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Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 04:00:23 -0400 (EDT)
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small-list-digest Friday, May 15 1998 Volume 02 : Number 133



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In this issue:

FTE Small - OD "Hunting" (EFI Problems)
Re: FTE Small - Starting problem
FTE Small - Recall
FTE Small - Paint splatters on my truck!!
Re: FTE Small - Starting problem
Re: FTE Small - Paint splatters on my truck!!
FTE Small - Tires for Aerostar
FTE Small - Aerostar Heater Core Madness
Re: FTE Small - Paint splatters on my truck!!
Re: FTE Small - Tires for Aerostar
FTE Small - shocks
Re: FTE Small - Recall
Re: FTE Small - Starting problem

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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 06:57:22 -0700
From: "Keith Christensen"
Subject: FTE Small - OD "Hunting" (EFI Problems)

"Ranger or similar vehicle having a hunting problem (shifting in/out of
overdrive)
the cruise control would not engage. now having similar problems (mainly
under load, going up hills) and didn't keep a copy of any replys. suspect
a dirty fuel filter/clogged injectors are cutting back the power as it is
also harderto start when cold. Any ideas? If the person who wrote the
original has a cure, I would appreciate a response.Thanks, Mark
Biederbeckmeb8100 aol.com"

I haven't seen it personally, but 3 folks at work with V6 Rangers/B II's
have had the TPI
(Throttle Postition Indicator) go bad, with all the problems given as
symptoms.

One guy replaced his, then figured out how to repair the old one, so we all
(about 8 more folks) have this one for a test swap unit now..

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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 07:48:20 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Starting problem

Brett ITT 41 wrote:
>
> I hope you all can help me. I have recently installed a battery cut-off
> switch and now I can't get the truck to crank. I put the c/off in the
> negative cable because of the alt. I removed the c/off and it still
> won't crank all it does is click from the starter solenoid. I replaced
> the starter solenoid but no help. What else could it be? I tried jump
> starting and still all I get is clicking from the sol. Could the starter
> be locked up? Would bump starting the truck maybe free it up?

Assuming the truck started before the cut-off switch installation, I
would be suspect of the switch. You could try overriding the switched
cable with an un-cut one & determine if that is your problem.

good luck!

TC
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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 11:14:39 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: FTE Small - Recall

I heard a rumor that Ford has issued a recall on small trucks, no word on
if that means just Rangers/Explorers or F series too. The recall I heard
was related to the wheels, maybe lugnuts, falling off. Other than that, I
didn't hear any specifics, or if it's even true. The only thing that jumps
to mind is the fact that you have to stay on top of the wheel stud/nut
torque. Anyone know or hear about this?

Dave
Denver, CO
Dave Armbruster
Controls Engineer
Process Analysts, Inc.
Lakewood, CO
(303) 987-6125
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Date: 14 May 98 15:55:08 EDT
From: RandalDGazdecki eaton.com
Subject: FTE Small - Paint splatters on my truck!!

Help someone-please!! I was driving on the freeway and a truck in front of me was leaking white paint onto the road and ALOT sprayed on my hood and windsheild. The paint dried almost instantly because of the warm weather and the 55MPH breeze. I don't want to ruin my paint getting this stuff off, someone give me some suggestions. I have a 91 Ranger with the Red paint job, so the white speckles stand-out BIGTIME. Someone asked me what kind of paint it was, I have no idea but I think the truck was a house painters truck, it could be latex or acrylic, I don't know.

Help,
Randy Gazdecki

randygaz asapnet.net

1991 Ford Ranger Ext. Cab 3.0L 5speed 2wd KKM Intake
1995 Nissan Altima SE stock (wife)
1988 Honda CRX Si "Pocket Rocket" K&N and more to come

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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 16:11:04 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Starting problem

Brett ITT 41 wrote:
>
> I hope you all can help me. I have recently installed a battery cut-off
> switch and now I can't get the truck to crank. I put the c/off in the
> negative cable because of the alt. I removed the c/off and it still
> won't crank all it does is click from the starter solenoid. I replaced
> the starter solenoid but no help. What else could it be? I tried jump
> starting and still all I get is clicking from the sol. Could the starter
> be locked up? Would bump starting the truck maybe free it up?
>
> Thanks in advance Brett ITT 41
>
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I had an escort gt and every now an then the starter would hit a dead
spot. try tapping on the starter a little or push start it if its a
stick
Chris
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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 16:01:13 EDT
From: EOD32
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Paint splatters on my truck!!

To take the paint spots off get yourself clay ball and some showroom spray
cleaner at most auto paint stores.

good luck

Jim
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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 12:48:10 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Tires for Aerostar

I need to buy a set of tires. I'd like your opinions and experiences
about tires for Aerostars.
Mine is a '92, regular length. Stock tire size is 215/70r14.

I'll be doing mostly local and freeway driving. I really like
good-handling tires (positive cornering, stable and straight
down-the-road, etc.) but also have back problems and therefore need a
well-cushioned ride. It seems that what I'm looking for is a tire with
good vertical cushioning yet good lateral grip and stability.

I bought the van 6 months ago. The seller used 225/60r14 all around.
These smaller/wider (low-profile) tires give the Aerostar respectable
handling, but the vehicle slams violently into every minor pothole.

Last week, a neighbor let me try driving her Aerostar with the OEM
Michelin XW4 tires. The bumps were well-cushioned; I'd call it a
"classic American car ride." The handling was ok, but there was more
"slip angle" than I like: I had to rotate the steering wheel a lot
further than I'm used to to get around corners, and more often to keep
the vehicle going straight.

