small-list-digest Friday, January 29 1999 Volume 03 : Number 024



=======================================================================
Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
Visit our web site: http://www.ford-trucks.com/
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
To unsubscribe, send email to:
majordomo ford-trucks.com
with the words "unsubscribe small-list-digest" in the body of the
message.
=======================================================================
In this issue:

FTE Small - Aerostar Hodge-podge
Re: FTE Small - Aerostar Hodge-podge
FTE Small - Power windows & locks
FTE Small - 95 Ranger Door Ajar Lamp/Chime
Re: FTE Small - Power windows & locks
FTE Small - Re: ding limited slip
Re: FTE Small - New Alldata website
Re: FTE Small - New Alldata website - Fresh Out Of Registration Numbers
FTE Small - TSB on 96 ranger brakes (Tim?)
Re: FTE Small - Son Of My Aerostar Stinks!
FTE Small - Re: Cruise Control problems...
RE: FTE Small - Re: Cruise Control problems...
RE: FTE Small - Replace 2.9, or upgrade to a 4.0
Re: FTE Small - New Alldata website

=======================================================================

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 09:39:36 -0600
From: Wayne Haley
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar Hodge-podge

First off, I appreciate the responses to my previous post about tires and
wheels. Think I will stick with the stock wheels for now and go back to
Michelins. By the way Richard, there really is an Aerostar Sport! Air dam,
running boards, two tone paint. I will stick a picture of it on the FTE
site sometime. Probably worth a good chuckle :-)!

While the van was my wife's beater, she faithfully changed the oil every
3000 miles, usually at Wal-Mart while spending my paycheck. It is time for
another oil change and I was thinking of doing it myself. Any special tips
or things I need to be aware of? I swore after changing the oil on my old
Bronco II that I would never personally change the oil in a Ford again!

I learned that there is a K&N Filter for the 3.0L v6, p/n 33-2024 if anyone
is interested. Suggested retail is $52.43. Ouch! Are these things worth
it? I do appreciate that they are environmentally friendly.

On the performance parts website (www.performanceparts.com) they advertise a
"performance replacement shock" for the Aerostar, the Edelbrock IAS Shocks.
Great racing heritage. Sounds like they would help with the handling, but
they are $80 APIECE! Double ouch! Has anyone tried these and found them to
be as wonderful as the price would indicate? By the way, it is worth
checking them out on the web, just to see the cool little java applet.

One final thing for now, as this post is getting lengthy - I have noticed a
flexing sound at low speeds toward the rear of the van when turning. The
sound is reminiscent of pushing in and releasing the sides of an empty steel
drum. I thought of the gas tank, but I pick up the sound regardless of the
fuel level. Any thoughts on this and is it a problem?

Thanks! Any thoughts or comments are welcome, even (especially?) Tim
Turner's!
== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 08:32:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Aerostar Hodge-podge

..I swore after changing the oil on my old Bronco II that I would
never ..personally change the oil in a Ford again!

Why would someone have a problem with changing BII oil. I do my own
every 3K and it takes about 15 minutes. I don't even have to jack it
up. It is one of the easiest oil changes I have had to do. My wife's
Chevy Barreta is alot worse.

I have often considered having someone else change the oil, but I feel
bad spending the money when I know I can do both vehicles for less
than having someone do one.




_________________________________________________________
DO YOU YAHOO!?

== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 13:01:15 -0500
From: "Jason Talbot"
Subject: FTE Small - Power windows & locks

I have a 88 Bronco II, with manual windows, and locks. I would like to
convert them to power. I know there are kits that will do it, but how hard
are they to install? What kind of modifications would I have to make? A
stereo installer in my area will do it, but he said the only way is to add
an alarm system with relays for the windows, and locks. Is this true? If
anyone has ever done this, or has any ideas, I could use the help.
Thanks



== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 13:34:45 -0500
From: Chris McIntyre
Subject: FTE Small - 95 Ranger Door Ajar Lamp/Chime

