

Took two dealers to fix the leak. The one who got it right replaced the ring
seals on the brass fitting that mates the line to the block inlet, but
mentioned that the threads in the block inlet looked damaged -- either by
the first mechanic or as a result of a manufacturing mistake.

Any one else had experience with these ring seals going bad or poor
machining of the inlet on the Navistar engine?
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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 11:04:16 -0400
From: Rob
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End

brenda... sounds like the lower steering shaft tsb... i had the knock
too, and had the tsb work done (replace the lower shaft) and the knock
went away.

rob in PA

"Schetting, Brenda S [AMSTA-AR-PCB]" wrote:
>
> I have a 98 F150 and I have a knocking in the front end. I've checked my
> tires and they all have the proper air in them. I was talking to one of my
> friends and he said that it might be the steering column. I thought it
> might be that or the idler arm or the tie rode ends. Any suggestions or
> thoughts?
>
> Brenda
>
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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 15:59:00 -0400
From: "Larry Hackler"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End

I have a noise in my early '99 F-150 4x4 that is in sync with each
rotation of the wheel, isn't the rotor or pads. There was a
technician at one Ford dealer who said that it was the seals in the
front differential (sp?), is that the same noise? Are we talking
about two different problems?

TIA,

Larry
1999 F150 XLT V8 5.4 L Automatic, SC, no crack yet
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From: Rob
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End


>brenda... sounds like the lower steering shaft tsb... i had the knock
>too, and had the tsb work done (replace the lower shaft) and the
knock
>went away.
>
>rob in PA
>
>"Schetting, Brenda S [AMSTA-AR-PCB]" wrote:
>>
>> I have a 98 F150 and I have a knocking in the front end. I've
checked my
>> tires and they all have the proper air in them. I was talking to
one of my
>> friends and he said that it might be the steering column. I
thought it
>> might be that or the idler arm or the tie rode ends. Any
suggestions or
>> thoughts?
>>
>> Brenda


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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 17:17:47 -0700
From: "Steve J. Hodson"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Loss of power

Did you use MotorCraft plugs? Many new vehicles are extremely sensitive to
spark plugs and plug wires. My wifes 93 crown vics 4.6 liter is very
similar to your engine. I put a new high $ set of wires on it once and it
barely ran. Took it to Ford and they said use teh Ford parts. I was dubious
but tried it and the problem was solved. Your problem with plugs may be
similar.
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From: Cop786 aol.com
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 1999 11:30 AM
Subject: FTE 97up - Loss of power


>Ever since I changed the spark plugs on my 97 F150 4.6L, it has quite a bit
>of loss in power, especially at low RPM's. I don't know what I really
could
>have done wrong, but the power loss is pretty significant to me. The trans
>now downshifts on even slight hills when I have it on cruise. Anybody have
>any ideas of what could be wrong? Thanks in advance.
>
>Chris Gerstner
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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 17:54:25 -0500
From: "pennhead"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End

Check the lugnuts. Especially if you have aftermarket or aluminum wheels.
I've actually had them to come loose, begin "knocking," and then promptly
break the stud off.

I know this is highly unlikely, but I thought I should suggest it.

Regards,
Penn

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Subject: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End


I have a 98 F150 and I have a knocking in the front end. I've checked my
tires and they all have the proper air in them. I was talking to one of my
friends and he said that it might be the steering column. I thought it
might be that or the idler arm or the tie rode ends. Any suggestions or
thoughts?

Brenda

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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 19:56:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: dlsipe webtv.net (Darin Sipe)
Subject: FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards

Has anyone tried the Bosch Platinum +4 plugs in a Triton V8? If so,
what are your comments - good, bad, or otherwise.

I am also looking for running bds. for my '97 F150 Ext. Cab, that are
similar in looks and quality to OE. I haven't priced them from Ford, I
can imagine they'd be expensive through a dlr. Any suggestions would be
appreciated.

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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 20:42:25 -0500
From: "Ronald Palmer"
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: 5.4 Piston Slap

It was my impression that the 4.6L had the 4R70W Tranny.....not the E40D
which is the tranny for the 5.4L. Anyone know for sure? even the '99 5.4L
comes with a improved version of the 4R70W.

>Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 19:52:07 -0400
>From: "Ron,Marge,Ted"
>Subject: Re: FTE 97up - 5.4 piston slap?
>
>Hey good point!! Although I've only had 2 problems with my 98 F-150 SC 4x4
> leak in rear window and of course the famous 'crack'), I truly love this
>truck! Handles well, extremely comfortable seats IMHO, rides great, and I
>love the futuristic styling. I had this truck on a 6 hr. trip recently and
>it was so comfortable, plus I got a little over 19MPG with my 4.6L V8. I
>felt that wasn't too bad considering the weight and size of this vehicle.
It
>is getting similar fuel economy that I experienced with my old '90 F-150
>with the 4.9 L inline six. Oh yeah, I also like the smoothness of my E4OD
>tranny.
>


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