small-list-digest Saturday, January 30 1999 Volume 03 : Number 025

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
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In this issue:

FTE Small - RE: 95 Ranger Door Ajar Lamp/Chime
Re: FTE Small - Re: Cruise Control problems
FTE Small - Re: Aerostar hodgepodge
Re: FTE Small - Re: Aerostar hodgepodge
FTE Small - Cousin of My Aerostar Stinks
FTE Small - Oil Pressure "Gage"
FTE Small - Re: jerry limited slip info
Re: FTE Small - Re: jerry limited slip info
FTE Small - Stereo
Re: FTE Small - New Alldata website
FTE Small - Smoke?!? Doh!!
FTE Small - Re: Aerostar Hodgepodge
FTE Small - Aerostar Hodge-podge
FTE Small - Door Ajar Lamp/Chime
FTE Small - Tag Light
FTE Small - Fog Light Set-up Q



Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 08:13:45 -0500
From: "Patrick Frazer"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: 95 Ranger Door Ajar Lamp/Chime

> 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!

I have the same truck, save for the 4x4. I had the same problem last
summer and was never sure how I really resolved it.

The door open sensor is an integral part of the door latch. If you
remove the plastic trim at the outside of the footwell, you can find
the wire bundle that goes to the door. Disconnect one side to isolate
the problem, then dismantle the door on the faulty side. My problems
went away after I disconnected the switch wires at the latch, cleaned
the terminals and doused the switch/latch with WD-40. I also suspected
a pinched wire might have been the problem, but since I tinkered with so
many other things while I had the door panel off I can't say what was
really at fault.

Wear some thin gloves; working inside the door mostly by feel is a good
way to tear up your knuckles.

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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 08:40:34 -0500
From: "Mike McNany"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Cruise Control problems

Joe (Pol586), Burnett's explanation was as good as any on the limitations of
cruise control. My 88 Aerostar, with automatic 3.0, did the same thing to me
on a trip through WV and KY. The cruise just wouldn't maintain the set speed
(65 at the time) on those "hills", even with the inherent slippage of the
torque converter which should have helped. I'm only surprised that this is
the first time you've noticed this. I've seen this occur with my 92
Explorer manual, too, only it was more sensitive and would shut off the
cruise after losing 5mph. I'd hazard a guess that you were 5th gear and not
high in the torque band of the engine. So basically a non-problem.

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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 08:38:28 -0600
From: Wayne Haley
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Aerostar hodgepodge

In response to my post Bill Ciocco wrote, "Why would someone have a problem
changing BII oil. (sic) I do my own every 3K miles and it takes 15 minutes."

Well Bill, you are much more mechanically adept than I! I have changed the
oil on virtually every car I have owned, to date, a '68 Buick GS400, '73
Buick LeSabre, 1981 Datsun pickup, 1982 Chevy Impala, 1984 Bronco II, 1986
Volkswagen Golf, 1988 Subaru station wagon, 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS, 1992
Infiniti G20, 1996 Chevrolet Camaro SS, 1998 Acura Integra GS-R. The BII
was not not only the worst oil change, it was far and away the worst. Talk
about sadistic, the placement of that filter was worthy of the Gestapo! If
you like to change your oil while the engine is warm, it is almost
impossible not to burn yourself. Well, almost impossible for me not to burn
myself! The Subaru was the best to change oil in, 5 minutes max. Didn't
even have to get under the car. You could even see where they had bent AC
lines to allow you to lower the oil vessel below the head to make it easy to
pour in.

Anyway, my hat is off to Bill for being a 15 minute BII changer. In fact,
Bill, if you aren't doing anything this weekend. . .
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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 07:18:48 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Aerostar hodgepodge


I did not mean to imply that you were any less adept than me. There
must have been some changes between the '87 BII and the '88. It may
also be that because mine is a 2WD it is easier.


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Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 23:56:56 -0800
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Cousin of My Aerostar Stinks

"Mike McNany" wrote, about:
Son Of My Aerostar Stinks!-----------------------------------------

I like to think I'm in good shape but I have pulled muscles and my back
trying to apply torque on vehicle parts at the extreme reach of my arms.
lot of times you just have to jam your arm down in places it shouldn't
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
on the vehicles, are also making it equally hard on the professional
mechanics to do their job. This includes factory mechanics with all
specialized tools.

Me --------------------------------------------------------------

Mike, are you a professional mechanic?
Having to do mechanical repairs like this sounds like the times of
Charles Dickens. How does a mechanic pull through these days without
suffering bodily injury? I mean, putting your back out can be major
medical stuff. The bending and stooping that I had to do just to change
that air filter: I mean, how can a person withstand this on a daily

I wonder if this has become commonplace in the design of consumer
products in general. When I worked on stereo equipment and told my
customers (even showed them) that the Sony cassette deck that they
thought was so good was just so much junk, they would find it hard to
believe. It was really hard for them to get that when I'd say that Sony
stuff was so hard to work on, I didn't mean that it was technically
sophisticated requiring advanced electronic knowledge, but that all the
parts were shoehorned in and obstructed, sometimes requiring mid-air
repairs while assemblies dangled from connected wires. After awhile you
get so disgusted.

