small-list-digest Monday, December 21 1998 Volume 02 : Number 353



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In this issue:

FTE Small - 91 Explorer problems
FTE Small - 98 Explorer and 85 F250
FTE Small - Temp. Gauge
Re: FTE Small - 98 Explorer and 85 F250
Re: FTE Small - 98 Explorer and 85 F250
FTE Small - Spark Plug Wires
Re: FTE Small - 98 Explorer and 85 F250
FTE Small - Ranger bench seat upholstery supplier?

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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 11:57:37 -0500
From: "Wag"
Subject: FTE Small - 91 Explorer problems

I am the original owner of a 91 explorer with only 186,000 miles on it
(automatic transmission). I do the majority of my own work. I am having two
problems that I can not pinpoint.

1. Front end (right side) road noise. I have rotated and balanced the tires,
replaced the brakes, repacked both set of bearings, inspected axle for out
of round. The noise sounds like I am running a big knobby tire on the front
right of the car. I am now suspecting the 4wd mechanism in the front. I am
not exactly sure what area to look at next.

2. After driving at highway speeds or 40-50 MPH sometimes the engine will
not idle down. It will run at about 1800-2200 rpm when the car is put into
park. At a stop light the engine seems normal but I believe that the
transmission is keeping the rpm down while it is in drive. This is an
intermittent problem that happens only 2-3 times a week. Sometimes I can
roll to a stop and after 10-20 seconds the transmission will clunk, then the
engine rpm will decrease. I have heard about the throttle positioning sensor
but I am unsure about its function.

Any thoughts about these problems would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,

Gregg Wagner " WAG "
wagg g-net.net
Statesboro, GA
80 FJ-40, Building Memories
91 Explorer 200K by 2000


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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 10:19:34 -0800
From: "Craig Rubin"
Subject: FTE Small - 98 Explorer and 85 F250

We are looking at purchasing a used 98 Explorer Ltd v8 which is loaded and
selling/trading our F250 for it.

The Explorer has 17k on it and the asking price is 23K. We would like your
feedback and comments including price on the Explorer.

The F250 is a s.c. with diesel, auto, a.c., tilt, cruise, speed control,
tow and cooling pkg with 119k on it. It is in very good to excellent
mechanical shape. The interior needs bench seat redone and new headliner.
The exterior is in fair to good shape with several rust spots but no rust
through. We would like your input on the value of the truck.

Thanks in advance,

Craig Rubin
crubin foxinternet.net


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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 13:14:40 -0600
From: "Kevin Sharpe"
Subject: FTE Small - Temp. Gauge

I have an '86 Ranger XLT 2.9L. The temp gauge hasn't moved off the "C"
(cold) since I've owned it (3 years). It has a 190 degree thermostat that
is working and it seems to warm up to operating temp O.K...I haven't noticed
any gas mileage problems or heater problems. After reading the other posts
on this subject,I'm beginning to believe the temp gauge is Ford's equivalent
of the button you push at a pedestrian intersection to change the lights
from "DON'T WALK" to "WALK"!!! The temp sensor tested out O.K and it isn't
leaking. So, it must be the dash gauge or wiring from the sensor to the
gauge. I'll hit the sensor wire with 12 volts one of these days and see if I
can get a pulse or electrocute the gauge!!! KLS

> >> Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 23:23:56 EST
> >> From: Blest25913 AOL.COM
> >> Subject: FTE Small - Temp. Gauge
> >>
> >>
> >> Subject: FTE Small - Fluctuating temp indicator...
> >> I have a question I'd like to pose you all in Ford Truck land
> >> regarding an '89
> >> Ford Bronco II's (2.9L V6) temp indicator. I notice that after
> >> my engine is
> >> warmed up, the temp indicator will swing to the "M" or "A" in the word
> >> "NORMAL" on the gauge to about the left of the "N". The needle
> >> will continue
> >> to fluctuate, especially on trips in cold weather (sometimes in
> >> warm weather
> >> as well). Does anyone know what could be going on?>>>>>>>
> >>
> >> Mine swings a lot on my '96 Ranger 3.0L. Its done it since it
> was new so I
> >> don't worry about it. And yes, it does it more in cold weather.
> >> Ron 'Grampy' Trampe
> >
>
>

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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 18:59:52 EST
From: Tmrabin AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 98 Explorer and 85 F250

If you
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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 19:04:12 EST
From: Tmrabin AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 98 Explorer and 85 F250

if you park on a hill thats more than 25 degrees with the front pointed down
and leave it for more than 6 hours, providing there is less than ten gallons
of gas in the tank. it won't start untill it's rolled to more level ground and
it will start. theres a problem with the fuel tank.

other wise the car is great..

tmrabin
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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 19:49:45 -0600
From: "John Cheyney RN, BSN, CCRN"
Subject: FTE Small - Spark Plug Wires

I am doing some 60,000 mile maintenance on my 1993 XLT Supercab with the 3.0L V-6 and have a question. Does anyone have recommendations on how often to change the spark plug wires. They look OK visually but I wonder how long they last.

John Cheyney RN, BSN, BA, CCRN

1213 McHam

Irving, Texas

75062


Email: cheyne19 idt.net

jcheyn childmed.dallas.tx.us


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to
prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11
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Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 00:07:33 EST
From: Ding060297 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 98 Explorer and 85 F250

You'll love the 98 explorer ..i purchased a 96 not to long ago and i still am
very impressed with it. Handling performance and comfort not to mention all
the little comforts of home it comes with.........ding 96 explorer awd v8
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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 21:10:00 -0800
From: "Tom Ewing"
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger bench seat upholstery supplier?

Could anyone recommend a supplier, catalog or whatever,
for replacement upholstery of an early model Ranger
bench seat?
Tom

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