small-list-digest Thursday, January 28 1999 Volume 03 : Number 023



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Vibration
Re:Re: FTE Small - Son Of My Aerostar Stinks!
FTE Small - Oil Pressure Gauge? and stuff
Re: FTE Small - Oil Pressure Gauge? and stuff
FTE Small - Re: looking for info on explorers
Re: FTE Small - Re: looking for info on explorers
FTE Small - Bronco II Brake cable
FTE Small - Replace 2.9, or upgrade to a 4.0
FTE Small - More problems with the ranger
Re: FTE Small - Replace 2.9, or upgrade to a 4.0
FTE Small - Premium sound advice
Re: FTE Small - Explorer
FTE Small - Aerostar wheel and tire upgrade

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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 11:35:19 -0000
From: "Neil Brownlee"
Subject: FTE Small - Vibration

My 1998 Explorer vibrates alarmingly when idling, it builds up and can be
felt through the entire vehicle. If you move forward it goes away, but as
soon as you stop again....it's back. Most notable on first pulling away in
the morning, but does happen when engine warm. Help...the dealers here are
baffled!

Neil

1998 European Explorer XLT





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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 08:54:14 -0500
From: "Mike McNany"
Subject: Re:Re: FTE Small - Son Of My Aerostar Stinks!

Tim, you , thanks for the chuckle!

Previous SNIP
one of the two housing screws, and ripped it out of the plastic.>
Snip
of air filter.>

Snip
maintains a vehicle properly.>
Thank you.

Snip
now it'd be an 'Expedition'..>
I did! A 98 EB Expedition 4X4 and new family has now relegated my 92
Explorer (2DR 2WD) to being my daily driver commuter car. No more towing for
the Explorer! I was kinda hard on it anyhow. I figured the 4.0 with a manual
would make up for the loss of the automatic with only a 3.0. WRONG! Double
clutch city on the launch ramp and ANY uphill start. Had to make judious use
of the spin the clutch before releasing the parking brake method to get
started, then double clutch, and still put up with severe lugging and
clatter to get rolling. And that was with premium gas.

SNIP (referencing spark plugs in the Aerostar)
(I know the tricks and tools needed; 4 5 6 use a double swivel socket and a
36" extension, 1 2 through thewheel-well after lifting the body, #3 with a
short socket and a wrench
on the back.) No fun, but better than two hours.>
Changing the plugs in my explorer took me an hour (the first time) and
number 6(rear pass side) required, for me, to go through the wheel well.
Several skinned knuckles were involved along with some loud vocabulary
practice.

Previous SNIP
in an agony of convolution on the part of the mechanic.>
SNIP
back was frightful for a few days. I'm skinny and flexible, but people
are still amazed at my ability to fold/shove my arms as necessary to
reach things if they watch. (High tolerance for pain helps!)>
I like to think I'm in good shape but I have pulled muscles and my back out
trying to apply torque on vehicle parts at the extreme reach of my arms. A
lot of times you just have to jam your arm down in places it shouldn't fit
and feel (?) with the socket to do the job. I strongly think that Automotive
manufacturers, in their attempts to make it to hard for common folk to work
on the vehicles, are also making it equally hard on the professional
mechanics to do their job. This includes factory mechanics with all their
specialized tools.

Mike

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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 06:33:39 -0800 (PST)
From: AFizzer
Subject: FTE Small - Oil Pressure Gauge? and stuff

>I've read (on different lists) that the oil pressure >gauge on the new
>Expedition and F150 is really only a simulated gauge >that operates
>basically
>like an idiot light. The other gauges are fully >functional. Does
anyone
>know
>if the same is true for my 92 Explorer?

That sounds like it's true on my 99 Ranger. After starting, on very
cold days, the needle would jump from the off position to the center
of the gauge, then back off, etc. until the engine warmed up. I
thought it was an intermittent connection; never thought of a
simulated gauge.

Also, why does the "Check Gage" indicator spell gauge that way? It
can't be shorthand as "check" has five letters. Could it be a typo???