I rag on Sony because somehow they've gotten this reputation for
quality. But it really extends to almost all Oriental consumer
electronics products now: truly throwaway merchandise. Screws set into
plastic, flimsy overstressed parts, wildly overpriced replacement parts,
exhorbitantly-priced service manuals that must be purchased individually
for each product. Electronics technicians are complaining lately that
all current VCRs have flimsy garbage transport mechanisms: just barely
adequate to do the job. My point is that this is almost exactly how my
Aerostar was engineered. It is hard to imagine that the product
managers have anything other than contempt for their customers: us! The
guys who pay their salaries! Or perhaps they are under pressure from
the executives for insane profits.


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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 00:07:01 -0800
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Oil Pressure "Gage"

AFizzer wrote ---------------------------

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???

My reply ----------------------------------------------------

Well, the Ford engineers had to take some time out from working up a
phony deceptive gauge design (that costs the same as a real useful gauge
system) to spend a few minutes on bad speling.

I'm afraid that we're becoming accepting of mangled English: look how
people misuse apostrophes for plurals, when they should be reserved only
for possessive. What I mean, is, Wrong: "Many Ford's have deceptive oil
pressure gauges." Right: "Many Fords have deceptive..." Right: The
typical Ford's oil pressure gauge is a deceptive phony." Hope I've
cleared it up. (Glad you asked.)


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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 11:33:16 -0800
From: JDriver
Subject: FTE Small - Re: jerry limited slip info

Ding060297 wrote:

> i don't believe i have limited slip ...Go
> figure......chris


That sounds right if the wheels do not spin the same way it is definitely an open diff.
I just put gears and an Auburn limited slip (rear) and Loc Rite (front) in my '92
the Loc Rite install, is very strait forward and seams to work Rite (couldn't resist)
well, the Auburn is a complete unit so had to remove the Ford Limited slip it also works
well and is very quite.
Now if I could just get use to the 4.56 gear sets may be i won't have to give the state
of California any more revenue. The speedo is about 10 miles off.
Anyway let me know what you decide to do with yours .
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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 15:52:29 EST
From: Ding060297 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: jerry limited slip info

I wouldn't mind installin some kind of locker but i don't want to change any
gear ratios i have all wheel drive to so what ever i have is always in
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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 16:05:27 -0500
From: "Eric Davis"
Subject: FTE Small - Stereo

I sent this once, but I'm going to try again.

Anyone out there that needs a head unit. I'm selling mine that came out of
my 98 Ranger. It has a tape deck and radio. (no CD), but it work well for
factory. I will take any offers for it. Thanks

Eric Davis
98 4x4 Ranger,
Edlebrock muffler, K&N.

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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 16:14:46 -0500
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New Alldata website

At 8:59 PM -0800 1/28/99, Tim Bowman wrote:
> 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.

I visited the ALLDATA site too and experienced the same difficulty.

It must have been a *very* limited time or a server misconfiguration.

- -Dave
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1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 119K

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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 99 17:16:45 EST
Subject: FTE Small - Smoke?!? Doh!!

Tidbit for y'all in the pine trees...
My '83 Ranger was at the mechanic's for a while. When he cranked
it up it started filling with white smoke!
Turned out the heater box was -full- of old, dried out pine needles
and the fan motor ignited 'em.
Luckily he got it put out before it got into the dash! :-) But says
it melted the heater box.
I havn't looked for the damage yet, but if it's the plastic box
under the dash it should be very easy to replace (on my '83 anyway). ;-)
Ed in NC
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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 17:38:09 PST
From: "Joe Mitchell"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Aerostar Hodgepodge

>From: Wayne Haley
>Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar Hodge-podge

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

Huh? My engine is smaller (2.3), but I dont think that would make a
$20.00 difference....Mine was only $35.00...I'd check around if I was
you :)

>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.
>sound is reminiscent of pushing in and releasing the sides of an empty
>drum. I thought of the gas tank, but I pick up the sound regardless of
>fuel level. Any thoughts on this and is it a problem?

I have **NO** idea what it is, but if it is any comfort, my Ranger does
it, too. I have yet to find any cause, as well as what the sound
actually is. To me, it sounds like the warning that worn-down break pads
give when they need to be changed, not the high-pitched squeak, but
low-pitch moan (kind of, I suppose)....I know its not my brakes pretty
much because the sound occurs when I'm not using them :) If you find any
cause, clue me in as to what it is! :) Thanx.

