small-list-digest Saturday, January 2 1999 Volume 02 : Number 365



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Ranger Clutch
FTE Small - Re: tempgauge too low
FTE Small - Re:Cargo Liner
RE: FTE Small - fitting speakers in diff places
Re: FTE Small - Ranger Clutch
Re: FTE Small -knowlegable explorer owners please..i need help...
FTE Small - ADMIN: Web site updates
Re: FTE Small - Re: tempgauge too low
Why? Was Re: FTE Small - fitting speakers in diff places
Re: FTE Small -knowlegable explorer owners please..i need help...
Re: FTE Small -knowlegable explorer owners please..i need help...

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Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 08:18:27 -0500
From: "Bill Pruitt"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger Clutch

Mine did this a few weeks ago. It was fine on the way to work, but on the
way home it got worse and worse. I bought a new master cyl, $75 and bled
the crap out of it, with no luck. No matter how I did it, I still had no
pedal.
I finally took it to the shop, where they pulled the tranny and put in a new
slave cylinder. $300.
Since my truck is also a '93, 4.0, 5speed, your slave is the same as mine
and not accessible without pulling the tranny.

Good luck.
Bill
kiteflyer earthlink.net


- ----- Original Message -----
From: Daniel Chace
To:
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 1998 6:13 PM
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger Clutch


This morning when I went to drive my truck (1993 4.0L w/ 5spd) I could not
get my clutch to entirely disengage. After noting that the master
cylinder resevoir was empty, I filled it to the line with barake fluid.
This did not help the problem. The pedal does not feel like it is pushing
anything until near the end of its travel. I followed the directions from
an old Chiltons book to bleed the system, letting it gravity bleed until
clean fluid appeared then closing it up. I pumped the pedal many times
but there was no change in the feel.

Does anyone have any tips to help me fix my clutch? It was working fine
when I drove it last night. Thanks in advance!

Dan


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Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 08:19:09 -0600
From: "Gary Snook"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: tempgauge too low

>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

snip

Steve;
I live in iowa and have the identical truck. I check my milage every
fill, and get between 17 and 19 MPG. The 17 comes in the coldest weather.
I just had my thermostat replaced because it the temp gauge was reading low,
and I felt the cooling system should be flushed after 4 years. It brought
the gauge up to the N in Normal, but it swings back and forth from there
(Didn't used to do that!). A previous reply said something to the affect to
use a 180 stat. I believe that is wrong, and would bet your mileage will
plummet if that is what you put in. I didn't change this one myself, as it
is hard to get rid of the old anti-freeze. (In the old days when we didn't
know better we just dumped it!). I think you need at least a 197 degree
stat, but it might even be hotter than that. The dealer is right, if the
engine dosn't get hot enough, the mileage will drop by 2 MPG or so. I had
an 87 2.9 that boiled over, and someone at the dealer decided that it needed
a 180 stat. I got 17 to 18 MPG after that. I drove it thru the winter, and
kept wondering why I had to have the heater on high all the time. It
finally dawned on me (Duh!) what had happened. After putting in the correct
temp thermostat myself, I had plenty of heat, and the milage went back up to
20 to 21 MPG.

Hope this helps,
Gary



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Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 09:01:56 -0600
From: "Gary Snook"
Subject: FTE Small - Re:Cargo Liner

Sears has a mail order catalog for truck accessories that has such an item
among others.

Gary

>Well, I am now the proud owner of a 92 explorer, this thing is loaded
>and in mint condition, and I would like to keep it that way. Even
>though my husband says he'll never load his tools in it, I'm just not
>buying it. I am looking for some sort of protection for the rear cargo
>area. Has anyone installed something like this? If so, where did you
>get it and what was the price? Thanks, Mary McMahon



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Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 10:17:03 -0500
From: Burnett
Subject: RE: FTE Small - fitting speakers in diff places

I don't know about putting the 8's under your seats since I have an '89
BII. I can tell you that there is NO room under the seats in my truck.

Since the cab of a Ranger has a very limited air volume, you don't
necessarily need huge subwoofers for good bass. I have a pair of 8's in a
Taurus wagon (more air volume) that will blow away a lot of 10's and some
12's. The reasons for this are: 1) a good box design & 2) lots of amp!!

As a general rule, the larger and more solid the box, the better the bass.
Some drivers will still perform extremely well in a box as little as 1
cubic foot. Also consider the type of box - acoustic suspension, ported or
bandpass. A bandpass box often gives the best bang for the buck - you'd
just need to find one to fit your drivers and available space. Consider
this even if you switch to the 10's.

Finally, it is difficult to over-amp a sub-woofer, so the more power the
better. Anywhere from say 50 to 200 watts per driver often works depending
on how loud you want it. Just remember to compare the RMS specs on
different amps. A lot of amps are rated at peak power which looks better in
print, but is not an accurate reflection of the amps performance.

Talk to the guys at Crutchfields for more ideas. I think the URL is
crutchfiled.com.
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Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 11:47:45 EST
From: DJ250r AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger Clutch

iv done it twice on my 87 and 95 and the f150 not to much fun just make sure
you do the clutch while your there
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Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 15:43:21 EST
From: Ding060297 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small -knowlegable explorer owners please..i need help...

