small-list-digest Tuesday, October 20 1998 Volume 02 : Number 294



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In this issue:

FTE Small - electric speedometer on 96 ranger
FTE Small - Cabin Air Filter
Re: FTE Small - Flimsy Sun Visors
FTE Small - Ranger brakes squeaking
RE: FTE Small - Ranger brakes squeaking
Re: FTE Small - Ranger brakes squeaking
Re: FTE Small - Ranger brakes squeaking
Re: FTE Small - Flimsy Sun Visors
Re: FTE Small - Cabin Air Filter
FTE Small - Re: Oil Pumps
FTE Small - Re: Courtesy Windows
Re: FTE Small - electric speedometer on 96 ranger
FTE Small - Re: front skid plates for Rangers

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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 06:29:12 -0700 (MST)
From: captainrat inficad.com
Subject: FTE Small - electric speedometer on 96 ranger

i recently had my automatic trans replaced on extended warranty by a ford dealer.
good thing it didn't wait another 10,000 to go. the new one works fine, but i
noticed after the change that the speedometer/odometer reads 20 percent high.
the service manager claimed it was completely unrelated (!) he said the
speedo is connected to the rear end.
i can find little technical info on electric speedos, except that the sending
unit is a tiny generator turned by a shaft on the tail end of the transmission.
i suspect that it uses a small nylon gear just like the old cabled type.
my questions are (1) could the dealer have installed a tranny with a slightly
different ratio, causing the error? (2) might there be an electronic problem
affecting speedo accuracy? (3) could this be a plot to use up the remainder
of my extended warranty 20% faster?
i also wonder if adding a transmission cooler would lengthen the life of
the new automatic in arizona, and whether the warranty people would approve.

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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 09:50:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: computom
Subject: FTE Small - Cabin Air Filter

I have a 91 Explorer, and I'm very tired of breathing exhaust fumes from
cars ahead of me in city traffic. My idea is to install some sort of air
filter that will clean the air before it comes into the cabin. Has anyone
heard of anything like this?
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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 14:01:16 -0400
From: Jim Storch
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Flimsy Sun Visors

William,

I have an 88 BII with the exact same problem. My driver's side visor is
so loose that if I have it down while making a left turn, it'll swing
around
and hit me in the head. There's a spring which is suppose to apply
tension and, as you already know, it's way to weak. I haven't fixed mine
yet, however, I have a couple of ideas:

1. Perhaps some sort of spacer could be added either above or below
the spring to increase deflection and hopefully the tension.

2. Replace the spring with a heavier one of the same length.

3. The visors on my 92 Aerostar have an additional support in the
center.
I don't know, but perhaps the later model BII's and Rangers had this
feature also which could be adapted. (Just guessing here)

JimS
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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 14:35:16 -0400 (EDT)
From: EI - Michael Ioco
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger brakes squeaking

I have a 98 Ranger 4x4 and in the past 5-6000 miles, my brakes have been
squeaking quite a bit. It's only on the first couple stops after it's sat for a
few hours.

The wind noise is pretty bad at cruising speeds too.

Anybody else encountered these annoying sounds with their Rangers??


Mike in Michigan

98 Ranger SC 4x4 ORP
97 F-150 SC 4x4 ORP
96 Explorer 4x4 Sport
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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 14:21:13 -0700
From: cassis
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ranger brakes squeaking

I have the break squeaking noise, but I replaced my stock pads with heavy
duty pads at 30,000 miles on mine. I figured the squeaking is from the pads
being the heavy duty semi-metallic. I think that is the correct name, made
by Ray-Bestos. Anyway you might try pulling your pads and re-coating the
backs with that blue goop that comes with a set of new pads.

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


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Subject: FTE Small - Ranger brakes squeaking


I have a 98 Ranger 4x4 and in the past 5-6000 miles, my brakes have been
squeaking quite a bit. It's only on the first couple stops after it's sat
for a
few hours.

The wind noise is pretty bad at cruising speeds too.

Anybody else encountered these annoying sounds with their Rangers??


Mike in Michigan

98 Ranger SC 4x4 ORP
97 F-150 SC 4x4 ORP
96 Explorer 4x4 Sport
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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 17:11:58 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger brakes squeaking

My 96 explorere squeaks like crazy too..Only since i've changed my pads to the
heavy duty semi metallic's ..its annoying and i'm told it usually needs a lil
more push on the pedal to stop them .....For some reason the softer cheaper
one's grab faster than the hard ones.........that i've
noticed...................ding
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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 17:37:43 +0000
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger brakes squeaking

Ding060297 aol.com wrote:
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> My 96 explorere squeaks like crazy too..Only since i've changed my pads to the
> heavy duty semi metallic's ..its annoying and i'm told it usually needs a lil
> more push on the pedal to stop them .....For some reason the softer cheaper
> one's grab faster than the hard ones.........that i've
> noticed...................ding

