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fordtrucks-small-digest Saturday, January 31 1998 Volume 02 : Number 032



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In this issue:

Erratic Idle [John Bartin ]
RE: Erratic Idle ["Roberson, John" ]
Explorer front-end lube question [Bob Scola ]
RE: Explorer front-end lube question ["Roberson, John"
RE: Usenet [Andrew Webber ]
Re: K&N & Warranty [Bill Funk ]
3.0L 4X4 gas mileage [Blest25913 aol.com]
Lemon Law [Blest25913 aol.com]
re: 98 Explorer questions ["Larry Coffman" ]
Re: 3.0L 4X4 gas mileage [Diana Slyter ]
Re: 3.0L 4X4 gas mileage [FastRngXLT aol.com]

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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 09:28:16 -0600
From: John Bartin
Subject: Erratic Idle

Has anyone experienced an idle problem with the 4.0 L V6? My '95 Explorer
XLT 4x4 (automatic, 18,000 mi) has a 'rough' idle. I hesitate to use the
word 'rough'. Erratic may be more appropriate, because one of the symptoms
is an occassional oscillating rpm that can be seen on the tachometer. Other
symptoms are occassional hiccup (misfire), and a low point in the idle
that feels like a stumble that can usually be felt when coming to a stop.
'Occassional' is a key word here. There is no rhythm to these problems; it
may run smooth for several minutes. These problems occur after engine
warm-up and are noticable in or out of gear. No problems at any other
speeds.
The dealer has replaced the mass air flow sensor with no change to the
problem. I am still under warranty, and am trying to get it solved before
March when it expires.
I also have this engine in my '95 Ranger SC XLT 4x4 (automatic 38,000 mi)
and it runs and idles smooth as glass.

Thanks
John

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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 10:51:18 -0500
From: "Roberson, John"
Subject: RE: Erratic Idle

Ther are 2 oxygen sensors. I had both replaced and it cured many
problems that could not be resolved. Ge the dealer to put a flight
recorder on your vehicle and they can then usually isolate the problem.
Good luck

John Roberson
Channel Marketing Manager
978-952-5661
978-952-5824 Fax
978-952-5028 Private Fax
jroberson xyplex.com
www.xyplex.com

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> From: John Bartin[SMTP:jbartin st-louis-emh2.army.mil]
> Reply To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Sent: Friday, January 30, 1998 10:28 AM
> To: 'fordtrucks-small-digest listservice.net'
> Cc: 'jbartin'
> Subject: Erratic Idle
>
> Has anyone experienced an idle problem with the 4.0 L V6? My '95
> Explorer
> XLT 4x4 (automatic, 18,000 mi) has a 'rough' idle. I hesitate to use
> the
> word 'rough'. Erratic may be more appropriate, because one of the
> symptoms
> is an occassional oscillating rpm that can be seen on the tachometer.
> Other
> symptoms are occassional hiccup (misfire), and a low point in the
> idle
> that feels like a stumble that can usually be felt when coming to a
> stop.
> 'Occassional' is a key word here. There is no rhythm to these
> problems; it
> may run smooth for several minutes. These problems occur after engine
> warm-up and are noticable in or out of gear. No problems at any other
> speeds.
> The dealer has replaced the mass air flow sensor with no change to the
>
> problem. I am still under warranty, and am trying to get it solved
> before
> March when it expires.
> I also have this engine in my '95 Ranger SC XLT 4x4 (automatic 38,000
> mi)
> and it runs and idles smooth as glass.
>
> Thanks
> John
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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 10:22:52 -0800
From: Bob Scola
Subject: Explorer front-end lube question

I've got a '97 XLT with 8K miles. Are there any grease fittings on the
front end which will need attention? Do I need to install any fittings?
I'd suspect this question would apply to 95-98's. Any info appreciated.
Thanks.

BTW- On the thread about missing hood & glove box lamps on '98's, someone
reported on usenet that the red/white warning lamps on the inside front
doors had also dissapeared for '98 & had been replaced with a red reflector
(lights made optional). He pried off the plastic reflectors & found the
wiring & bulb holder installed, installed a bulb & bought the other lenses
from Ford and bingo. In this case Ford didn't save any money by deleteing
the feature, just changed it into an option. It's possible if the hood &
glovebox are now an option (or available on a different trim package), it
may be worth a look to see if the wiring is in place. Also- Explorers made
after April 97 lost the seperate rear washer tank & feed off the front.


Bob

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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 14:17:24 -0500
From: "Roberson, John"
Subject: RE: Explorer front-end lube question

Thanks very much.
How about the Door locking issue? Any knowledge? What is usenet?
Thanks, John
John Roberson
Channel Marketing Manager
978-952-5661
978-952-5824 Fax
978-952-5028 Private Fax
jroberson xyplex.com
www.xyplex.com

