small-list-digest Sunday, February 21 1999 Volume 03 : Number 047



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In this issue:

RE: FTE Small - Water Pump
FTE Small - Re:Re: Husky liners
FTE Small - RE: Water pump - Fan removal
Re: FTE Small - Problem downshifting
FTE Small - Better bass suggestions?
FTE Small - Hey Ken, stereo list maybe?
FTE Small - ADMIN: Archives are now searchable
Re: FTE Small - Hey Ken, stereo list maybe?
FTE Small - To-Tim Turner- sensors
FTE Small - Roll Pan?
FTE Small - Re : Roll Pan
FTE Small - For all those who...
Re: FTE Small - Better bass suggestions?
FTE Small - modern miracle of plastic
FTE Small - In which I Praise my Aerostar

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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 08:59:08 -0500
From: Burnett
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Water Pump

Adam McLaughlin wrote:
>
> and put a new pump and gasket in. Anyone have any ideas how I could get
the
> fan off of the front pully quickly? Tried it a few weeks ago, and I

The trick is in getting the stud to break loose from the pulley. The
easiest way is usually just to tap the wrench with a hammer. Once the stud
starts to turn, it's easy to remove.

Chilton's also tells you to get a special tool. The tool is basically just
a very slim wrench of the appropriate size that fits easily between the fan
and the pulley. A large enough adjustable wrench will work. I think I used
a pair of channel locks although these were hard to tap with the hammer.

Good Luck!!

Burnett 89 BII
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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 09:47:54 -0500
From: "Mike McNany"
Subject: FTE Small - Re:Re: Husky liners

snip.......how are the Husky Liner or Catch - All floor mats? Worth the
money?...... snip
I like them but don't have them cause I found a similar item cheaper by $10
a set. Cabela's hunting & outdoors catalog has Black Armor brand tray type
floor liners. I got a set of them for the front of my 92 Explorer and they
work great. You can now get them in black, tan, and grey, like Huskys AND
they now have a one piece 2nd seat liner. They also sell Catch Alls and
Husky liners, too.

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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 09:23:14 -0600
From: mgrussell netzero.net
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Water pump - Fan removal

On Fri, 19 Feb 1999, Adam McLaughlin wrote,

> and put a new pump and gasket in. Anyone have any ideas how I
> could get the
> fan off of the front pully quickly? Tried it a few weeks ago, and I
> couldn't budge the left hand thread to remove it. The
> chilton's book says
> that I need to get it off to replace the pump, but has anyone got any
> better/easier ideas on how to get this done?


Get an open-end wrench (or adjustable open-end) of the correct size, put it
on the "nut", and rap it sharply with a mallet or small hammer; this acts
like an impact wrench. It shouldn't take too hard a blow to break it loose,
especially if you squirt a little penetrating oil on it first, and let it
set. I've used this method numerous times doing my "shade tree mechanic"
work, and I haven't broken or damaged any wrenches yet (I use Craftsman
typically), and have nearly always been successful. BTW, I've used this
method on an '87 BII, successfully.
Hope this helps.
Mike Russell

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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 11:57:56 -0700
From: charles rogers
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Problem downshifting

This might help- The blower on my 86 Ranger did the same thing. The problem
was a bad rheostat. It is a dealer only part, sells for about 20$ and it is
on my truck located right next to the blower motor. There is an electrical
clip that you have to pull off(a real nuisance) then two small screws hold it
in place. Give it a shot and keep us updated.

Dave Slotter wrote:

> > Another problem I have is that my Heater fan has only two settings...
> > High and off... the others do nothing... is there a quick fix for this?
>
> A more rare type of Ford - Merkurs - suffer from this problem. It's
> caused by a resistor going bad in the blower control. I can't give
> you more info than this - so you should dig into your electrical
> troubleshooting manual (if you need one, buy it from Helm if they
> still carry them). I don't have their number handy, so you'll have to
> do a little research.
>
> -Dave
> --
> mailto:dave slotter.org
> ICQ# 16458879 AOL/AIM ID: "Mac XR"
> 1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 119K
>
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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 13:39:28 PST
From: "Joe Mitchell"
Subject: FTE Small - Better bass suggestions?

