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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - 8 Plug-4 cylinder
Re: FTE Small - Transfer Case
FTE Small - RE:"Ranger Mystery Sudden Acceleration?"
Re: FTE Small - Another Transmission Problem
Re: FTE Small - Sagging 1998 Explorer
RE: FTE Small - Sagging 1998 Explorer
FTE Small - Running rich ... the final episode
Re: FTE Small - Ford Discussion over IRC (live)
FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger
Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger
Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger
Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger
Re: FTE Small - New '98 Ranger Questions
Re: FTE Small - New '98 Ranger Questions
Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger
FTE Small - Towing w/ an 1989 Bronco II
Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger
Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger

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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 06:56:36 -0500 (CDT)
From: Robert Fox
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 8 Plug-4 cylinder

The drivers side of the plugs fire during the exhaust stroke to burn any
unburned fuel. Its to control emissions.

Robert Fox
95 Supercab Ranger
93 Supercab F-150
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On Tue, 14 Jul 1998 PSR07 aol.com wrote:

> I recently acquired a 1993 Ranger 4x2 XLT. Its in pretty good shape but has
> one strange feature. The motor is a 2.3 L with eight spark plugs, two per
> cylinder. Does anyone have any information on this motor.
>
> psr07 aol.com

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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 08:42:20 -0400
From: Ed Yohe
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transfer Case

Your Bronco II 4x2 manual says there's no transfer case oil
because by definition a 4x2 does not have a transfer case.
It is only needed, and used, in a 4x4 to apply intermittant power
to the extra two drive wheels, hence the term 4x4.
>
>Is it a 4x4 or a 2x4? In the case of the later, my Bronoc II
>manual says there's no fluid at all! And you're not supposed
>to put any in it. If it's a 4x4, I would imagine that #2 would
>be desired. Any oil-change designed pump should work. Make
>sure to suck from the very bottom of the case to get as much
>of the shavings/crud as possible.
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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 9:09:19 +0000
From: tfmf211 murphyfarms.com
Subject: FTE Small - RE:"Ranger Mystery Sudden Acceleration?"

I have an '87 Ranger. I don't know if the newer trucks have the same
acceleration cable or not,
but, I had a similar situation about a month 6 mos. ago. My problem was the
piece that controls
the "butterfly" on the throttle body. It's a two piece deal where one piece
slides inside another
and actually acts as a throttle stop. What happened to me, was the two
pieces were not
lubed properly and became dry and once I hit the accelerator it did not come
back. This happened
on the road minding my own business. I had to use a combination of clutch
and brake to get home
and cutting her off at lights and stop signs (this was a little tricky).
But limped her home. Anyway,
to fix my problem I shot the male/female piece at the throttle body with
liquid wrench and worked
the throttle some, wiped off what I could then shot the piece with white
lithium grease. Making sure
I exercised the piece to get the lube all the way up the shaft. After that,
it felt like I had a new gas
pedal and even had a crisper throttle response.

Dealers should do this as part of their service. My mechanic in D.C. (when
I lived there) did this for
me. Since I've moved to the "country", I've serviced my own stuff and
thought this piece not to be
important. I found out the hard way. "Do-it-your-selfers", please don't
forget to lube this part.

I hope this helps!

-Ted
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Subject: FTE Small - "Ranger Mystery Sudden Acceleration?"

*No cause for the "MYSTERY SUDDEN ACCELERATION" has been found but I had my
*toe UNDER the pedal trying to pry it up to slow the beast down but to no
*avail! Despite the fact the dealership claimed "you must have accidently
had
*your foot to the floor" Wrong again FoMoCo!.......
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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 10:01:07 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Another Transmission Problem

At 10:56 PM 7/14/98 -0400, you wrote:
>I recently bought a 87 Bronco II (auto) and the only serious problem was a
>transmission leak. I took it to a local transmission shop and they said the
>main seal was leaking and they replaced the seal along with the bellhousing
>and torque converter (they said those worn parts caused the seal to go bad).
>So, when I got back into the truck I noticed it wasn't shifting the same,
>then I noticed it wasn't downshifting smoothly. When driving about 50 mph
>the car will not downshift out of OD now (it shifted out of OD fine before
>the parts were replaced) and when slowing down to about 15 mph the trans
>stays in 3rd gear, the engine lugs and the truck "shakes" for a few seconds,
>then abruptly shifts down to first gear (this also didn't happen before I
>had the trans seal fixed).
>
>I took it back to the shop and they insist they did nothing that could have
>effected the shifting and says I have another problem. I think the shop is
>giving me the run around. Does anyone know if a new bellhousing, tourque
>converter or seal could cause this problem? Could one of those parts be
>wrong or defective? Maybe they bent something or incorrectly installed a
>part?
>

Sounds like their giving you the run-around. Additionally,
I've never heard of a bell-housing needing replacing. Its
simply a piece of metal that bolts between the tranny and
engine.



