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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Timing problem...
RE: FTE Small - Borla exhaust system (technical mumble-jumble)
FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer
FTE Small - re: Ford attitude (was door cracks)
Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer
FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!
Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer
Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!
Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer
Re: FTE Small - Re: changing screen names
FTE Small - 98 ranger questions
Re: FTE Small - 98 ranger questions
Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!
Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!
Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!
Re: FTE Small - 98 ranger questions
Re: FTE Small - 98 ranger questions
Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!
Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer
Re: FTE Small - Door cracks
Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer
Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!
Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer
FTE Small - Throttle Sticking!!!

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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 09:55:47 -0400
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Timing problem...

Tim Curran wrote:
>
> In November I rebuilt a fuel injected 2.3 OHC in a '88 Ranger XLT,
> during the R&R the PCV valve was overlooked and wasn't replaced as it
> should have been, as a result the intake was misted with oil over the
> following months. About three weeks ago I was driving the truck through
> some fairly deep mud holes when I gradually lost a great deal of power.
> The engine was incredibly sluggish in the low end but would over come
> that once it was up around 3000 RPM. My first thoughts was that there
> was something either restricting the intake or creating too much back
> pressure, so the next day I pulled the intake, this is when I discovered
> the PCV valve situation. Thinking that I had just discovered the problem
> I removed the entire intake system, cleaned it, and replaced the valve.
> Upon start up the sluggish response was still happening, only now the
> engine was starting to run allot hotter then normal. Next idea was that
> there was too much back pressure from the catalytic converter, hitting a
> hard mud hole may have knocked a baffle loose and could be restricting
> flow. Since the converter was the original factory installed, I decided
> it was time for a replacement anyway. The shop that replaced it informed
> me that it was pretty broken up inside and that there were some loose
> baffles, in the end I ended up with a new converter and muffler which
> was under warranty, however this still didn't fix the problem. The next
> day I gave up and took the truck to the local Ford dealer from which it
> was purchased, they checked the timing and found that it had jumped 20
> degrees, so they set the timing and charged me $10.50 and I was on my
> merry way.... until two days later when it started acting up again. So I
> took it back and they checked it out and the timing had moved again.
> They hooked the computer up and didn't come back with any error codes,
> pulled the distributor and checked the gear (it was fine), pulled the
> front cover and checked the timing gears and belt (they were all fine),
> so they set the timing again and gave me a bill for $40.43 and once
> again it ran fine for a few days and now it's acting up........
>
> Any ideas how the timing could be slipping? I was told that the computer
> can change the timing to some degree since it is fuel injected but I
> can't think of why it would........
>
> Any ideas are welcome!
> Thanks,
> Tim
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Tim,

How is the Distributor Gear held on to the shaft? Some
use a pin that goes through a hole in the gear and shaft.
Is the retaining mechanism broken and allowing the timing
gear to slip on the shaft?

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 08:25:32 -0600
From: Dave Armbruster
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Borla exhaust system (technical mumble-jumble)

As for the Borla discoloring, mine has done it too. It also is stained on
the outside on the side that faces the road. I know that when mud and road
grime hit the pipes, on the outside at least, it burns to the pipes, which I
assumed to be the source of the junk building up inside the fins and inside
the tailpipe. I haven't taken the system apart to see if it is getting
gunked up inside behind the muffler or somewhere else that isn't exposed
directly to splashing or mud getting thrown around. Some of the build-up
around the tailpipe could be the water that is produced by the converters,
mixed with some unburnt fuel, motor oil, whatever else that isn't totally
converted in the catalyst, finally condensing and making a exhaust soup,
since the insides of the Borlas remain VERY hot and the water doesn't have a
chance to cool until it hits the outside air.

