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small-list Digest Thu, 13 Apr 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 049

In This Issue:
Maximum Aerostar tire size
V8 in 99 Ranger
Nightmare Spark plugs & tune-ups
Re: [Frustrating Situation.. need comments/advice/ideas.]
Re: V8 in 99 Ranger
1996 Explorer Wheel & Brakes Upgrade
Replacing Spark Plugs
Re: V8 in 99 Ranger
Re: Replacing Spark Plugs
EGR code!
Re: EGR code!
ADMIN: Free accessories to Atlanta F150/F250 owner

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From: "Mark Biederbeck" email.msn.com>
Subject: Maximum Aerostar tire size
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 19:57:58 -0700

I need new tires for my Aerostar(93 AWD extended). Has anyone fit anything
larger than the standard P215/70R14 on these? I want a heavier duty tire,
maybe even an LT series. Obviously I don't want it to rub anywhere. I
think the cargo versions use a larger series, does anyone know what size?

Thanks,
Mark Biederbeck



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From: "Joe Merchak" eclipse.net>
Subject: V8 in 99 Ranger
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 23:07:13 -0400

I have a few questions. I have a 99 Ranger and I have the opportunity to
get a wrecked 98 Mustang GT. The engine and trans are fine. What I like to
know is if

1 would the engine work in my truck?
2 can I use my trans and drive train components or would the engine kill
them?
3 the computer looks fine but the harness is trashed, does someone make a
replacement?
4 and the last, would it be worth it.

The spec of my truck are:
99 Ranger XLT supercab
3.0L with 4speed auto
4X4 with off road package (electronic hubs)
4.1 open rear

Thanks for the help


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Date: 13 Apr 00 23:09:21 EDT
From: Tim Turner netscape.net>
Subject: Nightmare Spark plugs & tune-ups


The discussed ones so far are pie compared to a late '90s 5.4 E-type van!
3.5 Hours book time to R&R the spark plugs. Had one in the shop yesterday and
a code for misfire on #8 cylinder. Changed just that plug and did NOT suggest
changing all 8. Look at coupons for tune-ups.. I can see it now; $200 extra
for vans. The days of one price tune-ups are all but over. But then IMHO
'tune up' is a joke after electronic ignition; you get new plugs screwed in
and with FI there's minimal (if ANY) adjustments that can be made and unlikely
to fix any problems.

Oops.. gotta run but I could debate this topic for many hours..

Tim


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From: "Stephen Bozzone" rockzone.com>
Subject: Re: [Frustrating Situation.. need comments/advice/ideas.]
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 23:17:21 -0400

Tim,

Your advice is sound. I think I'm going to repair the tranny, if I sell it
now I won't get anything anyway. Then I'll see how the engine's doing, look
into some new head(s), maybe a valve job.

Do I love this car? I sure do.

Your advice is greatly apriciated Tim,

Stephen Bozzone
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----- Original Message -----
From: Tim Turner netscape.net>
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Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2000 10:45 PM
Subject: [small-list] Re: [Frustrating Situation.. need
comments/advice/ideas.]