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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 10:42:39 -0400
From: qzl0st tpc.natp.gmeds.com (EI - Michael Ioco)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Sagging 1998 Explorer

> Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 18:40:07 -0500
> From: Mike Fisher
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - Sagging 1998 Explorer
> John,
>
> Take a look at other Explorers. They all do the same thing. They always
> lean to the left, and a lot of Rangers do the same thing.
>
> Mike Fisher
>
> Parnell, John wrote:
>

> > >Does any one know if my 98 Explorer can be easily adjusted to make it
> > >sit level relative to a flat, level surface? It lists noticeably to
> > >the left when viewed from the rear.


I can confirm that. I've never noticed it in any of my two door
Explorers(94-96), but my 98 Ranger is leaning to the left. I don't think I"m
going to even bother with it though. I really don't want them sticking discs or
washers in there to level it out. What it really needs is a V8 ... to keep it's
diet straight...

Right now I'm trying to figure out where my radiator coolant is going. I've
added about a half gallon and I only have 8K on the odometer. Anybody else
experienced this? The past three times I've checked it, I found a dry
reservior. 4.0 owners, keep an eye on this!

Mike in Michigan
98 Ranger SC 4x4 ORP Flareside
4.0, 5 spd auto, 16" chrome tri'z

97 F-150 SC 4x4 ORP
96 Explorer 4x4
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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 10:26:41 -0700
From: cassis
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Sagging 1998 Explorer

I could be grasping here but take a look at the body bushings on the left
side (the ones inbetween the body and frame) and see if they are crushed,
rotten, or damaged in any way that would make them a difrent heighth than
the ones on the right side. Just a guess but that could be the problem.

John Cassis
93' STX 4x4 3.0/5-speed


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Subject:Re: FTE Small - Sagging 1998 Explorer


> Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 18:40:07 -0500
> From: Mike Fisher
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - Sagging 1998 Explorer
> John,
>
> Take a look at other Explorers. They all do the same thing. They always
> lean to the left, and a lot of Rangers do the same thing.
>
> Mike Fisher
>
> Parnell, John wrote:
>

> > >Does any one know if my 98 Explorer can be easily adjusted to make it
> > >sit level relative to a flat, level surface? It lists noticeably to
> > >the left when viewed from the rear.


I can confirm that. I've never noticed it in any of my two door
Explorers(94-96), but my 98 Ranger is leaning to the left. I don't think
I"m
going to even bother with it though. I really don't want them sticking
discs or
washers in there to level it out. What it really needs is a V8 ... to keep
it's
diet straight...

Right now I'm trying to figure out where my radiator coolant is going.
I've
added about a half gallon and I only have 8K on the odometer. Anybody else

experienced this? The past three times I've checked it, I found a dry
reservior. 4.0 owners, keep an eye on this!

Mike in Michigan
98 Ranger SC 4x4 ORP Flareside
4.0, 5 spd auto, 16" chrome tri'z

97 F-150 SC 4x4 ORP
96 Explorer 4x4
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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 13:05:40 -0500 (CDT)
From: Bob Johnson
Subject: FTE Small - Running rich ... the final episode

As you may recall...

I purchased my '86 Ranger SC XLT 2.9L efi V6 silver-over-gray w/red interior
from a little old lady (the original owner) about 3 weeks ago. The truck was
in excellent shape (seat covers from the time it first rolled off the lot,
used as a commuter vehicle, etc) except for the tranny, which had just gone
out. Got a great price, and had the tranny (A4LD) rebuilt. Had $1600 in the
truck at this point.

All seemed well, except the truck was running rich with a high-speed stumble
- - either an ignition or fuel delivery problem. Rotten mileage - about 14-15
mpg. Upon examining the 02 sensor, I found one wire broken and the other 2
about to break. Replacing the O2 sensor, however, did not cure the
stumble/misfire or the black smoke. Bought new cap, rotor, plugs and wires -
but didn't have time to install - a decision I was later to regret. I was
anticipating an out-of-town trip, seat-of-the-pants said drivability was
getting worse, and I was desperate to get the truck running reliably. I also
noticed that while she ran at the lower end of the temp range on the road,
in traffic she heated-up pretty quickly (by didn't overheat). So I took it
into the shop which had maintained the truck for the little old lady for the
last 12+ years. Asked them to diagnose the stumble/miss/black smoke and
check the fan clutch (it seemed loose when hot or cold, and I thought it
might need to be replaced). $70 more in parts installed or in the bag.

