small-list-digest Monday, December 28 1998 Volume 02 : Number 360



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Sticking Throttle
FTE Small - cold engine/temp gauge
FTE Small - ADMIN: New classifieds and banners

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Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 09:22:04 -0500
From: "Daniel A. Doherty"
Subject: FTE Small - Sticking Throttle

I have a 97 Explorer XLT 4 door, 2wd, 5.0 L engine. 39,000 miles.

The throttle cable binds up, most noticeably after deactivating the
cruise control with the foot brake and speeding up with the gas pedal.
There is a light "crunch" at tip-in, and the engine revs at least 500
rpm more than I intended. It's annoying on the interstate but a real
safety hazard in urban stop and go traffic, a potential for a rear end
collision.

Lubrication doesn't help -- and the problem has gotten more pronounced
since the factory warranty expired a month ago. Local mechanic thinks
"throttle body" and not just a linkage problem. [$$$]

I'd appreciate hearing from other owners with similar problems and how
you fixed it.

Thanks,

Dan Doherty
Jacksonville, FL

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Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 19:12:05 -0700
From: "Steven Kirsch"
Subject: FTE Small - cold engine/temp gauge

I'm new to the list and need some advice concerning my 1994 Ranger with the
4.0L engine. This has been and is a great truck but I've had a problem
with the temp gauge reading below normal ever since I purchased it new.
The gauge reads to the left of the "n" in normal and never goes any higher
than that. I still get decent heat from the heater. I took it in a few
years ago while it was still under warranty. They determined that the
engine was running cold and that the thermostat was the culprit. They said
since it was running cold that the fuel/air mix was staying rich and that
this was probably decreasing my mileage. They put in a new thermostat.
This hasn't seemed to make any noticeable difference - the temp still reads
below normal and my mileage is still a little below what I would expect.

Since the heater blows out heat fine, could it be that the problem is not
the thermostat? Could it be a temperature sensor or the gauge itself? I'm
not much of a mechanic so I can would appreciate any advice anyone can give
me.

Another question I have concerns the K&N air filter. What are the pros and
cons of switching to one of these?

Steve Kirsch
94 Ranger XLT Extended Cab 4 X 2, 4.0L with 5-speed manual transmission
Rapid City, South Dakota
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Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 04:22:10 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: New classifieds and banners

Two announcements:

1. Our new classifieds manager is on line. Check it out. Its
free. Although it says it supports photo ads, that feature
has been disabled (FTE is not a classifieds site so I don't
want to focus a lot of energy maintaining photos). In the
future, we'll turn on keyword notify; this feature means
that you can have the classifieds email you whenever a keyword
you select appears in a new ad. It you want photo ads, check
out http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.classics4sale.com/, they're one of our sponsors
and they have a pretty good truck selection up to the 1970s.
If anyone knows of a similar site for newer trucks, feel free
to post the URL.

2. Each pictorial page now pulls up a banner ad. These banners
will not be used by advertisers! I don't think it would be
ethical to advertise on pages featuring your trucks. Rather,
the banner ads will be used to notify visitors of FTE's free
services such as the classifieds, email groups, bbs, etc.
This should help newcomers.

On a final note (not an FTE announcement), there is now a Ford
truck newsgroup: alt.trucks.ford . Some of you may find it helpful,
so far it doesn't seem to be a spam target. Its new so your
Usenet server may not have it. Please ask your provider about
it as it is not an FTE service.

Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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