small-list-digest Wednesday, May 20 1998 Volume 02 : Number 138



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Explorer heat shield and...
Re: FTE Small - Explorer heat shield and...
Re: FTE Small - bumper
Re: FTE Small - Explorer heat shield and...
FTE Small - RE: Sway Bars & Rear Gears
FTE Small - Temp & Hubs
FTE Small - ADMIN: Another list vote
FTE Small - Tilt Steering Knuckle
FTE Small - Auto Hubs
Re: FTE Small - Auto Hubs
Re: FTE Small - RE: Sway Bars & Rear Gears
Re: FTE Small - Temp & Hubs
FTE Small - Dana 35
FTE Small - Ranger White Faced Gauges?
FTE Small - FTE Small-Ranger stuff FOR SALE
FTE Small - Temp & Hubs
FTE Small - Ranger is hella Tough
FTE Small - I've heard people talkin about rear ends???
Re: FTE Small - Explorer heat shield
Re: FTE Small - bumper
FTE Small - About Fender Benders

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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 07:12:13 -0400 (EDT)
From: Andy Burke
Subject: FTE Small - Explorer heat shield and...

Is it common for a heat shield to come loose and rattle on a '94 Explorer
XLT 4x4 with 55k? Mine did and they charged me $38 for brackets. Also,
what does it mean to have chopped tires? It creates a wobble at 65mph,
but at no other speed. Am I doomed to replace the tires? Any help is
much appreciated. Thanks, Andy.

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Andrew J. Burke
Easton High School
Mathematics Department

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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 12:04:08 GMT
From: adl64 bigfoot.com (Anita Lauro)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer heat shield and...

On Tue, 19 May 1998 07:12:13 -0400 (EDT), you wrote:

>Is it common for a heat shield to come loose and rattle on a '94 =
Explorer
>XLT 4x4 with 55k? Mine did and they charged me $38 for brackets. Also,
>what does it mean to have chopped tires? It creates a wobble at 65mph,
>but at no other speed. Am I doomed to replace the tires? Any help is
>much appreciated. Thanks, Andy.

I think it is very common to have the heat shield come loose. It
happened on my '94 Explorer and it might have had 30K miles on it. I
wasn't charged for the repair, but I imagine it was under warranty.
Can't help you with the tires, though...

Anita
'98 Ranger XLT 2WD
'94 Explorer Sport 4WD (previously)
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 08:04:10 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: FTE Small - bumper

>>I love my Ranger but if this is FORD TOUGH I'd like to meet the person that
>>thinks these trucks are TOUGH. I'm sure they are using the word to mean
>>'Looks Great' not using the word TOUGH to mean 'Strong'.
>>
>
>Sometimes the angle and location of the hit can make all the difference
>in the world. I hit a BMW with noticably thin sheet metal with my
>4700 lb 1967 F100 which has very thick metal and a heavy bumper. Her
>bumper was hit dead on, mine was hit at angle to the frame rail.
>Very minor (visible) damage to her car, $900 to my truck. My bumper
>took all the impact in one small area, bent back and pushed on the
>fender. Her car took the impact across the entire bumper.

I had a similiar experience, I was rear ended by a high school aged girl in
a Tempo during a surprise April '97 snow in St. Louis. The middle of her
hood hit me squarely on the bumper right at the passenger side bumper
mount, so basicly on the passenger side frame rail. I took about $1,000 in
damage (mostly do the to fact that since it was her insurance I requested a
new tailgate, bumper and associated parts). Didn't help that the bed put a
dent in the rear of the cab and that is labor intensive just to get to.
The police's guess was that she was probably going about 15 to maybe 20 mph
when she hit, she was traveling 35 over a blind hill and locked up her
brakes about 1,250 ft behind me on ice. Her car was totaled. It pretty
much took everything above her bumper and crammed it up to the firewall,
probably because her front end was diving from her braking so hard. I
ended up with an insurance subsidized Borla cat-back, since it bent my
tailpipe badly.

>Go check out the crash results on the competition, especially
>the Tacoma and you'll be glad you bought American.

