small-list-digest Thursday, August 20 1998 Volume 02 : Number 234



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Wanted--leather seats
Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging
Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging
Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging
FTE Small - Clutch Slave Cylinder
Re: FTE Small - Clutch Slave Cylinder
Re: FTE Small - Clutch Slave Cylinder
Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging
FTE Small - Big trucks, Spark Plugs and Wires
FTE Small - ADMIN: Truck Driving Schools (2 of 2)
FTE Small - Radio Troubles
Re: FTE Small - Radio Troubles
Re: FTE Small - plug wires
Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging
FTE Small - Re:performance upgrades for the 96 explorer w/5.0v8
FTE Small - Re: allwheel drive system in explorer

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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 03:28:22 PDT
From: "Bryan Snyder"
Subject: FTE Small - Wanted--leather seats

Hello all,


I'm looking for a set of gray leather bucket seats from an 95- up
explorer like the Eddie Bauer series or the like. Must have full power
and be in exc to mint shape, also they must tilt forward to like in a
two door car.

Thanks
Bryan
Rangerstx hotmail.com

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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 07:58:24 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging

What would cause my '91 Explorer to ping when the accelerator is
bottomed out? I thought there was some type of sensor for that?
Its more prominent in the hot weather (also, I'm at a high altitude --
4200). I've replaced just about all the sensors due to another problem
in the past (that turned out to be an intermittent connection of the
mass air flow sensor) and don't remember seeing one for the "pinging".
Any suggestions?

Check your timing. Maybe you have carbon build up also...check into
having your throttle body and injectors cleaned. You can try running
high octane gas and seee if that helps.
Chris
94 Lightning #381
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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 08:07:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (tommy oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging

DO NOT CHECK TIMING IT IS COMPUTER CONTROLED. IT IS DIS SYSTEM THERE IS
NO ADJUSTMENTS TO BE MADE. what kind of gas are you using? how many mies
are on your truck?

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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 08:08:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: tarmy webtv.net (tommy oslick jr)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging

there might be new computer calibration from ford for this concern check
with local ford dealer

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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 07:48:57 -0700
From: Stephen Otero
Subject: FTE Small - Clutch Slave Cylinder

Hey Guys,

Hope someone can help. I recently overhauled the tranny on my '86
ranger XL 4x4. After complete reinstallation when I went to insert the
clutch line into the slave cylinder I find that it needs to have a clip
of some sort.
My question is this, Where does the clip go? Try as I may I cannot
determine its location.

Thanks in advanced

SteveO '86 Ranger XL 4X4 2.9L



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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 11:10:16 -0400
From: "Russ Parker"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Clutch Slave Cylinder

Mine has a clip alot like the ones that hold fuel filter lines on. It just
goes around the line and clamps it to the slave.
- -Russ


>Hey Guys,
>
> Hope someone can help. I recently overhauled the tranny on my '86
>ranger XL 4x4. After complete reinstallation when I went to insert the
>clutch line into the slave cylinder I find that it needs to have a clip
>of some sort.
> My question is this, Where does the clip go? Try as I may I cannot
>determine its location.
>
>Thanks in advanced
>
>SteveO '86 Ranger XL 4X4 2.9L
>
>
>
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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 13:35:05 EDT
From: Bakend aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Clutch Slave Cylinder

In a message dated 8/19/98 8:55:11 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
sotero lcsipdp.littonlcs.com writes:

> My question is this, Where does the clip go? Try as I may I cannot
> determine its location.
The clip goes around the hydraulic line and through a hole in the bell
housing. Tough to see it and is mostly a "feel" installation. The hole is at
the top of the tranny and on the driver side. Let me know how your rebuild
holds up. I didn't fair so well. The gear on the counter shaft failed after a
few thousand miles and I had to redo it while on vacation. That really sucked.
Hope yours does better Good luck!
D Baken
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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 14:34:06 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging

tommy oslick jr wrote:
>
> DO NOT CHECK TIMING IT IS COMPUTER CONTROLED. IT IS DIS SYSTEM THERE IS
> NO ADJUSTMENTS TO BE MADE. what kind of gas are you using? how many mies
> are on your truck?

