small-list-digest Friday, May 22 1998 Volume 02 : Number 141



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Front axles
FTE Small - Re: Sliding rear window
FTE Small - Re: Auto Hubs
Re: FTE Small - Front locker
Re: FTE Small - Stsarter Noise,,
FTE Small - Much Thanks...
FTE Small - RE: questions - AC
Re: FTE Small - Much Thanks...
FTE Small - Spec's
FTE Small - Urgent starting problems AGAIN!!
Re: FTE Small - Urgent starting problems AGAIN!!
Re: FTE Small - Urgent starting problems AGAIN!!
Re: FTE Small - Urgent starting problems AGAIN!!
FTE Small - Nevermind...no more urgent moments....
Re: FTE Small - Front locker

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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 08:01:58 EDT
From: Blest25913
Subject: FTE Small - Front axles

In a message dated 5/21/98 3:01:41 AM, you wrote:


axles. *All* were dry and a few had only rusty/dust for lube, no bearings
in sight. Now if I had used 4x4 for any length of time I could have broken
something at the least or had a disaster traveling down the road.

Andrew
>>Thanks for the info. I have my entire 4-wheel drive system checked every
year. Also, I exercise it once a month during the summer when you may not
normally use it. (Mine 4-wheel drive is used mainly to get me through the
Wisconsin snow).
Ron
'96 Ranger 4X4

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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 08:00:16 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Sliding rear window

>Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 07:57:43 -0700
>From: Keith Srb
>Subject: [none]
>
>Does anybody know of a place to get replacement parts for a sliding rear
>window, or do you have to replace the entire window?
>
>The Latch on my Slider has broken off.
>
>Thanks!
>
>Keith Srb herbie netvalue.net

Shortly after purchasing my Ranger, I found one of the seals was leaking.
When I took it to the dealer, he tried to find the windows seal that was
leaking, but he didn't have any luck finding it as a replacement new part
from Ford. He ended up replacing the whole rear window. As far as the
latch, that might be a replacement part, but it would seem to be easy
enough to find one at a junk yard.

Dave
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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 08:03:49 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Auto Hubs

>
>> (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?

The action to lock in an auto hub involves no electronics, all mechanical.
When you back up the truck to unlock them, you preload a spring mechanism
via a ramped ring, that when it recieves torque from the half shaft, locks
the hub. If you want to see how it works, crawl under the front and just
turn the half shaft with your hands, you'll hear and feel it lock. Just be
sure to have backed up to verify that the hubs are unlocked before trying
it and after to unlock them again.

Dave
Denver, CO
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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 07:28:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: mark fitzgerald
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front locker

I would have to agree with Ken, lincoln locking your front end is
rather harsh. We've done it to rear ends, and although it does make
for a cheap functional locker on the trails, it's horrible on tire
wear. Corners prove to be rather interesting as well. As for doing
this in a front axle, well, if i were you i'd think about what you use
your vehicle for, whether it be a daily driver or hardcore trail rig.
I'd then ask your buddy if he'll let you drive his for a bit. Take it
for a few test drives, and then decide if you want to break out the
ol' arc welder.

best regards,
Fitzy

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>
> I have thought of "welding up" my front axle to act as a locker. Has
> any one done it. My friend did it to his YJ and has had no problems
with
> it and has done Jack hammer sledge hammer and terra del sol along with
> 10000 miles of daily driving activities?
>
> Matt Dresselhaus
> 1986 ranger 4x4
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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 08:53:36 -0600 (MDT)
From: Keith Smith
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Stsarter Noise,,

Not just the bolts- on my 86 BII the actual starter flange (what the bolt goes
through on the starter)
broke- the bolt was nice and snug, but was only holding firmly the little
chunk of metal with a hole in it. Starter was held by one bolt. Made grinding
sound for a while, then just spun. Chewed its teeth in the process, but
not those on the flywheel. And on the subject of flywheels: when I replaced
my ring gear I followed my friend's advice and just threw it in the oven
on very hot for a while, and it dropped right on the flywheel perfectly.
Saved money there.
keith smith ksmith unm.edu

On Wed, 20 May 1998, Keith Christensen wrote:
> *I recently posted a question on my starting problems on my '91 Explorer,
> *but failed to get a reply. Now the problem has a new twist. Today when
> *I started it up for the first time it sounded like something knocking
> *and grinding near where the starter is. It's done it time and time
> *again and I NEED HELP!!!! I recently replaced the started, but now I'm
>
> I'd look for a loose bolt ASAP. It's real easy to not get one tight when
> you
> work in tight quarters. Also, some starters are just noisier than others,
> depending on teeth meshing.
>
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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 10:56:09 -0500
From: Mike Krause
Subject: FTE Small - Much Thanks...