At the shop, they found a very dirty throttle body and air by-pass valve,
and a stored code for inadequate EGR flow. Fuel pressure tested ok. They
cleaned the throttle body and bypass valve, and said the EGR should not be
causing the rich running/high speed miss. Looking at the odometer, I saw
that they had test driven the truck for about 5 miles or less - had me a
little concerned. $80 more.

Drivability had improved - throttle response was smoother. But within 10
miles the miss and black smoke were back. A couple of days later, after a
particularly bad 40 miles, I stopped in at the shop as they opened and asked
the mechanic who had worked on the truck to take a ride so I could show him
the problem. He said he couldn't do it until later in the day. Goodbye.
They've gotten the last dollar from me.

That afternoon, 50+ miles from home in 105 degree north Texas heat, the
truck died and wouldn't start until it had cooled for about an hour. Then I
could only drive about 15-20 minutes without drivability getting real bad,
so I'd stop, cool off (the truck, not me), and go again. Finally got her
home without a tow bill, at least.

No one else in town could even look at the truck for a week or so, and I
still had that trip hanging over my head. I tested the ignition coil - it
seemed ok. Had no idea how to test the TFI module. So I took it to PEP Boys
(I AM embarassed) to diagnose. Their test confirmed the EGR flow code,
within-spec fuel pressure, a dirty throttle body (again), and a constant
LEAN from the O2 sensor. They suggested replacing the plugs, cap, rotor,
wires, egr valve, O2 sensor and cleaning the throttle body. Since I already
had the parts, they'd INSTALL the plugs for $50, and the cap and rotor for
$40 or so! The EGR was going to be around $125 (parts and labor), cleaning
the throttle body about the same, the O2 sensor the same - came to a little
more than $500! No thanks, paid for the testing - $70.

I bought and installed a new ignition coil ($20). Bought and installed a new
EGR valve ($39), and a new fan clutch ($30). Considered buying a new TFI but
was not wild about removing the distributor. Installed the cap, rotor and
plug wires (a bitch of a job without a stubby phillips-head and tiny hands,
neither of which I had - but I still wouldn't pay $90+ for someone else to
do it). Cleaned the (new) O2 sensor - a lot of carbon build-up in only a
couple of hundred miles.

Then I replaced the plugs. They looked like they may have been original -
about 97000 miles old. Heavy carbon fouling - I expected that. But wear that
gave me a .080 inch gap (.044 is spec)! Maybe this could be the cause of a
poor spark - ya think?

She fired right up, and ran smooth and strong. No miss, no stumble, no black
smoke. Two tanks (with Techron) later, and all is well. Mileage is 23 mpg,
mostly 70mph highway, some in-town, with the A/C going in 100+ degree heat.
Even in stop-and-go traffic, she maintains her cool - never higher than the
middle of normal.

Why is it that if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself?
Frustrating. I've no one to blame but myself for the wasted $$$ - neither of
the shops so much as pulled a plug! I'll never overlook the obvious again -
it's too expensive! But I love my Ranger.

Thanks to all who sent advice. Hope this message isn't too long - I promised
to let ya'll know how it worked out.

Bob
'86 Ranger
'80 F-250
'73 BMW R75/5
Other stuff too

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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 13:13:22 -0500 (CDT)
From: Sandman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Discussion over IRC (live)

On Tue, 14 Jul 1998, Paul Michael Holland II wrote:

> I am thinking of starting a discussion for Explorer Owners (or anyone who
> drives a vehicle that shares there platform) on IRC or Internet Request
> Chat. I need 10 e-mails and a nickname to go along with the e-mail in order
> to start it. If you are interested in a live discussion in which you can
> ask questions about maintenance, performance, tips, or would you buy another
> explorer, please e-mail me at hollapm netdoor.com and supply your e-mail
> address and a nick. If you don't know what an IRC is, it allows you to join
> a channel (like one for Ford Explorers) whenever you want, and allows you to
> post a message regarding whatever you wish to discuss. And You can quit at
> anytime. If this sounds interesting and you don't have the software you can
> get it at www.mIRC.com. I hope to hear from you. Thanks
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Sounds like a good idea. BTW....IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat.
Would you be doing this on efnet? I am regurally on irc and have been for
the past 4 years...and would love to see an irc channel.

sandmanx ghg.net

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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 10:27:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Mr. Peanut"
Subject: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger

I just bought '98 STD CAB XL, 2WD, 6' bed, 3.0V6, 4SP auto, A/C:

1) Is the '98 ranger all metric sizes?