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> From: Bob Scola[SMTP:bobscola microsoft.com]
> Reply To: fordtrucks-small ListService.net
> Sent: Friday, January 30, 1998 1:22 PM
> To: 'fordtrucks-small ListService.net'
> Subject: Explorer front-end lube question
>
> I've got a '97 XLT with 8K miles. Are there any grease fittings on
> the
> front end which will need attention? Do I need to install any
> fittings?
> I'd suspect this question would apply to 95-98's. Any info
> appreciated.
> Thanks.
>
> BTW- On the thread about missing hood & glove box lamps on '98's,
> someone
> reported on usenet that the red/white warning lamps on the inside
> front
> doors had also dissapeared for '98 & had been replaced with a red
> reflector
> (lights made optional). He pried off the plastic reflectors & found
> the
> wiring & bulb holder installed, installed a bulb & bought the other
> lenses
> from Ford and bingo. In this case Ford didn't save any money by
> deleteing
> the feature, just changed it into an option. It's possible if the
> hood &
> glovebox are now an option (or available on a different trim package),
> it
> may be worth a look to see if the wiring is in place. Also-
> Explorers made
> after April 97 lost the seperate rear washer tank & feed off the
> front.
>
>
> Bob
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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 14:54:39 -0500
From: Andrew Webber
Subject: RE: Usenet

At 02:17 PM 30-01-1998 -0500, you wrote:
>Thanks very much.
>How about the Door locking issue? Any knowledge? What is usenet?

Usenet is "the newsgroups". If you have an ISP, including AOL, you may
have access to the Usenet groups but under a different name (such as
"newsgroups"). If not, most ISP packages will include a newsfeed.

You can use Netscape to read them (in v4, it has to be the Netscape
Messenger part of Communicator, the Netscape Navigator doesn't include it).
I'm sure Internet Explorer handles them too, and there are also dedicated
offline newsreaders.

And there are (or were) some websites that allowed you to access newsgroups
directly through your browser, zippo.com was one. Also accessible with a
web browser, dejanews.com and reference.com are archives of newsgroups.

One of the groups is rec.autos.makers.ford.explorer, which would be a good
supplement to this mailing list.

Be careful posting to a Usenet group, I'd guess they're the source of 75%+
of the spam you'll get in your mailbox -- every time I post to a Usenet
group, I get a flood of offers of free sexxx, free money, or both (no
sexxx-based pyramid schemes yet, but I'm sure that's next :).


andrew
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"Since 1990"
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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 14:47:31 -0700
From: Bill Funk
Subject: Re: K&N & Warranty

> From: Nathan Heid
> Subject: Re: fordtrucks-small-digest V2 #30
>
> At 08:40 PM 1/29/98 -0500, you wrote:
> Use of the oiled filters, like a K&N, void the
> >warranty of newer Fords (they say the oil can gum up sensors in the
> >intake),
>
> Is this true? K&N claims that manufacturers cannot void a
> warranty over
> this. Additionally I've heard that the new V-6 Mustangs come from the
>
> factory with oiled filters. Has anyone else heard this?

A Federal law says that the manufacturers can't void a warranty just
because an aftermarket item is used. They must prove that the added item
is actually the cause of a particular problem, if they want to deny
warranty coverage for that problem.
I have noticed, however, that this doesn't seem to stop them from trying
just this as an opening move.

Bill Funk

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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 22:12:05 EST
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: 3.0L 4X4 gas mileage

In a message dated 1/27/98 6:54:32 AM, you wrote:


Luckily, I'm just leasing the truck, so I'll be able to evaluate it at
the end of the 2 years and see if it's worth keeping.

Phil Thompson

- -->>

I have a 3.0L 4X4 '96 Ranger. It has the AT. The only thing I've done to it is
add a Jason capper. I just got 22 mpg today on a 200 mile trip. Around town I
get about 16 mpg.
Ron Trampe

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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 22:28:43 EST
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: Lemon Law

In a message dated 1/29/98 6:48:04 AM, you wrote:


Any advice on what I should do? At what time do I just demand a different
truck?

Thanks for any help you can offer!

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>>
What you should do is hurry to the nearest office of the California Attorney
General's office, Consumer's Affair's Dept. You have to do something before
12,000 miles. Also within 1 year (I think).
Ron Trampe

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Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 01:14:10 -0500
From: "Larry Coffman"
Subject: re: 98 Explorer questions

on our 96 explorer the rear washer fill is inside the rear liftgate, a
small rubber plug is located approx. the bottom of the windows

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Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 01:47:03 -0600 (CST)
From: Diana Slyter
Subject: Re: 3.0L 4X4 gas mileage

My 98 3.0L 4X4 automatic is getting about 15 in town and 18 on the highway
without a cap. Is yours a manual or automatic?

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On Fri, 30 Jan 1998 Blest25913 aol.com wrote:

>
> In a message dated 1/27/98 6:54:32 AM, you wrote:
>
>
> Luckily, I'm just leasing the truck, so I'll be able to evaluate it at
> the end of the 2 years and see if it's worth keeping.
>
> Phil Thompson
>
> -->>
>
> I have a 3.0L 4X4 '96 Ranger. It has the AT. The only thing I've done to it is
> add a Jason capper. I just got 22 mpg today on a 200 mile trip. Around town I
> get about 16 mpg.
> Ron Trampe
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Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 02:58:43 EST
From: FastRngXLT aol.com
Subject: Re: 3.0L 4X4 gas mileage

In a message dated 98-01-30 22:17:16 EST, you write:


Luckily, I'm just leasing the truck, so I'll be able to evaluate it at
the end of the 2 years and see if it's worth keeping.

Phil Thompson

-->>

I have a 3.0L 4X4 '96 Ranger. It has the AT. The only thing I've done to it
is
add a Jason capper. I just got 22 mpg today on a 200 mile trip. Around town I....


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