small-list-digest Tuesday, January 26 1999 Volume 03 : Number 021



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In this issue:

: Re: FTE Small - Son Of My Aerostar Stinks!
Re: FTE Small - Your stereo and my ears
FTE Small - First snow... rusty tailpipe
FTE Small - The Stinky Aerostar
Re: FTE Small - looking for info on explorers
FTE Small - looking for info on explorers
Re: FTE Small - looking for info on explorers

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Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 10:31:34 -0500
From: "Mike McNany"
Subject: : Re: FTE Small - Son Of My Aerostar Stinks!

Richard, Sorry you had such bad luck with your Aerostar. I bought my 88 in
89 used with 16,000 miles and traded it with 67,000 miles on it so I avoided
the high maintenance time. Half the reason I bought it was to tow and that
3.0L towed my 3,500 lb. great even though I did not have the tow pkg or
gearing. I did add a class 3 receiver and Air Lifts to help.
I purposely stayed away from earlier models because I read some bad things
about their auto trans and experienced what felt like slippage in the older
models I test drove. Yes, it wasn't a pleasant design for maintenance but
neither was any of the mini or full size vans at the time. It did have a
large access cover inside the vehicle for the engine/trans. As you will
note, the entire Ford (small) truck line used those goofy plastic box setups
for their air filters and the Aerostar is the tightest fit. My 92 Explorer
air filter box is also crammed in and is a pain to change. That's one of the
reasons I change it once a year instead of twice like I used, too. Like you
said, it is a pleasure to drive. Not quite as good as the Dodge caravan (of
the time) but you couldn't tow squat with the dodge. Get one of those
fresnel lens things for the back window that bends light so you can see
behind you. What a difference that makes backing up. I'm 6'2'' and that was
the first vehicle I could stretch my legs out in and drive for extended
period without a cramp.

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Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 10:52:52 EST
From: FrdRngrLvr AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Your stereo and my ears

I am on top opf a loud music enthusist a Fireman/Emt..and that is a good point
about the driving habis..but at least around here sireins (even the on on my
personal pickup) are loud eneough to get the attention of people..that is due
to local laws about the dcibled that our siriens can be at, but that lawis
becoming more and more widespread

Jim
96 ranger
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Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 14:08:07 -0500
From: "Daniel O'Shea"
Subject: FTE Small - First snow... rusty tailpipe

We just had our first big snow up here in the Boston area a couple of
weeks ago. I just noticed that the tailpipe on my new '98 Ranger is
getting pretty rusty. I'm lamenting the fact that the underside of my
new baby is now gritty and corroding. I'm sure it'll bother me more
next time I have to work under there!


I was wondering if many of you in snowy areas wash the salt off of
your trucks after storms in an effort to keep the rust at bay.

Dan
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Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 15:31:24 -0600
From: Wayne Haley
Subject: FTE Small - The Stinky Aerostar

Richard, I feel your pain! One of the screws that fastens the air filter
housing on my AS stripped out about 2 years ago - the guys at Middlekauf
Ford here in Plano wanted to charge my wife something like $200 to install a
new filter housing. As you can imagine, the old filter housing with only
one screw operable is still in place, and seems to work just fine. Maybe we
should develop a "ram air" kit for the Aerostar to fit on that short little
hood! I guess the only advice I would give you is to find a good cheap
shadetree to save your knuckles and lower your blood pressure, drive the
snot out of the Aerostar until the wheels fall off (or you have had all you
can stand), then go buy yourself a Ranger with a topper on the back, since I
have noticed that all the truck guys seem to love theirs. In the mean time,
think how much more hauling capacity you have than the poor saps driving
around those Lamborghinis!
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Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 21:19:27 -0500
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - looking for info on explorers

At 10:51 PM -0500 1/24/99, Ding060297 AOL.COM wrote:
>I've been looking for a email address all nite looking to inquire some
>information on the 1996 explorer awd drive set up that i have...My question is
>if i have all wheel drive why don't all wheels drive....Its not even three
>wheel drive i got stuck on a hill and only the two right side tires spun the
>left side just sat there...I have the 373 rear axle with limited slip and it
>still doesn't make both rear wheels move...If i knew this i wouldn't of bought
>the truck...I intentionally bought the truck thinking the truck would have
>power sent to the wheels with the most traction... Or at least sent to the
>axles with the most traction that would lock and make both wheels on that
>axle spin evenly....I have the v8 and i'm confused it has the tow package and
>all that other good stuff, is there any other options available that i'm not
>aware of like some kind of lockers......any info is appreciated........ding

I think it might be best for you to talk to your local Ford dealer about
your problem and see if they can give you any technical info regarding this
particular item - the vehicle is new enough. It's possible that there is a
problem with the vehicle - but then again, maybe not. If one of the front
and one of the rear wheels were spinning, then it appears to me that you
have all-wheel drive. It just may be that your particular situation
exceeded the capabilities of the vehicle.

Not knowing whether you bought the Explorer from a Ford dealer, used car
lot, auction, private owner, etc., I'm not sure about the specific
legalities for your area, but if the seller misrepresented the vehicle
(intentionally or unintentionally) you may have the court rescind the sales
contract and you get your money back and they get the vehicle back.

If you bought the vehicle and that item was never brought up, then things
get murky here. You might have luck with a lemon law, but then again, maybe
not.

My suggestion is that you may want to contact the seller first to see if
you can come to an amicable arrangement, and if that fails and if you feel
you were mislead, then you may wish to consult a lawyer - consultations are
generally free. If the seller never knew about your specific requirements,
it will become increasing difficult to solve your problem.

I hope this has helped. Good luck.

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Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 21:45:49 EST
From: KLESNANSKY AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - looking for info on explorers

In a message dated 1/25/99 3:42:09 AM Mountain Standard Time, owner-small-
list-digest ford-trucks.com writes:


I've been looking for a email address all nite looking to inquire some
information on the 1996 explorer awd drive set up that i have...My question
is
if i have all wheel drive why don't all wheels drive....Its not even three
wheel drive i got stuck on a hill and only the two right side tires spun the
left side just sat there...I have the 373 rear axle with limited slip and it
still doesn't make both rear wheels move...If i knew this i wouldn't of
bought
the truck...I intentionally bought the truck thinking the truck would have
power sent to the wheels with the most traction... Or at least sent to the
axles with the most traction that would lock and make both wheels on that
axle spin evenly....I have the v8 and i'm confused it has the tow package and
all that other good stuff, is there any other options available that i'm not
aware of like some kind of lockers......any info is appreciated........ding
>>

we;; ding it appears you have discovered what is wrong with limited slips off
road. when 1 tire slips or is off the ground the other will not turn as all
of the power is going to the one slipping, what you are looking for is a
locker that way even if a tire is in the air the other will turn
Ken
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Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 00:20:41 EST
From: Ding060297 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - looking for info on explorers

But doesn't limited slip differential mean that both wheels are supplied power
and if one slips the other one still recieves some power.....I know if i brake
hold my mustang with limited slip i leave two patches of rubber unlike my 84
z28 with no ls which would only leave one patch of rubber usually the right
tire....ding
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