small-list-digest Wednesday, June 17 1998 Volume 02 : Number 169

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Re: 4 Wheel drive shifting
FTE Small - Dual exausts on a 2.9 Ranger
FTE Small - Fwd: F Ford trucks
FTE Small - Bent Frame
FTE Small - '91 Explorer



Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 07:45:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: EI - Michael Ioco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: 4 Wheel drive shifting

> Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 15:47:15 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Joe Preston
> Subject: FTE Small - Re: 4 Wheel drive shifting
> Has anyone heard of a problem with Rangers mysteriously shifting into
> 4WD low on their own? This happened to my wife the other day while
> driving our 96. After turning it off and then back on, it went back to
> 2WD. The dealer said it was common in Explorers with 20-25,000 miles.
> Imagine if this happened on the highway going 70MPH.
> Joe Preston

I think it's a bunch of crap when dealers say it is "common." I've had two 96's
with the Control-Trac system and have never experienced this "common" problem.
Just keep a record of the fact that you did bring it in to the dealer regarding
this problem.

I had a 91 Escort GT with a mass air leak that caused it to stall unless I rode
the clutch out longer than norm. I brought it to the dealer and they couldn't
find anything wrong with it. They did finally did after the third time, just
before my warranty expired. A couple thousand miles after the warranty ended,
my flywheel and clutch finally gave out. Ford tried to charge me the $1500 to
fix it, but after a few words with the service manager and, Ford ate the cost.

Stay on top of it Joe, and if it happens again, don't settle for their sorry
means of pacification.

Mike in Michigan

98 Ranger SC 4x4 ORP
97 F-150 SC 4x4 ORP
96 Explorer 4x4 Sport
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Date: 16 Jun 98 10:08:18 EDT
From: Tom Colosimo
Subject: FTE Small - Dual exausts on a 2.9 Ranger

I am interested in putting dual exhausts on my 89' 2.9 Ranger,
pretty much
stock. I want to get JBA headers and into a dual in/dual out cat and
then to 2 separate mufflers, exiting at the back.

What I want to know is, has anyone tried this before and what
problems did they have. Is it worth putting in an H pipe? What size
pipe should I use? My friend said if I make it too big, water will
sit in the pipes and rust them

Any help would be appreciated!!


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Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 08:29:15 -0700
From: Richard Salitra

> way to go Ken and thanks.

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Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 00:10:48 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - Fwd: F Ford trucks

Forward by "executive decision":

From: Scott
Subject: FTE Pre61 - share your story

Had this e-mail sent to me and if you would like to help out then
please e-mail me with your story, wm_69

experience with your F Ford truck. Stuff like; how I got my first F
my Grandma's old F Ford, how I fell in love at a Ford truck roundup,
my most memorable F Ford moment.

I have a publisher. Now I need stories. All published authors will
receive a Free copy of this classic book.


Judy Scott>>

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Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 23:20:12 -0500
From: "Sola"
Subject: FTE Small - Bent Frame

Hi, I bought a 97 Ranger new last year and I noticed that the right end of
the truck bed was sagging about an inch to 2 inches. I went to the dealer
who corrected the problem and when I looked under the truck I noticed that
they had installed 3 disks to correct the sagging. I also noticed that the
bumber which is connected directly to the frame also had a rubber disk and a
metal washer installed, which most likely was to ensure the bed and that
side of the bumper looked right. Is this an OK fix because I'm thinking that
my frame is bent. Is there a safety issue involved here or am I just
paranoid. Any help would be greatful.

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Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 23:39:21 -0700
From: "Kenneth C. St.John"
Subject: FTE Small - '91 Explorer

I have a '91 Explorer that ran fine until I replaced the mass air flow duct
with a straight bored-out duct. Now my engine doesn't idle at a constant
rpm anymore (between 450 & 750 rpms). If I put the factory duct back in
everything is back to normal. I paid $200 for this and it was supposed to
provide more air to the engine thus prompting the computer to increase more
fuel and the result is more power. I went and had the engine diagnosed (all
but the computer itself) with the factory air duct and everything checks out
good. I bought this from Perfomance Products and so far have been
disappointed as I haven't noticed any gain in power but rather the engine
would rather stall when it's cold (it seems like it's running too lean).
Anyway, I can get a refund but I'd like to solve this mystery and use the
component. Any help on this would be really appreciated.

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