The timing can still be WRONG!!! If so then you might have a computer
problem. Just cause you can't adjust doesn't mean it that its
functioning properly!
Chris
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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 13:57:57 -0700
From: "Andr E. Benguerel"
Subject: FTE Small - Big trucks, Spark Plugs and Wires

In response to the post by
John Cassis:

It might have been a
Centurion, they make huge
custom Ford trucks. They build
one model on the F-700
chassis. I'm not sure were
there located. I could not
find them on the web. I've
seen them before at local SCCA
races. One guy has a white
F-700 that appears to have a
stretched sleeper cab on it
with all the trimmings of a
motor home and a 35 foot box
trailer!

And in regards to the post
about plugs and wires:

I personally think Bosch
Platinum plugs suck! Sure, you
don't have to change them for
100K miles, but spark plugs
are cheap and what's a couple
hours of wrenching? The
problem with Platinum's are
the center electrode. The
insulator shoulder it too high
in relation to the electrode
length. The plugs tend to foul
and don't "clean out" very
easy leading to misfires. In
racing, we had excellent
result with Nippendenso & NGK
plugs. Both use a "U" groove
electrode and provide a wide
spark. I have also heard good
things about the Champion
Truck Plug. For plug wires you
should buy the most expensive
one you can afford. Bosch are
excellent. For a really cool
set of plug wires check out
I
need to do my 30K tune up on
my truck this weekend so I'll
let you know how it goes!

Andre E. Benguerel

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

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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 21:31:11 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Truck Driving Schools (2 of 2)

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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 23:08:27 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - Radio Troubles

My factory Ford cassette deck is having a problem. The volume will drop
slightly (usually for a few seconds) and then go back to normal. It seems
to drop at all the speakers not just one side or front/back. The radio
illumination does not dim or change when this happens. The problem is
intermittent. Some days are better than others. It is not a particular
radio station, geographic location, speed, or weather related incident. It
has happened no matter where I have been driving. The deck has been removed
since this problem started for an unrelated repair, so the wiring harness
and antenna have been removed and reconnected. The problem was unaffected
by this.

Any ideas??

Thanks in advance,
Tony
94 Ranger Supercab XLT, 4.0L 5-Speed

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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 23:29:23 EDT
From: MindEfx aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Radio Troubles

Thats weird...unplugging it would have very little to do with that. You
probably have a seperate amp in that truck, located in the pass. side kick
panel. It could be the radio itself or that. From past experience with all
factory parts, either one is probably at least $400 to buy new. You would
probably just be better off getting an aftermarket radio installed, it will be
of better quality and sound better. You can get a varity of good aftermarker
radios installed for way less then $400 if you just want a tape deck, or
around $400 for a good cd player. They can be much more expensive then that,
depending on what models you pick, but they are good starting prices for
quality radios. I have a Pioneer CD player in my Ranger and it sounds great,
I have a more expensive model because i installed a complete aftermarket
system (radio, speakers, amp, subs, etc.) and wanted features that arent
available on the less expensive radios, but most people dont need to spend
that much for features they wont use.
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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 23:53:04 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - plug wires

I've had not luck with split fire plugs in the past on fuel injection cars
....On carburated cars thats a different story it had a little more pep to it
especially betweeen shifts...as for there wires i have no personal experience
with em.....Bosch plat's are the way to go now adays
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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 23:51:15 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Engine Pinging

I had a 92 with the same problem it would ping and my fix was to use better
gas throw some super in it and after that drop down to plus and then you can
mix it up with regular every now and then and also try dumping in some
injection cleaner every month or two....
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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 23:58:51 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Re:performance upgrades for the 96 explorer w/5.0v8

Does anyone have any experience with the 5.0 in the explorer with any
performance upgrades .....What works and what doesn't any info would be
cool...........chris ding060297
chips..exhuast...bigger throttle body...supercharger.....
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Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 00:01:03 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Re: allwheel drive system in explorer

Does anyone have any problems with there 96 or newer explorers with the v8
and the all wheel drive system.....Is this system reliable and hold up to the
engines 215 hp and 288 lbs of torque..I just bought one and mine seeems to....


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