Have '95 Ranger 4.0 V6 5spd manual 4x4 supercab. Door ajar dash
lamp/chime/dome light comes on sometimes even when door is closed. Usually
goes off after 1-2 minutes, but sometimes persists annoyingly. Warm
weather seems to encourage it. Can't find the door open sensor switch!
Any thoughts?
- - Chris McIntyre


== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 13:38:24 -0500
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Power windows & locks

> I have a 88 Bronco II, with manual windows, and locks. I would like to
> convert them to power. I know there are kits that will do it, but how hard
> are they to install? What kind of modifications would I have to make? A
> stereo installer in my area will do it, but he said the only way is to add
> an alarm system with relays for the windows, and locks. Is this true? If
> anyone has ever done this, or has any ideas, I could use the help.
> Thanks

Translate that as "the only way he is willing to do it is by adding
an alarm system". Question whether this is a technical issue or if he
just wants to put extra cash in his pocket. I can tell you that as
far as I know, you should not need those things to get power windows
and door locks.

I'd suggest calling several places and see what the others offer as a
solution for you.

Good luck.

- -Dave
== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 11:09:42 -0800
From: JDriver
Subject: FTE Small - Re: ding limited slip

Subject:
Re: ding limited slip
Date:
Tue, 26 Jan 1999 12:33:23 -0800
From:
JDriver
To:
"small-list ford-trucks.com"
References:
1




Ding

The Ford Limited slip rear end works on a 25 f/lbs ( may be higher
mine has 130000
miles on it) torque differential . That is it only takes 25 f/lbs of
torque to
over come to springs and clutches. To use your Limited slip you
need to use light
throttle and when the wheels start to slip apply a light foot on the
brake to bring
the torque difference back to within 0-25 f/lbs.

But even with Limited slip at best you will only have 3 wheel drive
without some
type of locker in the front diff. All Wheel Drive, like 4 Wheel
Drive, is a
misnomer unless both diffs. have some form of locking device.


jerry


- --
To Reply by email, click here: mailto:offroad cari.net


== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 21:13:51 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New Alldata website

Barry Nestor wrote:
>
> Those of you who have questions about your vehicles and don't spending time
> researching should check out Alldata's new site, http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.alldatapro.com
>

I use Alldata (somedata?) at the shop and it's invaluable to tech's and
service writers. Repair procedures, labor times and TSB's all in one
easy package. Of course it's some $250/month for a shop, but if they're
letting y'all access it free for a while DO IT! :-)

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 21:18:45 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New Alldata website - Fresh Out Of Registration Numbers

Chris Rutledge wrote:
>

> BTW - the site looked great but it doesn't cover any of my older vehicles.
> i.e. 1980 and older

That's as far back as they go.. I guess they figured computer contols
didnt really take hold until '81 and they started there. Does me lots
of good for my electronic variable venturi '79 LTD doesnt it? :-) I
see an Edelbrock in it's future.

TT
== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 19:33:45 -0700
From: BJ Tiemessen
Subject: FTE Small - TSB on 96 ranger brakes (Tim?)

I have a 96 ranger and my brakes grab when it rains or I drive through
slush. I was told that there was a TSB put out about the pads swelling
or something. The other day I was driving on wet roads and I lightly
touched the breaks, as I got closer to the intersection I used just a
little more preasure and the breaks locked up (at 30 mph). I need to
know if it is just the fault of the pads or shoes, or if there is some
faulty hardware some place (ABS?). Thanks for the help.

BJ
96 Ranger XL
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://rangersrule.webjump.com

== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 21:47:03 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Son Of My Aerostar Stinks!

Mike McNany wrote:
>
> Tim, you , thanks for the chuckle!

Glad to! :-) Humour is always a plus.

>> Snip
> maintains a vehicle properly.>
> Thank you.
>

It always shows..

> 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.

Not bad; did you come up with any *NEW* words or combinations thereof?
:-) My favorite is one I was introduced to by the movie 'Clerks';
umm... 'rooster-smoker' to make it clean (The sound clip is available a
few places on the web.)

>> 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.

Yep.. That's our world isnt it.. apply 105 Ft-Lb to a 18" wrench for a
net force of 70 Lb PER bolt for as many as 18 bolts doing a head job..
add in a awkward position and well.. breaks are required!