2) My vent, defogger, etc ALWAYS turns on the A/C
when I turn on the fan. Ford service says its designed to do that, and
I cannot just drive with outside air entering and then exiting through
the registers on my upper dash onto the inside of the windshield... I
don't want to drive around all day with the A/C on, but would like
fresh air. There are only 2 positions which don't turn on the A/C:
"OFF" and straight air blast. Any of you know if I can change the
ducting to change this ridiculous set-up? I don't want to mess w/the
factory wiring harness to change it.

3) Any other general maint. tips you all have would be appreciated. I
will chg oil every 3,000, etc etc, but any little known tips I can
use.... They say it has 100K tune-up intervals...I would like to keep
this baby running for eons, if possible. This is is my 1st Ford, and
1st V6, having graduated owning toyota trucks since 1986.

4) Thanks for responding to my bedliner question last week. I visited
a Rhino dlr, but the spray-in type didn't appeal to me, so I ended up
getting a penda liner.

Thank you all, I enjoy the enthusiasm and camaderie shared by this
board, and the Ranger message board (ford ranger. com)!

Mr. Peanut, San Diego, CA



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DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 16:56:17 -0400
From: Ed Yohe
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger

>1) Is the '98 ranger all metric sizes?

probably, but not sure.

>2) My vent, defogger, etc ALWAYS turns on the A/C
>when I turn on the fan. Ford service says its designed to do that, and
>I cannot just drive with outside air entering and then exiting through
>the registers on my upper dash onto the inside of the windshield... I
>don't want to drive around all day with the A/C on, but would like
>fresh air. There are only 2 positions which don't turn on the A/C:
>"OFF" and straight air blast. Any of you know if I can change the
>ducting to change this ridiculous set-up? I don't want to mess w/the
>factory wiring harness to change it.

I agree.

>4) Thanks for responding to my bedliner question last week. I visited
>a Rhino dlr, but the spray-in type didn't appeal to me, so I ended up
>getting a penda liner.

I'm thinking of a penda, too. did you get the non-slip?
did it fit well? are you pleased with it?
>

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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 14:08:16 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger

Hey Mr. P..

welcome to the wonderful world of Ford. I also "stepped up" from a
Toyota to my '97 Ranger. I am crossing my fingers (til they turn Ford
blue) that this truck is as reliable as the Toyotas... so far so good &
I appreciate the "toughness" of the Ford along with the power. Car &
Driver tested a bunch of trucks in this month's issue & even though the
Ch*vy has more hp, they liked the hp & gearing combo of the Ranger.

Like you, I thought about the spray in, but in the mild climate (meaning
no salt on the roads) I live, the extra $350 was not worth it... I have
an under rail penda & it seems to fill the bill just fine.

I have also noticed the overzealous a/c situation. Most defoggers use
the a/c becuase it dehumidifies the air (as I understand it). My vent
switch also turns on the a/c when it is switched to upper & lower
vents... not sure why & I was going to ask next time it is in for
warranty work (since nothing else is wrong... don't know when that will
be...). Not wanting the dash ripped apart, I am a little reluctant
since it doesn't really bother me. If you get a better answer than
"that's how Ford builds them" please share!!!

Just to get a new controversial thread going... what is the list's
opinion on oil changes again?.... I'm a 5,000 miler myself.

TC
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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 14:16:52 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger

Ed Yohe wrote:
>
> I'm thinking of a penda, too. did you get the non-slip?
> did it fit well? are you pleased with it?

I'm going to butt in here.... I got the penda under rail. It is the
non-slip. Seems to work pretty well.... stuff doesn't slide around
anyway. As far as the fit... the holes for the tie down loops are not
quite right & I expect I'll get p/o'd enough to get out there with a
utility knife or my dremel sometime soon for some trimming. It doesn't
rattle on bumpy roads or any other problems so far. Cost was $139
installed... call around, as I got prices from $139 to $200 for
bedliners.... and then the spray liners went up from $350.

have fun,

TC
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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 20:42:28 -0400
From: Ken Morrill
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New '98 Ranger Questions

Hi Daniel. I too have a 1998 Ranger (2.5 liter, 5 speed, 3.45
axel,3k miles) with a clunk. It is coming from play in the rear end,at
least on my truck.. You can rotate the drive shaft quite a bit in either
direction due to the play, so, when the engine is loaded and unloaded,
it clunks. I took it back to the dealer and they said that was normal. I
pointed out that friends cars with over 100k had considerably less slop,
they replied that "you can't compare different vehicles!!!!) I checked
other Rangers on the lot and they were about the same.... This could not
be a good thing over the long hall... Don't know what I'm going to do
about it yet.....


