small-list-digest Friday, November 6 1998 Volume 02 : Number 310



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FTE Small - Foul Starter
FTE Small - More on: Engine Stalled, Compressor siezed
Re: FTE Small - More on: Engine Stalled, Compressor siezed
Re: FTE Small - More on: Engine Stalled, Compressor siezed

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Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 06:20:22 -0700
From: "Timothy J Ake"
Subject: FTE Small - Foul Starter

>I still need an idea on what's wrong with my starter. This is the third
>one to go out in about a year, and I'm wondering if there is a problem
>other than my starter which is causing my starter to go bad.

Michael,

Between 1984 and 1986 my brand new Ranger XLT went through 5 starters. The
problem appeared to be Ford's V6 starters. The biggest problem was that
Checkers or Grand Auto or Pep Boys or Chief or any other CA parts stores
didn't carry (or else weren't authorized to carry) them. I ended up buying
the first one from a Ford dealer near Fresno, but of course he didn't have
the part it was in LA, so I had to pay freight as well. I was pretty bugged
about paying almost $140 for a part that every other vehicle (including 4
cyl. Rangers) could get for about $30.

The last starter I put in it lasted 'til the truck died a violent death at
the hands of its new owner, but until then I made it a habit of carrying a
lot of friends with me everywhere, "just in case."

Hope your luck is better!

Dudeman


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Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 13:47:22 -0500
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - More on: Engine Stalled, Compressor siezed

I got a chance today to get under the hood and see what's happening. I
got up the guts to try the AC again and the engine stalled immediately, as
before. I took off the belt, started the truck, engaged the compressor and
tried to turn it by hand. After a little resistance, I got it to turn.
Then the clutch disengaged so I turned the truck off and tried to turn it
some more while pushing in the clutch with my hands. It will turn without
much effort, but the motion is not smooth. It tightens and then frees up.
Seems like a blown compressor. Any reason I should think otherwise? I
think the engine could turn it at idle now. Although I think I may have got
lucky that it happened so suddenly that the system didn't get contaminated
too far downstream and I don't want to risk destroying more components so it
stays off for now.
Anybody have this happen and know how much a compressor costs (4.0L,
R134a)? Anybody know who supplies Ford with the compressor, perhaps I could
find the same one in the aftermarket? Or any aftermarket companies that
have good quality? As a poor college student, I don't think I can afford to
have Ford do it so I'll be doing it myself.

Thanks,
Tony
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Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 12:04:36 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - More on: Engine Stalled, Compressor siezed

I misseed your original post, so I am not sure of the year of your
truck. I would look for a late model in a junkyard that still has the
A/C system closed up. I might also check the yellowpages undre auto
parts - rebuilt/wholesale. I have seen some rebuilders and wholesalers
that will deal with the public, if you know what you are doing, can
pay cash, and are not going to look to them for advise or waste any
of their time.

Bill





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Date: Thu, 05 Nov 1998 19:06:07 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - More on: Engine Stalled, Compressor siezed

Anthony Rifici wrote:
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> Anybody have this happen and know how much a compressor costs (4.0L,
> R134a)? Anybody know who supplies Ford with the compressor, perhaps I could
> find the same one in the aftermarket? Or any aftermarket companies that
> have good quality? As a poor college student, I don't think I can afford to
> have Ford do it so I'll be doing it myself.
>

Off the top of my head no.. but point your browser to
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.aircondition.com/wwwboard/index.htm and browse some of the
questions/replys and post your own question there; there's a lot of good
people in that group that'll help you out.

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Wilmington NC
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