> -----Original Message-----
>
> I don't have the same technical background as you do but what you said at
> least sounds good =). On a side note, I've noticed two more things about
> the cat-back system. Someone on the list posted that I might be able to
> reduce the interior noise level by resetting the computer, I tried it and
> I
> THINK it worked, at least to a degree. The interior cabin noise seems to
> have died down quite a bit. There is still a nice rumble at the lower
> RPMs
> when I'm accelerating, but at cruising speeds, it doesn't reverb anymore,
> either that or I'm just getting used to the noise. On a second note, for
> those who own Borla systems, have you noticed that the tail pipes
> discolor?
> The tips are still pretty shiny, but the pipes from the resonator back to
> the tips are turning a little on the brown/bronze side. I think it's due
> to
> the heat from the exhaust. I think it can be polished out but I wanted to
> know if anyone else has noticed the same thing.
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Date: Sat, 08 May 1999 08:22:10 -0700
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer

A month or so ago, there was brief discussion here about the red mark on
some Ford speedometers at 55 mph. I wrote that it indicates the onset
of overdrive or torque converter lockup, and that it says so in my
owner's manual.

Whoops! My mental timing chain had slipped a cog. I rechecked my
owner's manual and the book says nothing about the mark. In fact,
someone had posted this in the Ford newsgroup (just because you read it
on the Internet doesn't mean it is true).

On the other hand, my Aerostar sure seems to shift very reliably into
overdrive at 55 mph. Perhaps that's what the mark is really about.

Now, can anyone tell me if the locking torque converter locks up in all
gears, or only in 3 or 4? And is there any way that I can affect the
action by the way I drive? In the owner's manual, Ford says that the
only difference between "D" in the circle and plain "D" is that with
plain "D" the overdrive top gear is locked out.

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Date: Mon, 10 May 99 17:40:08 EDT
From: CONAN RALVM8.VNET.IBM.COM
Subject: FTE Small - re: Ford attitude (was door cracks)

Good post, and I agree! I hope you sent a copy to Ford's home office.
If people don't complain to the -home office- nothing will change, and just
complaining to the dealer will not get back to them.
(Yes, -I've- sent handwritten letters to them. :-) )
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 19:07:50 -0400
From: "Stephen Bozzone"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer

>A month or so ago, there was brief discussion here about the red mark on
some Ford speedometers at 55 mph. I wrote that it indicates the onset
of overdrive or torque converter lockup, and that it says so in my
owner's manual.

I was always under the impression that 55mph was some international
"standard" speeding.. guess not. but that 55 is on my 94 honda accord..
fyi.

Steve Bozzone
Administrative Director - http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://rockzone.com
ICQ: 196843 || AIM: RudeSkam69
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- ----- Original Message -----
From:
To:
Sent: 08/5/99 11:22 AM
Subject: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer


>A month or so ago, there was brief discussion here about the red mark on
>some Ford speedometers at 55 mph. I wrote that it indicates the onset
>of overdrive or torque converter lockup, and that it says so in my
>owner's manual.
>
>Whoops! My mental timing chain had slipped a cog. I rechecked my
>owner's manual and the book says nothing about the mark. In fact,
>someone had posted this in the Ford newsgroup (just because you read it
>on the Internet doesn't mean it is true).
>
>On the other hand, my Aerostar sure seems to shift very reliably into
>overdrive at 55 mph. Perhaps that's what the mark is really about.
>
>Now, can anyone tell me if the locking torque converter locks up in all
>gears, or only in 3 or 4? And is there any way that I can affect the
>action by the way I drive? In the owner's manual, Ford says that the
>only difference between "D" in the circle and plain "D" is that with
>plain "D" the overdrive top gear is locked out.
>
>Richard
>
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 16:49:19 -0700
From: "Michael D. Sheridan"
Subject: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!

List Folks:

Got the recall notice today for the cruise control
on our 1999 Mazda B2500 truck (Same as Ranger) and
called the dealer and Mazda to see if they were
merely going to HACK the cables off like has been
posted on the web and send the customer home with
nothing done or actually replace the cables with
those that won't get us KILLED by the throttle
sticking which they indicate will happen in their
recall letter.

The dealer would not confirm that they would or
would not cut the cables without the owners
permission and when I mentioned the internet they
immediately referred me to Mazda and gave me
the 1-800-222-5500 number which got me a lady
that was less help than the dealer!

Nice people eh? As it stands then if you get
the recall on your Ranger or Mazda you are being
sent to the dealer and will end up with your
cruise control cables cut off no matter what
you say and then WAIT until they have the parts
to make the fix as they DON'T have them now! Great,
TWO trips for what? How do we know that the
replacement cables will be any good?

Where are the replacement parts for this recall
anyway? I mean how long does it take to make a
cable?