Since mine actually works, I am glad I bought Ford for more than just the
crash results.

Dave
'97 Ranger S/C XLT 4x4
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 12:02:40 -0400
From: "Joe Merchak"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer heat shield and...

My 93 Rangers started rattling after 50K. I just removed them. After 50K
more miles, no problems have risen because of it.
- -----Original Message-----
From: Anita Lauro
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 1998 8:02 AM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer heat shield and...


>On Tue, 19 May 1998 07:12:13 -0400 (EDT), you wrote:
>
>>Is it common for a heat shield to come loose and rattle on a '94 Explorer
>>XLT 4x4 with 55k? Mine did and they charged me $38 for brackets. Also,
>>what does it mean to have chopped tires? It creates a wobble at 65mph,
>>but at no other speed. Am I doomed to replace the tires? Any help is
>>much appreciated. Thanks, Andy.
>
>I think it is very common to have the heat shield come loose. It
>happened on my '94 Explorer and it might have had 30K miles on it. I
>wasn't charged for the repair, but I imagine it was under warranty.
>Can't help you with the tires, though...
>
>Anita
>'98 Ranger XLT 2WD
>'94 Explorer Sport 4WD (previously)
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 09:10:12 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Sway Bars & Rear Gears

>Dont know who the guy was saying swaybars were for pavement pushers...

I wasn't the guy, but just my experience: I had my front sway bar
disconnected on my 4x4 for a couple of days while I was making some
quick-disconnects for it. Whoooaa... that sure made for a scary ride around
town. On the flip side I completely removed the rear sway bar quite some
time ago and have not been able to tell much of a difference on the street,
but a big difference off pavement (haven't been in the sand since though).
I'm sure a heavy load in the bed (which is rare in my truck) would probably
make a difference.

>3L73 as part the code which means that I've got a locking rear
differential

The "locking" differential in this case is more accurately described as a
"Limited Slip" differential (also referred to as "Posi", etc., etc.), I
think Ford still uses the brand name "Trac Lock" which came stock in mine.
True locking differentials like Detroit and LockRites are a different
animal.

Later.... Pete
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 12:45:08 -0500
From: John Cassis
Subject: FTE Small - Temp & Hubs

Hey guys I have two questions for you. On my - 93' 4x4 Ranger =
3.0/5-speed.

1.) Down here in Houston the temperture has already started to dip into =
the 90's so take the warm temp. into consideration. But I've noticed the =
las week or so while doing some trveling and especialy while sitting in =
traffic for 1/2 an hour or so, that the temperature in my truck is =
running warmer than it ever has in the last 5 years. Its not in the red =
on the needle but it usualy would get a little hotter than dead center =
on the guage and a couple of times its gotten in the 3/4 range on the =
guage. In traffic once I got moving again it started to cool down and on =
the highway I slowed up a bit, I was running about 85 for about a half =
an hour or so. The truck has 92,000 miles on it. All I've ever done to =
the cooling system is had it flushed a couple of times. Is it time to =
just replace all of it...ie. water pump, thermostat, and have it flushed =
or possible new radiator? Or am I missing something here?

2) A couple of months ago my hubs were making poping noises every now =
and then. I had the taken apart re-greased and put back together. I've =
been off-roading at the beach a few times since then but never in =
anything like mud over the axels to get moisture in them. Yesterday the =
hub on the driverside started making the poping noise while driving thru =
a parkinglot. I engaged the 4x and then disengaged it. the poping =
stopped. Whats up with that? It was making that poping noise it makes =
when you put it reverse to unlock the hubs. Any Ideas on this?Am I =
fixing to blow a hub?

Sorry so long winded. Thanks for any help here.

John Cassis
93' STX 4x4 3.0/5-speed
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 14:11:04 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Another list vote

As requested several times over the last few months, a vote
to start a performance oriented list has been added to the
voting center on the web site. This list would be for
discussion of performance, hot-rod and street-rod issues for
all years and models of Ford trucks. This list will be
dedicated to the pursuit of power!

