small-list-digest Thursday, July 16 1998 Volume 02 : Number 197



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - "Ranger Mystery Sudden Acceleration?"
Re: FTE Small - "Ranger Mystery Sudden Acceleration?"
FTE Small - Hey Bob Johnson!
Re: FTE Small - Sagging 1998 Explorer
Re: FTE Small - Towing w/ an 1989 Bronco II

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Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 00:36:57 EDT
From: MEB8100 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - "Ranger Mystery Sudden Acceleration?"

I can't believe this is happening again, face it, your foot was on the gas!
Remember when poor Audi was victimized by this (1980's on the 5000)? The
Fed's came out and said (after a long research) that these people were
stepping on the gas thinking they were stepping on the brake! Some people
amaze me....
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Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 01:17:12 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - "Ranger Mystery Sudden Acceleration?"

At 12:36 AM 7/16/98 EDT, you wrote:
>I can't believe this is happening again, face it, your foot was on the gas!
>Remember when poor Audi was victimized by this (1980's on the 5000)? The
>Fed's came out and said (after a long research) that these people were
>stepping on the gas thinking they were stepping on the brake! Some people
>amaze me....

Instead of being sarcastic, picture this, because it did happen to
me, maybe after reading it you'll lighten up.

I was turning left into a parking lot. Traffic was coming the other was
so I gave it a little extra gas. The left motor mount tore. Left side of
the engine went up, pulling the throttle cable, which in turn gave the engine
even more gas. The end result was that the pedal was on the floor and I
had no brakes because the lifting engine pulled the booster vacuum hose
out.

After towing it home, it became very obvious what the problem was. Just
give it a little gas and the left end of the engine when up 1 foot. This
was in my 67 F100. The effect of a 390 V8 with no brakes in a parking
lot is down right scary.

Now picture this.....

Driving back from Missouri 3 years ago in the 93 Escort. Come into a
small town and stop at a light. Light turns green, I give it a little
gas, no problem. Get up to about 45 and the car keeps accelerating
up to 75, with my foot **off** the gas. For the remainder of the trip, I
had 75 mph cruise control, whether I wanted it or not. I had to turn
the engine off to stop or slow down in towns. It was late Sunday night
and I had to get home. Had a hell of a time changing gears because it
revved like hell. Was it my foot on the gas? No! It was a bad throttle
positioning sensor, problem went away after it was replaced. And it
only occurred after the engine was fairly hot. Ran perfect the next
day and the dealer had it for 3 days to duplicate the problem.

The Audi thing had to do with the fact that the brake and gas peddles
were so close together that people did hit the gas when they meant to
hit the brakes.

Unwanted throttle problems *do* happen, for a number of reasons. Its
even more common with computerized systems these days when a sensor
goes bad.

Ken Payne

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Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 22:51:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: Cory Favreau
Subject: FTE Small - Hey Bob Johnson!

Sorry to hear of your troubles, mine are not far from yours but maybe
a little more serious (money wise). but here's a tip on the
Distributor cap on your 2.9, I believe all come with screws with a
bolt type head aftermarket (but I guess maybe not all) and a 7mm
socket works great. Save your knuckles the next time and skip the
stubby screwdriver! Hope this helps!The only reason I know is cause I
changed mine today!

Cory Favreau
86 Ranger STX 4X4-and still going.
88 Toyota Camry- 195K and still going strong



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DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 02:18:28 -0600 (MDT)
From: Keith Smith
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Sagging 1998 Explorer

My 86 BII leans to the left as well.
- -keith
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Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 02:34:59 -0600 (MDT)
From59 -ith Smith
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Towing w/ an 1989 Bronco II

ABSOLUTELY get the receiver hitch. You see the results of using
bumper hitches instead of receiver hitches every now and then- bumpers
aimed down 20-45 degrees. What we (and you) really need to know is the
weight of the trailer- perhaps it's on a plate somewhere?

Keith Smith, Senior Statician
Division of Government Research,
University of New Mexico 87131-6026
(505) 277-3305

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