small-list-digest Monday, May 25 1998 Volume 02 : Number 144



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump
FTE Small - Free Explorer catalog
Re: FTE Small - Free Explorer catalog
FTE Small - Re: Manuals
FTE Small - ADMIN: Web site updates
FTE Small - Power windows
Re: FTE Small - Power windows
Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump

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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 12:58:40 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump

Aerostar's (V6) oil pressure is acting funny. Don't think its the main
bearings as the common symptom for that is low oil pressure that "might"
go normal when giving it gas.

Whenever I slow down, the oil pressure goes down into the "very low"
range. At 55mph, the pressure is near the top! Definately not the
sign of bad main bearings. Oil level is good. Also, another indication
that its the pump is that the low oil pressure reading is inconsistant.
Sometimes the problem happens, sometimes it doesn't.

Does my reasoning and conclusion sound valid? Also, how difficult is
it to replace the oil pump in Aerostar (86 model)? Any advice?

Ken
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Date: Sun, 24 May 98 13:56:48 -0500
From: "Ronald D. Miller"
Subject: FTE Small - Free Explorer catalog

Hi,
My name is Ron Miller and I own Auto Krafters, Inc. We distribute new
and used parts for Ford vehicles made between 1955 and 1998. I will
snail mail, free of charge, our Full color Explorer catalog to any list
member who emails me their address. All addresses are kept confidential.
We have been in business since 1978 and look forward to servinhg you
soon.

Thanks, Ron

P.S. We support the Ford trucks.com site with advertising.

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.auto krafters. com

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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 14:30:56 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Free Explorer catalog

>Hi,
>My name is Ron Miller and I own Auto Krafters, Inc. We distribute new
>and used parts for Ford vehicles made between 1955 and 1998. I will
>snail mail, free of charge, our Full color Explorer catalog to any list
>member who emails me their address. All addresses are kept confidential.
> We have been in business since 1978 and look forward to servinhg you
>soon.
>
>Thanks, Ron
>
>P.S. We support the Ford trucks.com site with advertising.
>
>http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.auto krafters. com

As a site note:

Auto Krafters normally charges for their catalogs and offers them
to list members free. They first offered this on the 1961-1979
list a couple of months ago and the list reaction has been positive.
You can count on Auto Krafters to maintain a professional presence
without a sales pitch - just ask the 61-79 guys.

Oh, Ron, almost forgot, several of the guys were hoping you had
a booth at the Pigeon Forge show and tried to find you. I should
have mentioned on the list that you wouldn't be there. Maybe
next year! We hope to have 100+ list members next time. We had
32 this year, not bad for the first time.

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


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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 11:36:28 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Manuals

For my '92 Aerostar, I have the Haynes book and I recently bought the
Alldata CD ROM.

I'm going to buy the $100 factory book. Like you, I found the Haynes to
be almost worthless to me because things and years that are irrelevant
to me are presented, and almost anything I need to know isn't there.

The Alldata is even more of a letdown for $30. There's no index, the
"help" search mode only covers the disk's help function itself and not
the technical data. Much of what I need isn't there. Or it is
presented in an illogical place (if you want to find your Ford computer
codes, you'll stumble on them within the entry menu's "general
automotive information" tree. It's there along with the computer codes
for Subarus, Yugos, and Peugeots).

Worst of all, Alldata's diagrams and most of the charts are scanned-in
with such crude resolution that I can't read them -- lots of detail all
mushed together. When you enlarge them on-screen, you just get all the
mush, bigger. Sometimes when I go looking for some data (motor oil
capacity, for example), I get a chart for all Aerostars through 1990
(but mine's a '92). And the information I want will be somewhere else,
if at all. I think that this is a very poor product for the money.

What's good about the Alldata? Some of the general mechanical
troubleshooting information and tips are exccellent (it may or may not
cover your situation). And all of the official service bulletins for
your vehicle are in it. Ironically, the diagrams included with the
bulletins are more legible than those in the main "manual." These
bulletins can be very important for all of us, and they are usually
extremely difficult to get one's hands on (usually, only the dealer gets
them). It may be worth getting the Alldata just for this alone.

I called Alldata a couple of weeks ago to complain about the worthless
illustrations. They said that they're coming out with new disks, and
they'll replace mine. We'll see how this plays out. In the meantime, I
recommend saving the money or buying the factory book. But, like I said
above, those bulletins may be worth the price alone. I doubt that the
bulletins would come with the official shop manual.

Richard


Andrew wrote:
> Subject: FTE Small - Manuals
>
> I looked for the fireing order for 45 minute once in mid project.
> It was not in the index, table of content or listed anywhere. It was
> burried in the text, in only one place. What a pain.
>
> Andrew
>
> >Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 12:45:11 -0600 (MDT)
> >From: Keith Smith
> >Subject: Haynes (Re: FTE Small - Horn relay)
> >
> >On Fri, 22 May 1998, Jonathan Smith wrote:
> >
> >> I have the Haynes repair manual
I've got a 1989 Bronco
> >
> >Is it just me, or do these manuals lack a LOT?

Is it still possible to get a Ford
> >service manual for a 96 BII? Where from? How much? Because of the
> >"typical" amount of insight I get from a "typical" chapter in Haynes I'm
> >just about willing to shell out for the real thing.
> >
> >
> >Keith Smith
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 18:00:34 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Web site updates

- - New links added.
- - Several trucks added to pictorial. I added so many that I had to
split off the Ranger/Bronco II/Aerostar trucks into their own section.
- - Check out the News and Info section. Many new items contributed by
list members have been added.
- - Our history page has been updated.

Finally got a months back log of this stuff finished and can now
concentrate on the t-shirts, free web space, etc.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 23:14:23 GMT
From: crazy69 cyberzone.net (??????)
Subject: FTE Small - Power windows

My 94 Splash seems to have a problem. The driver side window works
fine but the passenger side has decided to take the long weekend off.
The wiring,switch and fuse are fine. I guess my question is how do i
get it up without a motor?
Thanks
Tom
[In life you have to learn to take the good with the bad. And then you
learn to take the bad with a little Scotch.]
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 19:03:45 -0500 (CDT)
From: Filip M Gieszczykiewicz
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Power windows

You (??????) wrote:
> My 94 Splash seems to have a problem. The driver side window works
> fine but the passenger side has decided to take the long weekend off.
> The wiring,switch and fuse are fine. I guess my question is how do i
> get it up without a motor?

Test the switch under load. Some test fine with an ohmmeter only to
not work under load. Also test motor (determine which polarity gives
what direction and then apply power with wire to close/open). I would
check ALL grounds. The space inside the door is usually open to the
weather and things rust. Good luck.

Take care.
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Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 19:08:50 -0500 (CDT)
From: Filip M Gieszczykiewicz
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aerostar oil pump

You (Ken Payne) wrote:
> Aerostar's (V6) oil pressure is acting funny. Don't think its the main
> bearings as the common symptom for that is low oil pressure that "might"
> go normal when giving it gas.
>
> Whenever I slow down, the oil pressure goes down into the "very low"
> range. At 55mph, the pressure is near the top! Definately not the
> sign of bad main bearings. Oil level is good. Also, another indication
> that its the pump is that the low oil pressure reading is inconsistant.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Sometimes the problem happens, sometimes it doesn't.

That sounds to me a lot more like a bad sensor than anything else. As long
as you don't peg either direction (ie. wiring short/open) then next bet
is sender unit. I'd put on the mechanical guage with some tubing. Or,
while you're troubleshooting, just a guage under the hood. Mechanical
rarely lies :-) Stay away from the $8.99 oil/temp/tach china sets....

Take care.
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