small-list-digest Wednesday, August 5 1998 Volume 02 : Number 218



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In this issue:

FTE Small - The continuing transmission problems....
FTE Small - aux. gas tanks
FTE Small - Head Gaskets/Valve Job: '92 Aerostar w. 3.0
FTE Small - Peeling paint!
FTE Small - Rear end clunk?
Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?
Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?
Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?
Re: FTE Small - Peeling paint!
Re: FTE Small - Head Gaskets/Valve Job: '92 Aerostar w. 3.0
Re: FTE Small - aux. gas tanks
Re: FTE Small - The continuing transmission problems....
Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?
Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?
FTE Small - ADMIN: Change of policy with email addresses
Re: FTE Small - Peeling paint!
FTE Small - Moving on...

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Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 12:35:02 -0500
From: "Mike Nassour"
Subject: FTE Small - The continuing transmission problems....

As one who has just had an 92 Explorer tranny go at 80K (big
surprise, huh ), the new unit has apparently gone bad in only
5K!

The shop (which is replacing it under warranty) says that the
"woefully small" Ford tranny cooler at the radiator apparently failed,
and they now recommend an aftermarket replacement (with about
ten times the cooling area) installed for an additional $150 or so.

Sounds reasonable to me, but I thought I'd get the opinions of the
list before I sunk any more $$$$ into this beast.

Thanks!

Mike Nassour
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Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 11:25:19 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: FTE Small - aux. gas tanks

I'm interested in adding a smallish (10 gal. or so) auxiliary gas tank
to my '97 Ranger. Has anyone made this addition?

Thom Cheney
Portland, OR
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Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 11:48:01 -0700
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Head Gaskets/Valve Job: '92 Aerostar w. 3.0

Advice please:

The job of replacing the head gaskets in my '92 Aerostar, 3.0
engine, is almost finished. It's getting a valve job at the same
time, radiator cleaned out, new head bolts, water pump,
thermostat, and belts.

I'd like some advice: any special breakin instructions? Should
the head bolts be re-tightened after awhile (when?)? Anything
else?

The van has 71,000 on it, and lived in San Jose, CA, before I
bought it. The cooling system had been filled with the local
hard water. The coolant was changed according to Ford's
instructions. Therefore, I acquired a vehicle with a rusty
cooling system (this paragraph is a caution to the rest of you).

This vehicle has both front and rear heat/AC units, and came with
a factory towing package. I live in a hilly area and it gets
hot.

Thanks

Richard
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Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 17:25:13 -0700
From: "Andr E. Benguerel"
Subject: FTE Small - Peeling paint!

Cory,

My truck is a 95' still under
warranty. It's the only spot I
have found. I'm worried about
what they'll want to do with
it at the dealer. It's
brilliant Metallic Blue, which
is hard to just "touch up."

Andre E. Benguerel

1995 Ford Ranger 4 X4 SC
4.0L V6, OD Auto, Xlt

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Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 17:32:38 -0700
From: "Andr E. Benguerel"
Subject: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?

All this talk of rear end
noises has me curious! Is it a
clunk or a pink?

My truck has been back twice
now for the same symptoms from
the rear end/driveline.
First it was the universal
yoke bolts and the
transmission output shaft
yoke, then the rear end yoke.
Both fixes were a R&R with
Loctite used on the
nuts/bolts.

Rear end shift and spring wrap
sound scary to me, especially
for a stock truck

Andre E. Benguerel

1995 Ford Ranger 4 X4 SC
4.0L V6, OD Auto, Xlt

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Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 20:43:22 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?

My truck makes that pinging sound. Is that what your truck did? If all I
have to do is R&R bolts and loctite them it would be great.
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Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 21:03:02 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (thomas oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?

have your dealer preform technical service bullitin 98-11-9 pinging or
creaking from driveline when vehicle is put into gear. 1990 to 1998
ranger and explorer date pub 6/8/1998. any more question be free to
e-mail.

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Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 21:06:55 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (thomas oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?

this is a covered repair under bumper to bumper warranty. 3 yrs or
36,000 which ever comes first. have your selling dealer preform reapirs.
it is not loctiteing the bolts on drive shaft it is loctiting the yoke
on transfer case proper torque of yoke nut is 280 ft lbs. must use
special service tool to hold yuke inplace

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Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 21:08:16 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (thomas oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Peeling paint!

paint is only covered for one year or 12,000 miles which ever comes
first.

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Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 21:09:59 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (thomas oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Head Gaskets/Valve Job: '92 Aerostar w. 3.0

ford has a redesigned head gasket kit which includes new head bolts and
retorque pattern.

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Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 21:12:36 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (thomas oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - aux. gas tanks

can not preform axu tank. cost would be outragous. and the fuel tank
must comply with federal and state local emmission laws

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Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 21:14:49 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (thomas oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - The continuing transmission problems....

sounds like you did not have repairs done at a ford garage. sounds like
they did not flush transmission cooler

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Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 21:41:03 -0400
From: pms2
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?

There is a tsb for the pinging sound from the drive line. fyi.

Phil

MindEfx aol.com wrote:
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> My truck makes that pinging sound. Is that what your truck did? If all I
> have to do is R&R bolts and loctite them it would be great.
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Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 22:14:06 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rear end clunk?

Do you happen to know the TSB # just so I can speed things up a bit. For some
reason I think if I call the dealer it will take days before they call me back
with it.
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Date: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 00:50:06 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Change of policy with email addresses

Concerning the email sent out last week about the sale of
email accounts on FTE:

Business accounts will **not** be available. A business
with " ford-trucks.com" as part of its address implies
that FTE is part of that business. Imagine what would
happen to FTE's name if a business with our site address
started screwing customers!

Regards,
Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 23:50:14 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Sci.Electronics.Repair FAQ"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Peeling paint!

You (thomas oslick jr) wrote:
> paint is only covered for one year or 12,000 miles which ever comes
> first.

Speak of the devil... it's 1AM here... and I'm using a gallon jug
of Tal-Strip on the roof of my 87 B2... I have BARE metal on 80%
of it already... I'll prime it ASAP... before the condensation
makes hell of the steel... !!

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Date: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 00:54:40 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - Moving on...

Forwarded for: Mike Krause

I will soon be moving to California in about a week from Texas. I will have to
uns*bscribe to this service due to the fact that I do not have my own computer yet
and am not sure if I will have access to one when I'm out there. I have some
questions for everyone about my trip out there and about Ca.
1) I'm making a list of things to do to get my '91 Explorer ready for the
trip. I'm towing a 6'x12' Uhaul and need some insight on what I can do to prevent
any problems. I'm doing the following: changing the oil and filter, the air
filter, the PCV valve, the drivebelt, the brakes and getting the tires balanced.
Anything else needed to be done.
2) Anyone who lives in the San Diego area, specifically La Jolla, that's
where I'm moving. Any performance shops out there or anyone of you out there as
well?? I know like 2 people and that's not a lot.
Thanks for all that everyone's done for me and all the advise on the pursuit
to make my Explorer last longer and run better. Hopefully I'll see you all again....


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