small-list-digest Saturday, February 6 1999 Volume 03 : Number 032



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - anti-sieze vs Loc-tite
FTE Small - Tires&Rims
FTE Small - bronco two
FTE Small - Reverse lights problem
RE: FTE Small - Reverse lights problem
Re: FTE Small - Reverse lights problem
RE: FTE Small - Tires&Rims
Re: FTE Small - bronco two
FTE Small - DIY Manuals
FTE Small - ADMIN: Spring nominations
Re: FTE Small - Ed the Aussie
Re: FTE Small - Tires&Rims
Re: FTE Small - DIY Manuals
FTE Small - 96 Ranger TSBs
Re: FTE Small - Tires&Rims
Re: FTE Small - DIY Manuals

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Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 04:52:01 -0800 (PST)
From: Bill Ciocco
Subject: Re: FTE Small - anti-sieze vs Loc-tite

Isn't anti sieze conductive?
If it is, I would steer clear of using it on the boots. As it gets hot
it may form a conductive trail from the tip of the plug to the base.

If not, never mind.





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DO YOU YAHOO!?

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Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 09:45:00 -0500
From: "Jason"
Subject: FTE Small - Tires&Rims

I have a 88 Bronco II. 5 speed manual, 4X4. I have the stock suspension.
I am running LT235-75R15's, on stock 15X7 rims. A friend gave me 4 new
American Racing rims that are 15X8. Wil I have any clearence problems on
the wider rims?? Plesae help.
Thanks


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Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 11:32:59 -0500
From: Timothy_Shields ST.cytec.com
Subject: FTE Small - bronco two




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Subject: bronco two
Author: Timothy Shields at CHEMST04
Date: 2/4/99 3:39 PM


Hi All
My name is Tim Shields,and I used to own an 84 B-2.I now own a 98 f150
4x4 xlt s\c.
Has anyone ever heard of this.....While driving,all of a sudden, all
of the guages on the dash would slowly peg out-
(gas,oil,temp.volts),for about 15 seconds,then they would slowly
return to normal. I never could figure out what happend,Maybe someone
on this list has a clue.I owned it from 1986-1994,bought it with 22k
and sold it with 117k.it was a 2.8L with 5 speed/od original clutch,
4x4.I finally sold it ,but it was one of the best darn trucks I ever
owned. It was mint untill i let my now EX wife drive it.She got
T-boned at a busy intersection did some nice damage to the drivers
door.(but thats another story).
Tim Shields ex b2......now Big Blue 98 f-150 mint :) happily divorced
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Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 23:42:47 -0500
From: luke wells
Subject: FTE Small - Reverse lights problem

I have looked at all the fuses none bad and checked the bulbs but the
reverse lights don
't work any suggestions????

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Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 11:24:00 -0600
From: Doug_Brodie oxy.com
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Reverse lights problem

I have a similar problem with a '93 Explorer LXT 4.0L 4X4 Auto. The fuel gauge
has gradually stopped working. The rest of the gauges seem to work fine.
Any suggestions as to where to start looking for the problem would be greatly
appreciated.

Doug
Midland, TX

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Subject: FTE Small - Reverse lights problem

I have looked at all the fuses none bad and checked the bulbs but the
reverse lights don
't work any suggestions????

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Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 13:07:28 -0600
From: "Greg Hopper"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Reverse lights problem

reverse light switch may have gone bad...
dave


>I have looked at all the fuses none bad and checked the bulbs but the
>reverse lights don
>'t work any suggestions????
>
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Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 14:21:50 -0500
From: J Cope
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Tires&Rims

Not a clue, but let me know. I'm running a very similar setup (P235/70/R15's) and I'm looking for bigger rims/tires...

JC

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From:Jason [SMTP:JTalbot broadwaytrading.com]
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Subject:FTE Small - Tires&Rims

I have a 88 Bronco II. 5 speed manual, 4X4. I have the stock suspension.
I am running LT235-75R15's, on stock 15X7 rims. A friend gave me 4 new
American Racing rims that are 15X8. Wil I have any clearence problems on
the wider rims?? Plesae help.
Thanks


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Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 12:24:10 -0700
From: Bob Fiddes
Subject: Re: FTE Small - bronco two

Tim,

There is a voltage regulator for the instrument panel that is going bad. It is a zener diode. Try changing that and it
should solve your problem.