Meanwhile we don't plan on buying any more Ford
Ranger or Mazda Trucks.

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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 19:36:01 -0500 (CDT)
From: Sandman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer

Well, I thought it was like that because 55 used to be the highway speed
in the US until the late 80's. 55 is still the speed limit when on
highways and interstates inside of major cities in most places.


On Sat, 8 May 1999 rgstein pacbell.net wrote:

> A month or so ago, there was brief discussion here about the red mark on
> some Ford speedometers at 55 mph. I wrote that it indicates the onset
> of overdrive or torque converter lockup, and that it says so in my
> owner's manual.
>
> Whoops! My mental timing chain had slipped a cog. I rechecked my
> owner's manual and the book says nothing about the mark. In fact,
> someone had posted this in the Ford newsgroup (just because you read it
> on the Internet doesn't mean it is true).
>
> On the other hand, my Aerostar sure seems to shift very reliably into
> overdrive at 55 mph. Perhaps that's what the mark is really about.
>
> Now, can anyone tell me if the locking torque converter locks up in all
> gears, or only in 3 or 4? And is there any way that I can affect the
> action by the way I drive? In the owner's manual, Ford says that the
> only difference between "D" in the circle and plain "D" is that with
> plain "D" the overdrive top gear is locked out.
>
> Richard

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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 20:52:16 -0400
From: pms2
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!

Gang,

They do cut the cable. I had mine in for a brake problem in April and
they informed me the cruise control was disabled until......the end of
May when the new replacement cables were to come in. I wasn't given an
option. They informed me after the fact. Must be a pretty serious
problem.

'98 4 door Ranger (count 'em)
Phil



"Michael D. Sheridan" wrote:
>
> List Folks:
>
> Got the recall notice today for the cruise control
> on our 1999 Mazda B2500 truck (Same as Ranger) and
> called the dealer and Mazda to see if they were
> merely going to HACK the cables off like has been
> posted on the web and send the customer home with
> nothing done or actually replace the cables with
> those that won't get us KILLED by the throttle
> sticking which they indicate will happen in their
> recall letter.
>
> The dealer would not confirm that they would or
> would not cut the cables without the owners
> permission and when I mentioned the internet they
> immediately referred me to Mazda and gave me
> the 1-800-222-5500 number which got me a lady
> that was less help than the dealer!
>
> Nice people eh? As it stands then if you get
> the recall on your Ranger or Mazda you are being
> sent to the dealer and will end up with your
> cruise control cables cut off no matter what
> you say and then WAIT until they have the parts
> to make the fix as they DON'T have them now! Great,
> TWO trips for what? How do we know that the
> replacement cables will be any good?
>
> Where are the replacement parts for this recall
> anyway? I mean how long does it take to make a
> cable?
>
> Meanwhile we don't plan on buying any more Ford
> Ranger or Mazda Trucks.
>
> Michael
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 17:54:59 -0700
From: JJ Thomas
Subject: Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer

Well depending on the year of manufacture, the highlighted "55" was the
national speed limit. The rescission of the national speed limit has not
been that long, or has it???

- -Julian

At 19:07 05/10/99 -0400, you wrote:
>>A month or so ago, there was brief discussion here about the red mark on
>some Ford speedometers at 55 mph. I wrote that it indicates the onset
>of overdrive or torque converter lockup, and that it says so in my
>owner's manual.
>
>I was always under the impression that 55mph was some international
>"standard" speeding.. guess not. but that 55 is on my 94 honda accord..
>fyi.
>
>Steve Bozzone
> Administrative Director - http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://rockzone.com
> ICQ: 196843 || AIM: RudeSkam69
> -- "I see now mankind was not meant to last." [Hatebreed] --
>
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From:
>To:
>Sent: 08/5/99 11:22 AM
>Subject: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer
>
>
>>A month or so ago, there was brief discussion here about the red mark on
>>some Ford speedometers at 55 mph. I wrote that it indicates the onset
>>of overdrive or torque converter lockup, and that it says so in my
>>owner's manual.
>>
>>Whoops! My mental timing chain had slipped a cog. I rechecked my
>>owner's manual and the book says nothing about the mark. In fact,
>>someone had posted this in the Ford newsgroup (just because you read it
>>on the Internet doesn't mean it is true).
>>
>>On the other hand, my Aerostar sure seems to shift very reliably into
>>overdrive at 55 mph. Perhaps that's what the mark is really about.
>>
>>Now, can anyone tell me if the locking torque converter locks up in all
>>gears, or only in 3 or 4? And is there any way that I can affect the
>>action by the way I drive? In the owner's manual, Ford says that the
>>only difference between "D" in the circle and plain "D" is that with
>>plain "D" the overdrive top gear is locked out.
>>
>>Richard

