small-list-digest Friday, June 12 1998 Volume 02 : Number 164



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Liquid electrical tape
FTE Small - Oil Additives
Re: FTE Small - Oil Additives
FTE Small - Towing With 1994 V6 Explorer
FTE Small - ADMIN: Out of town.
FTE Small - Re: Electrical Connectors for 96 Ranger
FTE Small - Re: Fake Oil Pressure Gauges

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Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 06:07:38 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jim Springer
Subject: FTE Small - Liquid electrical tape

Can be found at boating supplies is south Florida and Home Depot used
to carry it. I use it a lot on boat wiring, keeps the salt water out.




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Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 09:15:52 -0400
From: Chuck Anderson
Subject: FTE Small - Oil Additives

Thanks to the many responses to my question about Slick 50 and Duralube. I
know of many people who swear by this stuff. When I used it, I did not find
it to be the miricale in a bottle that the advertising boasts. I did like
the semi senthetic oil I used last winter. I bought the Wal-Mart brand TECH
2000 10W30, bottled by Qaker State and really liked it. I'm like many
consumers that worry about what they put into their engines. The
semi-senthetic or even the full senthitic is yet a cheaper approach than the
engine treatments.

My next question, has anyone on the list used the CD2 products. They claim
to have no solids and will not void any warrantys. I have a 302 in my old
car that has been stored about 5 to 6 years and now the main seals are
leaking. I thought about using the Stop Leak. Anyone used this product?
Does it really work? The seals have shrunk and I didn't want to tear into
the engine just yet.

Chuck Anderson

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Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 10:15:21 -0400
From: "James B. G. Benson"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Oil Additives

Hey Chuck,

I had a 78' Caprice Classic for a lot of years that would develop leaks
in the engine and transmission - the stop leak products seemed to work for
those problems, I did eventually have to get another engine and
transmission for the car though. Hope this helps a little.

J.B. Benson
98 Ford Ranger Side-step
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>My next question, has anyone on the list used the CD2 products. They claim
>to have no solids and will not void any warrantys. I have a 302 in my old
>car that has been stored about 5 to 6 years and now the main seals are
>leaking. I thought about using the Stop Leak. Anyone used this product?
>Does it really work? The seals have shrunk and I didn't want to tear into
>the engine just yet.
>
>Chuck Anderson
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Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 11:01:52 Pacific Daylight Time
From: Chuck Chamalian
Subject: FTE Small - Towing With 1994 V6 Explorer

Having trouble deciding whether or not my 1994 Explorer V6 4.0L can tow our camper. The camper weighs 5800lbs. and I have heard two different answers to the question. Some people would not recommend it at all. Others say that the Explorer that I have can pull up to 6000lbs. Other's say it would be quite a haul but it could be done. Can any one help me decide whether or not this can be done without wrecking my truck .. I do have a tow package and eletronic brake control installed also.. Thanx for your time -- This is my first time posting to your group :) hope I did it right...

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Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 16:17:52 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Out of town.

I will be out of town through Sunday. Any admin requests or
subscription problems will be dealt with on Monday. Please
be patient, I'll have 1,000+ emails by Sunday evening and it
will take some time to deal with them.

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Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 15:47:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Joe Preston
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Electrical Connectors for 96 Ranger

Does anyone know where I can get the connectors that fit into the back
of the fuse block for a 1996 Ranger?
I am adding a permanent cell phone.
Before I cut into any of the existing wires, I would like to add a new
wire to one of the existing open slots in the fuse block. Radio Shack
is useless, a local electronics shop advised me to cut into the wires,
and the dealer told me that they will replace the entire harness
before they add or replace any single wires. (No wonder the prices are
so high.)
Joe Preston






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Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 01:09:01 -0700
From: Pat Brown
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Fake Oil Pressure Gauges

> Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 13:00:57 -0700
> From: Richard
> Subject: FTE Small - Fake Oil Pressure Gauges
>
> Pat Brown replied to my query about the fake oil pressure gauge
> circuits. In the private post, he mentioned something about Ford's
> changing to this radical (and to my mind, deceitful) redesign in order
> to kill warranty problems.
>
> Pat, would you please go into some detail about this warranty issue?
>
3 to 4 years ago, there was an Explorer/Ranger mail list*, much like
this one. At the time, I was considering a new Explorer. One of the
most talked about subjects on this list was the 'Fake' gauge set up
(well, along with warped rotors and fried radius arm bushings). As I
recall, I may have started or contributed to the discussion with my
Aerostar OP Gauge woes, someone else mentioned MANY service bulletins
about oil pressure and temperature, so we 'convicted' Ford of solving
a 'warranty' problem on circumstantial evidence :-)

> Does the needle constantly
> change position, reflecting a constant increase and decrease of actual
> oil pressure as the motor goes faster and slower?

Depends on the gauge. Generally, a (good quality) mechanical gauge will
respond quickly to OP fluctuation. OEM mechanical gauges aren't so fast.
OEM Electrical gauges are usually quite slow, if they were too fast they
would respond to the instrument regulator (chopper or pulsed
regulation).
All show: High OP when cold, hi speeds. Low OP when hot,
idle.
Of course, current Ford fake gauges are exempt from this rule :-(

> Is the needle movement damped through the use of a bi-metal thermal
> design (as is the fuel gauge)? Are different mechanical designs used?

Maybe, probably, most likely. I've never rebuilt any gauges, I'm not
sure of what movement types have been used.

> Can I restore
> "real world" gauge indication just by removing the resistor and
> replacing the switch-type sender with an "honest" variable-resistance
> sender?

Ahhh, the bottom line. YES. First, a sender from an earlier truck is
purchased and installed. Second, find the resistor. Remove it from the
circuit. The bigest problem is finding the resistor. I THINK it is on
the instrument panel printed circuit.

I suspect, that somewhere on the net, there is a faq dealing with this.
I spent a little time today looking around, I'll see if I can come up
with more later.

*The list eventually became the rec.autos.makers.ford.explorers usenet
group, with (IIRC) a subset of the members continuing a s*bscription
(maybe $10/year) mail list. I don't know if that list still exists.
They did have a few arguments over Aerostars, they decided NOT to
include them. I still managed to sneak mine in, knowing it was really
a cleverly disguised ranger :-)*

Pat Brown
Sebastopol, California

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