Timothy_Shields ST.cytec.com wrote:

>
>
> .....While driving,all of a sudden, all
> of the guages on the dash would slowly peg out-
> (gas,oil,temp.volts),for about 15 seconds,then they would slowly
> return to normal.

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Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 11:51:59 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - DIY Manuals

"Mike McNany" wrote ------------------------

I just looked around at www.helminc.com and found they still list
Do-It-Yourself manuals for several model years. I purchased one when I
bought my 88 Aerostat in 89 (the infamous one I had no troubles with)...

The
procedures were relatively basic. I recall good pictures and diagrams
in the books I purchased in 89.


Me -------------------------------------------------------------
Here's a good discussion topic. For my '92 Aerostar, I have a Haynes
'94 copywrite (the current version is updated), and an Alldata CD ROM.
I'm very disappointed in both. It seems like every time I try to look
something up, the information is missing. Example: neither lists or
shows the grease points, nor gives the quantity of fluid for the power
steering.

How are the other DIY books? What do or don't they include? Do you
have any that you like?

I got a shock when I called Helm. They bumped the main Ford book up
from $95 to $165. And, I don't get a sense of the value of their other
publications for the vehicle. Please, someone fill me in.

For me, the $30 Alldata CD is an incredible ripoff. Scanned charts and
diagrams are blurry and sometimes illegible. When you enlarge them, they
are blurrier. You can't export anything to another program, and printing
is limited. On the whole, there aren't many illustrations, and those
procedures that I could find seem aimed squarely at a Ford mechanic with
special tools and instruments. In fact, there doesn't seem to be much
vehicle-specific information at all. There is no index (amazing for a
computer item). There's good general information, the kind you can get
for free at your local library. The disc set contains gigabytes of data
for vehicles you don't own (like Chryslers) and can't access, instead of
the information that you paid for in a legible form.

Now, after I've expressed my disappointment with this deceptive product,
there is one thing that I find of significant value: the disc contains
all the Ford Technical Service Bulletins to the disc's date. For
example, there's a TSB for rotten egg smell, and lots of them for the
Aerostar air conditioning. With these discs, you must call Alldata, who
give you the unlock code for your specific vehicle. They were having a
"special," in which they "threw in" the TSBs for "free." Having the
TSBs may be worth the entire price for the CD. However, as a DIY
resource, I'd say that the Alldata CD ROM is an overpriced loser that
promises much, delivers little, and is outperformed by the inadequate
Haynes manual.

Input?

Richard
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Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 16:59:47 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Spring nominations

Fellow FTEs:

Once again, Car Lounge is taking nominations for their
top ten automotive sites awards. FTE has, thanks to
its members, consistantly won a top 10 award.

Last quarter something shameful happened: FTE won second
place... Chevy's corporate site won first place.

If you like FTE's site and services, please take a
couple of moments to nominate us.

The nomination form can be found at:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://carlounge.com/nominate.htm

Thanks,
Ken Payne
FTE Admin


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Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 18:22:56 -0600
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ed the Aussie

To answer the other post, sorry I accidently erased it, but I have the 3.0l
auto. This auto is the 4-spd. The 5-spd auto is only available w/the 4.0l
in 1998. I wanted the 4.0l, but the dealer said I could only get it w/the
5-spd auto. My dad, who works at the Ford plant here in STL, said to avoid
the 5-spd auto right now because they have had trouble when being put under
a load. One of the main reasons I bought the truck is for towing a pop-up
camper (about 2000 lbs). As far as the sloppiness, it just seems to take it
a long time to catch. This is probably due to the spring wrap.

Eric--I called the dealer, AGAIN, today and they said there is no TSB on
this. They are going to look at it again and see what we can come up with.
I mentioned James Duff traction bars and they said we could probably work
on something like that if we have to. I already beat them in one battle
with a 1996 lemon, I mean probe, so they are extremely cautious to keep me
somewhat happy. I'll keep you posted.

ran

> Date: Thu, 4 Feb 1999 17:44:57 -0500
> From: "Eric Davis"
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ed the Aussie
>
> I have this same problem in my 4x4 4.0l Ranger. I think there is a TSB
out
> for it, but I have not found it.
>
> Eric Davis
> 98 4x4 Ranger,
> Edlebrock muffler, K&N.

