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perf-list Digest Mon, 12 Jun 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 079

In This Issue:
Re: engine codes
Ranger oil pressure
Re: Ranger oil pressure
Re: Ranger oil pressure
Ranger oil pressure 2
Re: Ranger oil pressure 2
Re: engine codes
ADMIN: Web site updates

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From: "Joe Merchak" eclipse.net>
Subject: Re: engine codes
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 21:59:24 -0400

Well the truck went into today and this is what they found:

1. The coil pack replace under a TSB was replaced by a new TSB. So now I
have had my 3 coil packs installed.

2. The computer is screwed up so they ordered a new one. I wish they did
this the first time, I would not have had to bring the truck in 8 times for
spark knock. To recap it was reprogrammed 3 times by Ford with different
spark and fuel curves.

I really hope this fixes this truck or else it is going by-by. My 93 never
had a problem but this 99 has spent a good 2 months in the shop to fix "TSB"
type problems. Ford should of left a good thing alone.

-----Original Message-----
From: perf-list-bounce ford-trucks.com
[mailto:perf-list-bounce ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Joe Merchak
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2000 7:12 PM
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Subject: [perf-list] Re: engine codes


I wish that was true, but my fuel mileage has dropped to 10 GPM down from
18. Also the engine has no power so I know there is something wrong...

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wish
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2000 9:39 AM
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Subject: [perf-list] Re: engine codes




>My 99 Ranger had the check engine light come on today. The dealer can not

>take it till next week so I would like to check to make sure that my
>driving to work everyday is not going to damage anything. Is there anyway

>of reading the codes via the light, I do not have a tester.
>

I'm sorry to say you're probably out of luck ... unless the light is
flashing
... on the plus side, the check engine light on these OBDII cars is hooked
mostly
into the emissions system and will only pull a few degrees of timing. If
the
car goes into "limp" mode (IE major loss of power and performance), then you
should not drive it, otherwise its probably an inefficient catalytic
converter
or a failing rear O2 sensor ... the Mustang guys drive around with that
light
on for months with no ill effects (other than a loss of timing), so unless
the
trucks manners have changed a lot, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Just my $.02
wish

96 Mustang GT 5spd 4.6L
73ish 1/2ton 4x4 6.4L
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From: "Greg Hopper" hiwaay.net>
Subject: Ranger oil pressure
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 01:46:56 -0500


I've got a question about my Ranger's oil pressure. Truck is a 94 4.0L 5 spd. just turned 94k; it runs like a champ.
Anyway, I've been noticing that at idle the oil pressure gauge rides at about the R in that good ole Ford "NORMAL" (you know, the one that spans about 90% of the gauge, into ranges no one would dream of seeing as normal). Well, that's cool with me except that it never moves save for maybe AT MOST 1/8th of an inch when the revs come up (probably less than that). Is this maybe just a gauge problem or should I be concerned?? I think dad had to go have the sender replaced under warranty not long after we bought the truck (new) because it was reading very low all the time. Maybe should I try installing an aftermarket gauge??
TIA
dave
ghopper hiwaay.net


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From: "wish" ford-trucks.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 13:39:16 GMT
Subject: Re: Ranger oil pressure

Did you say only 94K ? My boss has 180+ on his 94 4.0L and loves it still.
All highway miles so he's still sporting the original exhaust and brakes! Though
the alternator's been rebuilt and the water pump replaced ... you'd never guess
how well these things hold up if all you do is cruise around with them.


>Anyway, I've been noticing that at idle the oil pressure gauge rides at about
the R in that good ole Ford "NORMAL" (you know, the one that spans about 90%
of the gauge, into ranges no one would dream of seeing as normal). Well, that's
cool with me except that it never moves save for maybe AT MOST 1/8th of an inch
when the revs come up (probably less than that). Is this maybe just a gauge
problem or should I be concerned??

