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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Drums
FTE Small - ADMIN: FOLLOW-UP
FTE Small - (88 BII) battery, starter, ticking & 4x4
Re: FTE Small - (88 BII) battery, starter, ticking & 4x4
Re: FTE Small - (88 BII) battery, starter, ticking & 4x4

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Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 15:28:48 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '91 Explorer Drums

>Hey everyone, I've got a few questions covering the drum brakes on a '91
>Explorer. My brake warning light has started to come on and I know it's
due
>to my drums(I haven't changed anything on them since I've had the car,
about
>40-45,000 miles). I want to change out everything, if it's possible, on my
>drums and need a little help doing so. Where should I start and what do I
>need to replace?? I've got a Haynes manual so I'm not completely in the
>dark, but I do need some advise on these things. Thanks to all.
>
>Mike
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First, you need to get in there and see what's going on. I seriously
doubt that you need to replace everything. The most likely scenario is that
you need shoes and the drums need to be turned. However, in the event that
everything needs to be replaced, it is a relatively easy "do-it-yourself"
job that can be done in an afternoon. My previous truck had a leaking wheel
cylinder on the left side and the right side started to lockup for no
apparent reason (later found to be a bent e-brake lever), so I decided to
replace all the hardware. New shoes were around $20-30, wheel cylinders
were about $20 a side, and a brake hardware kit (springs, e-brake lever,
etc.) was also around $20 a side, if I remember correctly. The drums were
turned for free, since I bought all the other parts from that same store.
For any brake work, do one side at a time so that you can look at the
other side when you can't remember where that part goes. Use brake cleaner
to clean up anything you don't replace (don't spray the shoes). Don't use
compressed air, even though they no longer use asbestos, you still don't
want to breath the brake dust. If you replace the wheel cylinders, you have
to bleed the brakes, although it is probably a good idea to do regardless.

Good Luck,
Tony
94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed


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Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 15:49:54 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: FOLLOW-UP

This is a follow up of the announcements I made earlier.

I just want to make it clear that as always, FTE is free
and shall continue to operate as a free service. Membership
in the club (AFTE) is not required to be a member of FTE.

Additionally, the club is completely independent of FTE.
FTE merely licenses its trademark names to AFTE and also
provides Internet services for AFTE. I do not sit on the
board of AFTE for obvious conflict of interest reasons.
I'm sure Don Neighbors, the president of AFTE will make
some sort of announcement on behalf of the club later on.

Ken

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Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 17:31:24 -0400
From: "Stephen Bozzone"
Subject: FTE Small - (88 BII) battery, starter, ticking & 4x4

I had experienced problems starting when i first got my truck (88 ford
bronco2 4x4 2.9L, 96k, EB ) about 2 weeks ago. I took it out after it was
registered. I had the lights on and the radio on. I didn't realize that
because the car had been sitting for 6 months that it needed to charge up.
I drove around for an hour and stopped by a friend's house. The car sat 10
minutes, and when I went to start her up (after showing the new truck that i
was very proud of) all I got was a little "lul" but nothing after that. I
got a jump and I was on my way home. I drove with lights on but no radio
and let the car idle for 15 minutes after I got home. It started the next
day, but not as great as the first time I had started it.

Ever since then, I have been experiencing problems starting the car. I
haven't gotten stuck again (2 weeks) but there have been times when it
sounds like it might need a jump. Here's the symptoms now: certain days
when I put the radio on, I'll stop at the store, and when i return I'll try
to start her up. It'll slowly turn-over with about 3 seconds between each
turn, and today it took about a minute of turns to finally get the car
started. Other days I have no problems starting it, but it has been taking
a lot longer to start (about 5 seconds), but there isn't a gap between the
turns.

At first I suspected the battery, and then the alternator, and now the
starter. I stopped by a mechanic and he said to drop a new battery in
there, but he didn't look at the alternator (unless you can tell from just
looking at it while standing up) or the starter.

A friend suggested that I put some distilled water in my battery (there's 6
tubes in it). I popped the caps off the tubes, but I'm not sure as to how
much I'm supposed to put in, and to what level?

Also the previous owner told me that the auto 4x4 was not working. my
friend took the truck for a spin and pushed the 4x4 button, and it engaged
fine (the ride was rough but he said that was to be expected). The low mode
didn't seem to work (the light didn't light up). He said maybe one of the U
joints was broken but the transfer case seemed in good shape.

He suggested I take a bolt off the front differential and put "gear fluid"
(i believe) in there until it pours out, then put it back on. Do you
reccomend any brands? Is this the right course of action?

Finally, my engine ticks. Does anyone else experience this in their BII's?
The previous owner said to put some Mystic Oil (I'm not sure of the name,
but it sounded like that) and it would quiet the ticking down. I don't
terribly mind the ticking, but I was wondering if there was an easy fix for
this, or is this normal?

Thanks in advance,

Steve Bozzone
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Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 18:11:48 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - (88 BII) battery, starter, ticking & 4x4

At 05:31 PM 5/31/99 -0400, you wrote:

>
>At first I suspected the battery, and then the alternator, and now the
>starter. I stopped by a mechanic and he said to drop a new battery in
>there, but he didn't look at the alternator (unless you can tell from just
>looking at it while standing up) or the starter.
>

Sounds like there may be a low cell in the battery... they sulfate up if
let go dead.

>A friend suggested that I put some distilled water in my battery (there's 6
>tubes in it). I popped the caps off the tubes, but I'm not sure as to how
>much I'm supposed to put in, and to what level?

Should fill them to the lower end of the tube that extends down from the
cap... usually about 1/2" or so down from the top.

>
>Also the previous owner told me that the auto 4x4 was not working. my
>friend took the truck for a spin and pushed the 4x4 button, and it engaged
>fine (the ride was rough but he said that was to be expected). The low mode
>didn't seem to work (the light didn't light up). He said maybe one of the U
>joints was broken but the transfer case seemed in good shape.

You have to stop, shift into neutral, press the button for low mode and
wait for the light then put it back in gear and go.

>
>He suggested I take a bolt off the front differential and put "gear fluid"
>(i believe) in there until it pours out, then put it back on. Do you
>reccomend any brands? Is this the right course of action?
>

Not unless it's leaking... shouldn't need filled


>Finally, my engine ticks. Does anyone else experience this in their BII's?
>The previous owner said to put some Mystic Oil (I'm not sure of the name,
>but it sounded like that) and it would quiet the ticking down. I don't
>terribly mind the ticking, but I was wondering if there was an easy fix for
>this, or is this normal?

Could be low oil pressure... worn lifter, exhaust leak. Try and change the
oil and filter... use one grade heavier than the owners manual calls for...
if it says 5W30, use 10W30... If it still ticks, it's either a lifter or
exhaust leak.
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Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 22:49:42 -0500
From: "C. K. Hartline"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - (88 BII) battery, starter, ticking & 4x4

Consider giving your starter a good look, I had the same symptoms and found
out after practically destroying a battery trying to start it that the
starter was binding up and not allowing the engine to kick over easily.

Just my quarter,
C.K.

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