> "Stephen Bozzone" rockzone.com> wrote:
> > 1988 Ford Bronco II Eddie Bauer 4x4 Auto transmission.
> > Here's the situation/story..
>
> Step one. HOW much do you like the vehicle? You won't be able to recover
the
> repair costs when you sell it but is it worth it to YOU? I've seen 4 year
old
> vehicles scrapped over repair costs and I've seen vehicles I wouldn't put
a
> dime in get new engines by loyal owners.. I love my B-II and it's mostly
> sitting in the back lot of the shop while I save my pennies for what I
want to
> do to it while other people might sell it in a heartbeat and get a
different
> vehicle. Also have to weigh in the cost of a payment and full coverage
> insurance Vs. no payment and liability only.
>
> > - Overheated at around 98,000 miles. Clogged Thermostat.
>
> Which is probably when the head cracked if it did.. doesn't take much
>
> > - Changed transmission filter and gasket at 105,000. Fluid was BLACK.
> Was
> > told this was a bad sign.
>
> Very bad sign.. should be cherry to raspberry red, dark cherry indicates
need
> for changing and browning indicates excess heat/usage. Black.. well.. a
> problem ignored for a long time that's scorched the fluid.
>
> > - Switched to synthetic 10w-30 oil, noticed later that passenger side
> valve
> > cover is smoking.
>
> Synthetic is great stuff from an engine protection standpoint but will
leak
> more than mineral based oils due to it's thinner make-up. (Similar to
R-134a
> gas leaking quicker than R-12 but on a different scale.)
>
> > - Constant white smoke from tailpipe for the past 3 months (cracked
head
> or
> > head gasket I believe)
> > - Engine idles extremely rough, pulses and shudders (does this along
with
> > the exhaust)
>
> Common and 'World Products' has a redesigned head that doesn't crack like
the
> OE head that Ford says doesn't have a problem.
>
> > - Started to have problems with transmission soon after filter change,
> > would slip once when just pulling out of the driveway in the morning.
> > - Then a shudder/vibration that existed a few hundred miles before the
> > filter change became more prevalent, mostly in OD but occurs in other
gears
> > around 2000RPM usually.
> > - Just recently, transmission doesn't shift down for hills, slips
> > constantly after stopping.
>
> New fluid = new detergents. Might have cleaned out all the sludge holding
the
> tranny together; wouldn't be the first time it'd happened.
>
> > - Engine has ticked violently on and off for the past 6 months.
> >
>
> Hmm... might be the engine was as well serviced as the transmission was.
Too
> late now but in the future examine the oil and trans dipsticks of any
vehicle
> closely looking for varnish etc. if it's there it indicates abuse/poor
maint.
> and pass on that vehicle.
>
> > OK, so what I can see from this is, I need a new tranny, new heads - at
the
> > least.
> > I'm 17 years old, have barely enough money for an unassembled head or
two
> if
> > i'm lucky.
>
> You have more free $$ than I do then! :-) Usually it's just one head
cracked
> (if any) so that may help some; as to the tranny... well auto's are
expensive
> and I won't buy one given ANY choice. possibly a bone yard unit for the
> interim might be a way to go for the time being.
>
> > I have a steady job, summer is coming up so I expect to make more.
> >
> > My question is to you, other than to comment on my problems..
> > Is it worth fixing this thing or should I cut my losses and go for
another
> > used car.
>
> Back to step one.. Dont like the beast? Cut it. Love it? Think about it.
>
> >
> > It's a pretty frustrating situation, I'm quite distraught over it all.
> > I'm thinking of taking the truck to the tranny shop sometime this
weekend.
>
> No S**t.. I need about $5K+ to fix my 2 Fords like I want and have maybe
$30
> I can play with every week. One sits in the driveway and the other at
work as
> I (slowly) gather parts.
>
> >
> > I have no other means of transportation other than parent's cars which
> > aren't always available.
>
> I drive a Mazda truck with a clutch that doesn't disengage... starter gets
a
> Hell of a work-out at lights. Hopefully weekend after next I'll have time
to
> change the pilot bearing and cure it.
>
> >
> > Sigh, i would hate to say goodbye to this baby but there's just so much
to
> > do.
>
> Exactly the way I feel about my '85 B-II and '79 LTD 2-Dr Landau. If one
had
> to go it'd be the LTD.
>
> If the Body is in good shape and you want to keep it then think about it..
if
> you've got rust inside the door wells (look in front of the doors with
them
> open on the inside towards the engine compartment) then maybe you should
look
> for something else. Again.. only you can make the choice but hopefully
it's a
> rational one.
>
> Tim
>
> "You don't have to wash it, & we won't even squash it" FZ
>
>
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Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 23:24:32 -0400
From: David Cooley bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: V8 in 99 Ranger

At 11:07 PM 4/13/00, you wrote:
>I have a few questions. I have a 99 Ranger and I have the opportunity to
>get a wrecked 98 Mustang GT. The engine and trans are fine. What I like to
>know is if
>
>1 would the engine work in my truck?


With proper set-up etc.


>2 can I use my trans and drive train components or would the engine kill
>them?


The V8 would kill them... You'd need front springs/shocks to properly
support the weight of the V8, trans, transfer case, front and rear
differentials, rear suspension to mount the larger diff...
You'd probably spend as much as a new truck!


>3 the computer looks fine but the harness is trashed, does someone make a
>replacement?


Dealer, or looking in boneyards


>4 and the last, would it be worth it.

If you wanted a $30,000.00 truck and a full time job, yes...

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From: RZRick aol.com
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 23:33:16 EDT
Subject: 1996 Explorer Wheel & Brakes Upgrade

Brembo, a name I know well from the motorcycle road racing scene, has very
nice caliper and rotor kits for F150's and Expeditions, but no listing for
the Explorer. I would like to upgrade my front wheel brakes, and the wheels
as well.

It seems that there are many parts that are made for the Mustang V8 that can
fit on my Explorer's V8. I would hope the same is true for the brakes as
well. My Explorer does have ABS ... and when I priced replacement rotors at
the local parts house, this made a big difference in price. Is anyone
intimately familiar with the Ford part numbers for Explorer and Expedition
brake calipers and rotors? If they are the same, then perhaps I have the
ability to make the change.

I would also like to incorporate the install of a lowering kit. Is there
anything I should be aware of regarding this change?

One aftermarket outlet for sportier Explorers used Mustang wheels for a
different look. The wheels also had a 28mm offset different from the OEM
wheels. Has anyone performed a similar change to their Explorer?

As always, all comments/opinions welcome.