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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 17:48:13 -0700
From: JJ Thomas
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: changing screen names

Follow the directions at the bottom. S*bscribe under you new name and
uns*bscribe under your old name.

- -Julian

At 22:52 05/09/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I need to change my screen name due to i'm getting an unbeliveable
>amount of crap in the mail so how do i swap this over to my other screen
>name..I don't want to loose the ford list....any info is appreciated.....ding
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 20:20:30 -0500
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: FTE Small - 98 ranger questions

Any 98 rangers notice a faint "pop" in the driver's side floorboard when
initially taking off? My 98 just turned 10,000 miles and started making
this noise. I crawled underneath, but it does not look like there is
anyhing there that could cause such a noise. I put a wrench on the cross
member and the tranny and transfer case mount bolts; tight. I did notice my
seat was making a little noise around the brackets. A little lube fixed the
problem. Any ideas?

Another question concerning torsion bar suspension: I know you can lower a
vehicle via the torsion bars, but could you safely lift a vehicle, say an
inch or so? If not, what's the best way to get a little lift in the front?

The truck is a 98 3.0L auto, Off Road package.

A couple months ago I posted I had a rear seal leak after switching to
synthetic oil. Turned out to be a bad PCV, says the dealer. Fixed the leak
and changed the PCV valve. By the way, I've been pleased with the synthetic
oil. Next month I am having my local muffler shop build me an exhaust
system that will exit out the passenger side, in front of the tire,
terminating with some sort of chrome tip. I am also contemplating going
with a roll pan in the rear. Not sure if I'm sold on the look though on the
flare sides.

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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 21:33:46 -0400
From: "Eric Davis"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 98 ranger questions

Check your drive shaft. I had this problem.
Eric Davis
98 4x4 Ranger,
Edlebrock muffler, K&N.
- -----Original Message-----
From: Randy Collins
To: small-list-digest ford-trucks.com
Date: Monday, May 10, 1999 9:23 PM
Subject: FTE Small - 98 ranger questions


>Any 98 rangers notice a faint "pop" in the driver's side floorboard when
>initially taking off? My 98 just turned 10,000 miles and started making
>this noise. I crawled underneath, but it does not look like there is
>anyhing there that could cause such a noise. I put a wrench on the cross
>member and the tranny and transfer case mount bolts; tight. I did notice my
>seat was making a little noise around the brackets. A little lube fixed the
>problem. Any ideas?
>
>Another question concerning torsion bar suspension: I know you can lower a
>vehicle via the torsion bars, but could you safely lift a vehicle, say an
>inch or so? If not, what's the best way to get a little lift in the front?
>
>The truck is a 98 3.0L auto, Off Road package.
>
>A couple months ago I posted I had a rear seal leak after switching to
>synthetic oil. Turned out to be a bad PCV, says the dealer. Fixed the leak
>and changed the PCV valve. By the way, I've been pleased with the synthetic
>oil. Next month I am having my local muffler shop build me an exhaust
>system that will exit out the passenger side, in front of the tire,
>terminating with some sort of chrome tip. I am also contemplating going
>with a roll pan in the rear. Not sure if I'm sold on the look though on the
>flare sides.
>
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 18:37:41 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!

