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small-list Digest Mon, 10 Apr 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 046

In This Issue:
Re: 93 Aerostar - change in gas mileage after complete ba
Re: Aerostar interior light switching
Transmission mystery
Re: Replacing Spark Plugs
ADMIN: Server upgrade
Re: Transmission mystery
Shock reccomendations

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From: "Frank Bures" chem.toronto.edu>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 13:48:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: 93 Aerostar - change in gas mileage after complete ba

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>At 09:15 AM 4/10/00, you wrote:
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>>Hi,
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>>the subject almost says it all.
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>>My courtesy lights delay block went crazy, decided the turn on the inside
>>lights when the car was parked in my garage and completely discharged the
>>battery.
>>I got rid of the courtesy light control block, charged the battery again,
>>but now I am experiencing decreased gas mileage - around 20% worse than
>>before.
>>
>>Is there anything I should do to get my old mileage back?
>
>
>How long has it been since the battery was recharged? It can take quite a
>bit of driving (IE: several tanks) for the computer to completely relearn
>and for the mileage to settle down.

It's been two tanks so far. So, I guess, I'll have to wait some more....



Frank Bures, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Toronto, M5S 3H6
fbures chem.toronto.edu
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://frank.chem.utoronto.ca/electronics
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Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 11:42:41 -0700
From: Richard pacbell.net>
Subject: Re: Aerostar interior light switching

Alas, there really are momentary switches in the two front outside door
handles. And, yes, the wiring from the switches goes to the light delay
module.

When I was working inside the front doors dealing with those #$ %&
inaccessible electric lock motors (rivited), I noticed that the light
switch wiring inside the door isn't secured, and can easily get mauled
by a frustrated person trying to work on the $#I(R$& lock mechanism.
Remember that any door light switch can set off that computer and can
therefore run down the battery from an intermittant make/break contact
caused by an abraded wire or mis-aligned pin switch.

I do not know what they use for brains at Ford.

Richard


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From: "Jim Shedlauskas" KandSEngineering.com>
Subject: Transmission mystery
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 22:00:40 -0400

The automatic transmission in my '88 Bronco II died with a loud BANG! The
motor still runs, but nothing happens in any gear, not even any unusual
noises. Being the kind of person I am, and knowing nothing about
automatics, the first thing I did was remove the trans and take it all
apart. Oops. There's nothing broke in here! So, I have a few stupid
questions I'm hoping someone can answer. Would the torque converter break
in a way that would cause this kind of problem? The input shaft is actually
2 shafts, an 'inner' and an 'outer'. Should the outer shaft turn? It
doesn't, but doesn't look like it should. If you can help, or point me in
the right direction, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks,
Jim


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Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 22:15:44 -0400
From: Wesley Murphy highland.net>
Subject: Re: Replacing Spark Plugs

I forgot to mention that out of the 250+ miles I got out of my last tank of
gas, only 15-20 miles were actually city driving. The rest was all highway
driving (with a majority on the interstate) with the cruise set. As for the
normal mileage I get around here (rural area with quite a few hills) I've
never really calculated mileage. I don't really drive that much so the $10
week gas money didn't seem like much. What made me sit up and take notice
was the fact that I paid $20 to fill up my tank but then turned around and
paid another $20 in less that 24 hours to fill it up again.

Maybe I should just stop whining and take the Accord on longer trips to get
better mileage :)

Wesley Murphy
91 Eddie Bauer Explorer 4x4

> What kind of mileage do you usually get? That doesn't sound too bad to me
> if you've got the same 17.5 gallon tank I have. My first tank in the
> new(ish) Explorer took me about 270 miles (with a 15 gallon fill up after
> that). It came out to 17.1 MPG, which I didn't think was bad for a V6
> running on 90% street with crappy California gas & driven by ME.



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Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 22:34:50 -0400
From: Ken Payne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: ADMIN: Server upgrade

The server will be going down for approximate 30-60
minutes on Wednesday or Thursday between 2-3pm EST.
The 2nd hard drive is being added in anticipation
of additional services we have planned.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts




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Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 22:45:02 -0400
From: David Cooley bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: Transmission mystery

At 10:00 PM 4/10/00, you wrote:
>The automatic transmission in my '88 Bronco II died with a loud BANG! The
>motor still runs, but nothing happens in any gear, not even any unusual
>noises. Being the kind of person I am, and knowing nothing about
>automatics, the first thing I did was remove the trans and take it all
>apart. Oops. There's nothing broke in here! So, I have a few stupid
>questions I'm hoping someone can answer. Would the torque converter break
>in a way that would cause this kind of problem? The input shaft is actually
>2 shafts, an 'inner' and an 'outer'. Should the outer shaft turn? It
>doesn't, but doesn't look like it should. If you can help, or point me in
>the right direction, I'd appreciate it.


The outer shaft is stationary... It engages the "stator" in the convertor...
The bang could have been internal to the torque convertor, or part of the
input shaft/clutch assemblies... could have also been the sun
gear/planetary gears.
If the torque convertor breaks (or anything that may leave metal
shavings/crud lying around) a complete rebuild should be done to ensure all
the crud is gone.


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From: "Chris Oostveen" i2k.com>
Subject: Shock reccomendations
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 15:17:35 -0400

Hi all.
I have an 88 Ranger that has been lowered 3" frt & 4" rear. I need shocks
for this thing really bad. Does anyone have any suggestions on shocks for
lowered trucks? Thanks in advance.


Chris O.

'88 Lowrider Ranger (speedy 2.0)
'64 Falcon Sprint (suffering from lack of engine-itus)
Soon to be 351w/C4



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