small-list-digest Wednesday, March 10 1999 Volume 03 : Number 058



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In this issue:

RE: FTE Small - Temperature Gauge
FTE Small - '93 Explorer Transmission Problems
FTE Small - ABS
FTE Small - Truck Bronce II
FTE Small - synthetic oil
Re: FTE Small - '93 Explorer Transmission Problems
FTE Small - Re: Large Tires
Re: FTE Small - Re: Large Tires
FTE Small - Rear window tape
FTE Small - TTB for explorers
Re: FTE Small - TTB for explorers
Re: FTE Small - Re: Large Tires
Re: FTE Small - TTB for explorers

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Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 23:19:45 -0600
From: "Bill Anton"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Temperature Gauge

Matthew Banevich wrote:

> When I bought my 89' Bronco II, the temperature gague in the dash
> cluster doesn't work at all.
>
> What could be the problem?
> Could this effect my computer ?
> Might I be getting bad gas mileage because of this ?
>
> I thank anyone in advance for the help !
>
> Matt Banevich
>
> 89' Bronco II XLS
>
> 86' Bronco XLT

Matthew, is your Bronco warming up at all? Are you getting any heat inside?
If not, then your gauge may be fine. You might have a stuck-open
thermostat. I used to have this problem on my '89 Mustang 5.0. Every Fall
the thermostat would fail the same way, and the fuel mileage went to pot.

Oh, by the way, it's spelled "Gauge". It's one of those peculiar
French-derived words with an extra vowel that hangs around and does nothing
at all. :-)

Bill Anton
'95 Ranger XLT

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Date: Sun, 07 Mar 1999 22:27:26 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - '93 Explorer Transmission Problems

Greg Knauff wrote ---------------------------------------------------

I have a '93 Explorer with an A4LD Transmission (I think). My problem
is it shifts back and forth between drive and overdrive frequently while
driving in town and on the highway.

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

My '92 Aerostar 3.0 has the A4LD transmission. There's a bit of hunting
during normal urban driving. In the Aerostar, the transmission locks
and unlocks at 55 mph; there's a mark on the speedometer that tells you
where the lockup speed is. From various posts I've read on this over
the last year, my gut sense is that your experience is normal. In my
owners manual, I believe that it just says to put it in Lockup Drive all
the time. What I'd like to know is if there's a different shift profile
in the computer for the two "drive" modes in addition to the fact that
the gearbox only locks in one of the modes.

Richard

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Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 01:29:26 -0500
From: J Cope
Subject: FTE Small - ABS

I drive an 88 BII with rear antilock brakes. Well, at least it CLAIMS
antilock. I've either got faulty breaks, or a set of the WORST antilocks
I've ever seen... Anyone else have this prob?

JC

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Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 18:56:28 -0500
From: "Alan J. Amberg"
Subject: FTE Small - Truck Bronce II

About temp gauge, I have an 87 2.9 and I am having same problem with
gauge. I replaced temp sender and still did not change it. There is
another sensor near the thermostat, that might help. It looks like a
pain to get to, but worth a try. Will wait till weather warms up a
little. Will let you know how it works out.

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 19:10:32 -0600
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: FTE Small - synthetic oil

Well, much to input from the list a few months ago, I did away with my
synthetic oil inhabitions. At 8,000 miles, I switched my 98 Ranger 3.0L
auto to Mobil 1. This is a VERY big step for me, as 1.I don't have much
personal synthetic oil experience, and 2. I have been raised since the womb
on Valvoline.

I'm still a little weary, but 100 miles or so and everything seems good. No
big power gain, but definitely smoother starts. Hopefully the weather
starts getting warmer soon to see the cooling advantages.

Does Valvoline still make a full synthetic? I didn't see it Autozone the
other day. Would anyone recommend switching back to Valvoline, but in
synthetic? I don't like to switch oil brands repeatedly, but I don't think
it'll hurt at this stage in the game.

Thanks for any input!

ran
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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:58:36 EST
From: Ding060297 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '93 Explorer Transmission Problems

richard:: A. there is no mark on the speedo for lock up of the torque
converter. that mark is for the average state speed limit......
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Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 07:10:32 -0500
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Large Tires

Hi,

I've asked this question before, but since I know there are a few mechanics
reading this list, I'll ask it again in hopes of getting a better answer.

I have moved up to 235/75R15 tires, from 215's. As you may have guessed, my
mileage has dropped.

What do I have to mod/fix to get my odometer to read true again? I tried
looking it up in the Haynes, and of course, no help there.

I've been told this is a 30$-40$ job, and if it's that small, i'm sure it's
something I can do myself. Any pointers?



On a second point/question, i've noticed my engine doesn't seem to get into
closed loop due to the cold weather...