Let me know how you make out.
Ken

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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 21:12:53 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New '98 Ranger Questions

I have a 1993 Ranger and it has the same type of slop that you are talking
about..I think it is normal. I had some weird kind of noise coming from the
truck and I could never figure out what it was...then last week when I had an
exhaust put on my truck i found out from the shop that the noise was the
factory exhaust pipe rattling against the frame...it only happened when i
accelerated from a dead stop...weird, but with the new exhaust it doesnt do it
anymore
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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 21:15:56 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger

As for that A/C compressor turning on even when the A/C is turned off, the
computer in the car cycles the compressor every once and a while to just cycle
everything in the A/C system to keep the o-ring seals from drying out and
cracking..thats what somebody told me anyway.
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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 21:24:39 -0500
From: Jonathan Smith
Subject: FTE Small - Towing w/ an 1989 Bronco II

Some background- I've got a 1989 Bronco II w/ the 2.9l V6. It's
2wd with a 5spd manual transmission. I'm looking at getting a small
camper and I'll be pulling it with this vehicle. The
camper is a 14' bumper pull single axle.

Some questions:

Is this just a terribly bad idea? We're talking maybe 1-2 long trips
a year (long trip = over 100miles), and several shorter trips.
The trailer is a "stripped" 14' - the plumbing & gas have been pulled
out so about all that's left is a a/c and beds. I'll probably add
some stuff back in (sink, stoves & maybe a small fridge).

Anyway-

1. Can the truck pull this safely & without damage at close highway
speeds (~60mph on freeways say)?

2. Will running the truck in 4th gear (manual says not to use
overdrive) at these speeds injure the trans/engine?

3. Is there anything I can do beforehand to prep & protect my truck?
It's got power brakes (antilock), but I don't think they're heavy
duty. Any (major) danger of brake failure/lockup? I've never
towed a trailer for any long distances (I've done some towing, not
much) so I'm not sure how it's going to handle.

I can't afford a second truck just for towing right now, so my
Bronco's going to have to bear the load! :>

Oh- one more thing- it's got a factory installed "hitch" bumper- will
this do (at least for now) or do I need to get a draw-tite type
rig installed?

Any tips/advice/web sites/etc. will be greatly appreciated!
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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 23:13:47 -0500 (CDT)
From: Sandman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger

On Wed, 15 Jul 1998, Thom Cheney wrote:

> Just to get a new controversial thread going... what is the list's
> opinion on oil changes again?.... I'm a 5,000 miler myself.
>
I do it every 3000-4000 miles myself. This is on an 89 2.3 ext. cab 4x2.
Its at 150K currently. Might want to check out
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ghg.net/sandmanx/ranger for My ranger page of High Mileage
rangers. Most people there change oil every 3-5K miles.

sandmanx ghg.net

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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 23:20:23 -0500 (CDT)
From: Diana Slyter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Questions about '98 Ranger

I watched the a/c compressor on mine and it only seems to come on in a/c
and defrost modes. My Ranger is an early 98 with the 3.0 and auto.

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On Wed, 15 Jul 1998, Mr. Peanut wrote:

> I just bought '98 STD CAB XL, 2WD, 6' bed, 3.0V6, 4SP auto, A/C:
>
> 1) Is the '98 ranger all metric sizes?
>
> 2) My vent, defogger, etc ALWAYS turns on the A/C
> when I turn on the fan. Ford service says its designed to do that, and
> I cannot just drive with outside air entering and then exiting through
> the registers on my upper dash onto the inside of the windshield... I
> don't want to drive around all day with the A/C on, but would like
> fresh air. There are only 2 positions which don't turn on the A/C:
> "OFF" and straight air blast. Any of you know if I can change the
> ducting to change this ridiculous set-up? I don't want to mess w/the
> factory wiring harness to change it.
>
> 3) Any other general maint. tips you all have would be appreciated. I
> will chg oil every 3,000, etc etc, but any little known tips I can....


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