small-list-digest Monday, July 20 1998 Volume 02 : Number 202



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In this issue:

FTE Small - 1998 Ranger Maintenance
Re: FTE Small - Transfer Case
FTE Small - Re. Clunk Solved
FTE Small - Spark Plugs
FTE Small - Explorer axle code46. Ratio?
FTE Small - Re: T-case drain plug
Re: FTE Small - Re: T-case drain plug
FTE Small - Oil change interval, continued...

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Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 09:43:57 -0500
From: "Jim Bielecki"
Subject: FTE Small - 1998 Ranger Maintenance

I have a '98 Ranger Supercab 4X4, 3.0L, 5 speed manual transmission. In the
instruction manual Ford recommends lubricating the driveshaft slip yoke
every 10,000 miles beginning at the 5,000 miles. My vehicle isn't equipped
with grease fittings so lubing the slip yoke means removing the driveshaft,
protective boot and all, to add the necessary grease. Is anybody actually
doing this? I never lubricated the slip yoke on my old '87 Ranger and I put
160,000+ miles on that vehicle with no driveshaft related problems.
Likewise on my '93 Explorer which is closing in on 90,000 miles. Anybody
have any thoughts on this?


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Date: 19 Jul 1998 10:03:04 EDT
From: Hawk sktc.net
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transfer Case

SM>Hey Buck, Chill out! I'm sure your case takes oil, and there most likely is
SM>drain plug. I have never seen and can't even imagine what a transfer case
SM>without gears would be for. Even with no gears it would have to oil the
SM>bearings on the shaft, wouldn't it?
SM>Any way, mine is a Borg Warner and has the drain hole on the lower portion a
SM>the rear of the case. Is yours maybe covered with gunk and you just don't se
SM>it ? Mine required a 3\8 drive ratchet to remove and the fill plug was about
SM>2" above the drain and also at the rear of the case. Drain is toward the
SM>driver side and fill is toward the passenger side.
SM>Hope this helps, if not let us know who made the case.
SM>D Baken

I'm very red faced and embarrassed right now, but I blew it. It has a
drain. You must take off a balancer to even see it. Once the balancer
is off, it is right where it is supposed to be. Thanks for your post, D
Baken, you kinda jerked me back to reality and made me look harder. I
guess I just hollered before I was really hurt.
Buck Shoff

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Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 12:24:20 -0400
From: James H Smith
Subject: FTE Small - Re. Clunk Solved

Dave, my 98 Ranger XLT Extended Cab 5 speed with 2.5 engine has same
problem
you described. At 5000 miles I took it to the dealer because of the mass
air sensor failure and to have the clunking, grabbing problem checked
and also to see if it had a limmited slip rear end. I was told that a
test drive did not indicate drive line
problems. I asked if the rear end was limited slip and he replied "sort
of". Later I checked the rear end code and found that that to be for a
non-limited slip. The
grabbing I get when accelerating and de-accelerating feels like what
might occur
if something was engaging and disengaging in the rear end (I don't know
very much about limited slips). May be worth pursuing if you still have
the problem. I can't pursue it for now because of personal, but intend
to when I can.
Jim.

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BMNŽ


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Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 16:21:32 EDT
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Spark Plugs


I just replaced the plugs for the first time in my '96 Ranger V6. Its got 69K
on it. Actually, I've only replaced one side so far. The other side will have
to wait until tomorrow, or so. They are so rusted in it is taking a long time.
I'm replacing them because the truck is starting to miss and ping. Something
its never done before.
My question is: I'm replacing platinum plugs with copper plugs. Whats the
difference, other than the different composition material?
I'm gapping them for 0.042". The ones I'm taking out are very worn. One was
0.062". One came to a point on the center electrode.
Thanks,
Ron Trampe>>

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Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 16:16:05 -0500
From: Pappy
Subject: FTE Small - Explorer axle code46. Ratio?

Any body know the axke ratio on my 1998 Explorer? The sticker says 46. Thank you
in advance.

Johnny, Houston, Texas
E-Mail: pappy007(at sign here)swbell.net
"Fight crime - Shoot back!"
ONLY IN AMERICA does a homeless vet sleep in a
cardboard box, while a draft dodger sleeps in
the Whitehouse.


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Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 21:27:22 EDT
From: JaWise aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Re: T-case drain plug

I swear I remember reading somewhere that in some of the Bronco II's that are
4x2 Ford put in an empty transfer case just as a spacer so the suspension
would be the same as a 4x4 model. If I remember correctly it has no fluid in
it. Think it was a Chilton book.
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Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 20:35:35 -0500
From: Jonathan Smith
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: T-case drain plug

That's what my Hayne's manual says about my 89 Bronco II 4x2
(the transfer case is a Borg Warner 13-[something] and runs
dry).

JaWise aol.com wrote:
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> I swear I remember reading somewhere that in some of the Bronco II's that are
> 4x2 Ford put in an empty transfer case just as a spacer so the suspension
> would be the same as a 4x4 model. If I remember correctly it has no fluid in
> it. Think it was a Chilton book.
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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 01:46:41 -0800
From: "Tom Watson"
Subject: FTE Small - Oil change interval, continued...

Now that I have a few miles on my 98 Explorer, I am coming to my second
scheduled oil change. But, there is a delemia...

The dealer I got the first oil change done at (at 5k miles) is sending
me cards, letters, and phone calls to solicit business. The first card
indicated that a 9k mile service was scheduled. To me this looks like
a dealer (I didn't buy the Explorer there!!) is hawking for business. I
mean phone calls, give me a break.

The service book which has nice places to get "sign-offs" from the dealer
(which the above dealer didn't do at 5k miles!!) indicates a 10k miles
oil change. This seems to be reasonable, and other sources seem to say
that this is "reasonable".

But... the "message center" goodie that comes with the $$$$$$$$ packages
that are included in the trim line I got still says that I've got (I'm
guessing here a bit) 37% oil life left. Previously I extrapolated the
numbers out and the message center number between oil changes is (my guess)
7.5k miles.

I suspect that any one of these could be close to the truth.

Questions to the masses:
1) Am I wasting money by going to 5k intervals??
2) If not, then why doesn't the "message center" have the correct number
programmed into it??

Yes, I know that one can change the percentage to use with some special
key change, but why wouldn't it be set to 5k miles from the factory??

Anyone else have this annoyance??
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Tom Watson Generic short signature
tsw johana.com (I'm at home now)
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