small-list-digest Tuesday, July 21 1998 Volume 02 : Number 203



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In this issue:

RE: FTE Small - Re; Towing
FTE Small - 4.0L... where is all the coolant going?
FTE Small - Re: your mail
FTE Small - RE:
FTE Small - leather interior
Re: FTE Small - leather interior
FTE Small - beeping

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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 05:31:20 -0600 (MDT)
From: Keith Smith
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Re; Towing

Have to agree with this, and he could probably get by with just the
bumper hitch. I think when he mentioned camping we all imagined a MUCH
larger trailer. But this 1500 is just a guesstimate- weighing might
still be in order.
keith

On Fri, 17 Jul 1998, cassis wrote:

> Not to start a flame war but if its only 1500lbs I realy dont think trailer
> brakes are nessesary. You could spend the money for them but not realy
> nessesary with that light of a load.
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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 07:34:14 -0400 (EDT)
From: EI - Michael Ioco
Subject: FTE Small - 4.0L... where is all the coolant going?

I'm stumnped. 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. I fill the
resevior up to and sometimes past the fill line, and a week later, it's DRY.
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!

I'd just like some input before taking it in for repairs (if needed.) Right not
I have to wait for the 96 Explorer to get out of the shop first. There was a
ticking sound that was getting pretty annoying, and the check engine light
finally came on so I had to bring it in. They said some canister had to be
replaced, but I'm not sure exactly what. I'll probably find that out today when
I pick it up.

Mike in Michigan
98 SC Ranger 4x4 ORP 4.0/5 SPD AUTO
97 SC F-150 4x4 ORP
96 Explorer 4x4 Sport 4.0/4 SPD AUTO
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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 05:42:21 -0600 (MDT)
From: Keith Smith
Subject: FTE Small - Re: your mail

OK- I take it back. He needs brakes.

On Sat, 18 Jul 1998, Andrew wrote:
> I can only speak absolutely, from my experience. I can guess that
(ACME snipping Service) (convincing argument)


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

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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 07:41:15 -0700
From: cassis
Subject: FTE Small - RE:

Andrew,

I cant answer your question on the weight at 60 mph. But I do see some of
your point. But I just dont agree totaly. If you have the excess cash for
trailer brakes on light trailer thats great I too have seen some situations
where they could have helped. But the bottom line is when towing you must
drive a little more defensive than the usual. Make damn shure you have more
than normal following distince between you and the car in front, and dont
make sudden - panic type moves. Like dont slam on the brakes. Slow the rig
down but dont lock the tires up. To me it just takes some common sense and
careful driving. And If you have a trailer that is heavy - say 2000lbs or
more well I can see getting brakes on it but on the light weight trailers I
just cant see it.

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


- -----Original Message-----
From:Andrew [SMTP:showork mail.gwi.net]
Sent:Saturday, July 18, 1998 5:03 PM
To:small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject:

>Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 16:47:12 -0700
>From: cassis
>Subject: RE: FTE Small - Re; Towing
>
>Not to start a flame war but if its only 1500lbs I realy dont think
trailer
>brakes are nessesary. You could spend the money for them but not realy
>nessesary with that light of a load.
>
>John Cassis
>93' STX 4x4 3.0/5-speed...

John,

I can only speak absolutely, from my experience. I can guess that
1500 lbs. is approximately 1/2 the weight of a Bronco ll. I can guess also
the brakes and short wheel base on the Bronco ll were not designed for
towing. I do know that trailer brakes make a much safer trip.
Please forgive if this seem like a flame. I have driven nearly a
million miles and have see several "light" trailers with no brakes wrapped
around the towing vehicle or maybe the it was the vehicle the towing person
was trying to miss. I have seen boats and trailers in the trees on the side
of the road. With people scratching their heads and wondering "how did that
happen." When the trailer breaks loose, brakes come on automatically. Most
of these could have been prevented by brakes on the trailer.
I myself, was exceptionally lucky that the trailer did not try to
mate with my truck or come around and try to kiss the front end.
John, one more last comment, please I wish to introduce a bit of
levity here, so (-: (-; :-)
But, How much does 1500lbs weigh when trying to stop it at 60 miles per
hour?

Andrew



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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 09:49:34 -0400
From: richardjwilson juno.com (Richard J. Wilson)
Subject: FTE Small - leather interior

Hey all.. I have a 98 Explorer Sport. It has full leather interior.
This is the first vehicle I have ever owned with leather interior. WHAT
do you do to treat/maintain leather interior.. and HOW often should it be
done. Thanks..

Richard Wilson

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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 07:33:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - leather interior

Tanners Preserve Leather Conditioning Cream works great and smells
good too. I use it every month or so. They recommend using the cleaner
first, but I don't and have never had any problem. If your seats are
dirty, you may want to use the cleaner first.
I even use this stuff on my leather sofa and the padded dash in my
wife's car.

No, I do not work for Tanners, I just like the stuff.



- ---"Richard J. Wilson" wrote:
>
> Hey all.. I have a 98 Explorer Sport. It has full leather interior.
> This is the first vehicle I have ever owned with leather interior.
WHAT
> do you do to treat/maintain leather interior.. and HOW often should
it be
> done. Thanks..
>
> Richard Wilson
>
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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 15:49:06 -0400
From: Ken Morrill
Subject: FTE Small - beeping

Does anyone know how to disable the annoying beeper that beeps 5
five times everytime I start my truck (98 Ranger)
Thanks
Ken

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