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97up-list-digest Friday, October 1 1999 Volume 02 : Number 265



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In this issue:

Re: FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards
Re: FTE 97up - Re: 5.4 Piston Slap
Re: FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards
FTE 97up - Mounting tires on undersized wheels - consequences at full GVWR?
RE: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End
Re: FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards
Re: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End
RE: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End
Re: FTE 97up - Mounting tires on undersized wheels - consequences at full GVWR?
Re: FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards

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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 06:21:39 -0500
From: tvsjr sprynet.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards

The +4s have inherently low resistance in the coil- good for performance,
bad for radio. I tried them- they completely trashed my comm gear. I went
back to Motorcraft. You may experience problems with your stereo,
especially AM.

Terry

At 07:56 PM 09/29/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>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: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 06:24:46 -0500
From: tvsjr sprynet.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: 5.4 Piston Slap

My '97 Expedition with the 4.6L has the E40D transmission.

Terry

At 08:42 PM 09/29/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>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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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 10:44:10 EDT
From: Wolvrin704 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards

I have the Bosch +4 plugs, and have no problem with them.
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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 09:38:21 -0700
From: johny
Subject: FTE 97up - Mounting tires on undersized wheels - consequences at full GVWR?

I've seen many a SD with BFG All Terrain TA radials 295/75/16
mounted on stock XLT wheels.. Min size is 7.5" as recommended by BFG.

If you mount a tire rated for a wheel of 7.5" - 9.5" wide, and mount it
on a 7" wide wheel what is the risk/issues?

Do you lose stability or weight carrying capability, or durability?
Unloaded, I expect very little issues, but what about at full GVWR
of near 10,000 lbs?

I'd like to stuff 295's on the stock rims (cheap, and I like the wheels), but
won't do that if it's not safe at the max GVWR.

The stock XLT wheels are 16x7.
Current tires are the "stock" 265/75/16 Firestone AT tires.
The 295/75/16 are rated at 3415 lbs 65 PSI.

thanks,
- -john


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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 13:29:05 -0400
From: "Schetting, Brenda S [AMSTA-AR-PCB]"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End

I'm not sure. I can really hear mine when I'm going kind of slow and the
front end feels a little funny when I go around a corner. That's why I
think it has something to do with the idler arm or tie rod ends.

> ----------
> From: Larry Hackler[SMTP:hacklerl mindspring.com]
> Reply To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 3:59 PM
> To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> 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
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.mindspring.net/~hacklerl
> -----Original Message-----
> 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: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 13:57:25 EDT
From: "Christian Bagley"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards

Wolvrin704,

Did you notice a difference in performance with the Bosch +4 plugs?
Would you consider them worth the extra $$?

Chris

>From: Wolvrin704 aol.com
>Reply-To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
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>Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards
>Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 10:44:10 EDT
>
>I have the Bosch +4 plugs, and have no problem with them.
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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 13:49:23 -0500
From: "Mike Fairleigh"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End

My '98 F150SC XLT 4x2 had to have the pittman arm replaced at less than
13,000 miles. The first symptom was an occasional "clunk", which got really
bad, literally overnight. First they thought it was the steering column,
and they went ahead and replaced the lower column. This had no effect. So
then he jacked up the front end, grabbed one of the front tires, and shook
it to see if there was any obvious play. The whole front suspension easily
moved back and forth nearly 3/4"! It felt no different driving it that
way - the only obvious symptom was the noise - so don't discount this as a
possibility. He replaced the pittman arm and it's been OK since.

I *do* still have an occasional "clunk" in the front end, but I think it's
play in the steering gearbox. One of these days I'll take it up and have
that checked out.

Mike Fairleigh
mikef sky.net
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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 15:38:25 -0400
From: "Schetting, Brenda S [AMSTA-AR-PCB]"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End

Thanks, I'm going to have them check this out.

Brenda


> ----------
> From: Mike Fairleigh[SMTP:mikef sky.net]
> Reply To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Thursday, September 30, 1999 2:49 PM
> To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Knocking in the Front End
>
> My '98 F150SC XLT 4x2 had to have the pittman arm replaced at less than
> 13,000 miles. The first symptom was an occasional "clunk", which got
> really
> bad, literally overnight. First they thought it was the steering column,
> and they went ahead and replaced the lower column. This had no effect.
> So
> then he jacked up the front end, grabbed one of the front tires, and shook
> it to see if there was any obvious play. The whole front suspension
> easily
> moved back and forth nearly 3/4"! It felt no different driving it that
> way - the only obvious symptom was the noise - so don't discount this as a
> possibility. He replaced the pittman arm and it's been OK since.
>
> I *do* still have an occasional "clunk" in the front end, but I think it's
> play in the steering gearbox. One of these days I'll take it up and have
> that checked out.
>
> Mike Fairleigh
> mikef sky.net
> ...Always remembering our veterans.
>
>
>
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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 16:24:36 EDT
From: RSnovi aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Mounting tires on undersized wheels - consequences at full GVWR?

In a message dated 99-09-30 12:42:43 EDT, you write:


i have the same dillema, 285s or 295s, I have seen 2 different ones with
different makes of 285s BFG and some other off brand and the look like the
fit pretty good, so i wonder if the 295 would be ok , i am getting mixed
reactions on it also.

I currently have the same tire you do.

RS

full GVWR?
Date: 99-09-30 12:42:43 EDT
From: johny netapp.com (johny)
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I've seen many a SD with BFG All Terrain TA radials 295/75/16
mounted on stock XLT wheels.. Min size is 7.5" as recommended by BFG.

If you mount a tire rated for a wheel of 7.5" - 9.5" wide, and mount it
on a 7" wide wheel what is the risk/issues?

Do you lose stability or weight carrying capability, or durability?
Unloaded, I expect very little issues, but what about at full GVWR
of near 10,000 lbs?

I'd like to stuff 295's on the stock rims (cheap, and I like the wheels), but
won't do that if it's not safe at the max GVWR.

The stock XLT wheels are 16x7.
Current tires are the "stock" 265/75/16 Firestone AT tires.
The 295/75/16 are rated at 3415 lbs 65 PSI.

thanks,
-john


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Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 01:55:53 EDT
From: Wolvrin704 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Spark Plugs and running boards

Performance-wise no noticible difference, but no matter what plug you put in
the difference would be so small you would not notice. However, with 60,000
miles on the truck it did run smoother and accelerated a little better. Next....


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