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97up-list-digest Tuesday, November 23 1999 Volume 02 : Number 318



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In this issue:

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Re: FTE 97up - Radiator Level
FTE 97up - Re:
RE: FTE 97up - Door Ajar Sensors
Re: FTE 97up - Re: Truck camper and door bulbs
FTE 97up - Instrument Panel Lighting
RE: FTE 97up - Re: F-550 springs on F-350 ??
FTE 97up - F250 springs on a F150???
Re: FTE 97up - Instrument Panel Lighting
Re: FTE 97up - Instrument Panel Lighting
FTE 97up - VIN decoder

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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 06:47:43 PST
From: "Scott Matus"
Subject: [none]

If you are concerned about rocks and debris stricking you radiators, try
this.

Place some fibre glass patio door screen on the front of the radiators.

I did this on my SD by removing the grills (easy top mounted screws) and
removing the rubber gasket that surrounds the hood lock. Use wire ties to
mount.

Total time about 1/2 hour installation and Fuhgeddaboudit!

Scott.

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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 10:21:56 -0500
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Radiator Level

Bob Schuck wrote:
>
> I have a 99 F-250 SD PSD and find it unbelievable that there is no
> radiator cap on the radiator! The only access is through the overflow
> container. When adding FW16, it says do not add to overflow container,
> add directly to the radiator. Also, because the overflow tube is higher
> than the radiator, how do you know what the level is in the radiator ? I
> guess you need to drain some out from the bottom to check and maybe
> disconnect the overflow tube to add ??? Anybody figure this out ?
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Bob,

Have you looked under the reservoir? I am not 100%
positive about the SD's but my 00 F-150 has a tube under the
reservoir connected to the lower rad hose. The reservoir
also serves as a fill point for the rad.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 12:21:22 EST
From: RSnovi aol.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Re:

In a message dated 11/22/99 9:50:07 AM Eastern Standard Time,
mr_scsi hotmail.com writes:


you sound like someone from up north i know. Let me know if you notice any
difference in temps on that there rig.

RS

Date: 11/22/99 9:50:07 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: mr_scsi hotmail.com (Scott Matus)
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If you are concerned about rocks and debris stricking you radiators, try
this.

Place some fibre glass patio door screen on the front of the radiators.

I did this on my SD by removing the grills (easy top mounted screws) and
removing the rubber gasket that surrounds the hood lock. Use wire ties to
mount.

Total time about 1/2 hour installation and Fuhgeddaboudit!

Scott.

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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 09:57:58 -0700
From: "Noll, William E(Z01981)"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Door Ajar Sensors

You're certainly no the only one...

My problem started last year (97 F150 X-Cab 4x4 Off Road), and so
did my friends (97 F150 X-Cab 4x4). The problem is tricky. If you notice the
inside of the drivers' door, there is no "visible" switch, like in the
olden days. What there is a sliding bar that goes into the body. This bar
has a smooth, curved groove, which triggers the switch. What appears to be
the problem, is that the bar can become "misaligned". You might try raising
the bar by loosening the screws, or do what I did: apply a piece of tape in
the groove to raise the effective surface. The funny thing is, the switch is
soooo close to making up, that in most instances the light goes out after a
few minutes. If you leaves your keys in the ignition, and listen to the
radio while near your truck,, you will find the dinging continues, also,
until the switch makes up. Anyone else out these with suggestions, let me
know, also.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Swan, Joel [mailto:JSwan exchange.spyglass.com]
Sent: Saturday, November 20, 1999 17:07
To: '97up-list ford-trucks.com'
Subject: FTE 97up - Door Ajar Sensors


I have a 97 F250 Extended Cab with the third door. Just recently, the "DOOR
AJAR" indicator and the inside light stays on after closing the passenger
side door. The door appears to be shut completely.

Has anyone else had a similar problem? I thought it may just be a stuck
sensor of some sort but couldn't find anything which appeared to be the
"normal" door open light switch in or around the door jambs. Any
clues/suggestions?

Thanks,

joel
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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 12:00:28 -0700
From: "Brandon Adams"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Re: Truck camper and door bulbs

I actually tore apart my door panels this weekend and there are not
any sockets. guess they changed it on the 2000.

Oh well.

Brandon

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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 13:15:12 -0600
From: tvsjr sprynet.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Instrument Panel Lighting

I'm now down to one lightbulb behind my instrument cluster in my '97
Expedition. It's getting high time to replace the bulbs. Unfortunately, I
don't have a service manual, so I don't know what type of bulbs I will
need, nor do I know what to pull apart to get to the bulbs. I need the same
information for all three climate control units as well. If anyone can
provide this information, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks
Terry


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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 14:42:50 -0500
From: "White, Robert W"
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Re: F-550 springs on F-350 ??