Hi all,
I have a few questions that some of you audio buffs' might know.
Currently, I have a 350 watt amp pushing 2 Rockford Fosgate 8"'s. I am
going to replace those with some bigger speakers, but same amp. Would I
produce more bass from 2 10"'s or from 1 12"? I would bridge the amp to
the 12 so that it would be getting all the power. Or if I had the 10's I
would simply put one channel to each speaker. Which would sound better?
thanx in advance...
Joe

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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 18:22:15 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: FTE Small - Hey Ken, stereo list maybe?

Joe Mitchell wrote:
>
> Hi all,
> I have a few questions that some of you audio buffs' might know.

What are chances of starting a Ford Truck audio list? 'Fordio FTE.com'
:-) Seriously though, it seems there's been quite a few lately (along
with Db debates..) Just a thought.

Tim Turner
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Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 21:47:48 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Archives are now searchable

Searchable archives are now on the web site. All 60+
megabytes of archives are searchable. Due to the
nature of searching, the archive results are email
address "harvester" resistant. You can only browse
the archives with search terms and harvesters are not
smart enough to do that.

Enjoy!

KePayne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 21:50:51 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Hey Ken, stereo list maybe?

At 06:22 PM 2/20/99 -0500, you wrote:
>
>
>Joe Mitchell wrote:
>>
>> Hi all,
>> I have a few questions that some of you audio buffs' might know.
>
>What are chances of starting a Ford Truck audio list? 'Fordio FTE.com'
>:-) Seriously though, it seems there's been quite a few lately (along
>with Db debates..) Just a thought.
>
>Tim Turner

I don't think we have enough support for one. The web site BBS,
however, has an audio section.

Ken

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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 23:07:55 -0500
From: "Wag"
Subject: FTE Small - To-Tim Turner- sensors

you wrote-
>Case in point: '92 S-10 I
>worked on yesterday and the coolant sensor was locked at 21 Degrees
>below Zero; since it wasn't a constant 40 below the computer figured the
>poor guy lived in Siberia and adjusted the fuel output accordingly.

Out of curiosity, what was the above symptoms? I have a 91 Explorer with
188K and have never needed or realized I needed to change out any sensor
other than PCV. What sensors should I be worrying about. I keep hearing
about the O2 sensor but I have no symptoms of something wrong? "gas
mileage maybe getting worse but I attributed that to a tired engine"

This winter I have developed a sticking lifter/valve on COLD mornings. It
stops after warm up. Any easy fixes? This engine has never been touched
except the water pump.

Gregg Wagner " WAG "
wagg g-net.net
Statesboro, GA
80 FJ-40, Building Memories
91 Explorer 200K by 2000



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Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 12:05:38 -0500
From: luke wells
Subject: FTE Small - Roll Pan?

Does anyone have a roll pan either steel or fiberglass for a splash or
flareside 96 ranger. I know that these models have the piece of
fiberglass shape sticking out and i was hoping to find a good looking
roll pan that covers this without looking obvious. Thanks

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Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 00:05:14 -0500
From: "Jeff Wey"
Subject: FTE Small - Re : Roll Pan

Xonex makes a nice one for the Splash .
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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 22:13:08 -0700
From: Ryan Penner
Subject: FTE Small - For all those who...

Are looking or have needed a stock radio for your Ford.
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.radiosandmore.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/shophome.html?E+scstore
I ran across this today, looking for a New "stock" radio /cd-player
for my 92 Explorer Sport.

Ryan Penner

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Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 00:36:37 EST
From: FrdRngrLvr AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Better bass suggestions?

If you have a custom box, like the one in my truck you would be better off
with 2 10's.. 12's eat up way too much air space for ou tiny cabs...unless you
have an extended cab..10's are the way to go...but make sure that when you run
your amp you bridge i into mono then split it, you will get much
deeper/louder/cleaner bass this way... hope that this helps..

Jim
96 Ranger Wave. Has anyone found out what the Wave is all about yet..just
wondering
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Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 00:03:15 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - modern miracle of plastic

Randy Collins wrote ---------------------------------------------------
We all appreciate your being so candid, Richard! I agree with you whole
heartedly. Why can't we get an air filter housing on our early 90's
explorers with fasteners that don't get screwed up every time you change
the filter?

Me --------------------------------------------------------------------
Thanks for the kind words. Sometimes I feel like I'm p-----g into the
wind about manufacturer responsibility to their customers (we're the
guys who pay their salaries; they seem to forget this). I mean, these
products are just so much crap!

