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small-list Digest Wed, 12 Jul 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 105

In This Issue:
Re: Gas Mileage
Re: Gas Mileage
Re: Ticking Explorer
Body Mounts are out!!
Explorer-manual trans. - downshifting won't work
Re: Explorer-manual trans. - downshifting won't
Re: Explorer-manual trans. - downshifting won't work
Re: [Gas Mileage]
Re: [Re: Gas Mileage]: best guess
Re: [Explorer-manual trans. - downshifting wont work]
Fuel Injection Additives ?

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From: DJ250r aol.com
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 01:18:38 EDT
Subject: Re: Gas Mileage

need s a valve job new timing belt that helps

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Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 22:43:07 -0700
From: Dan Wentz earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: Gas Mileage


>I have an 89 Ranger with a 2.3L 4 cylinder with 191K miles on it.
>Recently, the gas mileage dipped down to les than 18 MPG, and it also
>idles very rough after drving at freeway speeds for over 20 minutes.
>Anyone here got an idea what I should check/replace to help out the
>mileage situation? I plan on changing the plugs and wires this weekend,
>but I don't think that is accounting for the mileage, as it used to be
>over 25 on the freeway.

I used to have the same engine in a Mustang. I also had a drop in mileage,
from about 22 to 18 mpg. I also could smell fuel inside the car when I
rolled up to a stop sign. I couldn't figure it out. My plugs showed that
the engine was running rich--makes sense if I can smell gas. I replaced
the plugs, wires, and O2 sensor. No change. I put new O rings on the
injectors--no change. I tested the coil packs and timing--all good. About
2 weeks later my alternator went out. I replaced it and got my mileage
back--no more fuel smell either. Very very odd. Might be something for
you to check.

~Dan

1950 F1 351C--Not neglected and definitely not for sale. Persistence is
futile.
1998 Explorer--I'm not like the other Explorer drivers--honest!
Quench my thirst with gasoline.




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Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 22:44:40 -0700
From: Dan Wentz earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: Ticking Explorer


>You may have disk brakes, but the explorer rear uses shoes in the center of
>the rotor hub for the emergency brake... Those can hang.

You don't say. I'm definitely going to check that out then as it sounds
like a likely suspect.

~Dan

1950 F1 351C--Not neglected and definitely not for sale. Persistence is
futile.
1998 Explorer--I'm not like the other Explorer drivers--honest!
Quench my thirst with gasoline.




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Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 07:57:48 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin jps.net>
Subject: Body Mounts are out!!

Well, after a couple of days work, I got all of the body mounts replaced
in the 1988 Bronco 2.

I installed a 2" body lift on Christmas Day, 1999 and after that it just
wasn't the same. The added leverage of the body pucks made the old
rubber bushings give even more than they had before the lift. Finally,
it had become time to replace them.

So, I ordered the body mount set from James Duff, and got the last ones
in last night. The front two were easy, the next four were a major
hassle, and the last four were strange since they were reverse threaded
together. I ended up Sawzalling them out, then removing the corosion and
re-installing the metal parts inside the new body bushings. Worked out
okay, although I would have liked to get the pieces out without
corrosion.

I don't think that was about to happen, though. Thirteen years of off
road use and rust does wonders to stick things together!

Anyway, after that this upcoming week's project is to get a 4.0 clutch,
flywheel and starter into the 2.9 bellhousing. I'll let everyone know
how it goes.

Adam


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From: "Raymond C. Gray" telcordia.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 11:23:46 -0400
Subject: Explorer-manual trans. - downshifting won't work



Anew problem with my 1994 Ford Explorer, 4.0, 5 speed manual with 65K miles.

Downshifting from 3rd to 2nd has become difficult to impossible. I can move the
shifter into the 1st/2nd slot, but moving down into 2nd gear seems locked out.
If I go through 1st and then down to 2nd, it works most of the time.

Stopped and at idle, I can go in and out of 2nd ok but when I'm moving and above
2nd gear, the downshift won't work.

There is no noise or any other symptoms. This problem started suddently on my
way to work yesterday.

