small-list-digest Tuesday, November 3 1998 Volume 02 : Number 307



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Ford Customer Service
FTE Small - Re: NHTSA probes Explorer fires
Re: FTE Small - Hot Tapes
FTE Small - Having no brakes is bad right?
Re: FTE Small - Hot Tapes
FTE Small - rear oil seal leaking 1991 2.3L Ranger
Re: FTE Small - rear oil seal leaking 1991 2.3L Ranger
Re: FTE Small - NHSTA probes FORD EXPLORER for fires
FTE Small - synthetic oils
Re: FTE Small - synthetic oils
Re: FTE Small - RANGER AT RATIOS, COMPUTER CODES
Re: FTE Small - synthetic oils
Re: FTE Small - synthetic oils

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Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 08:47:39 -0700
From: "Don Lewoniuk"
Subject: FTE Small - Ford Customer Service

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.ford.com/custassist/

e mail address for Ford Customer Service if anyone is
interested in having it....

cacinfo fao.ford.com

Customer Assistance Center:
Ford/Mercury vehicles: 1-800-392-3673

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> [mailto:owner-small-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Jerry Dean
> Sent: Friday, October 30, 1998 8:58 PM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE Small - FORD
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>
> Anyone have the number to Ford Customer Service. I am trying to
> get a copy
> of the build sheet from my truck and I don't know where else to
> go. Anyone
> have any ideas? I already tried my dealership and they said that
> they don't
> have them.
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Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 09:08:50 PST
From: "Dan Funk"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: NHTSA probes Explorer fires

The post from list #302 on fires struck a cord. I just bought a '94
Explorer (with air). I noticed that after playing a cassette for 5-10
minutes that the tape was VERY hot when removed from the Ford premium
tape deck. Has anyone else experianced this?? Dan

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Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 13:08:37 -0600
From: "David Steelman"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Hot Tapes

Dan,
The tape deck in my 90 Ranger used to bake tapes as well. On long trips I
would slide in a slice of Spam and leave it for 10 min, then flip for 10 min
on the other side. It made tasty sandwiches. ;-)
Seriously though, I know it can't be good for the tapes, but I never had
one burst into flames or anything.
I have a factory CD player in my 98 Ranger, but I haven't noticed if the
discs get hot. I'll have to check it out.
Just FYI.

Dave S

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Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 12:43:31 PST
From: "Bryan Snyder"
Subject: FTE Small - Having no brakes is bad right?

I have a 90 Ranger STX super cab 4x4. Over the last month I noticed my
brakes were getting more and more mushy. My dad and I bled them and in
the process discovered a bad bleeder in the front left caliper. Got the
new bleeder in, then discovered a bad master cylinder. Replaced that,
bled the brakes....Nothing, I still have the mushy to the floor pedal
that makes you say ten Hail Maries before you start stopping. I need
some suggestions for what is causing this as I'm leaving on a trip
Saturday. Also the pads looked OK.

Thanks
Bryan

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Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 13:00:45 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Hot Tapes

David Steelman wrote:
>
> Dan,
> The tape deck in my 90 Ranger used to bake tapes as well. On long trips I
> would slide in a slice of Spam and leave it for 10 min, then flip for 10 min
> on the other side. It made tasty sandwiches. ;-)
> Seriously though, I know it can't be good for the tapes, but I never had
> one burst into flames or anything.


I just recently made a 1200 mile solo trip in my '97 Ranger. I took
along some great books-on-tape to pass the time. I think the longest I
played the tape deck was about 3-1/2 hours with breaks only long enough
to change tapes. While the tapes were definitely warm, none were as hot
as the deck in my wife's Accord. I think we have ruined some tapes in
her car... they start hissing after awhile and then a definite squeal.
Unfortunately the car was WAY out of warranty before we used the tape
deck for any long trips (that CD changer is starting to look REALLY
good). I didn't have the same experience with the Ranger, although, I
suppose any heat would have long term negative effect on the tapes...
another reason to upgrade to CD I suppose.

BTW (off topic).... mileage on my truck, now with about 14,000 miles on
it has improved a bit. On my last road trip: Tire pressure was at an
even 40 lbs all around, running 87 octane unleaded I got about 19 mpg
through the Gorge and up over the 4500 ft climb throught the Blue Mtns.
Increased to about 21 mpg across the Snake River Plain & Arco desert in
Idaho. I averaged 68 mph for the whole trip, stops included. Truck is
a '97 STX x-cab with 4.0 & 5 spd, 265/75 OEM Firestones. I used the C.
control most of the way and ran the a/c part of the way. Geez this
truck loves to run long legged across the desrt... not bad in the mtns
either!!!
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Thom Cheney
Early Bronco Entertainment
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Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 20:18:08 -0500
From: "Dave Schultz"
Subject: FTE Small - rear oil seal leaking 1991 2.3L Ranger

I have a 91 2.3L Ranger that has developed a rear main
seal oil leak. My mechanic says (who just replaced the seal)
that it is due to excessive end-play in the crank. There appears to be
more leakage with the clutch depressed. Help!

I need some opinions fast. I am trying to get him to remove the tranny
again and inspect the seal. What are the possibilities?
damaged seal on install...end-play...groove worn in crank?
any end play fixes short of replacing the crank?

