small-list-digest Thursday, July 30 1998 Volume 02 : Number 212



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Aerostar/Ranger Heat/AC
FTE Small - Roof Rack for Explorer
FTE Small - Re: '97 explorer - transmitter keypad - how to program ?
FTE Small - CB
FTE Small - 1998 Rander Rear-end tweak
Re: FTE Small - 1998 Rander Rear-end tweak
Re: FTE Small - 1998 Rander Rear-end tweak
FTE Small - Westin Bars phone #
FTE Small - Aftermarket camshafts for 2.8 L

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Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 09:29:11 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar/Ranger Heat/AC

Buck Shoff wrote:
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I will give you some heater core
dimensions that I think you will find interesting.

92 Aerostar 7 3/4x7 1/4x2
92 Ranger 8x6x2
92 Caravan 7 3/8x6 1/4x1 1/4
92 Astro 7 3/8x7 3/4x1 1/4

I would look for a problem under dash with a door not opening (or
closing) properly, or with a water line running to or from the core, or
the core not properly bled. Good luck.
Buck Shoff

Richard's reply
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Buck:

My jaw dropped when I read your reply. I mean, where did this guy pull
this data together from? I envisioned you sitting there with twenty
pounds of manuals in your lap just waiting for my message so you could
fire off this answer.

Anyway, I really appreciate your answer. It's interesting. So, it
appears that all these vehicles' heater cores are roughly the same
size. And your advice seems right to the point. I remember that
there's a special Aerostar bleeding routine that involves tippng the
vehicle. And I wonder if my mechanic did it right: a few weeks after my
mechanic replaced my heater core, now I'm doing the head gaskets.

All told, I expect to be out around $3 grand at SF Bay area shop rates.
Ugh.

Thank you!

Richard

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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 19:56:40 +0200
From: "todd and mignon"
Subject: FTE Small - Roof Rack for Explorer

I'm looking for a safari-type roof rack to mount on my 94 4 door Explorer,
I have the factory roof rack and am interested in something that will
attach to my existing rails and be able to hold spare tire, gas cans,
lights etc. I have seen only one such item in performance products catalog
and would like any inputs or help I can get as I'm stationed in Germany and
don't have much selection here except internet and catalog shopping, not to
mention I haven't run into anyone much into four wheeling and exploring the
German forests. Thanks very much.

Todd Dittmer
Spangdahlem AB, Germany
e-mail: MTD Silyn-Tek.de

PS: Any inputs or suggestions for side steps or rails would be appreciated
also

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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 18:29:53 +0100
From: Nick G Moulsdale
Subject: FTE Small - Re: '97 explorer - transmitter keypad - how to program ?

> Here's the directions posted a while back on the Explorer NG. Hope this
> works for you..
> Bob
> 97 Explorer XLT SOHC

> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> SYNCHRONIZING KEYLESS REMOTESON 95 EXPLORERS
> (untested by me on other Fords)
> 1) With all remotes (max=4) present in the vehicle with you,
> turn the ignition ON 5 times. On the 5th time, leave it ON,
> but DO NOT start the engine. You will begin to hear the
> door locks lock and unlock.
> 2) Press the LOCK button on all remotes
> 3) Press the UNLOCK button on all remotes
> 4) Press the PANIC button on all remotes
> 5) Turn the ignition OFF.
> Steps 2-4 can be done in any order, as long as all buttons
> on all remotes are pressed.

> NOTE: It is important to have all remotes with you at the
> time of programming (max=4). Failure to have all of them
> will result in the one(s) left out failing to work.
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


Dear Bob

I tried the above, and read also two other posts which said ignition
on 4 times for a '94 XLT, and 8 times for a '98. Mine is a '97,
built july '97, sold in UK Nov '97. I've tried 4, 5, 7 and 8 times
but I never get the
" You will begin to hear the door locks lock and unlock." bit. I've
NOT started engine at all, I've waited 1 second, 3 seconds, 5 seconds.

Also my xmitter has only one button, press on press off.

Logically(!) it should be (model year - 90) = # of times to switch
on. How long should I wait between switches, how long before door
locks lock and unlock?

My Dealer still "is obtaining further advices on this.........." so
it would belovely to beat the idiot to it!

Thanks for the posting, any further thoughts would be welcome





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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 18:05:29 EDT
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - CB

In a message dated 7/29/98 5:13:41 AM, you wrote:


Does anyone know who makes Rat(Radio) Shack's CB radios? I was gonna pick
up one
there since it was a low cost unit($79) and I have a 10% off coupon to
there.
>>

I have Radio Shack CB's in both my vehicles. They work fine. In my Ranger
('96), I attached it to the ash tray cover that pulls down. Be sure to get a
CB with an RF Gain adjustment. The cheapo's don't always have this adjust.
Ron Trampe
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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 20:23:58 -0500
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: FTE Small - 1998 Rander Rear-end tweak

Awhile ag I posted a message asking about a "thump" coming from the rear of
a 1998 Ranger 4x4 with 410 gears. I finally found the culperate and was
wondering if anyone else has experienced this:

The rear-end twists forward when taking off from a stop or slow roll. The
dealership finally looked at it and said it is normal for the rear-end to
do this. Has anyone ever heard of this?

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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 19:05:21 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 1998 Rander Rear-end tweak

At 08:23 PM 7/29/98 -0500, you wrote:

>
>The rear-end twists forward when taking off...

Oh my goodness!

Alan Wilson
(ICQ Pager - http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://wwp.mirabilis.com/153491)

Madden 98 Players Page
(http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.cris.com/~Usctrojn/madden.shtml)
NBA Live 98 League Page
(http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.cris.com/~Usctrojn/NBA98/NBA.htm)
Alan's Ford Ranger Site
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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 22:49:49 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 1998 Rander Rear-end tweak

I always thought they twisted bacwards..wasnt that the point of traction bars,
so when the rear twisted back they would be against the spring to hold it
where it should be? I could be wrong, but I thought that was it. As far for
the twisting on your Ranger, I guess it could be possible. My Ranger makes a
sound too, not really a thud, but a noise none the less. The dealer told me
it was nothing to worry about either. Its been doing it ever since i bought
it two years ago and its a 1993. My friend also has a 1993 Ranger, and it
does the exact same thing. So I guess it is normal.
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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 09:00:31 -0700
From: Richard Salitra
Subject: FTE Small - Westin Bars phone #

I have a catalog from Wedgestone Automotive Group which makes both
Westin & Fey products. their phone # is 800-345-8476. their address is
15854 Ornelas Street, Irwindale, CA 91706.

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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 21:12:41 PDT
From: "Alan Gustafson"
Subject: FTE Small - Aftermarket camshafts for 2.8 L

Next month I'll be pulling the 2.8L engine out of an 85 Ranger 4x4 that
I recently acquired, in order to do a light overhaul. Since the
camshaft will be removed from the engine, I'm considering replacing it
with an "RV grind" version to improve low end torque a bit.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a parts store that shows a
performance cam listing for this engine. My question is, has anyone
come across a decent cam for this engine?

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