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DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 15:14:55 -0000
From: "Neil Brownlee"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Oil Pressure Gauge? and stuff

>Also, why does the "Check Gage" indicator spell gauge that way? It
>can't be shorthand as "check" has five letters. Could it be a typo???
>

Neil laughs, I thought my European Explorer was suffering from
American-itus......so is Gage not right in American either?!!! Odd eh? Never
mind!!! At least it's red and not green!!!!!!!!!!

Neil

1998 Explorer





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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 10:24:20 -0500
From: "Rasmussen, Tim"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: looking for info on explorers

So, is it possible to have a LS in the rear, and not in the front? I was
pulling a stump the other day and noticed that both the rear tires were
spinning (slipping) and the left front was spinning (slipping), but the
right front was standing still.

Thanks,

TimR>
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Timothy Rasmussen
Digital Editor/Broadcast Designer
PraiseTV/The Worship Network
The Christian Network, Inc.
ph. 727-536-0036 x314
e-mail: tim worship.net

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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 10:55:28 -0700
From: Rick Horwitz
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: looking for info on explorers

Yes, this is very common. The LS needs to be special ordered for each axle.

Rick Horwitz
explorer off -road. com
Ford Explorer Offroad Website
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.off -road. com /4x4web/ford/explorer


At 10:24 AM 1/27/99 -0500, Rasmussen, Tim wrote:
>So, is it possible to have a LS in the rear, and not in the front? I was
>pulling a stump the other day and noticed that both the rear tires were
>spinning (slipping) and the left front was spinning (slipping), but the
>right front was standing still.
>
>Thanks,
>
>TimR>
>----------------------------------------------------------------
>Timothy Rasmussen
>Digital Editor/Broadcast Designer
>PraiseTV/The Worship Network
>The Christian Network, Inc.
>ph. 727-536-0036 x314
>e-mail: tim worship.net
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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 14:04:55 -0500
From: "Jason Talbot"
Subject: FTE Small - Bronco II Brake cable

> I have a 88 Bronco II. It's a five speed, with a 2.9 V6. My parking
>brake cable broke at the pedal. I bought the front replacement only. The
>rest of the cables are ok. How do you get the front cable off? It's off
>the pedal, and disconnected at the other end too. There's some rubber
>grommet that's attached to it.
> Also, I just replaced my AC compressor. I bought a new one from ford
>directly. It's really noisy though. I heard most ford truck compressors
>are. Is this true? Or is the new compressor bad. It seems to work fine.
>If anyone can help? Please do.
>Thanks
>
>
>




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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 14:18:32 -0500
From: "Jason Talbot"
Subject: FTE Small - Replace 2.9, or upgrade to a 4.0

I have a 88 Bronco II. The 2.9 that's in it is shot. Would it be better to
replace the 2.9, with a remanufactured one, or get a remanufactured 4.0. I
have a 5 speed manual, and it's a 4X4. I can get a 4.0 for $500 less that
the 2.9. What modifications would I have to make for the 4.0 to fit. Would
I be able to keep my AC, Power Steering, etc. What kind of Headers would I
have to get? Would I have to move the tranny? The Transfer Case? I am kind
of new at this and could anyone's help.
Thanks



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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 19:13:31 -0500
From: "Bill Pruitt"
Subject: FTE Small - More problems with the ranger

Well, here we go again, took a look into the tank again today and found more
sugar that i didnt get before. already working on the rubber seal of the
pump. thats not my major concern. since sunday, ive gone thru a tank and a
half, and only 350 miles, this is way tooo much gas consumption. any clues?
no fuel leaks when the engine is running

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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 99 17:21:05 PST
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Replace 2.9, or upgrade to a 4.0

Hmmm, what state are you in?
I'm pulling out a rebuilt Calif. 2.9L from my '88 Ranger with
4,000 miles on it. (the tranny needs work so I'm putting in a 302
and a T5 tranny). If you're local & can wait until mid-April
(I'm smogging then as a 2.9L before I pull it out) I'll have an
engine, radiator, & sick tranny to get rid of.

- -- Don
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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 99 17:29:56 PST
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: FTE Small - Premium sound advice

If you have premium sound, don't do as I did.
When replacing the lamp in the radio display, I
had pulled out the extra amplifier and laid it
on the dash. The case is hot and it shorted to
the chassis when I turned on the ignition, blowing
the amp.