I began to see this kind of "take-the-money-and-run" engineering in
popular-price stereo components back in the 80s when I ran a custom
stereo business. The trend was led by the Japanese electronics
companies (though there were precidents here in the US; GE springs to
mind). I never would have believed that this dishonest philosophy would
work its way to motor vehicles. I don't think that a company's
executives give a damn for their firm's reputation any more; it is OK to
trash the company when all you want to do is bail out as soon as you do
the next merger.

Funny you should mention your air filter. I recently was successful
changing my Aerostar's air filter (as described here). I got brave a
couple of days ago and attempted to superglue the round nut back in
place; it had ripped out of the plastic housing, of course. Will the
glue hold? I doubt it. (I had to buy a $12 tool to extricate the
cross-threaded nut from the screw.) Will I be able to do many further
repairs myself on my own vehicle? I also doubt that, too. I envision
having to purchase an expensive special tool for every single repair
that I attempt. It is almost impossible to get at anything on this
Aerostar. Everything is riddled with obstructions. I've even had to
buy special spouts and adaptors just to add oil and transmission fluid.

After my '97 Corona, this Ford makes me feel like a chump every time I
hear a strange noise (dollar signs instantly dance in my head).

Randy -----------------------------------------------------------------
Aside, I see your address is at Pacific Bell. Is that your provider, or
do
you work there? Curious because I work at SWBYP.
Me --------------------------------------------------------------------
Actually, pacbell.net is their ISP business. pacbell.com is their
corporate internal handle. So, Pacific Bell is my ISP. It also was my
contract client when I worked on a project for them. I thought it would
be sensible to use Pac Bell both at home and on site, since I was
working at both locations. There seems to be a corporate culture of
nastiness at PB. Can't seem to put my finger on specifics. People use
the unreturned phone call as a weapon. Enough. This is supposed to be
about trucks; many people here like their Fords, too. (Put on my happy
face).

Richard

ran


Aside, I see your address is at Pacific Bell. Is that your provider, or
do
you work there? Curious because I work at SWBYP.

ran
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Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 01:01:10 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - In which I Praise my Aerostar

I do not wish for all of you to think that I am an Aero-sourpuss. In my
present state of benevolence, here are some things that I like about my
'92 Aerostar.

1. I like the optional rear air conditioner. This blows down from
above, and when the vents are pointed downward, provides a
well-circulated gentle breeze similar to the airflow on an Amtrak train
or central air conditioning.

2. I enjoy driving the vehicle very much. The driving position allows
me to feel smug about the Caravans that I look down on. I am secure in
the satisfaction that I pay more for maintenance than they do: I have
arrived.

3. The vehicle's handling has been a pleasant surprise. I feel
confident driving the thing in good and bad weather, in rain and wind
(until the ABS kicks in and I glide serenely out into the
intersection). The confidence that I have about its handling almost
makes up for the dread that I feel whenever I parallel park.

4. I like the way the rear seats fold into a bed. The thing is
comfortable and high. Reclining, I am visible to the peasants who drive
cars, plain for all to see in my opulance (I was even solicited by a
pervert while attempting to snooze at a rest stop).

5. The optional central console is a good job. The rear cup holders are
very well designed. I wish I could reach them from the front.

6. The stock cassette-radio is actually quite decent. It has Dolby (as
all cassette units should), sort-of enough power, and would sound very
nice if they had mounted the speakers for your convenience instead of
theirs.

7. The previous owner blessed me with a tow hitch. Therefore, I carry
my space-saving spare tire inside the van. I hug it when I recline: it
is my rubber "teddy bear."

8. The electric-inflated lumbar supports are an stroke of genius,
anatomically perfect for people who are three feet tall. I marvel at
Ford's ergonomic design while my back aches (this is why it is so useful
to carry around that bed).

9. I am pleased that Ford elected to eliminate seat tracks on the
passenger seat: one size truly fits all legs. By eliminating the
fore/aft mechanism, they have eliminated one more thing to break,
providing a pleasant diversion from those endless repairs.

10. Who would have thought it possible for anyone to design a
three-foot-long transmission dipstick housed in a bent tube that catches
the oil so as to give false readings. Ford also thoughtfully reduced
the visibility of those tasteless cross hatches? I gain welcome
amusement while straining to see the fluid, as the stick flops and
bounces around, spattering fluid on components and my clothing. I
provide endless amusement for all present as they watch me insert and
remove the stick over and over again as I try to get a sense of the
fluid level. Ha ha!
....


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