small-list-digest Tuesday, February 16 1999 Volume 03 : Number 042



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Re: Exploder tires
Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?
Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?
FTE Small - FW: One More Try (sound on Ranger)
FTE Small - 3.0 L Performance Questions
FTE Small - Aerostar Bumpers
Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?
Re: FTE Small - Re: Exploder tires
Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?
Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?
FTE Small - Leaking shock?
FTE Small - ADMIN: Posting instructions

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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 09:53:16 -0500
From: "Mike McNany"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Exploder tires

SNIP
Explorer in to get new tires and I was told I could not have the LT type
tires. The tires on it now are P2358R15 Goodyear Wrangler RT\S. Anyone
have any idea why the heavier duty tire would be a problem on this vehicle
and not on a pickup?>

YOU BETCHA! It's called SELL WHAT IS IN STOCK. Sometimes sales personnel
(in any business with a large inventory) get pushed (or told strongly to
push) into selling what they have for various reasons, stock turnover,
reduction (especially at this time of year), and sometimes even get an extra
commission for doing so. Either that or they're just passing on bum info
they got.
On my 92 Exploder, I replaced the P235/70R15 stock flintstones with the
same so I could use my spare tire and save some money by buying only 3.
(alloys w/steel spare). They asked me if it was an LT tire or not, so I
could have had either. You said (maybe you meant you suspected) that the
non-LT tire was more expensive. This is not usually the case. Each LT runs
about $5-$10 more.
Mike

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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 10:54:17 -0500
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?

> In a message dated 2/14/99 9:41:46 PM Mountain Standard Time,
> Ding060297 AOL.COM writes:
>
>> They are also a very heavy duty tire..You
>> won't be pushing them to there limits by any means...If you can bring back
>> the
>> sears tires do it...Find a goodyear dealer and ask for them they run about
>> $113 each but are well worth the $$$$$$ (saftey first) and i also use mine
>> off roading several times a year and they do the job very
>> well!!
> Thanks Ding! And no I didn't buy the tires from the jerk at Sears! I will get
> the tires I want and those you have sound like what I want. Thanks for the
> info!
> Dennis Baken

Hi Dennis. I'm glad you walked away from Sears on this one. I ran
into a similar problem at Sams Club (related to Wal-Mart) where they
wouldn't sell and mount the tires I wanted for my (Ford) Merkur XR4Ti
because of "liability reasons". My guess is that someone sued them
(and won) when Sams Club put different tires on their vehicle than
what their book called for.

I walked away from this sale as well. NTB is pretty close to the
price at Sams Club nowadays (a year or so ago, NTB wasn't as
competitive but times change). For the real bargain-shopper who knows
exactly what s/he wants, there is the Tire Rack mailorder company.

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

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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 10:54:48 -0500
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?

> Odd, NTB (if you mean National Tire and Battery) is owned by Sears.

It doesn't mean they do business the same way - in fact, they do not.

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1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 119K

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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 10:56:24 -0500
From: "DuPont, Patrick"
Subject: FTE Small - FW: One More Try (sound on Ranger)

> Joe,
> I had this problem with my '88 Taurus. The sound was so loud I thought I
> was dragging my muffler! I had just had my rear brakes done at a shop
> that I was unfamiliar with. I pulled the tires and checked the rear brake
> assembly and it turns out the dummy's at that shop didn't properly
> reassemble the right rear brake (I could have wrecked the car had I let it
> go any longer). Check your brake assembly's because something has
> probably worked it's way loose or worse, has broken (like a brake shoe or
> something).
> Patrick
> Philadelphia, PA
>
> '87 Ford Bronco II
> '88 Ford Taurus
> '96 Ford Windstar
> IF IT AINT A FORD, I AINT DRIVIN' IT!
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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 12:11:35 EST
From: NT650 AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - 3.0 L Performance Questions

Is there a preferred, sure bet combination of air filter, chip and cat-back
exhaust for the '98-'99 Ranger 3.0 L engines? What kind of gains in torque, HP
and MPG do you get?
Also, how are the Husky Liner or Catch - All floor mats? Worth the money?

