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From: "Mark Salvetti" <msalvetti mediaone.net>
Subject: Re: Cracking doors and rattling engine-98 150
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 22:36:24 -0500
I have a 1986 F150, but I hope to upgrade to something in the 1997-1999
range in the next few months. I was kind of surprised when I started
researching these trucks, and I found out about the doors and piston slap
For what seems to be some of the latest info on the doors (including an
older TSB number and a service advisory):
There's some detail on the piston slap issues as well:
As I'll be looking at used trucks, I'd like to hear if anyone finds a
sure-fire way to visually tell if the doors have been replaced with the
redesigned part (short of asking the dealer to run the VIN). Maybe a part
number stamped on the door or something?
I have a pinging problem with my 4.2L. The dealer say's they can't hear it, but I sure as hell can. I'm about to get serious with the dealer. Can anything be done about it timing wise? I don't know much about computer controlled engines, but I thought the engines didn't need to be tuned like a traditional engine.
I was thinking even if the comp controls the timing, what if the factory or a mechanic didn't have the distributor clocked right.
I tried running high test, but that made the truck hard to start. I'm running 89 octane now like the manual says.
Any help would be great!!!!
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