small-list-digest Wednesday, November 4 1998 Volume 02 : Number 308



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Josh T, 265's again...
Re: FTE Small - Having no brakes is bad right?
FTE Small - HID & Engine Stalled, Compressor siezed?
RE: FTE Small - Having no brakes is bad right?
FTE Small - four wheel drive
Re: FTE Small - four wheel drive
Re: FTE Small - rear oil seal leaking 1991 2.3L Ranger
Re: FTE Small - synthetic oils
Re: FTE Small - four wheel drive

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Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 08:00:35 -0500 (EST)
From: EI - Michael Ioco
Subject: FTE Small - Josh T, 265's again...

Still out there Josh? Remember this post? You were right, something was fishy.
I just got a 99 Explorer Sport with the 5 speed Auto AND the 265's. And they
couldn't put those on the Ranger with the ORP because....? Go figure.

The clearance does scare me on those though. I can barely fit two fingers
between the front tire and the rear of the wheelwell when they are slightly
turned. At least I know I have a lot of wheel travel on my Ranger!

> From owner-small-list ford-trucks.com Thu Aug 6 18:46 EDT 1998
> From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
> Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 18:42:14, -0500
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE Small - re: to Mike in Michigan
>
> Hey Mike,
>
> I remember your story about wanting larger tires, but something seems
> fishy. Your truck came with 235/70R16s while the largest with XLT is
> 265/75R15. Your tire diameter is about 28.95 in. The XLT largest tire
> diameter is 30.65 inches. If you went to 265/70R16, your overall tire
> diameter is 30.61 inches, .04 inches smaller than the 265/75R15. Your
> rear axle is 3.73, and so is the one with 265/75R15.
>
> If you look an Explorer with the 5 speed auto, you can get 255/70R16,
> which are 30.06 inches in diameter and it has a 3.73 rear axle.
>
> What I'm saying, by looking at the 1998 Ford Source Book, the Ranger
> and Explorer both have the 3.73 rear axle ratio and the 5 speed auto.
> The ORP Ranger has 235/70R16s, or 28.95 inch tall tires. The XLT
> ranger with largest tires, 265/75R15, are 30.65 inches tall....but
> SAME engine, tranny, and rear axle. The Explorer, has 255/70R16, or
> 30.06 in tall...but same tranny and rear axle. If Ford says the
> largest tire it can handle is the largest stock tire, or 265/75R15,
> well you have room to grow. You can get atleat 255/70R16 like
> Explorers have or 265/70R16 like you want. Any questions? Call me if
> you want to.
>
> Josh
>

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Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 05:12:25 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Having no brakes is bad right?

You might check the rear wheel cylinders. If they are OK, adjust the
rear brakes and try bleeding all four wheels again starting from the
furthest from the master cylinder and working toward it: rr, lr, rf,lf.
Use a hose on the bleeder valve and bleed it into a jar. Bleed them
until the fluid comes out clean,
If the pedal is mushy there only a few things that it could be: air,
master cylinder, hoses, wheel cylinder.

Bill




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Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 11:28:55 -0500
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - HID & Engine Stalled, Compressor siezed?

I apologize for confusion I caused with my HID lamp post. I mis-spoke I
intended to put projector or halogen style driving lights in my bumper,
keeping the cost under $300. The post was about the location in the bumper
anyway. Unfortunately, I have bigger problems now.

Yesterday, I was driving around in the rain and turned on the defroster
to clear the windshield and the engine stalled. I started it back up
(defroster still on) and it stalled immediately. Turned off the defroster
and it was fine. I figure that the AC compressor seized. I had just
checked and found out that the system was properly charged (I had posted in
the summer about AC output). AC worked fine a few weeks ago, no unusual
noises coming from the compressor. I haven't had a chance to get under the
hood yet as the weather is not cooperating and haven't tried the AC since it
happened. I am not sure if it is a good idea to engage the compressor to
see if the problem still exists, since I don't want to damage anything
further. Should it be able to move if I take the belt off and try to turn
it by hand or are the pressures to great? What could cause this to happen
so suddenly? Could it be something other than the compressor itself, like
the clutch? I hope to get under the hood in the next couple of days, so
anything anybody can think of for me to look at is greatly appreciated.

