small-list-digest Monday, June 29 1998 Volume 02 : Number 179



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Lights under the hood of a 98 explorer...
FTE Small - Hubs and Such..
FTE Small - ADMIN: May archives online
FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner
Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner
Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

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Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 14:15:28 +0100
From: Nick G Moulsdale
Subject: FTE Small - Lights under the hood of a 98 explorer...

>From Nick Moulsdale, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England

I have a pre-owned 1997 Explorer and as I gad a choice of either
buying a new Explorer (98 Model) or a 6 months old 1997 model with
8,000 miles on the clock and saving US$ 8,000, I compared the specs
of '97 to '98 closely. The hood light drops out of the '98 spec, but
IS in the '97 spec, so I reckon it was a cheese-paring, dime-saving
action by Ford. In my explorer the hood light comes on when I raise
the hood, so if the switch is still there, the light may be can be
retro fitted. My Right hand Drive explorer has the light on the right
side of the hood, near the back, (looking from the front of the car).

Best of luck.

In England my explorer is a rarity, half the price of a Range Rover,
and a helluva lot of fun.

reply to

>From: "Tom Watson"
>Subject: FTE Small - Lights under the hood of a 98 explorer...
>Having the nice new 98 Explorer for 6 months now, and I noticed that there
>wasn't any light under the hood (not that it needs it, I haven't had a
>"need"). But, in looking under the hood, I saw a hood operated switch
>to the side, and wondered... I asked a mechanic friend for some schematic
>of the wiring under the hood, and couldn't find either the switch, or
>any empty light socket.

>So, a couple of questions...
>1) What does the switch do?? It isn't related to the anti-theft stuff!
>2) Any clues as to how to wire up a light?? I understand that earlier
year models had such an accessory.

>Thanks.
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>Tom Watson Generic short signature
tsw johana.com (I'm at home now)




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Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 07:53:20 -0700
From: "Keith Christensen"
Subject: FTE Small - Hubs and Such..

This stuff applies to part-time 4WD systems only.... and only the earlier
ones without
the weird shaft clutches and such.

>I'm looking forward to someone answering your question about keeping the
>manual hubs on, and just switching over the transfer case to go to
four-wheel
>drive. I think it can be done.

This works, if you "locked the hubs" before you needed the 4WD. It's a
guessing game ---
do you do it when you got a hunch you may need it or after you get stuck!

Word of caution here: If the hubs are not locked and you go to 4WD LOW,
don't punch
the gas pedal too hard! You have more than doubled the torque on the rear
driveline
and rear end and can easily break stuff. If the hubs are in, you spit the
torque between
front and rear, and this lets you use more engine torque safely.

>I also think that you can get an adapter that
>will permanently connect your front wheels to the axle. Then when you
switched
>to 4WD, only the transfer case would have to change. (Someone out there
who
>knows, please let me know if this is feasible).

All this is a plate or hub-end cap with permanent splines in place of the
dog clutch
system used in a manual or automatic hub. It works, and that was exactly
how most
early 4wd's came from the factory. The reason that the selectable hubs came
out was to
cut noise, wear and handling problems caused by the front differential
turning all the time.
Gas mileage suffers as well, in the range of 1-4 mpg.

Changing auto hubs to manuals on a Ranger /BroncoII is a pretty easy job,
just moderately greasy
and dusty from the brakes.

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Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 17:25:43 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: May archives online

List archives for May have been placed on the web site. Link is
based off the main page.

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

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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 00:13:15 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Linda d' Fan"
Subject: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

Hi I'm new to this list and have a couple of questions that probably have
already been answered.

First my truck is a 90 Ranger STX 4x4, 4.0L V6 Automatic with 60,000 miles
on it.

The problem, My truck, while under warranty had the heads replaced 2 times
because of cracked heads, now here I am 2 yrs out of warranty and I've got
another cracked head. This is obviously a MFG Defect (probably an untrue
block deck I'd guess) 4 sets of heads in 60,000 miles??

So my first question is, has anyone else had a similar experience?

Next has Ford, to anyones knowledge, ever admitted to a problem with blocks
in 4.0 liter engines? (1990 being the first year the 4.0 was available)

Does anyone have a clue how to go about trying to get Ford to make this right?

If all else fails and I have to eat this myself, does anyone have the
particulars for swapping a V8 (5.0) into a 4 wheel drive Ranger as I'm not
about to spend more money on this 4.0?

Thanks,

Bob

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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 00:03:40 -0500
From: Jonathan Smith
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

I've been told this can be caused by overheating of the engine
(any engine & not just the 4.0). Have you ever had the cooling
system checked?

*DISCLAIMER*
I'm not a mechanic. I occasionally work part-time in an auto-parts
store & try to glean nuggets of wisdom off the counter-sitters.
This is one of them. If you don't agree with it, fine, just don't
yell at me, okay? :>

Linda d' Fan wrote:
>
> Hi I'm new to this list and have a couple of questions that probably have
> already been answered.
>
> First my truck is a 90 Ranger STX 4x4, 4.0L V6 Automatic with 60,000 miles
> on it.
>
> The problem, My truck, while under warranty had the heads replaced 2 times
> because of cracked heads, now here I am 2 yrs out of warranty and I've got
> another cracked head. This is obviously a MFG Defect (probably an untrue
> block deck I'd guess) 4 sets of heads in 60,000 miles??
>
> So my first question is, has anyone else had a similar experience?
>
> Next has Ford, to anyones knowledge, ever admitted to a problem with blocks
> in 4.0 liter engines? (1990 being the first year the 4.0 was available)
>
> Does anyone have a clue how to go about trying to get Ford to make this right?
>
> If all else fails and I have to eat this myself, does anyone have the
> particulars for swapping a V8 (5.0) into a 4 wheel drive Ranger as I'm not
> about to spend more money on this 4.0?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Bob
>
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 01:38:28 -0400
From: Daner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New to list, Unhappy Ranger owner

>The problem, My truck, while under warranty had the heads replaced 2 times
>because of cracked heads, now here I am 2 yrs out of warranty and I've got
>another cracked head. This is obviously a MFG Defect (probably an untrue
>block deck I'd guess) 4 sets of heads in 60,000 miles??
>
>So my first question is, has anyone else had a similar experience?
>

I heard problems with the 2.9L engines.
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