small-list-digest Sunday, September 13 1998 Volume 02 : Number 256



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Ranger Pinging
Re: FTE Small - Ranger Pinging
FTE Small - pinging
FTE Small - Both Brake and Rear-AntiLock Lights come on.
FTE Small - sidestep bars for '98 Ranger
Re: FTE Small - Both Brake and Rear-AntiLock Lights come on.
Re: FTE Small - pinging

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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 14:27:15 EDT
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger Pinging

Again, its back to the octane rating. For me anyway. My '96 V6 started pinging
at 70,000 miles. I replaced the plugs, and that helped some. I went to 89
octane gasoline, and it has stopped.

Mine only did it on hills, and we have some bad ones here along the
Mississippi in Wisconsin. But only after the speedometer read 70K.

Ron Trampe


pinging is there. It is not as bad as before, and it goes away when I shut
the air conditioner off.

What do you think? Should I be happy that things are much better than
before, or is there still a "fixable" problem? Can you give me any help
with a diagnosis from the info that I have given here?

I really appreciate the help.
Thanks,
Mel>>>>>>>
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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 17:53:09 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger Pinging

Again, its back to the octane rating. For me anyway. My '96 V6 started
pinging at 70,000 miles. I replaced the plugs, and that helped some. I
went to 89 octane gasoline, and it has stopped.

Have yuou had your upper and lower intake cleaned. How about fuel
injectors, throttle body? Did you try changing O2 sensor, how about
having the EGR system cleaned? Did you check the gap on the new plugs?
How about the knock sensor? Different gas stations? There seems to be
more of a problem with 3.0 than either the 2.3 or the 4.0! Maybe its
that the 4.0 and 2.3 are designed to produce power(torque, what little
torque 2.3 has it comes under 2500rpms) during low rpms and 3.0(tauras,
tempo) being that its designed for a car produces its power at a higher
rpm so in the lower rpms it struggles a little under 2500 rpms or so!
Something to think about. Please no flames just an opinion!
Chris
94 F150 Lightning #381 red
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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 19:39:37 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: FTE Small - pinging

I didn't think to mention this before but have any of you guys with
pinging 3.0 change timing belt(especially one over 60K) When the timing
belt ages it stretches those in return changing your timing. Just
another thought!
Chris
94 Lightning #381
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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 18:20:37 -0700
From: "media101 earthlink.net"
Subject: FTE Small - Both Brake and Rear-AntiLock Lights come on.

I was wondering if anyone had some insight on this problem. I have a 92 Explorer Sport, man trans, 2WD and for some
odd reason both the Brake and The Rear-Antilock light comes on. It happens intermittinely, usually about 5-10 min after
I start my car. Sometimes right when I start my car. But once it goes on it doesn't go off unless you restart the car. It
doesn't seem to adversely affect the vehicle. Could it possibly be a short?!? I have no clue, any insight would be greatly
appreciated. Thanks in advance

>--Chris



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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 10:07:51 -0700
From: Richard Salitra
Subject: FTE Small - sidestep bars for '98 Ranger

Since Smittybuilt hasn't yet come out with anything for a '98 Ranger, I
looked elsewhere & found that Rhino makes what looks to be a comparable
product. Their new Sumatra Series 4000 is frame mounted. The part #
for a '98 extended cab is 4168B (black) and 4168C (chrome). I'm
wondering if anybody has put these on their truck and what they think of
them? Are they really as comparable as they look? - I've only seen them
in a catalog. Also, since I'm not confident about any possible drilling
to put sidebars on, I'm thinking of having a shop put them on for me. I
was quoted $100 for this, $50/hours and 1 hours per side. Is that
reasonable? I appreciate any possible feedback. thanks.

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Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 03:07:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (tommy oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Both Brake and Rear-AntiLock Lights come on.

there is a problem with your antilock brakes. light must stay onto
retrive code from system the part that usely goes bad is called a rabs
valve and costs about $250.00 dealer item only. to pull code from system
have engine running and abs light on. go under dash on drivers side and
look for a gray connector taped to the wiring harness and ground that
connector for about 1-2 sec and then count the number of flashes such as
- --- 1 sec pause --- and then 2-4 sec pause. and continues flashing the
same or another this puts the abs module in a test function the number
of flashes indicate for example above would be code 33. pull the code
and i can tell you what the code means. the connector you are looking
for is a single black wire with a orange stripe.

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Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 03:08:34 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (tommy oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - pinging

the 3.0 has a timing chain the 2.3 has the timing belt.

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