The truck is a 94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L 5-Speed w/ 50,000 miles. The
truck was up to operating temperature for at least 30min before I tried to
use the defroster. Prior to that trip, the truck had not been run in over 3
days. It was outside in cold/rainy weather the whole time. The AC had not
been run in approx.. 3 weeks. The system was checked a couple of months ago
and found to have proper charge. I have had the truck for a year and a half
(21,000 miles) and used the AC/Defroster frequently thoughout the summer and
winter. I cannot vouch for the trucks first 29,000 miles.

Any help is appreciated.

Thank you,
Tony
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Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 11:47:28 -0600
From: Mike Harms
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Having no brakes is bad right?

Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 12:43:31 PST
From: "Bryan Snyder"

...
>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
...

Assuming you have a solid master cylinder (I've gotten bad ones from
the parts store before) you have two things to look at. Make sure the
rear brakes are adjusted up properly and that the adjusters are working.
If those are good, then bleed the brakes. I've heard quite a few
stories of mushy pedal after bleeding brakes and it turns out that the
brakes didn't get bled all the way. I'm not sure why but I've heard
from people more and more that it's hard to get all of the air out of
the system. I've heard there is a bleeding system you can rent that
pressurizes the system slightly to help get the air out. Check at your
local auto parts store to see if they have anything to help you.
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Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 17:32:33 -0500
From: "Donald Canavan"
Subject: FTE Small - four wheel drive

I am new to this list and I have a question. I just got my first ever four
wheel drive truck (98 Ranger). Can anyone give me any do's and don't s
regarding the use of 4 wheel drive. The owners manual is just says not to
use it on dry pavement. any advice would be apreciated. I don't want to
mess up the transmision, tires or anything else. Thank you in advance.

Don
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Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 15:51:20 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - four wheel drive

Donald Canavan wrote:
>
> I am new to this list and I have a question. I just got my first ever four
> wheel drive truck (98 Ranger). Can anyone give me any do's and don't s
> regarding the use of 4 wheel drive. The owners manual is just says not to
> use it on dry pavement. any advice would be apreciated. I don't want to
> mess up the transmision, tires or anything else. Thank you in advance.


Don't be afraid to use it!! Obviously not on dry pavement, but be sure
to take your truck somewhere that you can engage it and get used to
using it. I think it's good to excercise those mechanicals and keep
them lubed and happy. I'm not sold on this auto-locking hub thing yet,
mine has let me down once in an unusual situation, but manual hubs would
have been fool-proof. Enjoy your truck and be proud to call
yourself one of the few who actually uses 4wd!!!!
- --
Thom Cheney
Early Bronco Entertainment
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Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 20:45:30 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - rear oil seal leaking 1991 2.3L Ranger

First.. I'm biased as I AM a mechanic ;-)

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!

Hmm.. first thought was 'Bull!', but if it is worse than yes.. the end
load on the crank would change with the clutch in/out. (Mileage would
be nice to know also.)

>
> 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?

Damaged; fair, but if he's developed your trust over the years probably
not. (It's not really THAT hard to replace with lift/air/etc.

End play; yes, but if it IS that, then there's also a groove and as the
crank moves to and fro it disturbs the sealing lip.


End play FIX. You dont want to hear it! Measure end play after a NEW
set of main bearings and if still out of spec's then a GOOD machine shop
can build up the surface of the thrust bearing to take it out;
unfortunately the existing groove might cause a leak also.. LIGHT
machining of the crank in the area could be required. I hate to say it,
but most of the shops I've worked for over the last 15 years either wont
do front/rear seals or wont warranty the results for that reason. My
own vehicle leaks at the front seal (150K) but I'm ignoring it until
rebuild time. (Overdue, but gotta find a deal on a bike or another 4x4
before I tear my beloved B-II apart for major surgery.)

>
> Thanks
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Hope this helps.

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Wilmington NC
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Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 21:10:02 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - synthetic oils

Randy Collins wrote:
>
> 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

Do it!

Seriously; once you've seen the difference in what happens under extreme
use (abuse?), you'll become a believer.. The commercials with ice/stove
are correct in what happens under the worst conditions. Some years ago
I was talking to Ricky Craven about it and he mentioned a race where his
oil cooler was damaged and the oil temp. gauge was pegged and the engine
kept going. (I wont mention the oil he used then as I think it's
different now, but all should be adequate.) The aircraft testing
results are illuminating as well; I believe Mobil was the pioneer and
has done the most testing; I'd use either Mobil 1, Castrol Syntec, or
Valvoline's synthetic, but that is JUST my preferences!(in no order)
I'd trust any syn. in mine over a crude product.