Thanks,
Todd B.
NT650 aol.com
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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 10:18:55 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar Bumpers

A report that I checked via the Car Talk Web Site reveal that the
Aerostar has the most worthless bumpers ever put on a vehicle. The
Aerostar is the all-time body shop money-maker for repairs resulting
from very light "taps" in both front and rear. These plastic art-deco
yuppie decorations make me very nervous, especially after the $900
estimates I got for absent-mindedly tapping the rear into a pole.

I'd like practical suggestions for adding adequate bumpers to my van
(assuming that I want to keep it -- it has been a real wake-up call
about modern vehicle quality). I gotta be able to park the thing in a
city where people have been known to bash their way out of parking
spaces.

Richard
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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 13:21:01 -0500
From: "Jason"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?

Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999 15:10:40 EST
From: Bakend AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - Exploder tires?

I just got back from Sears and I am not happy. We took my wife's 95 Explorer
in to get new tires and I was told I could not have the LT type tires. The
tires on it now are P2358R15 Goodyear Wrangler RT\S. Anyone have any idea
why the heavier duty tire would be a problem on this vehicle and not on a
pickup? Seems to me the Explorer is heavier and should require a heavy duty
tire. We do take the vehicle off road to get to the cabin up in the
mountains
and I feel Sears was being unreasonable just to sell me a higher
priced-lower
rated tire. Warranty is not an issue, as the vehicle is out of the warranty
period.
Any suggestions for tires that anyone is or has run on their Explorer is
greatly appreciated.
Thanks
D Baken
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I think Sears is a rotton store for tires. I have an 88 Bronco II. A friend
gave me 4 new American Racing rims, size 15X8. I needed new tires. Sears
had a decent LT235-17R15 on sale. They wouldn't put the new tires on the
rims, because they weren't factory, or bought from them!!!! Even
worse....... They wouldn't install the tires, on the factory rims, because
the "COMPUTER" said they wouldn't fit!!!!! I know my truck!!! Better then
anyone!!!!! Last time I EVER deal with them!!! Just my cents!


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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 18:58:15 EST
From: Bakend AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Exploder tires

In a message dated 2/15/99 7:50:34 AM Mountain Standard Time,
boomer csonline.net writes:

> You said (maybe you meant you suspected) that the
> non-LT tire was more expensive. This is not usually the case. Each LT runs
> about $5-$10 more.
No the LT was on sale and was $69 while the Passenger tire was over $100
D Baken
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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 19:05:01 EST
From: Bakend AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?

In a message dated 2/15/99 11:20:14 AM Mountain Standard Time,
JTalbot broadwaytrading.com writes:

> They wouldn't put the new tires on the
> rims, because they weren't factory, or bought from them!!!! Even
> worse....... They wouldn't install the tires, on the factory rims, because
> the "COMPUTER" said they wouldn't fit!!!!! I know my truck!!! Better then
> anyone!!!!! Last time I EVER deal with them!!! Just my cents!
>
My sentiments exactly!! Thanks
D Baken
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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 19:27:38 EST
From: Ding060297 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Exploder tires?

dennis baken .....Sounds good i'm glad you didn't buy the from sears but check
out the wrangler p235/75/15 with the aqua channels you;ll see what i'm talking
about there a nice meaty tire they look big and meaty not like small truck
tires........ding
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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 19:42:07 -0700
From: Jeff Richardson
Subject: FTE Small - Leaking shock?

Hi,

I recently bought a '99 Ranger with all the toys, including the 4x4
off-road package. I'm guessing the shocks they include in this package are
different than those on the standard 4x4? Well anyhow, I was cleaning out
the garage today and noticed a little puddle of light brownish fluid (?). I
looked under the truck and found that everything was dry except the shock
on the front passenger side: it's completely drenched in this fluid. The
shock on the other side is dry - still looks like new. I've got 700 miles
on the truck and it's only been used on-road - haven't taken it anywhere
"rough". I don't know much of anything in terms of suspension systems - so
what's happening? I plan to take it to the dealer but I want some knowledge
before I go in. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Other than this the first 700 miles have been great!

Still learning,
- -Jeff
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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 21:47:35 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Posting instructions

List postings to either my admin or list owner addresses
has gotten out of control. Please take the time to read
the instructions (you'll find a link to them at the bottom
of *****every***** post!) as I don't get any please dealing
with emails in my inbox that don't belong there. If you
post to my box, I'll ignore it.

Ken Payne
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