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Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 20:40:24 EST
From: DJ250r AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Tires&Rims

yea youll have all kinds of probs . so give them to me ! just kidding they
should work fine but they might rub in the front when u turn tight
dwayne jackson
so.cal.dez
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Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 21:07:12 EST
From: Bakend AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - DIY Manuals

In a message dated 2/5/99 12:54:04 PM Mountain Standard Time,
rgstein pacbell.net writes:

> However, as a DIY
> resource, I'd say that the Alldata CD ROM is an overpriced loser that
> promises much, delivers little, and is outperformed by the inadequate
> Haynes manual.
>
> Input?
>
> Richard
Come on now, don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel!!
I have been considering the alldata CD but after my visit to the site with a
promise of a trial run (none left!) and your input I will look for something
else.
Thanks for the help.
D Baken
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Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 22:38:26 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: FTE Small - 96 Ranger TSBs

Here's a link to a list of all TSBs for the '96 2WD 4.0 Ranger; about
halfway
through you'll notice there's one about brakes grabbing etc. No way to
actually access the TSB on-line (at least through this site), but
knowing the number you might be able to find it elsewhere. At the
bottom of the page you'll find links to change year/model/make/engine to
suit your own vehicle.

I hope to print out the relevant TSB at work tomorrow, I apologise for
not doing it yet but it's been hectic at work lately (Going in late
today didnt help either!) ;-)

TT

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.alldata.tsb.com/pro/TSB/20/96202236.html
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Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 22:54:21 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Tires&Rims

Jason wrote:
>
> I have a 88 Bronco II. 5 speed manual, 4X4. I have the stock suspension.
> I am running LT235-75R15's, on stock 15X7 rims. A friend gave me 4 new
> American Racing rims that are 15X8. Wil I have any clearence problems on
> the wider rims?? Plesae help.


That depends on the offset the new rims have; if it's close to stock you
shouldnt, but if not then a slight rub on the quarter panel. I'm using
31x10.5s on the stock 5.5 steel rims (!) and just rub in the rough
stuff. I'll be adding a lift and going to 15x8 wheels soon though.

Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
85 B-II
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Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 23:09:32 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - DIY Manuals

rgstein pacbell.net wrote:
>
> Here's a good discussion topic. For my '92 Aerostar, I have a Haynes
> '94 copywrite (the current version is updated), and an Alldata CD ROM.
> I'm very disappointed in both. It seems like every time I try to look
> something up, the information is missing. Example: neither lists or
> shows the grease points, nor gives the quantity of fluid for the power
> steering.

Seems pretty basic.. either there's a grease zerk or there isnt and
there's a dipstick on the P/S right? I guess they should include the
EPA fuel mileage rating too.

>
> How are the other DIY books? What do or don't they include? Do you
> have any that you like?

My experience in the DIY manuals is limited to Haynes and Chilton and
they both have gaps, but usually in different areas; buy both and you'll
have a decent chance of getting what you need.

> For me, the $30 Alldata CD is an incredible ripoff. Scanned charts and
> diagrams are blurry and sometimes illegible. When you enlarge them, they
> are blurrier. You can't export anything to another program, and printing
> is limited. On the whole, there aren't many illustrations, and those
> procedures that I could find seem aimed squarely at a Ford mechanic with
> special tools and instruments.

It's an exact duplicate of the Ford manual. As are the sections for GM,
Nissan, etc.

> In fact, there doesn't seem to be much
> vehicle-specific information at all. There is no index (amazing for a
> computer item).

In the professional version there is.

>
> Now, after I've expressed my disappointment with this deceptive product,
> there is one thing that I find of significant value: the disc contains
> all the Ford Technical Service Bulletins to the disc's date. For
> example, there's a TSB for rotten egg smell, and lots of them for the
> Aerostar air conditioning. With these discs, you must call Alldata, who
> give you the unlock code for your specific vehicle. They were having a
> "special," in which they "threw in" the TSBs for "free." Having the
> TSBs may be worth the entire price for the CD. However, as a DIY
> resource, I'd say that the Alldata CD ROM is an overpriced loser that
> promises much, delivers little, and is outperformed by the inadequate
> Haynes manual.

Hmm.. well I use 'Somedata' every day at the shop and in THAT setting
it's well worth the $250/month it costs, but I can see how your
experience would be somewhat frustrating. Unfortunately it's pretty
much the same for all the CD-type information systems (or book-bound)....


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