small-list-digest Friday, January 15 1999 Volume 03 : Number 010



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Re: Twin I-Beam
FTE Small - Re: bronco II mileage
FTE Small - Re: O2 Sensor
Re: FTE Small - Re: O2 Sensor
Re: FTE Small - Re: bronco II mileage
RE: FTE Small - Re: Bronco II
Re: FTE Small - radio display out
RE: FTE Small - Re: Bronco II
FTE Small - '94 (wrecked) Explorer
Re: FTE Small - radio display out
FTE Small - 91 Explorer transmission
Re: FTE Small - Re: bronco II mileage
Re: FTE Small - radio display out
FTE Small - Radio Display

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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 05:41:12 -0700
From: Ken Justice
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Twin I-Beam

Just for your information:

A while back I had mentiond that there was a very bad shimmy in the
front end of my truck when I hit a "certain type of bump." It drove me
crazy as it was a very dangerous situation that happened very
infrequently. I had it checked out and and of course no one good find
anything wrong, etc.

I was on a freeway and hit this "certain type of bump" and all h....
broke loose as usual. I then took it to a Ford dealer where they found 2
bolts missing from the bracket that holds the twin I-beam ends together.

So for you folks out there, if you have a shimmy in the front end that
"happens just every once in a while," check out that supporting bracket
for bolts missing or tightness.

Regards,

Ken Justice
Discover the Working Mat!
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.workingmat.com
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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 10:18:08 -0500
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: bronco II mileage

>I have a 1994 Ranger Sport with the 4.0L and 5 speed manual...I get 21 to
24
>miles to the gallon combined city and highway.
>>Hello. This is my first post to the Small Ford Trucks list.
>>We have an '86 Bronco II 2.9 V6 with 5 speed manual which after replacing
a
>>bunch of sensors, tuning it up (including resetting base timing), gets 25
>>mpg on the highway.
>>When I lock the hubs and use 4WD, we get about 6 mpg. Is this normal for
>>the gas mileage to drop so low? (I expect it to drop, but this far?)

While that mileage sounds great for 2wd, something is wrong in 4wd. Perhaps
you are running in 4h too often when you may want to be in 4L. I have
usually gotten from 13-16 in 4wd on beach/dune driving....

Lou.


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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 10:24:13 -0500
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: O2 Sensor

>We chose the route of just cutting the leads on the HEGO sensor on our
>Bronco II. We were replacing the sensor - if for some reason we had to put
>it back (not very likely at all) we could still splice the wires back
>together. That way we don't need a special tool.


What does that do? Don't you run the risk of bad mileage/performance with
that disabled?

Also, wouldn't that increase emissions? They are starting Testing in Ontario
this year.... I wouldn't
want to be "authorized" by the gov't to have the flippin mechanic do
repairs.

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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 10:50:49 -0500
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: O2 Sensor

>>We chose the route of just cutting the leads on the HEGO sensor on our
>>Bronco II. We were replacing the sensor - if for some reason we had to put
>>it back (not very likely at all) we could still splice the wires back
>>together. That way we don't need a special tool.
>
>
> What does that do? Don't you run the risk of bad mileage/performance with
> that disabled?
>
> Also, wouldn't that increase emissions? They are starting Testing in Ontario
> this year.... I wouldn't
> want to be "authorized" by the gov't to have the flippin mechanic do
> repairs.
>
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We cut the leads of the *old* sensor, not the new one. Sorry for the confusion.

The new sensor doesn't need as much force to install as it does to
remove the old one, so you can use the other side of the wrench...

- -Dave
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ICQ# 16458879 AOL/AIM ID: "Mac XR"
1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 119K

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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 10:52:54 -0500
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: bronco II mileage

>>I have a 1994 Ranger Sport with the 4.0L and 5 speed manual...I get 21 to
> 24
>>miles to the gallon combined city and highway.
>>>Hello. This is my first post to the Small Ford Trucks list.
>>>We have an '86 Bronco II 2.9 V6 with 5 speed manual which after replacing
> a
>>>bunch of sensors, tuning it up (including resetting base timing), gets 25
>>>mpg on the highway.
>>>When I lock the hubs and use 4WD, we get about 6 mpg. Is this normal for
>>>the gas mileage to drop so low? (I expect it to drop, but this far?)
>
> While that mileage sounds great for 2wd, something is wrong in 4wd. Perhaps
> you are running in 4h too often when you may want to be in 4L. I have
> usually gotten from 13-16 in 4wd on beach/dune driving....
>
> Lou.

How would 4 Low get me better mileage than 4 High? Remember, this is
an '86. Maybe the technology wasn't as good then, hence the severe
drop in mpg? My wife tells me that this is pretty normal for the
truck in all her experience.

- -Dave
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ICQ# 16458879 AOL/AIM ID: "Mac XR"
1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 119K

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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 13:07:34 -0800
From: "Ryan Miller"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Re: Bronco II

I have an '87 Bronco II 2.9 V6 with AT. I get about 18-19 mpg in 2wd and
about 16 mpg in 4wd in rural driving. The 4wd mpg is measured on slippery,
snow-covered roads, not slogging through the mud off-road. I don't want the
6 mpg but I sure wouldn't mind that 25 mpg.

Ryan

>
> We have an '86 Bronco II 2.9 V6 with 5 speed manual which after
> replacing a
> bunch of sensors, tuning it up (including resetting base timing), gets 25
> mpg on the highway.
>
> When I lock the hubs and use 4WD, we get about 6 mpg. Is this normal for
> the gas mileage to drop so low? (I expect it to drop, but this far?)
>
> -Dave Slotter
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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 15:43:43 -0600
From: Brian_Mitchell notes.amdahl.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - radio display out

My daughter's Tempo also needs a new bulb. Does anyone know what the number is
for the bulb and where would you purchase it ? Is it soldered in or plugged in ?