I have recently purchased a 96 explorer with v8 and all wheel drive i love
the truck its fast comfortable and pretty decent on gas...Its roomy and my
last 92 explorer was good in 4 wheel drive so thats why i bought the newer
one...I was under the impression that by buying the all wheel drive instead of
the 4 wheel drive select trac..that all wheels would recieve power especially
if one was spinning the other would pull it out..........WRONG........Today i
stopped on a hill where there was ice and only the two right tires were on
ice....So i gave it gas it started to spin the tires and i sat and waited and
waited for it to start to move and guess what it didn't......i looked out the
window while still holding my foot on the gas and both right tires sat and
spinned while the left tires did nothing.....I thought i had posi rear end in
the dam thing i bought it with the 3.73 axle ratio and its all wheel drive so
why doesn't the dam thing work .......thats why i bought it.....because the
old versions of 4 wheel drive if one front tire and one rear tire started to
spin you were stuck....I thought this one wouldn't have that problem get it
ALL WHEEL DRIVE kinda speaks for itself doesn't it..........Is mine broke is
this the way they are an info is greatly appreciated............ding
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Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1999 16:23:58 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Web site updates

1. 47 new pictures added to pictorial. Two new pictorial sections created
(One for Rancheros and the other for 1999+ Superduty's). Over 325
trucks are now featured in our pictorials.

2. Several links added.

3. Classifieds reconfigured to make browsing easier.

Later,
Ken Payne
CoAdmin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1999 23:45:30 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: tempgauge too low

Gary Snook wrote:
>

> I think you need at least a 197 degree
> stat, but it might even be hotter than that. The dealer is right, if the
> engine dosn't get hot enough, the mileage will drop by 2 MPG or so. I had
> an 87 2.9 that boiled over, and someone at the dealer decided that it needed
> a 180 stat. I got 17 to 18 MPG after that. I drove it thru the winter, and
> kept wondering why I had to have the heater on high all the time. It
> finally dawned on me (Duh!) what had happened. After putting in the correct
> temp thermostat myself, I had plenty of heat, and the milage went back up to
> 20 to 21 MPG.
>

Quite correct; a lower temp thermostat will knock the computer for a
loop. Try a 160F thermostat as I have in mine and watch the MPG go to
10-12. (I'll replace the radiator this spring so I can get back to a
195F T-stat.) The reason for this is that the computer monitors engine
temp and uses different 'maps' for the amount of fuel needed and below a
certain temp the system will not go into 'closed loop' (Where the
computer changes the air/fuel mixture continuously based on the oxygen
sensor input for the best MPG and emissions rather than 'Open loop'
where it relies on a pre-defined table in it's 'memory'.)

Another way of putting it.. Closed loop operation knows how YOU drive
and any small problems the engine may have (small vacuum leak?), but
Open loop assumes a stock engine in good shape with average driving.
Obviously you want to reach Closed loop operation as soon as possible
and a lower temp T-stat will delay (or prevent!) this.

TT
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Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 00:21:18 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Why? Was Re: FTE Small - fitting speakers in diff places

Burnett wrote:
>
> Finally, it is difficult to over-amp a sub-woofer, so the more power the
> better. Anywhere from say 50 to 200 watts per driver often works depending
> on how loud you want it.

No louder than the vehicle *NEXT* to you at the stoplight I hope! I'm
very "loud over-amped/distorted bass" intolerant. If it's annoying ME
then you're probably damaging your hearing. I've seen the door panels
deflecting some 1/4" on a newer Dodge truck at a stoplight from so much
bass. I'm sick of it.. I dont have the time to start a group against
it but for anyone that DOES here's a good acronymn.. CALM.. Citizens
Against Loud Music.

> Just remember to compare the RMS specs on
> different amps. A lot of amps are rated at peak power which looks better in
> print, but is not an accurate reflection of the amps performance.

Quite true.. peak is BS.. RMS is the ONLY way to compare; if they wont
give you a RMS figure look elsewhere! My 40W/Ch is enough for 90% of my
listening needs and a modest amp would take care of the 10% where I want
to destroy my eardrums further.

As I recall the reason for more power is to *CLEANLY* reproduce bass,
but yet I always hear the bass distorted when I have the misfortune to
be beside an 'audio-aggressor' at a stop light. If one likes that
(distortion) then get a 4W radio and crank it up without bothering
others! Even with my modest setup I'll turn down the volume at a
stop-light if I'm 'jammin' out of respect to my surrounding drivers.


>
> Talk to the guys at Crutchfields for more ideas. I think the URL is
> crutchfiled.com.

Is DAK still around? Just curious. :-)

For the confused; I like my music clear & undistorted but NOT
earsplitting.

TT
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Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 00:29:58 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small -knowlegable explorer owners please..i need help...

Ding060297 AOL.COM wrote:
>

> old versions of 4 wheel drive if one front tire and one rear tire started to
> spin you were stuck....I thought this one wouldn't have that problem get it
> ALL WHEEL DRIVE kinda speaks for itself doesn't it..........Is mine broke is
> this the way they are an info is greatly appreciated............ding

Just another example of 'real' trucks becoming a 'SUV'.. get a locker or
an older truck

TT
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Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1999 23:31:50 -0600
From: Jordan
Subject: Re: FTE Small -knowlegable explorer owners please..i need help...

At 03:43 PM 1/1/99 EST, you wrote:
>I have recently purchased a 96 explorer with v8 and all wheel drive i love
>the truck its fast comfortable and pretty decent on gas...Its roomy and my
>last 92 explorer was good in 4 wheel drive so thats why i bought the newer
All wheel drive doesn't mean locked in 4x4. The only time both wheels on....


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