small-list-digest Sunday, December 20 1998 Volume 02 : Number 352



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Explorer Fuse Box and Cruise
Re: FTE Small - Explorer Fuse Box and Cruise
FTE Small - Re: spark plug replacement
Subject: FTE Small - tranny judgement call
Re: FTE Small - Towing W/ Bronco II
Re: FTE Small - Re: spark plug replacement

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Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 09:16:24 -0600
From: Eric Gray
Subject: FTE Small - Explorer Fuse Box and Cruise

I just bought a used '94 E.B. Explorer with no owner's manual. The
cruise control doesn't work and I thought I might check the fuses, but
have no idea which fuse to look at. Is there a picture of the Explorer's
fuses anywhere online OR could anyone tell me which is which?

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Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 10:23:30 EST
From: RReed44450 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer Fuse Box and Cruise

Well, I can't vouch for the '94 EB model, but my '98 Sport is laid out as
follows:

The Speed Control is on the same fuse as the brake pressure switch, GEM, shift
lock actuator, blend door actuator, heater assy, and flasher. It is located in
the passenger compartment fuse panel on the driver's end of the dash board,
second column from the left, third fuse down. The fuse is 7.5A (brown). Hope
this helps ??

Russell
Clermont, FL
'98 Explorer Sport
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Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 15:04:26 -0500
From: Rick and Deborah Kelso
Subject: FTE Small - Re: spark plug replacement

Snap-on makes some spark plug sockets that swivel and already have an extension made into them. they work great on the plugs on both sides of the head. The part #'s are as follows: FSXK1220A for the 12" version. Trust me! I'm a Ford Tech. specializing in Driveability and Transmissions.



Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 09:18:15 -0600 (EST)
From: Robert Fox
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Spark plug replacement?

Use a 3/8" ratchet with u-joint and an extension, and you should be able
to get the driver's side done with a little time. The passenger's side is
a snap.

Robert Fox
fox ford ranger. com
www.ford ranger. com

On Thu, 17 Dec 1998, luke wells wrote:

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

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Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 15:07:16 -0500
From: Rick and Deborah Kelso
Subject: Subject: FTE Small - tranny judgement call

On another note, I saw a web site a while back that would sell
a report of a car's history through all states via the VIN number,
including smog checks, title transfers, salvage, etc.
Does anyone know where this site is?



The site you are looking for is : www.net-a-car.com Tell them Rick Kelso
sent you

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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 19:07:17 -0700
From: "Robert Eberhardt"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Towing W/ Bronco II

Use 4th. 650 miles shouldn't be any problem at 3000 rpm. I pulled a 5x8
Haulmark with about 1500 lbs worth of cargo 2100 miles from Ohio to Arizona
last May in my '97 Explorer. The first tank of gas was ran in overdrive and
I only got 11 mpg. The next tank of gas I kept it in 4th and I got 14 mpg.
Most of the trip was driven at 70 mph with my 205 HP, 5-speed Auto Explorer.
I found that when I had it in Overdrive, my transmission was constantly
shifting into 4th on every overpass. You'll probably find your 2.9 way too
sluggish in 5th to use it anyway. The trailer weighs about 900 lbs. empty.
Running in 4th at 3000 rpm will be much easier on your engine than 5th.

Robert

>Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 21:32:45 -0600
>From: "Mike"
>Subject: FTE Small - Towing W/ Bronco II
>
>Hello all
> I am hoping that someone can share some advice with me. I have a '90
>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. I have
>to pull this thing about 650 miles and I know that 60 mph in 4th gear is
>almost 3000 rpm. Is there any problem with running the 2.9L V-6 at ~3000
>rpm for that far, or should I use 5th, or poke along even slower than 60
>mph?
> On a different note, the three rubber plugs that leak all the oil out
of
>this transmission can be changed from under the truck in less than half an
>hour without taking anything off the truck at all. The only thing about it
>is you have to do all the work by feel as you will not be able to see the
>plugs.
>
>TIA
>Mike
>
>


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Date: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 21:24:04 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: spark plug replacement

Rick and Deborah Kelso wrote:
>
> Snap-on makes some spark plug sockets that swivel and already have an extension made into them. they work great on the plugs on both sides of the head. The part #'s are as follows: FSXK1220A for the 12" version. Trust me! I'm a Ford Tech. specializing in Driveability and Transmissions.

Nice to see another engine performance tech in here :-) I've sure got a
variety of Snappys' plug sockets in my boxes too!

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
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