- ---------------------- Forwarded by Brian Mitchell/useast/amdahl on 01/14/99
03:39 PM ---------------------------


Tim Turner on 01/13/99 08:04:55 PM

Please respond to small-list ford-trucks.com

To: small-list ford-trucks.com
cc: (bcc: Brian Mitchell/useast/amdahl)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - radio display out






Donald Paauw wrote:
>
> The radio display in my '88 Ranger went out a few years back.

> Then, earlier this week, I was in a '90 ranger and it had
> exactly the same problem. So I'm wondering if this is a
> common problem in Rangers or Ford trucks or all Fords, and
> does anyone know the cause or have a cure?

I believe it's a small bulb in the radio from what I've heard elsewhere;
remove the radio (get the U-hook tool) and replace the bulb after
removing the cover/face as applicable. It's VERY common. :-)

TT
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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 17:15:32 -0500
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Re: Bronco II

> I have an '87 Bronco II 2.9 V6 with AT. I get about 18-19 mpg in 2wd and
> about 16 mpg in 4wd in rural driving. The 4wd mpg is measured on slippery,
> snow-covered roads, not slogging through the mud off-road. I don't want the
> 6 mpg but I sure wouldn't mind that 25 mpg.
>
> Ryan
>
>>
>> We have an '86 Bronco II 2.9 V6 with 5 speed manual which after
>> replacing a
>> bunch of sensors, tuning it up (including resetting base timing), gets 25
>> mpg on the highway.
>>
>> When I lock the hubs and use 4WD, we get about 6 mpg. Is this normal for
>> the gas mileage to drop so low? (I expect it to drop, but this far?)
>>
>> -Dave Slotter

Ryan,

Actually, we are experiencing a difficulty with the coolant
temperature sensor. It is possible that we are running rich
currently, hence the 6 mpg. When I fix that problem, I will
recalculate the mpg.

- -Dave
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ICQ# 16458879 AOL/AIM ID: "Mac XR"
1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 119K

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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 19:52:24 -0500
From: Harry Trafford
Subject: FTE Small - '94 (wrecked) Explorer

Is there any interest in the parts from a '94 Explorer? A friend just
was in an accident with the thing. Guy ran a stop sign and hit the
right front. It's a total, frame wise, but before he decides to let
the insurance company take it, I said I'd check to see if there is any
interest in the parts.
4 wheel drive, V-6, nice full leather interior, sound system has CD
player, auto adjusting rear-view mirror, side glass, etc.

The Explorer is located 25 miles south of Miami Florida, in Homestead.
He'll ship parts (needs firm commitment), but he needs to know real
soon, because if he keeps it to part out, the insurance won't pay the
full amount and he doesn't want to be stuck with it.
I can look at it in the daylight to get more info, phone number, etc.
Just ask.

Harry

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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 99 17:56:29 PST
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - radio display out

> From: Brian_Mitchell notes.amdahl.com
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 15:43:43 -0600
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - radio display out
>
>
>
> My daughter's Tempo also needs a new bulb. Does anyone know what the number is
> for the bulb and where would you purchase it ? Is it soldered in or plugged in ?
>
>
>
> ---------------------- Forwarded by Brian Mitchell/useast/amdahl on 01/14/99
> 03:39 PM ---------------------------


It's plugged in. I found a #74 is a bit smaller but it works fine. This bulb
was available at two auto stores & Walmart.

- -- Don
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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 22:54:41 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - 91 Explorer transmission

Forwarded for adhdcarr slonet.org (direct replies to him)

At 01:26 PM 1/12/99 -0800, you wrote:
I have a 1991 Explorer 4x4 and need a refurbished transmission, but am
coming up against prices like $1,500. Can you refer me to someone who
can ship a quality rebuilt transmission or forward my e-mail to that
person. I live in San Luis Obispo, CA, on the central Pacific Coast.

I would greatly appreciate it. I guess I might be open to a used trani,
but would want documentation that it was not very old before being
retired.

Thank you very much! Sincerely, David Lichti

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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 23:50:17 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: bronco II mileage

Dave Slotter wrote:
>

> How would 4 Low get me better mileage than 4 High? Remember, this is
> an '86. Maybe the technology wasn't as good then, hence the severe
> drop in mpg? My wife tells me that this is pretty normal for the
> truck in all her experience.

Never tracked the mileage Off-road im my '85 B-II but here's a theory.

The power valve (MAP sensor for FI) works harder in HI than low. I just
always jam it into low when I go out for fun and keep my manual hubs in
'lock' all the time so I'm not the best person to ask.. Try running the
same trail(s) in Hi & Low and see what happens to the MPG. Post the
results; I'm sure it would be interesting to us all!

TT
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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 21:18:59 -0800
From: Tim Bowman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - radio display out

I'm the original one on this list who replaced the bulb in an 87
Tempo. I don't remember the bulb but I do remember that it plugs in
and it's a real small bulb. The replacement bulb (#74 as reported by
Don Paauw) is slightly smaller but works just fine. I pulled my bulb
and took it to the auto parts store.

Tim Bowman
Burien, WA
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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 02:51:09 EST
From: GGreenman AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - Radio Display

I've owned two Ford products with the radio display problem. I finally decided
to fix the one in my 87 ranger. Took the radio out, removed the top and....


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