> 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.

Actually I think in 1906 or there-abouts a mechanic punched an engineer
in the nose and they've been getting us back ever since! (Glad my
father is a CHEMICAL engineer ratber than mechanical..)!! Most people
dont realise what (good) tech's spend on tools; EVERY week $100 comes
out of my check.. For that I could drive a V-12 Jaguar (Woo-Hoo!!) but
it goes to making sure I can do what I need to and have all crap
vehicles..



Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 22:35:26 EST
From: Pol586 AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Cruise Control problems...

Question: I have an '89 Ford Bronco II, 5-speed, 4x4. On a recent road trip
to Utah, I experienced some problems with my cruise control. It just kept
turning off, especially when going up a steep hill or incline. Also, the high
head winds I encountered on the trip didn't help much--I just couldn't get the
acceleration when pressing "Set Accel". Is this typical or do I need to have
my C.C., my tranny, or other systems serviced?

Viel Dank!
Joe
== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 23:23:09 -0500
From: Burnett
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Re: Cruise Control problems...

Most cruise controls will turn off if the vehicle slows down enough -
usually 8-10 MPH. The cruise will try to maintain speed, but drastic
changes in throttle position are not allowed (by the designer) so a steep
hill will often kick the cruise off. The limitations in throttle
positioning can also translate into little acceleration when using the
button. As long as your cruise is holding the set speed on level roads, it
is probably working OK.

Burnett

Pol586 wrote:
> Question: I have an '89 Ford Bronco II, 5-speed, 4x4. On a recent road
trip
> to Utah, I experienced some problems with my cruise control. It just
kept
> turning off, especially when going up a steep hill or incline. Also, the
high
> head winds I encountered on the trip didn't help much--I just couldn't
get the
> acceleration when pressing "Set Accel". Is this typical or do I need to
have
> my C.C., my tranny, or other systems serviced?
>
> Viel Dank!
> Joe
> == FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html
== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 23:42:44 -0500
From: Burnett
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Replace 2.9, or upgrade to a 4.0

Jason Talbot wrote:

> 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

There are two major questions you have to address:

1. How long can you do without the truck? I've heard the 4.0L conversion
isn't terribly difficult, but it will take longer than re-installing a
2.9L.

2. Does the warranty available on a remanufactured motor matter to you?
Warranties are typically 2-3 years - I've heard of some up to 7!!

I have not done this conversion myself, but looked at it when my 2.9L died.
If you go with a 4.0L you will probably want one from a wrecked vehicle. A
reman. doesn't come with upper or lower intakes, oil pan, valve covers,
accessory mounting brackets or a bunch of other stuff. You'll have to come
up with all of this plus the engine-to-EEC computer wiring harness and the
computer itself. The engine will fit without modifications. It will bolt to
the bellhousing for your tranny, but it is usually recommended that you get
the 5-speed from a '93-'94 Explorer for better power handling.

If all of this doesn't phase you, then you may want to go the 4.0L route.
The only two serious mods I've heard were necessary were splicing a few
(12-15) wires from the new harness into the old, and possibly needing to
shorten the drive-train about 2" (I heard this from one source but couldn't
confirm it elsewhere.)

If you are still considering this conversion, e-mail me and I will try to
point you to a magazine article on how to do it.

Hope this helps.

Burnett 89 BII
== FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html

------------------------------

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 20:59:38 -0800
From: Tim Bowman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New Alldata website

Tim:

I just went to the ALLDATA site and I can drill down to the item I
want (cost of replacing a door latch assembly on an 87 Tempo) but the
site prompts me to register and pay a fee. So it must be off the
freebie.

....


To access the rest of this feature you must be a logged in Registered User Of Ford Truck Enthusiasts

Registration is free, easy and gives you access to more features.
If you are not registered, click here to register.
If you are already registered, you can login here.

If you are already logged in and are seeing this message, your web browser is blocking session cookies. Change your browser cookie settings to allow session cookies.




Advertising - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy - Jobs

This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. Ford is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.