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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 17:05:31 -0800
From: Richard
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar Hodge-podge

Wayne Haley wrote ---------------------------------------------------

First off, I appreciate the responses to my previous post about tires
wheels. Think I will stick with the stock wheels for now and go back to

Me -------------------------------------------------------------------

Wayne, I want to stress that Michelin makes at least four different
models in the usual 215-70/14 size. I suggest that you consider
carefully the X-One (or club version, X Radial Plus). I did my homework
within the Michelin line. I can make sense out of the info from the
Michelin phone people. The other companies spin my head with their BS
descriptions of their wares. They may make decent tires, but they sure
can't convince me from their misty, flappy PR. According to their phone
guys, The X-One actually outperforms their rain tire in the wet, rides
almost as softly as the OEM tire, and corners great. So, it would
probably make my Aero handle as good, or almost as good, as the
back-breaking low profile hockey pucks now on my machine.

I got some BS at Montgomery Ward about a Bridgestone that they were
pushing. The shop manager swore that their "Turesna" (believe it!) is a
standard Bridgestone model. But, in checking the spelling, damn if the
standard Bridgestone tire isn't a "Turenza." And there's some marketing
deal between the two companies. Bridgestone tires have a rough-riding

If my like/hate relationship with my Aerostar improves, I will buy the
X-Ones. If it doesn't, I'll put lesser feet on it. Think about the
different warranties and who would honor them, and how. I have to put
this purchase off until my bank account recovers from the exhorbitant
repair charges I paid last year due to Ford's contempt for anyone who
attempts to repair their product.

Wayne ---------------------------------------------------------------

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 :-)!

Me ------------------------------------------------------------------
Time for Sebring! Here comes a killer Aerostar. Wahoo! Beats that
turbocharged Microbus every time. Vroom, Vroom!! Seriously, I'd like
to know more about the running boards, as my 90-yr old mother has a hell
of a time raising her butt into the seat.

Wayne ---------------------------------------------------------------
I have noticed a
flexing sound at low speeds toward the rear of the van when turning.
sound is reminiscent of pushing in and releasing the sides of an empty
drum. I thought of the gas tank, but I pick up the sound regardless of
fuel level. Any thoughts on this and is it a problem?

Me -----------------------------------------------------------------

Not for me, but dig it: I'm homing in on your fuel filler door release
"mechanism." When I reviewed my owner's manual, I just had to try the
"emergency fuel filler release" (or some such). This is a little handle
attached to some string, that, I swear, pulls on the inside of the
quarter panel, bending that exterior body panel so that the door pops
free. Hey, stop throwing stones at me: I didn't make this up. Check
out an Aerostar if you don't believe me. Anyhow, check back there to
see if you can duplicate the noise.

Let's hear how you make out.


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Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 20:52:57 -0800
From: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?Andr=E9?= E. Benguerel"
Subject: FTE Small - Door Ajar Lamp/Chime


I just had the same problem with my truck. It seems to do it when it's
cold or rains. I think it's caused by the lube Ford uses in the latches
and in the electrical connectors. (Ford does not make this process easy,
be patient and take your time) Here's the solution:

Remove the arm rest, window crank, door panel, lock knob and weather
shield. Loosen the three small 12 point screws that attach the door
latch to the frame. Reach in the door and pull the latch down. Using a
long screwdriver through the latch hole, pop the plastic retainer that
holds the door lever rod into the latch assembly. When disconnected,
push the latch assembly down until the lock rod drops out of the hole.
(it will bend a little) Rotate the latch to release the lock cylinder
rod. Remove the latch assembly out of the frame and release the door
lever cable. Disconnect the two electrical plugs.

With the latch assembly out of the truck, you can see the two pin
switches. The switch that is towards the bottom is the door ajar sensor.
Use a small screwdriver to pry up the tab marked "latch" and rotate the
switch to remove. Set the switch carefully in a bench vise. Using a
small punch and brake or electrical cleaner, depress the ball plunger
while shooting it with the cleaner. Repeat until the plunger frees up.
Blow out the switch with air and hit it with a light lube like WD-40 or
a electrical switch lube. I'm not sure what the other switch if for but
you should clean it while you have it out.

Good luck,

Andre E. Benguerel

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

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Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 00:05:14 EST
From: Blest25913 AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - Tag Light

In a message dated 1/19/99 5:42:03 AM, owner-small-list-digest

Subject: FTE Small - License Plate Lights

On the subject of lights, does anyone know where I could find a
replacement bulb for one of the two license plate lights. My Service
Manual has a number for it, but I'm not too sure where to look to get
it. Since I am boycotting my local Ford dealer, I was just gonna check
and see if any other stores might carry it. Thanx in advance.

I just replaced one on my Ranger. I took the old one out (very simple), took
it into the Jewel/Osco (local food/drug chain), and they had the lamp in the
automotive aisle in Osco!

Ron Trampe

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Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 19:17:14 PST
From: "Joe Mitchell"
Subject: FTE Small - Fog Light Set-up Q

I am looking into buying a set of fog lights for my 91 Ranger and was
wondering how I connect the lights in with my parking lights (so they....

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