I would like to thank those who took the time to reply to my urgent
starter problems. Jeff Wey, Keith Christensen, Keith Smith and Ken
Payne thank you for all your help. The new starter starts up smooth,
BUT one more question. How can I get a quicker start-up?? It still
takes a few seconds of key turning to finally start up. Thanks once
again.
Mike Krause

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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 09:40:01 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: questions - AC

David wrote:
> 4)I rarely use th air in my truck. Would removing the airconditioner
pully
>from the serpentine belt have any affect on gas mileage or performance?

No. When the A/C is not on, the pully spins freely with very little, if
any, drag on the engine.

Later... Pete
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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 15:23:48 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Much Thanks...

Mike Krause wrote:
>
> How can I get a quicker start-up?? It still
> takes a few seconds of key turning to finally start up. Thanks once
> again.

This sounds more like a spark or fuel problem to me. I'd start with the
plugs.

good luck,

TC
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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 19:20:26 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr
Subject: FTE Small - Spec's

I was looking for the spec's on my truck..Hp, torque all of the fun stuff...I
was wondering if anybody could help..

I have a 90' ranger regular cab with the 2.9 V-6


All help will be appreciated..

Thank you,
Jim
90 ranger
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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 21:01:30 -0500
From: Mike Krause
Subject: FTE Small - Urgent starting problems AGAIN!!

OK....I got the starter in A-OK, but now my beloved Explorer is stranded
in some park because it won't start. It's not the battery, and it can't
be the starter, so.... When I turn the key, it sounds like it's trying
to turn over but it just can't. Alternator, plugs, fuel injection????
I can't leave my Explorer in some dark parking lot overnight to tempt
all the vandalists. HELP!!!! Thanks once again.
Mike Krause

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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 19:25:37 -0700
From: Rick Horwitz
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Urgent starting problems AGAIN!!

Can you hear your fuel pump prime when you turn the ignition key to
run? It should humm for a few seconds then stop. If you can't hear it,
it's probably the fuel pump relay which is located in your underhood
fuse box or it could be a bad fuel pump. Both are fairly common
problems on Explorers with 70,000+ miles. A bad relay seems to be more
common.

Rick


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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 22:49:21 EDT
From: Bakend
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Urgent starting problems AGAIN!!

In a message dated 98-05-21 22:08:26 EDT, you write:


OK....I got the starter in A-OK, but now my beloved Explorer is stranded
in some park because it won't start. It's not the battery, and it can't
be the starter, so.... When I turn the key, it sounds like it's trying
to turn over but it just can't. Alternator, plugs, fuel injection????
I can't leave my Explorer in some dark parking lot overnight to tempt
all the vandalists. HELP!!!! Thanks once again.
M >>
Pull the spark plugs out and see if it turns over freely without any
compression. I had a 460 that when stopped just right fuel would drain into
the cylinder and lock it up. Sounds like you have changed about everything
else.
D Baken
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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 23:15:49 EDT
From: Jckarkka
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Urgent starting problems AGAIN!!

In a message dated 98-05-21 22:08:26 EDT, mkrause thewoodlandstx.com writes:


to turn over but it just can't. >>
Is the problem worse with a warm engine? Check the ground cable at the engine
or frame ground. You will find that you have a bad ground.

Alan K
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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 23:31:17 -0500
From: Mike Krause
Subject: FTE Small - Nevermind...no more urgent moments....

Well, it seems like I OVERlooked the most obvious....the battery. I
couldn't start it with my little brother's weak little Acura, but a
friend with a trusty Ford truck got me on my way. I still may look into
all that others have suggested. Thanks to all once again. Much
appreciated. Now if I could only get this kind of response about how to
clean my engine and undercarriage spick-and-span. Thanks.
Mike Krause

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Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 22:21:03 -0700
From: KDRESSEL
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front locker

I have driven my friends jeep with the welded front axle. I couldn't
notice anything that I didn't mind. The only thing I disliked was no
powersteering. The only time this was current was in 4 wheel drive.
But I have it so no biggie. I use my truck as a daily driver, but the 4
wheel drive just about only on the trails. I may see a few miles of
snowy roads a year but I don't get much snow in the moutains of San
Diego. As long as I keep my hubs unlocked when I'm on the street I
shouldn't have any problems with it. My friends Jeep the front axle is
always spining since there are no hubs on it. Thanks for the replys.

Matt Dresselhaus
1986 ranger 4x4
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