Point your browser to the main web site and click on "voting".
Voting expires in two weeks. If passed, this new list would
be administered by list member Keith Srb, who has volunteered
to take on the job.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com


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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 14:58:41 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - Tilt Steering Knuckle

My steering column squeaks when I turn the wheel and when I tilt the
wheel up and down. I figure that this is due to the plastic knuckle in the
column that allows both of these motions. I have taken off the covers to
the column and tried to grease the knuckle with my fingers with a waterproof
high temp partially silicone lubricant. I got a good amount of grease on on
pretty much all of the knuckle. I have done this 3 times. Twice it did not
stop the squeak and once it stopped for a short time. Now it is the worst
it has ever been.

-Does it need to be replaced?
-Is there a better lubricant I can use and/or what is the
proper lubricant?
-Is there a better way to apply it without disassembly?

I have shied away from spray lubes, as they tend to contain solvents that
would remove any grease that is still left on the joint.

Any help is greatly appreciated,

Tony
94 Ranger SC, 4 liters, 5 speeds

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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 16:11:21 EDT
From: Blest25913
Subject: FTE Small - Auto Hubs

In a message dated 5/17/98 3:01:37 AM, you wrote:


> (front). A guess is ok, or just a company to look into is ok too. Have the
> stock manuals now.
>
Why do you want to go to auto hubs? I changed my autos to manual and would
have given you the autos.
D Baken>>

I still have the two bad auto hubs that it cost me $700 to replace. The next
time the auto ones go bad I will replace them with manual. Even with the
conversion kit it will only cost me 1/3 of that amount.
Is it possible to convert from manual to auto? Wouldn't you need to put in all
the electronics to switch the hubs?

Ron
'96 Ranger 4X4
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 15:44:55 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Auto Hubs

I have an 86 ranger that had factory manuals till they went bad. I
have warn manual hubs now and have used my 4 wheel drive hard and have
had no problem with them in the 3 months I have had them. As far as for
auto hubs. The Dick cepek has warn auto hubs listed for 83-89 rangers.
I hope this helps.

Matt Dresselhaus
1986 ranger 4x4
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 15:53:10 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: Sway Bars & Rear Gears

On my 86 ranger 4x4 I took my rear sway bar off and have had no problems
with out it. I drive my truck 30,000 plus miles a year on freeways
cities streets and mountain roads and don't miss it at all. I did a
lille bit of sand travel with it both ways and couldn't notice a
difference. I am thinking about taking the front off but haven't
decided yet though. Even with the 4" lift springs it my lean to much
for me.

Matt Dreselhaus
86 ranger 4x4
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 17:37:23 -0500
From: Mike Krause
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Temp & Hubs

John-
A fellow Houstonian myself, I've noticed my '91 Explorer running a
little hotter than usual also. It is the start of summer and I am using
my A/C more than I have, but I just might do a flushing of the cooling
system just to be sure. This may just be all it needs. Fresh coolant
and all. Hope this helps.
Mike Krause

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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 15:57:41 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: FTE Small - Dana 35

I have decided to dump my dana 28 axle for the 35. What rangers is it
available in. I've haerd just in 4.0L rangers and I have also heard any
from 90 and up. The junkyards around here have no clue what I am
talking about. Even the one that is suppose to specilize in 4x4's.
Thanks for any help

Matt Dresselhaus
1986 Ranger 4x4
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 19:26:41, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger White Faced Gauges?

Who was trying to get some white faced gauges for a '95 and up Ranger?
I was wondering how the search has been and if you have any ordered.
Please let me know. Thanks.
Josh
KNBD87D prodigy.com
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 19:35:45, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: FTE Small - FTE Small-Ranger stuff FOR SALE

Hi all,

I have some Range parts and accessories for sale:

Rubber bed mat with tailgate mat: $25.00 (Shortbox)
'98 Chrome Front bumper: $75
'93?-'98 Chrome Rear bumper: $75
'98 reg. and supercab sliding rear window: $50
'93-'98 *NEW* Chrome Tailgate protector: $25

I'll pay shipping on this stuff to anywhere in the U.S. Anyone
interested?