Did you get a shim or some type of anti squeal product to put on the
back of the pads to keep them from rubbing on the caliper piston...this
is usually where the squeals come from!
Here is food for thought...One of the guys on the Lightning list bought
fully carbon metallic brake pads and now they pads have worn the rotors
out! Thats some pretty hard pads.
Chris
94 Lightning #381
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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 19:39:39 -0500
From: mercury
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Flimsy Sun Visors

William Bracey wrote:
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> Hello All:
>
> I have a 87 Bronco II. The sun visors on this truck are very flimsy.
> The spring mechanism that was designed to keep them out of the way is
> ineffective. I was wondering if anyone had found a solution to this
> problem and if so What?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Nelson
> wnbracey bigfoot.com
>
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this is an 'it worked for me' answer,but on my 86 ranger,and my 86
bronco2,the drivers sides were both flimsy,they'd swing out when I
accelerated,and pretty much flopped down whenever they felt like
it,hitting bumps etc would drop them, but to stop the flopping down,I
took a pair of vise grips, and clamped them down on the end of the visor
closest to the pivot,just enough to crimp the tube a bit,and that
stiffened that up enough that they'd stay up,of course you remove the
vise grips afterwards! but to stop the swinging, I pulled them off,and
wrapped some thin wire around them between the spring,and the base so
that it was tighter inside,kept it from swinging,and it doesn't show at
all when it's re-installed,and if you're carefull,and clean up the vise
grips before you squeeze the bar,that won't show either.

merc.

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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 20:41:40 EDT
From: RReed44450 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Cabin Air Filter

I haven't heard of anything like that, but I run my AC on max which
recirculates the air from inside the cabin rather than extract air from the
exterior of the vehicle. My AC hardly ever comes off of max here in Florida.

Russell
'98 Explorer
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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 22:17:11 -0400
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Oil Pumps

Hi,
Got a small ticking noise in my 88 Bronco II. It's louder when you
accellerate, and dies off when you get to a cruising speed....
One mechanic told me that it's the lifters, but I doubt it, the sound seems
to come from lower in the engine....
Another mechanic, a highly respected friend, said it's likely the oil pump
(motor?).
2 Questions:
1) Does it sound likely to be this; and,
2) How hard/expensive it this to do/have done?
Lou Guerriero.


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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 22:18:10 -0400
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Courtesy Windows

Hi,
I have an 88 BII with the old style windows. (one large, one small
triangle type) The small window on the passenger side has become
damaged.... it was a little rusty inside, and one of my passengers pulled it
HARD rather than smacking the window shut...
Now the latch is precariously hanging off the window.. anyone ever
replaced one of these?? Is it hard? I've done a regular window.. but not
one of these mini triangle types (sorry, I don't know the "proper" name
:-)).
Are they expensive new? I figure from Fords prices, I'd be best to go
looking elswhere.....
Lou.


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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 23:06:46 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - electric speedometer on 96 ranger

I am also getting jerked around my local "Quality Care" Ford dealer on a
speedometer issue. I had my slave cylinder replaced in February and when I
got it back from the speedo motion was jerky between 25 and 35 MPH and fine
above or below that. It would oscillate +/- 2 MPH when holding constant
speed in that range. I told them about it and they said that it couldn't be
due to their service, it must be the speedo head. So magically my
speedometer head went bad the second I drove off the lot after they had my
transmission out (in which they had to disconnect the speedometer cable),
Bullsh*t. I made them take it back and they returned it saying that they
couldn't reproduce the problem. Not having time to deal with it then, I
brought it back again and made a technician ride around the block with me.
First he said that the oscillation was normal, apparently Ford designs it's
speedos to oscillate +/- 2MPH between 25 and 35MPH and at no other speed.
When they realized I wasn't going to buy their BS excuses the service
department told me that I could send it back and leave it all I want and
they would never find out what was wrong with it. Now that's the kind of
service that will get me to buy a vehicle from their dealership.
Since there is only a few thing they could have screwed up and my time
is worth more than those parts, I gave up and decided to fix it myself.
Sorry for the long message, but it sounds like you have one of those
dealers. My advice would be to get manuals and study the components that
could be affected so that you can speak intelligently to the dealer and
realize when they are Bullsh*ting you.

Good Luck,
Tony
'94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed

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Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 10:50:15 -0700
From: Richard Salitra
Subject: FTE Small - Re: front skid plates for Rangers

anything that would be strong. so I would assume that some sort of metal would
be the best choice. if you've also made yours out of metal, what did you coat
it with for rust prevention?

Jerry Dean wrote:

Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 22:50:27 -0400
From: "Jerry Dean"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - front skid plates for Rangers

I designed and made my own for my 96 Ranger. I made one for a buddy of mine....


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