I would suggest looking to "air bag" options, that way the ride could be
tailored to the load. Firestone is one company I have used ( custom fit to a
old Landrover) on front, and "Airlift" on rear. This had the added advantage
that I could raise clearance by almost 3 in for river fording, dif still low
but keep the inside dryer.. regards bw

- -----Original Message-----
From: BFunk33 aol.com [mailto:BFunk33 aol.com]
Sent: Friday, November 19, 1999 7:45 PM
To: 97up-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: F-550 springs on F-350 ??



Most medium-to-large cities have "spring shops", which deal in nothing but
suspensions for vehicles, expecially trucks.
There's no reason to deal with the limited options your Ford dealer will
offer you, when these guys can make anything you want to solve your spring
problems; they have seen it all, and know how to fix it all when it comes to

springs (well, usually!).
Bill

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Subject: Re: FTE 97up - F-550 springs on F-350 ??

Tuff Country makes special 6-leaf positive arch springs for the diesel
F-350, in their 3-1/2" "leveling" kit lift. I even used them on my V-10
F-350 because I have an 850 pound snowplow that I put on for 5 months
during
the winter. Now the front stays nice and level with the back, even when I
lift the plow blade up (the front used to go down 3 orso inches with the
stock "snow-plow suspension" option - worthless).
Keith

- ----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Ruth
To:
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 1999 10:04 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - F-550 springs on F-350 ??

> Hello Fordnatics!
> I have a 99 F350 4X4 Superduty powerstroke ,supercab with the heavy front
> susp. pkg and I noticed the front end was sagging at 36,000 miles. The
> dealer suggested they could put F550 springs on my truck. Does anyone
know
> what this will do to the height and the ride of my truck. Does anyone
know
> if the 550 have positive arched springs? I think this is what I want, can
> somone give me ideas or have experience with this? Thanks!
> Mike
> xplorit erols.com
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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 15:13:48 EST
From: "Christian Bagley"
Subject: FTE 97up - F250 springs on a F150???

Would F250 rear leaf springs mount up to a 97 F150 4x4 Flareside? And would
they give the truck more of a suspension lift? I'm just curious how I can
lift my truck without spending $1500 on a suspension lift. I can't find any
add-a-leafs anywhere. Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks,
Chris


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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 19:07:40 -0500
From: "Ron,Marge,Ted"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Instrument Panel Lighting

Hi Terry,
Wow, seems like a lot of burned out bulbs for such a new vehicle! Just
wondering how much juice your alternator is putting out? Maybe it's not
being held down by the regulator!!

Ron
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From:
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Sent: Monday, November 22, 1999 2:15 PM
Subject: FTE 97up - Instrument Panel Lighting


> I'm now down to one lightbulb behind my instrument cluster in my '97
> Expedition. It's getting high time to replace the bulbs. Unfortunately, I
> don't have a service manual, so I don't know what type of bulbs I will
> need, nor do I know what to pull apart to get to the bulbs. I need the
same
> information for all three climate control units as well. If anyone can
> provide this information, I would greatly appreciate it.
>
> Thanks
> Terry
>
>
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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 18:45:45 -0600
From: tvsjr sprynet.com
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Instrument Panel Lighting

The alternator works fine (drives my fifteen pieces of communications gear
just fine ;-). Even though it's a 97, it has 171,900 miles on it currently,
and most of that driving is at night.

Terry

At 07:07 PM 11/22/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>Hi Terry,
> Wow, seems like a lot of burned out bulbs for such a new vehicle! Just
>wondering how much juice your alternator is putting out? Maybe it's not
>being held down by the regulator!!
>
>Ron
>----- Original Message -----
>From:
>To:
>Sent: Monday, November 22, 1999 2:15 PM
>Subject: FTE 97up - Instrument Panel Lighting
>
>
>> I'm now down to one lightbulb behind my instrument cluster in my '97
>> Expedition. It's getting high time to replace the bulbs. Unfortunately, I
>> don't have a service manual, so I don't know what type of bulbs I will
>> need, nor do I know what to pull apart to get to the bulbs. I need the
>same
>> information for all three climate control units as well. If anyone can
>> provide this information, I would greatly appreciate it.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Terry
>>
>>
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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 20:03:15 -0800
From: Ralph Lindberg
Subject: FTE 97up - VIN decoder

Any one know of a VIN decoder for the 99's (my F250SD), I've found ones
for older Trucks, and other brands, but not the newer Ford trucks....


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