Josh
KNBD87D prodigy.com

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Date: 19 May 1998 18:20:20 EDT
From: Hawk sktc.net
Subject: FTE Small - Temp & Hubs

SM>Hey guys I have two questions for you. On my - 93' 4x4 Ranger 3.0/5-speed.

SM>1.) Down here in Houston the temperture has already started to dip into the

SM>2) A couple of months ago my hubs were making poping noises every now and th

SM>Sorry so long winded. Thanks for any help here.

SM>John Cassis

John, I would check for trash between the radiator and A/C condenser.
Vehicles driven off road tend to suck vegetation and such up there.
While you're at it, check for trash in the fins of the radiator &
condenser.

I would check the fan clutch for proper operation. If your radiator
isn't leaking I wouldn't replace it. It is an aluminum core with
plastic tanks and it won't scale up like the old brass -copper rads. I
ran an 89 Ranger rad for over 200K miles and had no problems.

Just my $0.02. Good Luck
Buck Shoff

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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 22:11:16 EDT
From: SNOOP22222
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger is hella Tough

For being such a small truck, I think the ranger is very tough. I have person
already killed two honda's with my truck (neither were my fault) and have yet
to recieve a scratch. Now, obviously, if you were to run into a F150 you'd be
smooshed. But hey, if you want a beefy truck buy a superduty. If you want a
truck that easy on the wallet and gets double digit gas mileage...go with a
ranger everytime (although the toyota's are getting kinda tempting...I think
the 98 will help keep the ranger on top)
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 22:13:22 EDT
From: SNOOP22222
Subject: FTE Small - I've heard people talkin about rear ends???

What exactly does it take to "change the rear end".
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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 21:42:47 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer heat shield

>Is it common for a heat shield to come loose and rattle on a '94 Explorer


Yes,
My 94 Ranger had the first catalytic converter heat shield come loose at
30,000 and the second catalytic converter shield came loose at 38,000. The
dealer fixed both, for free, with large S/S hose clamps. Now the shield on
the y-pipe crossing under the transmission has come loose. I'll fix it the
same way. On most cars/trucks, the heat shields are thin metal and held in
place with tack welds or folded over tabs. My truck has spent most of it's
winters in Cleveland. The road salt just eats away the metal around the
welds. Being in the wake of the front tires doesn't help either. The
shields breaking loose in this climate is almost expected.
Don't worry about it, just pop a hose clamp on it. This usually fixes
it for good.

Tony
'94 Ranger SC, 4 liters, 5 speeds

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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 22:02:03 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - bumper

Ken is right the angle of contact makes a big difference. Get hit at an
angle and the bumper will dent easily. The outside corners don't take much
force at all to bend. Get hit dead center and the bumper should take it
well. Its a matter of distributing the force over a larger area. Take a
pin and press it into your palm. Now take a D-cell battery and do the same.
Which one hurt
I was rear-ended by a Probe while stopped at a light. The Probe never
hit its brakes, It was still going around 25 MPH when he hit me, dead
center. With the jolt the cab took, I expected the whole back of the truck
to be wrecked. Not the case, there was very little damage. The bumper was
not bent at all. The only damage was a couple of dings about a foot to the
left and right of the license plate holder. The dings were caused by the
corners of his hood as it was pushed all the way into his windshield. It
looks like the front of his car hit and then got deflected under the bumper.
The Ford oval from the front of his car was stuck to the middle of my
license plate. The front of his car was obliterated. The cop made him
drive it around to prove it was still road worthy.
Even though most of his car went under my truck, the bumper still had to
take the hit of the hood and the top of his unibody. I was impressed. I
had the bumper replaced anyway because I couldn't stand to see the dings
every day, $550(by his insurance).
A guess were lucky, the gov. only requires 3MPH bumpers on light trucks
(5MPH on cars). Ford didn't have to build it as well.

Tony
'94 Ranger SC, 4 liters, 5 speeds

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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 22:16:04 EDT
From: SNOOP22222
Subject: FTE Small - About Fender Benders

Remember...something has to give. Hitting an immobile object will always do
more damage. The heavier the thing you hit....the more damage. Hitting posts....


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