small-list-digest Tuesday, November 10 1998 Volume 02 : Number 314

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
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In this issue:

FTE Small - Tachometer problem
Re: FTE Small - Power Steering Pulley
Re: FTE Small - Power Steering Pulley
FTE Small - Temp gauge
FTE Small - P/S pulley
FTE Small - Summer Vacation
FTE Small - Leaf Spring Recall.
FTE Small - Ranger 4 speed Auto Help Needed
FTE Small - '91 Explorer - Engine chatter



Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 11:19:53 -0500
From: Greg Davis
Subject: FTE Small - Tachometer problem

I'm new to this area so if this has been addressed before please forgive
me. I have a '91 Ranger XLT 2.3L 5 speed with 127K miles. My tach
stopped working properly. It moves a little, but not accurate at all. My
check engine light also comes on about 10 seconds after I start the
truck. I hooked up a cheapy ($40) diagnostic/tester to it and all it showed was "Loss
of tachometer signal". Duh! Any suggestions on what would cause this?

Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

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Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 10:04:00 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Power Steering Pulley

You need a power steering pump pully puller. Many parts stores will
end one to you if you buy your parts there.


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Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 08:36:14 -0700
From: "Douglas Crann"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Power Steering Pulley

does your puller grab the outside of the pulley or does it grab the lip
toward the center of the pulley? i have a puller from Napa that grabs the
center lip and it pulls with no problem.
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Date: Sunday, November 08, 1998 2:50 PM
Subject: FTE Small - Power Steering Pulley

>Okay what's the trick to removing the power steering pump pulley? I put my
>pulley puller tool in it and cranked down until the pulley was out of
>Now I need another pulley, good thing I have a spare motor with power
>pump. The end of the shaft has a hex head like an Allen wrench is used but
>the Chilton manual says nothing about it. Anyone removed one before? Is
>just stuck on from years of desert blasting? They aren't treaded on are
>Thank you in advance,
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Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 11:57:06 -0800
From: "J.S.H."
Subject: FTE Small - Temp gauge

"My temp gauge has not moved
since I bought the truck 2 months ago. It stays slightly below the C on
the scale....anyone know how to fix this? Should I have a pro do it?
I've never dealt with something like this I'm not sure what
is wrong and where.....Thanx for any help you have.. :)"

Had the same problem with my 91 Explorer and I agree with the others,
it's the thermostat.You need to get some sort of a manual if you're
going to do your own work.I have a Haynes manual for my 91 and its
OK for small jobs like a thermostat.
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Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 12:28:55 -0800
From: "J.S.H."
Subject: FTE Small - P/S pulley

You need a puller that grabs the groove around the center of the
pulley .I know Mac Tools makes one,but they are spendy.
Maybe you can take it to a garage and have it pulled?
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Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 19:10:02 -0600
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: FTE Small - Summer Vacation

This is a little off beat, but I will be utilizing a Ford vehicle. My wife
and I are planning a road trip to Colorado sometime in July 1999. We
definitely want to see the Badlands and head up to Mt. Rushmoor. Anybody
recommend any other places/attractions to take in? Places to avoid? Any
events happening I might want to see?

I should mention that I am an avid mountain biker and would like to get in
some major downhilling. Please e-mail me personally at ranstl to
not tie up the list with this off-ford subject.

Thanks in advance!

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Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 19:28:50 -0600
From: "peter lambert"
Subject: FTE Small - Leaf Spring Recall.

What exactly is the leaf spring recall about and does it affect my '97
Ranger XLT?


"Keep the rubber side down"
1997 Ranger XLT
1986 Kawaski ZX1000R

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Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 21:42:11 EST
From: BowmanTK AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger 4 speed Auto Help Needed

My son just purchased a '87 Ranger pickup with the 4 speed automatic trans.
The trans is constantly in forward gear (yes even in park). I pulled the
transmission pan and the fluid was darker than motor oil to the point of being
sludgy. I blew out the cooler lines and was unable to drain the converter.
We cleaned the pan. I refilled the tranny with clean fluid but the symptoms
still remain. I suspect that the valve body is stuck with all of the sludge.
My questions are: Can (Should) I remove the valve body with the tranny in the
truck and then clean it out and have any possiblity of avoiding a full
teardown? Would any later years of Mustang or other FOMOCO automatic 4 speed
overdrive fit? The truck has 134k on it.

Or should I just visit our friendly wrecking yard and get a new tranny/torque
converter? It's probably less work.

Tim Bowman
'71 Sport Custom & many other FOMOCO's

PS: The price was definately right on this truck as the seller and the buyer
knew of the transmission condition.

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Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 23:12:13 -0700
From: "Kenneth C. St.John"
Subject: FTE Small - '91 Explorer - Engine chatter

I had a strange symptom appear today on my '91 Explorer. This weekend, for
the first time this year, the temperature dipped below 30 degrees. I
started up my vehicle this morning, went inside while it warmed up, and when
I returned -- the engine was off and there was a chattering noise (like a
confused relay). The check engine light (as well as all the electronics)
was flickering on/off. I attempted to start my vehicle but had a hard time
keeping the engine going. I stayed with it and then all of a sudden the
engine returned to normal and all was well. I drove it today as usual
without any further incident. Doesn't this sound like a relay of sometype?
If so, which and where? I'll see how this acts tomorrow.

Thanks in advance to all
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