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small-list Digest Tue, 20 Jun 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 093

In This Issue:
Explorer tires; Passeger vs. Light Truck
Re: Explorer driveline clunk
Re: Explorer tires; Passeger vs. Light Truck
Ranger Windshield Question
ADMIN: Important FTE Announcement
Re: Brake Question
Re: Ranger Windshield Question
Re: Brake Question
Re: Ranger Windshield Question
Re: Explorer tires; Passeger vs. Light Truck
Re: Ranger Windshield Question
Re: [Re: [Explorer A/C]]

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From: "Raymond C. Gray" telcordia.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 06:44:31 -0400
Subject: Explorer tires; Passeger vs. Light Truck



Time to replace the Explorer tires...original equipment Firestone ATX with 64K.
('94 eddie bauer, 5 sp manual)

Firestone no longer makes the ATX; the web site now recommends a Wilderness
model among others. Any advice on these Firestones vs. other brands?

I've found the right size tire in both Passenger (P) and Light Truck (LT)
models. I've found the UTQG ratings on passenger tires to be useful; these
codes are not provided for LT tires. Can I use P tires on my Explorer?


Thanks

Ray



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From: "Strukel, Mike" westgroup.com>
Subject: Re: Explorer driveline clunk
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 06:04:52 -0500

Thanks for the info. That is exactly the clunk that is occuring on mine.


Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Eberhardt [mailto:reberhardt uswest.net]
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2000 10:45 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: [small-list] Re: Explorer driveline clunk


My '97 4x4 Sport started making a clunk whenever I came to a complete stop.
As soon as I stopped, it felt like someone bumped into the back of me. I
can't say that I ever felt it when taking off though. It turned out that the
front slip yoke needed lubrication. The dealer said that it appeared that
mine didn't ever get any at the factory since there was no sign of there
having been any. Once they lubricated it I haven't had the noise since. It
showed up when I had about 30,000 miles on it. I now have 54,000.
Lubricating the slip yoke is listed in your service guide. I think it is
part of the 30,000 miles service (Extended duty). If it is in your service
guide and has never been done, I would definately get it done to eliminate
that possibility.

Robert

> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> From: "Strukel, Mike" westgroup.com>
> Subject: Explorer driveline clunk
> Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 06:54:23 -0500
>
> My wife has a 98 Explorer Sport which now has 37,000 miles on. For
about
> the last 10,000 miles it has had a "clunk" in the rear driveline. The
Clunk
> is usually very pronounced. It happens when you come to a complete stop
> when braking and sometimes when you accelerate from a stop. I had in at
> the dealer a couple of times for this, and they told me that everything
was
> normal(Ya right). I have looked for the cause, but can't find it.
> U-joints, rear sway bar, etc. look good.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> mjs
> 99 F250 SD V10
> 98 Explorer Sport
> 68 Bronco
>
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Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 10:58:24 -0400
From: David Cooley bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: Explorer tires; Passeger vs. Light Truck

Avoid the firestones... Stock Wilderness AT tires on my 97 are junk, noisy,
rough and didn't last... Have a set of Michelin LTX M/S. They are quiet,
smooth, handle MUCH better, and have a 65000 mile warranty. These are the
P version, not the LT.
LT tires have an extra ply and stiffer sidewalls.
Factory tires are "P" radials




At 06:44 AM 6/20/2000, you wrote:


>Time to replace the Explorer tires...original equipment Firestone ATX with
>64K.
>('94 eddie bauer, 5 sp manual)
>
>Firestone no longer makes the ATX; the web site now recommends a Wilderness
>model among others. Any advice on these Firestones vs. other brands?
>
>I've found the right size tire in both Passenger (P) and Light Truck (LT)
>models. I've found the UTQG ratings on passenger tires to be useful; these
>codes are not provided for LT tires. Can I use P tires on my Explorer?

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From: william.hickey bankofamerica.com
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 11:18:03 -0400
Subject: Ranger Windshield Question



Hello.
I have a small pit and four cracks (like an X) about 1/2 inch across on my 99
Ranger windshield.
Do I need to be concerned about this ? Will it get worse if I take no action ?
Thanks



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Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 13:12:57 -0800
From: "Tom Watson" johana.com>
Subject: Re: Brake Question

> From: "C R Blanchard" siue.edu>
> Subject: Brake Question
> Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 23:08:02 -0500
>
>
> I think this has been discussed, but I could not find it in the archive...
>
> I got my 88 Ranger last March. The dealer did the brakes when I bought it.
> I've put on about 20k miles since then. The last few days my brake light
> has been flashing intermittently. I was told it means the brakes need to be
> done.

The brake light comes on for various reasons. In one vehicle I drove
it came on because I was low on brake fluid. You might want to check
some "simple things" first before getting a full blown brake job.
It seems to me that unless you are REALLY heavy on the brakes, 20k is
a bit short for their life.

Just a thought.
--
Tom Watson Generic short signature
tsw johana.com (I'm at home now)

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Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 17:33:50 -0400
From: Stephen Bozzone rockzone.com>
Subject: Re: Ranger Windshield Question

Hi William,

From what I have experienced along from what I've gathered from others,
these cracks will spread.