For my own vehicles I'm using 10w30 Dura-Blend in Kim's car which sees
nightly abuse as a pizza mover (An oil change every month or two.. I'm
cheaping out and using the blend rather than the full synth.) My truck
gets 20w50 GTX since it's burning oil at 150K. Once my truck gets it's
engine rebuilt it'll have a steady diet of a synthetic product; probably
Mobil 1 or Syntec depending on what's easily available in my area. I
think if I'd had synthetic in my truck a few months back my oil pressure
would still be OK after the 2 hours I spent hammering my truck in a
valiant attempt to get unstuck after my shovel broke rather than 10PSI
at idle.

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Wilmington NC
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Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 21:59:00 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - four wheel drive

Thom Cheney wrote:
>
> Donald Canavan wrote:
> >
> > I am new to this list and I have a question. I just got my first ever four
> > wheel drive truck (98 Ranger). Can anyone give me any do's and don't s
> > regarding the use of 4 wheel drive. The owners manual is just says not to
> > use it on dry pavement. any advice would be apreciated. I don't want to
> > mess up the transmision, tires or anything else. Thank you in advance.
>
> Don't be afraid to use it!! Obviously not on dry pavement, but be sure
> to take your truck somewhere that you can engage it and get used to
> using it. I think it's good to excercise those mechanicals and keep
> them lubed and happy. I'm not sold on this auto-locking hub thing yet,
> mine has let me down once in an unusual situation, but manual hubs would
> have been fool-proof. Enjoy your truck and be proud to call
> yourself one of the few who actually uses 4wd!!!!
> --
>

I agree with all Thom said; what type of trans and hub do you have? The
biggest thing is dont shift between 4Hi & 4Lo without stopping!! If you
have manual hubs dont switch between 2Hi & 4Hi on the fly unless your
hubs are in 'LOCK'; you CAN still switch to 4Lo in 'FREE' AFTER STOPPING
and just use the lower gearing in 2WD in abnormal situations or just to
get used to the lower ratio as you learn your new toy. If you have AUTO
hubs than be aware that it takes a few feet to engage/disengage the
hubs; engage the hubs BEFORE you need them, otherwise it's too late and
you're stuck, also when you DISengage, you need to reverse course for 10
feet or so else they'll stay engaged and you hurt the axles etc. I'm
not going to tell you how many people I see stuck at the first crossover
at the local beach from engaging the hubs too late.. or the damages I
fix from people NOT disengaging auto hubs properly as they LEAVE the
beach. I've had one vehicle with auto hubs and it invariably stranded
me when the going got tough, (POP!.. Oh Damn.. there went that hub
again.. hope somebody'll be along to pull me back 10' soon..), but nary
a problem on my cheesy little Bronco-II manual hubs.

Find some nice dirt roads and use the 4x4 a bit, wait for some rain and
play in the mud there and gradually get the feel for things; maybe find
some trails and wander a bit.. get a feel for your truck both in and out
of 4WD then start pushing your comfort zone a bit. Please have a tow
strap/winch/etc on hand though; as you get more adventurous you'll add
more and more 'recovery' tools to get yourself out of bad situations.
You WILL still get stuck though.. get a CB/Ham/Cell-phone for safety.
Let people knoe where you're going or better yet take a buddy to show
you the ropes/trails with HIS truck. First-Aid kits are invaluable as
well.. accidents DO happen, only you can determine what you'll need to
carry with you; but be prepared for anything you could see happen when
you leave home. (6 Qts. Oil?.. sure.. hit a puddle and drown the
engine.. gonna have to do a trail-side change.. tire patch kit? yep..
etc.. etc.. If you really get into the 4x4 scene you'll have a pretty
good 'trail box' of things you might need. I'm not trying to scare you;
just prepare you! Have fun; you'll enjoy your capabilities more and
more as you use them, just know your limitations and prepare for when
you exceed them.

A good idea.. secret a $100 somewhere in your truck; when all else fails
and you and/or your buddies cant get you unstuck the tow will probably....


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