small-list-digest Thursday, December 17 1998 Volume 02 : Number 349



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Fluctuating temp indicator...
Re: FTE Small - Whinning noise coming from engine.
Re: FTE Small - Whinning noise coming from engine.
FTE Small - RE: Towing W/ Bronco II
FTE Small - Spark plug replacement?
FTE Small - 4.0L Engine
FTE Small - ADMIN: Products, classifieds, chat, t-shirts and more...
Re: FTE Small - Whinning noise coming from engine.
Re: FTE Small - Towing W/ Bronco II
Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine
FTE Small - Muffler
FTE Small - Re: Whining Noise...

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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 08:24:15 -0500
From: Ray Shaw
Subject: FTE Small - Fluctuating temp indicator...

I have an 89 BII, after I rebuilt the engine the first problem to pop up
was the temp sensor died, it is only a $3.00 part and easy to replace. I
also have a 96 Ranger and after replacing the water pump and thermostat
I noticed temp swings. I found that problem to be pressure leaks from
the Ford hose clamps, replaced them and Poof! temp back where it belongs
and steady. I would now reccommend that if you do any work that disturbs
the water hoses that you replace the clamps.
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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 07:40:41 -0600
From: Philip Crooke
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Whinning noise coming from engine.

I have a 1998 Ranger with the 4.0L and 5-speed automatic. On cold mornings
I hear a whine until warm. But I think my noise is coming from the
transmission (possibly the pump).

--PC


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| Professor of Education Nashville, TN 37240-0001 |
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| Telephone: 615-322-6671 Fax: 615-343-0215 |
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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 09:07:04 -0500
From: Scotty Dixon (Scotty Dixon MDX)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Whinning noise coming from engine.

I have a 1997 Ranger with the same problem.

>>> Philip Crooke 12/16 8:40 AM >>>
I have a 1998 Ranger with the 4.0L and 5-speed automatic. On cold mornings
I hear a whine until warm. But I think my noise is coming from the
transmission (possibly the pump).

--PC


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| Philip S. Crooke Department of Mathematics |
| Professor of Mathematics Mathematics Building, Room 1515 |
| Professor of Education Nashville, TN 37240-0001 |
| (Peabody College) |
| Telephone: 615-322-6671 Fax: 615-343-0215 |
| WWW: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://math.vanderbilt.edu/~pscrooke/index.shtml
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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 11:51:45 -0500
From: Harry Trafford
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Towing W/ Bronco II

Depending on the weight of the load, you shouldn't have a
problem on flat land and downhills, however, with uphill
grades you will probably want to use 4th. Common sense will
prevail in these situations and you will shift into the gear
where your engine is the happiest. You might want to try
premium gas for the trip. All this assumes your clutch and
pressure plate is in good shape.

Harry
'90 B2 w/auto
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From: "Mike"
- - Towing W/ Bronco II
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Bronco II and I have to use it to tow a small (5X8) u-haul
trailer. The
question that I have is what gear should I use. I have a 5
speed manual
tranny, and have heard conflicting things about using 5th vs.
4th.
Mike

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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 01:23:42 -0500
From: luke wells
Subject: FTE Small - Spark plug replacement?

what is the best method of changing plugs and wires on 96 2.3 ranger?

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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 17:04:56 -0500
From: "Eric Davis"
Subject: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine

Does anyone know the difference between the 4.0L engine in the Ranger and
the one in the Explorer. I want to know how come the Explorer has more power
than my 98 Ranger with the 4.0L. Also does can I make my 4.0L put out that
much hp.

Eric Davis


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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 17:14:26 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Products, classifieds, chat, t-shirts and more...

Hello fellow FTEs...

I'm pleased to make a few announcements. Our products center
on the web site now accepts Visa and Mastercard with secure
and encrypted ordering. Amex will be accepted within a week.

Due to this and the fact that we've recently taken on more
web advertisers, we're increasing the scope of our free
services to the list members and web site visitors.

Classifieds
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One of the items that list members have consistantly asked for
is a new classifieds section. Yesterday we purchased a top of
the line classifieds manager. This product has tons of
features, including:
1. Auto ad expiration after 30, 45 or 60 days
2. Email notification that your ad is due to expire 7
days before it expires
3. Easy ad renewal
4. Advanced searching
5. Hide your email address! Ads have a reply feature
which hides your address yet still lets people
respond. (Goodbye spammers!)
6. Multiple ad sections.
7. Edit or delete your ad at a later date
8. Anti-ad spammer feature. Will **not** accept duplicate
submission.
9. Taboo word filtering.
10. Auto limit on number of words entered for ad
11. Auto rejection from known abusers

I have a huge list of featues, but this gives you an idea of
its features. This new classifieds script should come on-line
within a week. The old system will be maintained for 30 days
after the launch of the new system.

