small-list-digest Friday, May 28 1999 Volume 03 : Number 130



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Re: 1998 Explorer Headlights (was Front Turn Lamps)
FTE Small - Stud pullers!
FTE Small - Doh!
FTE Small - RE:Exhaust Question
FTE Small - Re:Trans Problem
Re: FTE Small - RE:Exhaust Question
FTE Small - Re: Need help with front springs
FTE Small - Re: Auto hubs for sale
Re: FTE Small - Pinging on a 3.0L

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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 07:49:46 -0700
From: John Edward Miller
Subject: FTE Small - Re: 1998 Explorer Headlights (was Front Turn Lamps)

Bringing up another question - does anyone know of a source for the
Euro-market late-model Explorer headlights? I've been given a contact at a
Ford dealer in Frankfurt, but was wondering if anyone had done this swap
and had a US-based source.

John.

> Isn't it still under warranty? At least if you take the Explorer in to
> the dealer, the parts should be free...
>
>> Does anyone know how to easily access and change the front turn signal
>> lamps on a 1998 Explorer? The dealer has been no help and suggests I
>> bring the vehicle in for service.




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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 10:21:46 -0700
From: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?Andr=E9?= E. Benguerel"
Subject: FTE Small - Stud pullers!

PRODRVR11 aol.com,

I have had a lot of experience pulling broken studs off old european
cars. The two best tools for the job are made by Facom (Italian) and
Mahle (German). Both of theses stud pullers come in several sizes and
need to be matched to the size of stud your trying to remove. I would
try soaking the area with WD-40 or similar overnight, then heat the
surrounding area with a torch and then try backing it out. Facom tools
can be bought from Griot's Garage, they advertise in the back of Road &
Track. Rocky Mountain Motorworks sells Mahle tools I think.

Good luck!

Andre E. Benguerel

1995 Ford Ranger 4 X4 SC
4.0L V6, OD Auto, Xlt

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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 12:42:40 -0700
From: "Ryan Miller"
Subject: FTE Small - Doh!

This is kind of embarrassing to admit that I did this but I
figure that if I
can save someone else some aggravation, I should.

Last Friday, I went to drive my '87 Bronco II to town and
found that the
battery was deader than a doornail (stupid Wal-Mart
battery). I swapped out
the battery from a different car and went on my way. Coming
home, I went up
a steep hill that is at one end of the road I live on.
Halfway up the hill,
the Bronco just suddenly quit. I pulled over and tried to
start it. It would
turn over but not "catch". I walked home and got my wife. We
went into town
and talked to a mechanic, who said it sounded like a fuel
pump problem. I
couldn't find anything obvious so we ended up having it
towed home (65 bucks
for 1 mile!). I started thinking about it and it really
seemed like an
electrical problem, since it seemed so sudden. A mechanical
system (the pump
motor) would have sputtered or something, it seemed. I went
out and started
tracing the fuel pump relay wires and soon found something
interesting.
There was a wire connected to the negative battery cable
that had a
connector on it. When I connected the negative battery
cable, the wire sort
of stuck out which allowed the connector to swing around.
When I went up the
hill, it swung back and the blades on the alternator cut
through the copper
in the wire, but left some of the insulation, so the wire
still looked
whole. Aaargh! I spliced the wire, wire-tied it to the
battery cable and
started the Bronco right up. Oh well, at least it wasn't
something serious.

Something to check, as a cheap wire tie might save someone
being stranded (I
was picturing this happening at the lake we go to which is
20 miles up an
old logging road. Long walk. Shudder!!)

Ryan


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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 15:47:44 PDT
From: "Joe Mitchell"
Subject: FTE Small - RE:Exhaust Question

>Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 00:29:23 -0400
>From: Tim Turner
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - FTE Small: Exhaust question

>Nope. The stink is caused from poor buring of the gasses. Usaually too
>much fuel going in. What modifications (if any) has he done besides the
>duals?