Sometime in the early to mid 90's Ford decided you didn't really need to know
what your oil pressure was, but instead of putting an idiot light in, they put
in an "idiot gauge" (you heard it here first) ... basically the gauge acts just
like a light, its either on or off, there's no fluctuation to it at all because
the range is so narrow. The Mustang guys have also complained of this, if you
search around a little I think you'll find you can use an earlier model sending
unit and solder in a resistor on the back of the instrument cluster, once this
is done you should have a "real" gauge that actually registers as it should
...

Just my $.02
wish

96 Mustang GT 5spd 4.6L
73ish 1/2ton 4x4 6.4L
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From: "Garrett Nelson" writeme.com>
Subject: Re: Ranger oil pressure
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 11:51:50 -0500


I would put in a new VDO or Autometer gauge and a new sending unit. I like to know what my oil pressure really is.

---Garrett www.1966ford.com





----- Original Message -----
From: Greg Hopper
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Subject: [perf-list] Ranger oil pressure



I've got a question about my Ranger's oil pressure. Truck is a 94 4.0L 5 spd. just turned 94k; it runs like a champ.
Anyway, I've been noticing that at idle the oil pressure gauge rides at about the R in that good ole Ford "NORMAL" (you know, the one that spans about 90% of the gauge, into ranges no one would dream of seeing as normal). Well, that's cool with me except that it never moves save for maybe AT MOST 1/8th of an inch when the revs come up (probably less than that). Is this maybe just a gauge problem or should I be concerned?? I think dad had to go have the sender replaced under warranty not long after we bought the truck (new) because it was reading very low all the time. Maybe should I try installing an aftermarket gauge??
TIA
dave
ghopper hiwaay.net

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From: "Greg Hopper" hiwaay.net>
Subject: Ranger oil pressure 2
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 17:16:02 -0500


Thanks for the feedback guys... I guess it's like the gauge that was in my S-10 - if it moves, you've got pressure, if it doesn't, shut it off.
Anyway, this brings me to another question - does anyone know if anybody makes an A-pillar pod for Rangers? I could've sworn I saw SOMEWHERE that someone had started producing them. I might like to have gauges that have actual numbers on them as well...
thanks again
dave
ghopper hiwaay.net


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From: "Garrett Nelson" writeme.com>
Subject: Re: Ranger oil pressure 2
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 17:44:45 -0500


Try www.summitracing.com or www.jegs.com , I know they have them for Mustangs, might be worth calling them up.

--Garrett www.1966ford.com




----- Original Message -----
From: Greg Hopper
To: perf-list ford-trucks.com ; small-list ford-trucks.com
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2000 5:16 PM
Subject: [perf-list] Ranger oil pressure 2



Thanks for the feedback guys... I guess it's like the gauge that was in my S-10 - if it moves, you've got pressure, if it doesn't, shut it off.
Anyway, this brings me to another question - does anyone know if anybody makes an A-pillar pod for Rangers? I could've sworn I saw SOMEWHERE that someone had started producing them. I might like to have gauges that have actual numbers on them as well...
thanks again
dave
ghopper hiwaay.net

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Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 20:59:41 -0400
From: Brad mindspring.com>
Subject: Re: engine codes

At 06:18 PM 06/06/2000 -0400, you wrote:
>My 99 Ranger had the check engine light come on today. The dealer can not
>take it till next week so I would like to check to make sure that my
>driving to work everyday is not going to damage anything. Is there anyway
>of reading the codes via the light, I do not have a tester.


The first thing you should do if you have not noticed any driveability
problems, or long starts is make sure your gas cap is on tight... This is a
very common problem, the computer will set a EVAP leak code.. If your cap
is loose (or missing) this is your problem and after a certain number of
ignition cycles the light will go off... Just a quick thing you can check...

Brad



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Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 20:44:15 -0400
From: Ken Payne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: ADMIN: Web site updates

Ford Truck Enthusiasts web site updates:
http://www.ford-trucks.com

June 14:
Pictorial additions: 1955 F100, 1969 F250 4x4 Crew Cab, 1970 F250 Sport Custom 4x4, 1978 F150 4x4, 1999 Ranger

June 11:
Pictorial additions: 1966 F100, 1977 F250 Highboy, 1978 F150 Custom, 1988 F250

Later,
Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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