Any suggestions on this? Should I get a higher rated thermostat? I live in
Ottawa, and it's been chilly with the latest cold snap

(-17C again.. darned winter)

Thanks In Advance for any replies,

Lou Guerriero

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Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 07:14:13 EST
From: DOdell1130 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Large Tires

You need to change Speedo gear in trans. You will have to go to Ford for
gear. They can tell you which gear you will need. You should be running 195
Thermostat.
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Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 09:49:57 -0500
From: "Tim Fountain"
Subject: FTE Small - Rear window tape

Hello,

I have an 86 Ranger Extra Cab. On the driver's-side rear window, there is a
piece of black tape(?) that is dropping down from between the glass and the
plastic trim piece. I've tugged on it gently, and there doesn't seem to be
a whole lot of resistance. It seems to be a piece of fabric tape, that
maybe all the adhesive dried up on. Any thoughts on what this is? Can I
just yank it out without having the glass fall out, or should I just trim it
back with a pair of scissors?

Thanks for the help
Tim

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Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 21:18:56 EST
From: KLESNANSKY AOL.COM
Subject: FTE Small - TTB for explorers

What was the last year the explorer had the TTB? I am looking into buying
one and want to do alot of research beforehand.
Thanks in advance

Ken
95 Ranger 110,000 miles and loving it
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Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 23:07:43 EST
From: Ding060297 AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - TTB for explorers

what exactly is TTB??.........ding
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Date: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 23:32:39 -0500
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Large Tires

Lou Guerriero wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I've asked this question before, but since I know there are a few mechanics
> reading this list, I'll ask it again in hopes of getting a better answer.

Who me? ;-) I'm sort of glad I dont work in a speedo shop anymore..

>
> I have moved up to 235/75R15 tires, from 215's. As you may have guessed, my
> mileage has dropped.

I presume it was originally equipped with 195s or the optional 215s.
Your mileage *may* not have dropped as your odometer is now reading less
mileage as well as the speedometer. (For example if it's 5% off the odo
will register 285 miles rather than 300 and if it takes 20 Gallons to
fill you'll have results of 14.25 and 15 for the same actual trip.)
Wider tires will have more rolling resistance and if they stick out from
the fender you encounter more aerodynamic drag as well.

>
> What do I have to mod/fix to get my odometer to read true again? I tried
> looking it up in the Haynes, and of course, no help there.

One tooth smaller on the speedometer gear should put you about right,
possibly a bit on the *other* side of true. On my 85 B-II 235s were 6%
off (53 MPH at an indicated 50) and 31s are only 9%.. I elected to not
bother and just do the speed limit if below 60 and 5 under for 60-70
zones rather than change the gear. If it's a newer model you may have
to reprogram the speedometer as there's no 'gear' to change.
(*Warning* the speedometer calibration can only be changed 3-5 times
depending on the year model! Replacement required thereafter..)

Had a Festiva that the speedometer was dead on but the odo clicked off
1.6 per.. (I presume a Km odo in a US head.. I thought I was getting
*GREAT* mileage!) :-)

>
> I've been told this is a 30$-40$ job, and if it's that small, i'm sure it's
> something I can do myself. Any pointers?

Regardless of it being gear or electronic it's easy, the only problem is
not having access to a calibrated roller for checking the results.

>
> On a second point/question, i've noticed my engine doesn't seem to get into
> closed loop due to the cold weather...

At that temp. you may need to block part of the grille/radiator to get
it up to closed loop.

>
> Any suggestions on this? Should I get a higher rated thermostat?

If it's not getting hot enough to open the current one it's not going to
open a *hotter* one! Assuming the current unit (195F stock) isn't stuck
open or cocked and by-passing more coolant that designed it's just too
dang cold! Seriously though.. go ahead and replace with another 195F
(87C?) and see if it helps; if not gradually block off part of the
grille like you see on the big trucks.

> I live in
> Ottawa, and it's been chilly with the latest cold snap
>
> (-17C again.. darned winter)

or -1F I think.. ugh!! I'm cold at the current 43F that's some 15F
below normal for here. ;-)

>
> Thanks In Advance for any replies,
>

Hope I shed some light (warmth?) on the situation.


Tim Turner/Manic Mechanic
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC
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Date: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 22:43:08 -0700
From: Rick Horwitz
Subject: Re: FTE Small - TTB for explorers

'94 was the last year they used TTB.

For the guy who asked, TTB stands for Twin Traction beam.

I have a website dedicated to Ford Explorers. The URL is
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.4x4 central. com

Rick Horwitz


At 11:07 PM 3/9/99 -0500, you wrote:
>what exactly is TTB??.........ding
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