Michelin is replacing the XW4 with a model called "Symmetry." It's not
out yet in the Aerostar size. They also make three other models in this
size. The top one (a touring tire) is the X-One, with lots of good
qualities, although it is noisier and harder-riding than the XW4. A 99%
equivalent is marketed through warehouses (Costco, etc.) as the "X
Radial Plus." These two are advanced extremely high-mileage tires.

Michelin's other two models are XH4 and Rain Force MX4. The XH4 is a
harder-riding, high-mileage model. I had the predecessor XHs on my
Toyota Corona, and found them noisy and slightly hard, decent handling.
I can't comment on the MX4s at all.

I'm not familiar with any other brands, but would like to know.

Do any of you have experience with these (or any oher) Aerostar tires?
What can you tell me about them?

Your replies are much appreciated.

Richard

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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 11:05:59 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar Heater Core Madness

I'd like comments about how to "civilize" Ford's Aerostar heater core
"gotcha." Mine is a '92 with AC and rear heater, too.

When the heater core needs to be replaced, this monster must be fought:
The hose ends are recessed behind expensive (R12-filled AC accumulator
etc.) obstructions. The only way that Ford themselves could attach the
hoses was to use special plastic "pop-on" couplings crimped onto the
hose ends. Both hoses branch into a "y" at the engine end. Thus, the
hoses appear to be costly dealer parts. A special tool is required to
get behind the stuff and pop-apart the couplings. After this, the job
looks very straightforward.

The special tool is very simple, but my nearest Ford dealer -- Albany
Ford (Albany CA) is no help: "We don't sell tools." A NAPA dealer
quoted me $59 for a genuine "Ford Aerostar Heater Hose Disconnect
Tool."

The other issue is that there are a couple of O-rings, a spacer, and a
part called a "retainer" (a corregated space filler ring that prevents
the assembly from working apart). It is expected that these parts will
be damaged and should be replaced with new ones. However, the
aftermarket suppliers don't know what I'm talking about when I ask if
they sell them.

Further, someone has mentioned that they bought an adaptor set from
their NAPA store which allows them to use ordinary 3/8" heater hose for
this job. However, both NAPA stores in this region never heard of such
things.

Now, as you can imagine, I'm feeling sort of helpless about this, like
if I had bought myself a Citroen instead of Detroit iron. You know, if
I spring a leak in the middle of the desert this is going to be a really
big multi-day hassle.

MY QUESTIONS:
How can I convert to normal American hoses?
How can I create my own "y" assemblies?
How can I convert the hose-end fixtures to something sane, and yet be
able to get the hoses off the heater core?
After the conversion, how do I then get the new fixtures to release the
hoses? What kind of tool do I then need?

Thanks

Richard
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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 13:49:11 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Paint splatters on my truck!!

If it is latex house paint, it is water based & should come off with
soap & water. Did you have a good coat of wax on your truck? This will
help form a barrier between your paint & the offending paint. If not,
you might need to use some rubbing compound to get the paint out. If
the paint is dry... go out and try scraping the paint off with a
fingernail. When latex paint is dry, it wants to stick together. That
could make it easier for you to remove. good luck & let us know how it
works out.

TC
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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 13:55:08 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Tires for Aerostar

I thought the ride of a vehicle had a lot more to do with spring rates &
shock absorbers than tires... at least when comparing similar sized
tires. Beyond tread differences and tire "ingredients", how much
difference can there be (realizing that these differences affect
cornering, grip and wear more than "cushion").

Did I sleep through that auto shop class?

TC
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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 16:26:05 -0700
From: "J.Scott Harkema"
Subject: FTE Small - shocks

My 76 F-250 uses a coil spring( simiar to a
carb return spring) to keep the emergency brake
cable away from the shocks. Should work on your
brake line too. I had good luck with KYB & Bilsten
shocks.Kinda pricey tho.
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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 18:52:23 -0500
From: Mike Fisher
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Recall

This recall was for F150's, F250's, Expeditions and Navigators only.

Dave Armbruster wrote:

> I heard a rumor that Ford has issued a recall on small trucks, no word on
> if that means just Rangers/Explorers or F series too. The recall I heard
> was related to the wheels, maybe lugnuts, falling off. Other than that, I
> didn't hear any specifics, or if it's even true. The only thing that jumps
> to mind is the fact that you have to stay on top of the wheel stud/nut
> torque. Anyone know or hear about this?
>
> Dave
> Denver, CO
> Dave Armbruster
> Controls Engineer
> Process Analysts, Inc.
> Lakewood, CO
> (303) 987-6125
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Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 20:43:01 -0400
From: "Bob Leifer"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Starting problem

Check all the ground wire braids; one may have burned off if you tried to
start the engine and the cutoff was not wired correctly.

Bob
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From: Brett ITT 41
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Date: Wednesday, May 13, 1998 8:26 PM
Subject: FTE Small - Starting problem


>I hope you all can help me. I have recently installed a battery cut-off
>switch and now I can't get the truck to crank. I put the c/off in the
>negative cable because of the alt. I removed the c/off and it still
>won't crank all it does is click from the starter solenoid. I replaced
>the starter solenoid but no help. What else could it be? I tried jump
>starting and still all I get is clicking from the sol. Could the starter
>be locked up? Would bump starting the truck maybe free it up?
>
> Thanks in advance Brett ITT 41
>
>
>
>
>
>
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