>From kpayne ford-trucks.com Mon Oct 5 06:13:06 1998
Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 06:13:06 -0400 (EDT)
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small-list-digest Monday, October 5 1998 Volume 02 : Number 280



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - A few automatic tranny questions
FTE Small - Ranger 4x4 tow capacity
Re: FTE Small - Towing Capacity
Re: FTE Small - Ranger 4x4 tow capacity

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Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 09:10:41 -0400
From: Ray Shaw
Subject: Re: FTE Small - A few automatic tranny questions

> It's obvious that when a transmission shifts roughly, slams into gear,
> etc., that damage is being done with every such shift. Learn to drive
> your vehicle so that rough shifts are minimized. With some automatics, it is possible to back off the gas just before that "slam," and let the transmission gently make the change. My Aerostar doesn't seem to get the message, however. But a classic "partial" fluid/filter change worked wonders.

I find that I have to disagree with this statement. The smooth shift
this gentleman is talking about occurs only at the expense of your
friction plates (clutches). A snappy shift produces less wear and
promotes a longer life of your transmission, although some people do
find it uncomfortable to ride in. A similar analogy would be the guy who
rides his clutch on the hill to keep his car in place. He may not roll
back, but he is killing his clutch and will have to replace it sooner
than if he did not ride the clutch. This is my opinion and my
Grandfather Ford, who taught me over 23 years ago to rebuild my first GM
Turbohydramatic 350. Sorry it wasn't a Ford but Granddad was a Cadillac
Master craftsman specializing in transmissions.
Ray
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Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 17:29:56 -0500
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger 4x4 tow capacity

What can a Ranger 4x4 with the 3.0L V-6 realistically tow?
The dealer says 1600 lbs.
If this is so, why can a Nissan or Toyota tow twice that with a smaller
engine?
Do manufacturers tow ratings mean anything?


1600 lbs with a 3.0??? My 2.3 towed nearly that much! According to my
manual (I have a 98 ranger, 4x4 off road, 3.0L auto, 4.10 gears, "tow
package") and I don't recall exactly the number, but tow capacity is in the
3800lb range. Look in your manual under the towing section. It should give
you what you're looking for.

ran
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Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 21:12:12 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Towing Capacity

depends on axle ratio!!!!!!!!!!
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Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 21:20:18 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger 4x4 tow capacity

All trucks have a few options available that in return account for there
maxium tow capacity...First of all do you have the tow package which is usally
just a trans cooler a few heavy duty relays for the lights and a good rear
axle ratio...Second what trans do you have auto or manual and do you have four
wheel drive or just two...Automatic transmissions are recommended for towing
and if you have four wheel drive subtract about five hundred lbs off the
weight.......You can call your local dealer and ask, give them your vin and
axle code and they'll be able to give you dead accurate amounts including your
combined vehicle and towed weight.......ding
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