I went in last week for mainenance on my 1998 Ranger and they gave me the
option to cut the cable or do nothing until the new cables are ready next
month. I decided to leave the Ranger as is. I just don't plan on using the
cruise control at all.

pms2 wrote:

> Gang,
>
> They do cut the cable. I had mine in for a brake problem in April and
> they informed me the cruise control was disabled until......the end of
> May when the new replacement cables were to come in. I wasn't given an
> option. They informed me after the fact. Must be a pretty serious
> problem.
>
> '98 4 door Ranger (count 'em)
> Phil
>
> "Michael D. Sheridan" wrote:
> >
> > List Folks:
> >
> > Got the recall notice today for the cruise control
> > on our 1999 Mazda B2500 truck (Same as Ranger) and
> > called the dealer and Mazda to see if they were
> > merely going to HACK the cables off like has been
> > posted on the web and send the customer home with
> > nothing done or actually replace the cables with
> > those that won't get us KILLED by the throttle
> > sticking which they indicate will happen in their
> > recall letter.
> >
> > The dealer would not confirm that they would or
> > would not cut the cables without the owners
> > permission and when I mentioned the internet they
> > immediately referred me to Mazda and gave me
> > the 1-800-222-5500 number which got me a lady
> > that was less help than the dealer!
> >
> > Nice people eh? As it stands then if you get
> > the recall on your Ranger or Mazda you are being
> > sent to the dealer and will end up with your
> > cruise control cables cut off no matter what
> > you say and then WAIT until they have the parts
> > to make the fix as they DON'T have them now! Great,
> > TWO trips for what? How do we know that the
> > replacement cables will be any good?
> >
> > Where are the replacement parts for this recall
> > anyway? I mean how long does it take to make a
> > cable?
> >
> > Meanwhile we don't plan on buying any more Ford
> > Ranger or Mazda Trucks.
> >
> > Michael
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- --
Alan Wilson - Wilshire Associates, (310) 451-3051 x3750
(310) 260-7350 Direct
(310) 458-2842 FAX


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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 21:36:15 -0400
From: "Eric Davis"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!

What kind of brake problem did you have. I going to have mine check because
I think they are to weak and the pedal goes almost all the way do the floor.

Eric Davis
98 4x4 Ranger,
Edlebrock muffler, K&N.
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From: pms2
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Monday, May 10, 1999 8:54 PM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!


>Gang,
>
>They do cut the cable. I had mine in for a brake problem in April and
>they informed me the cruise control was disabled until......the end of
>May when the new replacement cables were to come in. I wasn't given an
>option. They informed me after the fact. Must be a pretty serious
>problem.
>
>'98 4 door Ranger (count 'em)
>Phil
>
>
>
>"Michael D. Sheridan" wrote:
>>
>> List Folks:
>>
>> Got the recall notice today for the cruise control
>> on our 1999 Mazda B2500 truck (Same as Ranger) and
>> called the dealer and Mazda to see if they were
>> merely going to HACK the cables off like has been
>> posted on the web and send the customer home with
>> nothing done or actually replace the cables with
>> those that won't get us KILLED by the throttle
>> sticking which they indicate will happen in their
>> recall letter.
>>
>> The dealer would not confirm that they would or
>> would not cut the cables without the owners
>> permission and when I mentioned the internet they
>> immediately referred me to Mazda and gave me
>> the 1-800-222-5500 number which got me a lady
>> that was less help than the dealer!
>>
>> Nice people eh? As it stands then if you get
>> the recall on your Ranger or Mazda you are being
>> sent to the dealer and will end up with your
>> cruise control cables cut off no matter what
>> you say and then WAIT until they have the parts
>> to make the fix as they DON'T have them now! Great,
>> TWO trips for what? How do we know that the
>> replacement cables will be any good?
>>
>> Where are the replacement parts for this recall
>> anyway? I mean how long does it take to make a
>> cable?
>>
>> Meanwhile we don't plan on buying any more Ford
>> Ranger or Mazda Trucks.
>>
>> Michael
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 22:00:15 -0400
From: pms2
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!

Eric,

I've had mine in the shop in the very beginning for that very problem,
which they said was a non-problem. First time, they said the rear
brakes weren't adjusted properly. They worked on it and the brakes
worked great....only trouble was, they adjusted them too far and I got a
nice burning smell from the rears. They re-adjusted back to normal and
I was back to square one. Second time around, they turned the rotors.
I still complained and had the service manager ride with me. He
couldn't see a problem....even when the pedal bottoms out with no more
vacuum to assist in braking. He explained that one away. I lived with
it. It did seem to get better as the brakes broke in. In fact, it
started getting better when I didn't get that brake dust collecting on
the front wheels.