Thanks
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Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 18:40:27 -0700
From: BJ Tiemessen
Subject: Re: FTE Small - rear oil seal leaking 1991 2.3L Ranger

A great place to find information about the Ranger 2.3 is at
www.ford ranger. com/wwwboard4.html. This is a great resouce, there are a lot
of people who know the ins and outs of the 2.3. I have never heard of
excessive end play causing a leak. If there is a groove worn in the crank,
I would think that there might be a sleave kit to fix it or something. How
many miles are on the truck? It sounds most likely that the seal was
installed improperly.

Dave Schultz wrote:

> I have a 91 2.3L Ranger that has developed a rear main
> seal oil leak. My mechanic says (who just replaced the seal)
> that it is due to excessive end-play in the crank. There appears to be
> more leakage with the clutch depressed. Help!
>
> I need some opinions fast. I am trying to get him to remove the tranny
> again and inspect the seal. What are the possibilities?
> damaged seal on install...end-play...groove worn in crank?
> any end play fixes short of replacing the crank?
>
> Thanks
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Date: Sat, 31 Oct 1998 00:29:14 -0700
From: "Kenneth C. St.John"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - NHSTA probes FORD EXPLORER for fires

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From: Kenneth C. St.John
To: Kenneth C. St.John
Subject: Re: FTE Small - NHSTA probes FORD EXPLORER for fires
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 1998 00:08:23 -0700


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From: Kenneth C. St.John
To: ken streaminfo.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - NHSTA probes FORD EXPLORER for fires
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 1998 00:06:35 -0700

I have a '91 Explorer and have the same problem (especially in the winter
when I run the heater from the vents). After I had purchased my vehicle in
'91, I brought it back to the dealer to check on this. They just stated
that the radio was in close proximity to the vent and would be resolved by
redesigning the layout of the dashboard. If it's any consulation, I haven't
had a problem with this (except to be careful when removing the cassette).
Ken

- ----------From: "Dan Funk"
To: small-list ford-trucks.com is
Subject: FTE Small - NHSTA probes FORD EXPLORER for fires
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 09:17:04 PST

Last week I purchased a '94 Explorer XLT (60k miles) with air and the
premium(?) sound system. When I remove a casette after only 5-10 minutes
the casette is VERY hot.Is this something that has been experianced by
others ?????

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Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 21:24:33 -0600
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: FTE Small - synthetic oils

I have been contemplating running synthetic oil in my 98 Ranger 4x4.
Anybody have any experience with synthetics in the 3.0L? Any
recommendations as to which brand to use? Thanks in advance!

ran
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Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 21:54:45 -0600
From: "Jim Karnes"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - synthetic oils

I've been running Castrol Syntec in my 3.0 with no problems.

Jim Karnes
Ranger Power Sports

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From: Randy Collins
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Date: Monday, November 02, 1998 10:04 PM
Subject: FTE Small - synthetic oils


>I have been contemplating running synthetic oil in my 98 Ranger 4x4.
>Anybody have any experience with synthetics in the 3.0L? Any
>recommendations as to which brand to use? Thanks in advance!
>
>ran
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Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 21:12:22 -0700
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RANGER AT RATIOS, COMPUTER CODES

I was told it is no longer possible to trick the computer into displaying
the trouble codes (at least for '97 Rangers), for example, by flashing the
check engine light. Now, I bet you *could* use a PC to troubleshoot the
computer codes. But you will have to know how they code their messages,
which is probably why those older EEC-IV readers don't work on newer
trucks. Basicly, those shop bay troubleshooter machines are just PCs
anyway.

Dave
Denver, CO

>Date: Sun, 1 Nov 1998 04:26:11 -0700 (MST)
>From: captainrat inficad.com
>Subject: FTE Small - RANGER AT RATIOS, COMPUTER CODES
>
>thanks to those who responded to my questions on speedo error. i still
>wonder if
>the 4-speed automatic that goes with the 96 ranger 4-cylinder comes in
>different
>ratios, perhaps from different years.
>i also wonder if anyone has figured out a way to read the 96 & up computer
>diagnostics
>without a major investment in equipment. there should be a way to hook it
>to the
>serial port of a pc and write a basic interpreter, given some specs. i
>have the
>gadjet for older fords, with which you just count led flashes, but
>understand that
>won't work on the new ones.
>speaking of flashes, i hope everyone seeking brighter headlights remembers
>to aim them
>correctly. many don't, which is both infuriating and dangerous in night
>traffic.
>
>- ---it's a friendly universe
>- --Captain RAT (captainrat inficad.com)
>- -www.inficad.com/~captainrat
>
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Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 23:49:41 EST
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - synthetic oils

i've been running castrol in my 5.0 explorer with no problems either..i've
noticed in the colder temps it runs just a tad bit cooler .....barely
noticable .......Other than that its a lil smoother and a lil more protective
against wear and dry start ups....ding
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Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 05:04:42 -0800
From: billb
Subject: Re: FTE Small - synthetic oils

I've been using Mobil1 in my 96 Ranger 3.0 since 1500 mi.(41000
currently) I highly recommend it, about 0.5 mileage increase, much....


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