If you do this as I did, don't forget to unplug the dead
amp or pull the radio fuse. Otherwise the now dead amp
will be pulling about 1 1/2 amps and your battery
will expire eventually, especially if you don't drive
it daily.
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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 22:27:34 EST
From: Bakend AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer

In a message dated 1/26/99 8:50:02 PM Mountain Standard Time,
manic1 bellsouth.net writes:

>
> I agree too as a professional, but the power accessories are just too
> problematic (on ALL vehicles) and a pain in the butt to work on with
> more expense than you'ld expect (It's all riveted in rather than
> bolted), if the deductible is under $200/year get it.

I agree with you on the accessories being a pain and have never owned one with
all the extras because of that. I can only imagine the cost of the locking
system repairs and troubles that it could create. The warranty offered has a
per incident deductible ($10,$25,$50 and $100) depending on the cost of
repairs. Does this sound OK? Seems kind of wierd to me.

> Keep it maintained properly and dont the let the wife overheat it! (No
> slight meant to her personally; just seen too many examples..) Oil and
> cooling services are critical, keep them up and you should get 250,000+
> out of the engine unless you do HD/heavy off-road work.
>
Wife says no slight taken! She understands the importance of the maintenance
and watching the guages. She has even changed brake shoes (with a little help
and guidance) on her previous car. A four year 48K mile warranty would get me
to about 80K miles and then be on my own again about the time the real
problems begin, and have cost $1400. We intend to drive this vehicle 200 K
miles or so, and will be basically a kid hauler and wife to work car. (very
little off-road). Thank you for the insightful information and great help for
us on this decision we are about to make.
Dennis Baken (Still thinking and debating!)
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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 18:57:00 -0800
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar wheel and tire upgrade

Wayne Haley wrote last week------------------

Hello, I am a brand new subscriber with a 1993 Aerostar Sport.

Me:
"Aerostar Sport?" You joke, sir. "Ha Ha!"

Wayne:
It was the family hauler... Okay, it was paid for...

Anyway, I am currently running the stock wheels with Firestone Firehawk
215-70R14s.
It is time for new tires and I am interested in going to a 15 or 16 inch
wheel and a lower profile tire to see if I can get a little improvement
on handling, plus it might look pretty good! The front wheel well seems
pretty tight however, there isn't much clearance between the back of the
tire and the suspension. Has anyone else tried this or have any ideas?
Recommendations on tires or wheels would also be greatfully accepted.

Me:
I have a '92 3.0 (Short length, of course with this motor). I suspect
that the vehicle is the same. I inherited this beast with low-profile
tires, (3) "Super Star Radial GT" and (1) "Dunlop Radial GT" size
P225/60R1494S on stock wheels.

My advice is "Don't do it!" I can't wait to replace these concrete
donuts. They fall into every freeway pothole, transmitting such
violence to the vehicle and me that I run them at 26 pounds or less,
well below factory spec pressure. Handling is quite good; the rear end
seems suitably stiff and I didn't feel the need for a sway bar in the
back. I was able to maintain good control over the vehicle for hours at
75 mph in driving rain with side gusts in the Central Valley. Passing
semis under those conditions was scary, but doable. Frankly, I was
surprised that a truck could handle this nicely. What I can't figure
out is that despite running at low pressure, the tires appear to be
wearing in the middle: signs of overinflation. The back seats are in
place, and I don't haul loads.

I recently was given permission to drive a '94 with the OEM Michelin
XW4s for a few blocks around my neighborhood. This was the long version
with 4.0 and the one-size-up tire that Ford often provides for this
model. 225/70R14. In comparison with mine, the OEM tires soaked up the
bumps with blessed relief. There was a slight performance reduction:
steering was wider; there was more side-slip. However the handling
still felt predictable and reliable enough so that the trade-off for the
wide tires didn't seem worth it in orthopedic doctor bills and
suspension failures. Yet, I got to twirl the steering wheel a bit more
than I like.

One tire I've been considering is the top Michelin X-One touring tire,
or its club equivalent: the "X Radial Plus." This is a
current-technology tire with improvements all around. Don't confuse....


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