In April I took it back due to vibration during braking. They turned
the rotors again. Now I'm back to that mushy, to the floor brake pedal
feeling again AND brake dust on the wheels. It's an uneasy feeling to
mash on the brakes and YOU KNOW it ain't stopping like it should. Ford
brakes suck. I had a 97 Ranger (can you spell LEMON) that pulled left
or right that they never fixed. I traded that one real quick (many
other problems)

Good luck. Ford service only seems to fix the easy problems...the ones
requiring a little troubleshooting expertise leaves them baffled and you
disappointed and living with it.

Been there and done that!
Phil


Eric Davis wrote:
>
> What kind of brake problem did you have. I going to have mine check because
> I think they are to weak and the pedal goes almost all the way do the floor.
>
> Eric Davis
> 98 4x4 Ranger,
> Edlebrock muffler, K&N.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: pms2
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Date: Monday, May 10, 1999 8:54 PM
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!
>
> >Gang,
> >
> >They do cut the cable. I had mine in for a brake problem in April and
> >they informed me the cruise control was disabled until......the end of
> >May when the new replacement cables were to come in. I wasn't given an
> >option. They informed me after the fact. Must be a pretty serious
> >problem.
> >
> >'98 4 door Ranger (count 'em)
> >Phil
> >
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 21:26:33 -0700
From: "Jason Fischer"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 98 ranger questions

Hey I just wanted to add something about the exhaust that you are thinking
about adding. Although I think that a performance exhaust system is a great
addition to any truck and have done it to mine, I would advise to use
stainless steel tips for the exhaust. I have chrome tips on my duels and
they rusted on the ends the first time that it rained. Although it is easy
to clean up and get shiny, stainless steel tips would save you that hassle
since they wouldn't rust.

Just a thought.

Jason Fischer
1995 Ranger Splash
3.0 Liter V-6

- -----Original Message-----
From: Randy Collins
To: small-list-digest ford-trucks.com
Date: Monday, May 10, 1999 6:30 PM
Subject: FTE Small - 98 ranger questions


>Any 98 rangers notice a faint "pop" in the driver's side floorboard when
>initially taking off? My 98 just turned 10,000 miles and started making
>this noise. I crawled underneath, but it does not look like there is
>anyhing there that could cause such a noise. I put a wrench on the cross
>member and the tranny and transfer case mount bolts; tight. I did notice my
>seat was making a little noise around the brackets. A little lube fixed the
>problem. Any ideas?
>
>Another question concerning torsion bar suspension: I know you can lower a
>vehicle via the torsion bars, but could you safely lift a vehicle, say an
>inch or so? If not, what's the best way to get a little lift in the front?
>
>The truck is a 98 3.0L auto, Off Road package.
>
>A couple months ago I posted I had a rear seal leak after switching to
>synthetic oil. Turned out to be a bad PCV, says the dealer. Fixed the leak
>and changed the PCV valve. By the way, I've been pleased with the synthetic
>oil. Next month I am having my local muffler shop build me an exhaust
>system that will exit out the passenger side, in front of the tire,
>terminating with some sort of chrome tip. I am also contemplating going
>with a roll pan in the rear. Not sure if I'm sold on the look though on the
>flare sides.
>
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 21:54:56 -0500
From: Scott Ford
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 98 ranger questions

Eric Davis wrote:
>
> Check your drive shaft. I had this problem.
>

what about the drive shaft? I had this problem for
about 300 miles, but before I could take the truck in,
or diagnose the problem, it stopped making the noise.


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Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 03:20:23 GMT
From: alannorthstar mindspring.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!

On Mon, 10 May 1999 16:49:19 -0700, you wrote:

:List Folks:
:
:Got the recall notice today for the cruise control
:on our 1999 Mazda B2500 truck (Same as Ranger)
:

:Where are the replacement parts for this recall
:anyway? I mean how long does it take to make a
:cable?=20
:
Well, they recalled just under a million vehicles for this
problem. (Something like 975,000!)

Think of the logistics of getting manufacturer to make a million
of them on short notice.=20

Sheesh! Have a little patience!