Well, he has headers (I'm not sure what kind, etc.), but besides headers and
dual exhaust, he hasn't made any modifications to the engine. Any ideas?
Thanx in advance...
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Joe
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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 17:03:59 PDT
From: "H. Lee Purvis"
Subject: FTE Small - Re:Trans Problem

Steve,

Have you checked the transmission kickdown cable to insure its working
properly? If it is, then I believe there is a solenoid in the tranny that
controls the shifts. Unfortunately, I'm not sure of its exact location and
my chilton's doesn't go into a lot of detail.

Lee


Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 20:45:49 -0400
From: Steve P
Subject: FTE Small - Trans problem

I have been hunting around for the cuase of my trans problem for about 2
months now and still no luck....

I need ideas on why my Bronco II with OD Automatic is not downshifting
when either I fully depress the throttle or when climbing steep grades.
The Trans WILL downshift under very light throttle from 2-1. But not
the 3-2 or 4-3 downshifts. Any and all help would be greatly
appreciated!!!!Thanks!

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Steven Parker
dragon64 ntcnet.com
ICQ UIN#1801529
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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 20:54:56 -0400
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE:Exhaust Question

Joe Mitchell wrote:
>
> >Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 00:29:23 -0400
> >From: Tim Turner
> >Subject: Re: FTE Small - FTE Small: Exhaust question
>
> >Nope. The stink is caused from poor buring of the gasses. Usaually too
> >much fuel going in. What modifications (if any) has he done besides the
> >duals?
>
> Well, he has headers (I'm not sure what kind, etc.), but besides headers and
> dual exhaust, he hasn't made any modifications to the engine. Any ideas?
> Thanx in advance...
> --

By chance the exhaust work didn't do away with the O2 sensor(s) did it?
It would certainly run rich enough to stink without 'em.

Tim
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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 18:46:35 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Need help with front springs

Daner Wrote:
>I drag race my '89 Ranger Ext-a-cab, I have a 5.0L EFI motor with t-5 >and
8.8" with 4.10's.
>
>I need to transfer weight, and am going for a heavier front spring.
>
>Any suggestions?


Call National Spring in El Cajon, Calif. (800-399-3852) Give 'um all your
specs and they'll make you a set to match. I just had some custom springs
made for my 4x4.

Later.... Pete


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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 18:26:21 -0700
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Auto hubs for sale

"Bryan Snyder" wrote:
>I have been told that D28 hubs should also fit D35 and vise versa.
>
>thanks
>


Actually the axles on the Dana 35 are quite a bit bigger than the Dana 28's
(one of the reasons I just made the swap). However, the rotors and the
calipers used on each are the same.

BTW: I also have two automatic hubs from a Dana 28 for sale. Along with
various other D28 front end parts including a farely new long side axle that
would make a good trail spare. Email me personally if interested.

Later..... Pete


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Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 21:17:05 -0700
From: "Ken St.John"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Pinging on a 3.0L

I had this problem with my '91 Explorer since day one, here in Utah. When I
finally added holes in the air filter box, my engine didn't ping anymore.
Prior to, I had installed a K&N air filter and the pinging seemed better so
that's why I decided to add more air to the system.
Ken
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From: Tim Turner
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Pinging on a 3.0L
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 21:47:06 -0400

Ping/Spark knock/detonation is caused by the fuel charge being ignited
before the spark plug fires then when the plug does fire all of a sudden
there are two flame fronts (explosions!) heading towards each other with
predictable results.

Joesph Merchak wrote:
>
> I bought a 99 Ranger XLT 4x4 supercab with a 4 speed auto. Since the warm
weather, the engine pings, even when its not under any load. I have taken
back to the dealer and was told nothing is wrong, but they wont explain to
me why I am forced to use plus or better fuel. Has anyone seen this
problem?

Keep going back to the dealer until it's resolved. The same additives
that raise octane in today's gasoline are the prime cause of carbon
deposits that increase the octane need. (catch-22!) There is *NO*
reason to use a fuel of higher octane than Ford specifies for your
engine when it's working as designed and there are TSBs that state that
this will cause more harm than the (intended) good. A couple quick
pings under load aren't anything to worry about but I gather it's more
severe than that! Keep us posted and feel free to e-mail me off list.

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
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