Rick Butler
Ocee, Georgia

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Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 07:27:04 -0400
Subject: Replacing Spark Plugs
From: "Jeff M. Kornfeld" juno.com>

Hi You All!

Thanks for all the advices about changing the spark plugs on my 96
rangers 2.3L engine.
This e-mail list is very helpful. Now I have a question about Spark Plug
gapping. I'm missing
the emission label on my truck and I don't have an owners manual for my
truck. I'm plannig to
use Boch Platmiun plugs Don't anyone know if platnium plugs are the best
for my engine
and how much should they be gapped.

Thanks

Jeff
dieselfumes juno.com
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Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 01:37:54 -0500
From: Dyna Sluyter primenet.com>
Subject: Re: V8 in 99 Ranger


A '99 is probably still under warranty, no point in voiding
it. When the original engine is ready for rebuild is an excellent
time to do a swap. Also, I think the 3.0 has the small axles that
look like fugitives from a Falcon 6.

best of luck,
Diana
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Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 15:02:00 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin jps.net>
Subject: Re: Replacing Spark Plugs

I think .044 would be the safe bet.

Adam

"Jeff M. Kornfeld" wrote:

> Hi You All!
>
> Thanks for all the advices about changing the spark plugs on my 96
> rangers 2.3L engine.
> This e-mail list is very helpful. Now I have a question about Spark Plug
> gapping. I'm missing
> the emission label on my truck and I don't have an owners manual for my
> truck. I'm plannig to
> use Boch Platmiun plugs Don't anyone know if platnium plugs are the best
> for my engine
> and how much should they be gapped.
>
> Thanks
>
> Jeff
> dieselfumes juno.com
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From: "Ron,Marge,Ted" sunlink.net>
Subject: EGR code!
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 19:04:03 -0400


Hi All,

Been having the check engine light come on on my wife's 94 Explorer with 49K on it. The light usually comes on within a mile of driving it and then it stays on until you turn the engine off. When it comes on, I notice no difference in the way it runs or idles. As of late, we have noticed a decline in fuel mileage from around 23 on a trip down to 18mpg. When I jumper the wires on the test connector, I get a code of 332 from the blinking engine light. According to the info I have, #332 deals with the EGR valve. When I took it to the dealer, the tech scanned it and said that there is a high speed miss. When I asked about the EGR, he said it doesn't have anything to do with it. So, he installed a new set of plugs, which I wanted done anyway, and also said there was a carbon buildup on the valves. He injected a solution into the fuel rail, waited an hour, then ran the engine to clear it of carbon. When I asked if this would keep the light from coming back on, he said it might still come on until all the carbon is finally burned off. Well, needless to say, the light is still coming on the same as it has been. Sounds like bull to me. Anyone out there have any experience with a #332 code and what did you do to fix it. Also, about 2 months ago, new O2 sensors were installed because of a different code that came up! Thanks for any and all help,
Ron




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Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 19:16:59 -0400
From: David Cooley bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: EGR code!

At 07:04 PM 4/14/00, you wrote:

>Hi All,
>
> Been having the check engine light come on on my wife's 94 Explorer
> with 49K on it. The light usually comes on within a mile of driving it
> and then it stays on until you turn the engine off. When it comes on, I
> notice no difference in the way it runs or idles. As of late, we have
> noticed a decline in fuel mileage from around 23 on a trip down to 18mpg.
> When I jumper the wires on the test connector, I get a code of 332 from
> the blinking engine light. According to the info I have, #332 deals with
> the EGR valve. When I took it to the dealer, the tech scanned it and said
> that there is a high speed miss. When I asked about the EGR, he said it
> doesn't have anything to do with it. So, he installed a new set of plugs,
> which I wanted done anyway, and also said there was a carbon buildup on
> the valves. He injected a solution into the fuel rail, waited an hour,
> then ran the engine to clear it of carbon. When I asked if this would
> keep the light from coming back on, he said it might s!
>till come on until all the carbon is finally burned off. Well, needless to
>say, the light is still coming on the same as it has been. Sounds like
>bull to me. Anyone out there have any experience with a #332 code and what
>did you do to fix it. Also, about 2 months ago, new O2 sensors were
>installed because of a different code that came up! Thanks for any and all
>help,
>

The EGR code depends on the type of EGR sensor... Some have a EGR valve
position sensor, others have a EGR flow sensor... If the EGR valve is stuck
open or closed, it will set a code with either, as the position is sensed
as wrong, and flow is detected (or not detected when it should). Depending
on whether the EGR is stuck on or off, will affect driveability. On will
lean the mixture and create a miss, but idle will go to heck. Closed and
you could experience pinging at part throttle. A vacuum leak in the EGR
system can cause a code with no noticeable driveability problem.


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Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 23:49:39 -0400
From: Ken Payne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: ADMIN: Free accessories to Atlanta F150/F250 owner

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4. Expedition
5. Excursion

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