Just trying to isolate the problem before getting repair estimates and the work
done. Could this be the clutch plate worn down? Or low clutch hydraulic
fluid ( I looked and there's fluid in the reservoir)?
Or is this likely a transmission problem?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Ray



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Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 12:15:30 -0400
From: Dave Cooley bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: Explorer-manual trans. - downshifting won't

Ray,
Sounds like a synchronizer gone bad...


At 11:23 AM 7/12/2000, you wrote:


>Anew problem with my 1994 Ford Explorer, 4.0, 5 speed manual with 65K miles.
>
>Downshifting from 3rd to 2nd has become difficult to impossible. I can
>move the
>shifter into the 1st/2nd slot, but moving down into 2nd gear seems locked out.
>If I go through 1st and then down to 2nd, it works most of the time.
>
>Stopped and at idle, I can go in and out of 2nd ok but when I'm moving and
>above
>2nd gear, the downshift won't work.
>
>There is no noise or any other symptoms. This problem started suddently
>on my
>way to work yesterday.
>
>Just trying to isolate the problem before getting repair estimates and the
>work
>done. Could this be the clutch plate worn down? Or low clutch hydraulic
>fluid ( I looked and there's fluid in the reservoir)?
>Or is this likely a transmission problem?


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Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 19:44:37 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin jps.net>
Subject: Re: Explorer-manual trans. - downshifting won't work

Uh, hmm....

At a stop light, where is your left foot?

Maybe the throwout bearing and spring plate are weak from over use?

Just an idea.

Adam

"Raymond C. Gray" wrote:

> Anew problem with my 1994 Ford Explorer, 4.0, 5 speed manual with 65K miles.
>
> Downshifting from 3rd to 2nd has become difficult to impossible. I can move the
> shifter into the 1st/2nd slot, but moving down into 2nd gear seems locked out.
> If I go through 1st and then down to 2nd, it works most of the time.
>
> Stopped and at idle, I can go in and out of 2nd ok but when I'm moving and above
> 2nd gear, the downshift won't work.
>
> There is no noise or any other symptoms. This problem started suddently on my
> way to work yesterday.
>
> Just trying to isolate the problem before getting repair estimates and the work
> done. Could this be the clutch plate worn down? Or low clutch hydraulic
> fluid ( I looked and there's fluid in the reservoir)?
> Or is this likely a transmission problem?
>
> Thanks in advance for your help.
>
> Ray
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Date: 12 Jul 00 23:15:44 EDT
From: Tim Turner netscape.net>
Subject: Re: [Gas Mileage]

Sandman pdq.net> wrote:
> I have an 89 Ranger with a 2.3L 4 cylinder with 191K miles on it.
> Recently, the gas mileage dipped down to les than 18 MPG,

I would probably suggest a new Oxygen sensor; even if it's not the root cause
by this time it deserves one. ;-)

Tim

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Date: 12 Jul 00 23:21:59 EDT
From: Tim Turner netscape.net>
Subject: Re: [Re: Gas Mileage]: best guess


> 2 weeks later my alternator went out. I replaced it and got my mileage
> back--no more fuel smell either. Very very odd. Might be something for
> you to check.

If a diode fails in the Alternator you now have an AC component to the
electrics; sometimes this can cause really wierd drivability problems; older
Nissans seemed to be the worst for this (like tripping all the dash lights at
idle) but all makes have it as a possibility.

BTW... look for 24 Volt systems to be debuting in the next few years as more
and more electrics make their way into automobiles.

Tim

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Date: 12 Jul 00 23:28:42 EDT
From: Tim Turner netscape.net>
Subject: Re: [Explorer-manual trans. - downshifting wont work]

"Raymond C. Gray" telcordia.com> wrote:
>
>
> Anew problem with my 1994 Ford Explorer, 4.0, 5 speed manual with 65K
miles.
>
> Downshifting from 3rd to 2nd has become difficult to impossible.

I think I'd have to say an internal tranny fault from the symptoms you
describe. A hydraulic problem should affect all gears as should a basic
clutch problem. Wish I could say better news but....

Tim

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From: william.hickey bankofamerica.com
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 11:16:06 -0400
Subject: Fuel Injection Additives ?



Can anyone recommend a fuel injection cleaner (gasoline additive) that actually
works ?> Also how often should it be used ? Engine in question is a 99 4.0
Ranger.



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