Later,
Alan
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Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 03:20:17 GMT
From: alannorthstar mindspring.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer

On Sat, 08 May 1999 08:22:10 -0700, you wrote:


:
:On the other hand, my Aerostar sure seems to shift very reliably into
:overdrive at 55 mph. Perhaps that's what the mark is really about.
:
:Now, can anyone tell me if the locking torque converter locks up in all
:gears, or only in 3 or 4? And is there any way that I can affect the
:action by the way I drive? In the owner's manual, Ford says that the
:only difference between "D" in the circle and plain "D" is that with
:plain "D" the overdrive top gear is locked out.
:
:Richard
:
My Ranger has the automatic 4-speed/overdrive transmission, and
the converter lock-up is speed-and-load dependant. It can lock
in 3rd if the Odrive is turned off, or 4th (Odrive). =20

BTW, on the Ranger, there is only one DRIVE position, which a
white circle with a black D in it -- which is to indicate that
having the overdrive on is the default. There is a button on the
end of the gear selector lever which toggles the Odrive on and
off. And, whenever the ignition is turned on, the Odrive
defaults to ON.

I've never tried to see if the torque converter would lock up in
second -- it might!

Basically it seems to lock up over about 35mph if the load is
light and has been steady for a bit. At higher speeds, it will
lock up more quickly once you ease back on the acceleration.

Later,
Alan
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Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 03:21:14 GMT
From: alannorthstar mindspring.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Door cracks

Hmmm. I think my bumpers are metal. In fact, I know they are,
because one got scratched and it's rusting. . . .

Later,=20
Alan

On Sat, 08 May 1999 10:03:07 -0700, you wrote:

:Alan wrote ------------------------------------------------------
:It's amazing to me that they can make something like a power
:window which won't last the life of the vehicle.
:
:Mine chatter coming down (yes, it was sorta fixed by the dealer)
:simply because there is a loose connection between the drive
:mechanism and the window. It's apparently designed that way for
:some mysterious reason, but it's really, dare I say it, 'STUPID'.
:
:My reply --------------------------------------------------------
:
:Yup. I dare say it too: Ford's attitude toward their customers is
:indeed embodied in stupid engineering. Dare I say, "Contemptuous?"
:
:Frankly, I initially found the failures and poor design in my Aerostar
:shocking. Puzzling when I consider that the company damages their
:long-term reputation by selling expensive-to-maintain products. I
:almost thought of running to the junkyard and trying to buy back my old
:Toyota Corona. If I were to list all the stupid design flaws and cheap
:junky parts on my Aerostar, I'd be writing all day, and many of you
:would be sick of reading it.
:
:Perhaps the Ranger is a tougher vehicle, but yeah, when I look at a
:Ranger, I see the same worthless, wildly-expensive-to-fix plastic
:"bumpers" staring at me. This is a truck?
:
:When the company respects me enough to spend the lousy buck that it
:would have cost them to put drain plugs on the torque converter and
:transmission pan, I may consider buying another Ford. But the burden of
:proof is on their shoulders, not mine. They have to prove to me that
:they have designed their vehicle so that components can be replaced
:without enormous difficulty and expense caused by obstructed access.=20
:
:How many $2,000 repair bills have had to be absorbed by their customers
:becuase of this stinginess? But I'm not counting on it from a company
:that, I'm afraid, may still maintain too much of the mindset that
:brought us the exploding Pintos.
:
:Richard
:
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 23:54:43 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer

Its absouletly 100% positivly marked for the national speed
limit......no lockup no this no that just for speed limit....Not every car
locks up at the same speed now do they.......so obviously that can't be the
reason........ding
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Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 21:03:30 -0700
From: "Michael D. Sheridan"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RECALL ON CRUISE CONTROL!

Hi Alan:

> Well, they recalled just under a million vehicles for this
> problem. (Something like 975,000!)
>
> Think of the logistics of getting manufacturer to make a million
> of them on short notice.
>
> Sheesh! Have a little patience!

They have known about the cruise control problem for about
three months now while the people that drive and ride in
these trucks have their lives hanging out on a limb. How
much patience would you like us to have?

Michael
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Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 00:06:04 -0400
From: Geoffrey Hoffman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - That red mark on the speedometer

The 55 is for the old (and in some places current) speed limit.

as far as the Over drive stuff, when you see both the D with the circle and
the plain D, you can just interpret those as 4th and 3rd gear respectively.
Cars have this (and now recently with an easy pushbutton) so that you have
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