That pit you have may turn into a crack as well. I know they have
repair kits for these situations.

Good luck,
Steve

william.hickey bankofamerica.com wrote:
>
> Hello.
> I have a small pit and four cracks (like an X) about 1/2 inch across on my 99
> Ranger windshield.
> Do I need to be concerned about this ? Will it get worse if I take no action ?
> Thanks
>
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From: "Steven Leonard" uswest.net>
Subject: Re: Brake Question
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 16:23:22 -0700

Rick,
Most times this just means you need to add fluid to the reservoir. When its
gets low, it will slosh on and off the sensor, causing the light to flash on
and off at irregular intervals.

I would think that the brakes are still fine after 20K miles, unless there
is a mechanical failure.

Good Luck

-----Original Message-----
From: small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com
[mailto:small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of C R Blanchard
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 9:08 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: [small-list] Brake Question



I think this has been discussed, but I could not find it in the archive...

I got my 88 Ranger last March. The dealer did the brakes when I bought it.
I've put on about 20k miles since then. The last few days my brake light
has been flashing intermittently. I was told it means the brakes need to be
done.

Questions:

Is 14 months/20k miles a standard length of time for brakes to wear? All my
other cars & my wife's car have gone 2+ years between brake jobs.

How soon do I need to do them? Can it wait until the weekend?

Should I do the front, back, or both. I had been told before that the back
usually only need done every other time you do the front. Any truth to
this?

Any recommended shoes/pads? Someone said AutoZone carbon metallic were good
(as long as I load up on anti-squeak gel).

Thanks,

Rick

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Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 17:57:35 -0700
From: Bob Fiddes cybertrails.com>
Subject: Re: Ranger Windshield Question

Yes, it will continue to get worse as you drive and hit bumps in the road. The
cracks will continue to run.

You can have it patched for a fraction of the cost of a new one. If you have full
comprehensive on it, it's best to have your insurance company replace it. It won't
cost you anything; however, as small as it is, they will probably only pay to patch
it.

If you want it to get bigger, all you need to do is put your thumb on the crack,
pointing in the direction you want it to go, and push. It will run out and
depending on how hard you push, will determine how far it will go!

Did I say that?

Bob

william.hickey bankofamerica.com wrote:

> Hello.
> I have a small pit and four cracks (like an X) about 1/2 inch across on my 99
> Ranger windshield.
> Do I need to be concerned about this ? Will it get worse if I take no action ?
> Thanks
>
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Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 21:13:14 -0500
From: Jordan Dean yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Explorer tires; Passeger vs. Light Truck

At 06:44 AM 6/20/2000 -0400, you wrote:


>Time to replace the Explorer tires...original equipment Firestone ATX with
>64K.
>('94 eddie bauer, 5 sp manual)
>
>Firestone no longer makes the ATX; the web site now recommends a Wilderness
>model among others. Any advice on these Firestones vs. other brands?
>
>I've found the right size tire in both Passenger (P) and Light Truck (LT)
>models. I've found the UTQG ratings on passenger tires to be useful; these
>codes are not provided for LT tires. Can I use P tires on my Explorer?


Anything but firestone. I got some "Mich." (non-advertising brand that
they have) Fisk Phantoms (basically LTX M/S) and they are WAY better than
the firestones were.
-Jordan Dean


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From: "Will Brown" mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 22:45:36 -0400
Subject: Re: Ranger Windshield Question

One thing I learned the hard way - if you're going to get the
winshield repaired, do it ASAP. The longer it sits cracked and not
fixed, the more road grime and grease gets into the crack. The
goo that gets in the crack prevents the fix-it stuff from adhering and
working properly (so I'm told). I tried to get a local business to
patch a one-year old crack, and they basically refused, stating the
reason above. Well, I think they would have tried, but they
basically guaranteed that it wouldn't work, and I'd end up needing a
new winshield anyway.

Oh, the crack ended up about 3 feet long, which started as a small
X or star about the size of a nickel. It was either a good hot day or
a good cold day that made it sprout about one foot at a time.

(there is a business/franchise in this area called "Novus" that
comes to where you are and does the repair onsite)

\/\/

On 20 Jun 00, at 11:18, william.hickey bankofamerica. wrote:

> I have a small pit and four cracks (like an X) about 1/2 inch across on my 99
> Ranger windshield.
> Do I need to be concerned about this ? Will it get worse if I take no action ?
> Thanks
>


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Date: 21 Jun 00 21:00:16 EDT
From: Tim Turner netscape.net>
Subject: Re: [Re: [Explorer A/C]]

Buck Shoff sktc.net> wrote:
> Hi Tim,
> Just curious, what problems did they have with the fans?

Cracking in the plastic fans for the most part. Preferring to keep my head
attached to my neck I usually inspect the fan closely on earlier
Explorers/Aerostars/Rangers before doing any underhood work where the engine
will be running for an extended time. The fan clutch I don't worry so much
about unless there's a customer complaint relating to it.

Tim

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