Chat
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As soon as sales picks up on the web site, we're purchasing
a new chat engine. We're evaluating two packages right now.

T-shirts
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Some of you may remember the t-shirt contest we had 3 months
ago. Since the vote had some cheating I discontinued it.
4 weeks ago I gave an outline to my brother-in-law who is
an artist and he was supposed to give me t-shirt artwork
within 2 weeks. Well, I once again learned that you shouldn't
do business with family. I'm taking the artwork to an artist
next week who will have it back in 1-2 days. If you entered
a design in our contest, we really appreciate it and we are
going to prove it by giving a prize pack to ***all*** the
people who entered a design. Full details on this when the
t-shirts are ready.

Club
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FTE is going to start a Ford truck club. After the first of
the year I'm presenting a plan to our core group and we
should be able to hammer out the details and hopefully have a
club by mid-January. If you've been looking for a way to have
some "hands on" involvement, a club will be just the ticket.

Adm

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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 18:26:19 -0500
From: pms2
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Whinning noise coming from engine.

Philip,

I think this noise is the power steering pump. Mine does it too, most
especially when you go to the limit. Worse on some days than
others...Does someone out there in Ford land know if there is a TSB on
this item.

98 Ranger 4 door w/ 4.0L and 5-speed trash-0-matic.

Phil

Philip Crooke wrote:
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> I have a 1998 Ranger with the 4.0L and 5-speed automatic. On cold mornings
> I hear a whine until warm. But I think my noise is coming from the
> transmission (possibly the pump).
>
> --PC
>
> _________________________________________________________________________
> | Philip S. Crooke Department of Mathematics |
> | Professor of Mathematics Mathematics Building, Room 1515 |
> | Professor of Education Nashville, TN 37240-0001 |
> | (Peabody College) |
> | Telephone: 615-322-6671 Fax: 615-343-0215 |
> | WWW: http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://math.vanderbilt.edu/~pscrooke/index.shtml
> |
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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 18:58:13 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Towing W/ Bronco II

Mike wrote:
>
> Is there any problem with running the 2.9L V-6 at ~3000
> rpm for that far

Nope.. I wouldnt advise 5000+ for that long though! :-)

> or should I use 5th, or poke along even slower than 60

Dont use 5th. According to the sticker on the visor of my '85 it says
above 45 and no towing or grades over XX%. There IS a good reason for
this too; 5th is a light duty gear (ie lighter/cheaper/weaker) and it's
not really up to the task. But then doesnt U-haul want you to stay 50
MPH anyway? (Like anybody does.. I'll be running the legal 70 and
zoom.. there went another trailer passing me!)

Tim
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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 19:03:23 -0600
From: Scott Ford
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4.0L Engine

Eric Davis wrote:
>
> Does anyone know the difference between the 4.0L engine in the Ranger and
> the one in the Explorer. I want to know how come the Explorer has more power
> than my 98 Ranger with the 4.0L. Also does can I make my 4.0L put out that
> much hp.
>
> Eric Davis
>
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to my knowledge, the explorer with the regular 4.0 has the same
horsepower, (What were the numbers that you heard?)
but the Explorer offers a single overhead cam version of the same engine
that puts out 205-210HP. There have been rumors that the Ranger may get
this motor in the near future, but right now they cannot build enough to
supply Explorers (which, of course are much higher profit margin:)

as far as making yours put out that kind of horsepower, there are some
performance options. BBK makes headers, throttlebody, mass air sensors,
and the big power gainer, a supercharger kit. There are other places as
well.
check out http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://home.earthlink.net/~powerrangers/home.htm for a more
info, and some pretty good performance links.
(I am not affiliated with this site, I just found it to be a pretty good
resource for 4.0 info)
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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 21:14:08 -0500
From: "Eric Davis"
Subject: FTE Small - Muffler

Does anyone out there have an Edelbrock muffler on there truck. I'm about to
put one on my truck and wanted to know how does it sound. Thanks

Eric Davis


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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 00:00:02 -0500
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Whining Noise...

I dunno, could be, but if it's cold where you are, it could be belts too....

I've had whining/squeaking even screaching from new and cold belts...

Till it warms up, then it's quiet as anything...

I
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've heard a lot of talk about the "blowing" noise coming from Matt's
Explorer and I've had a similiar problem. I own a '91 Explorer XLT and
there is a high pitch whinning noise when I start it and run it till it
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