fordtrucks97up-digest Friday, April 3 1998 Volume 01 : Number 044



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In this issue:

F-350 4X4 [Rick ]
Re: Brakes [JDavis1277 ]
Re: Rough idling 97 F150 w/ 5.4 liter engine ["Eric Elliott"
Trailer Towing Pkg. ["Jeff Schapker" ]
Re: ADMIN: Pigeon Forge show [CNTRYF150 ]
Out with the 97, in with the 99 ["Chad Royse" ]

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Date: Thu, 02 Apr 1998 08:51:24 -0500
From: Rick
Subject: F-350 4X4

Hello All,

Had a friend stop by with his new Superduty, an F-350, long
bed, supercab, SRW, 4x4.

Among many other things, he said, "This thing rides like a Cadillac."
I noted that the engine noise, from outside, was very acceptable.
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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 09:09:27 EST
From: JDavis1277
Subject: Re: Brakes

I don't believe your dealer. Ford truck brakes are notoriously poor but
that's ridiculous. Someone earlier suggested that poorly adjusted rear brakes
cause front brakes to wear more quickly due to them having to do a
disproportionate share of the work. Make sure your rears are working right.
If you often haul heavy loads that will cause faster brake wear. Driving
habits can also contribute. We have all seen drivers that zoom up to a stop
light and then bear down on the brakes. You can increase brake life a lot by
just getting off the gas a little earlier. After driving around town for a
while touch your front wheels. If they are uncomfortable to touch your brakes
may not be fully releasing. Sticky calipers are common on our trucks. If
your front and rear wheels are uncomfortable to touch the master cylinder
plunger may need adjustment. Hope you get this problem solved soon and let us
all know what it was. Good luck, Butch Davis-

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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 09:19:18 -0600
From: "Eric Elliott"
Subject: Re: Rough idling 97 F150 w/ 5.4 liter engine

Hello,
98 F250LD 4WD 5.4 L 6 K miles & 97 Explorer AWD 4 L 7 K miles; both idle
much smoother than my 95 GMC Safari SEFI 4.3 L 17 K miles ever did.

Eric

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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 19:49:30 -0600
From: "Jeff Schapker"
Subject: Trailer Towing Pkg.

On the 1999 F350 DRW Crew Cab, does the trailer towing pkg. have a rear
stabilizer bar.
Thanks, Jeff

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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 21:39:52 EST
From: CNTRYF150
Subject: Re: ADMIN: Pigeon Forge show

Can anyone tell me if there is a truck club in south Fla.I live in
Ft.Lauderdale and have a 1998 F-150 and my wife has a 1995 Ranger extended cab
and we would like info if anyone may have it.Thanks a lot :-)

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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 22:03:26 -0500
From: "Chad Royse"
Subject: Out with the 97, in with the 99

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I finally convinced Ford that my truck has had far too many problems and
they've agreed to do a buy-back. It's a 97 250HD 460 SC LB 4x4.

Now the rest of this msg. belongs on the 97+ list, but I've shared most my
97's problems on the 80-96 list I thought some might be interested.

I believe I will replace it with a 99, SD, V-10, 4x4, SC, LB, Auto (the wife
want's to drive it), and 4.30 LS gears. Does any know what kinda mileage
this setup gets? I wish you could get the 3.73 gears in limited slip, but
oh well. I'd look at the Power Stroke, but it's too much for my buy-back
allowance.

Thanks in advance,
Chad

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