small-list-digest Monday, March 15 1999 Volume 03 : Number 060



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In this issue:

FTE Small - TTB explorers
FTE Small - TSBs
FTE Small - Brakes & Alignment
Re: FTE Small - Brakes & Alignment
Re: FTE Small - Brakes & Alignment
Re: FTE Small - Brakes & Alignment
FTE Small - ADMIN: Tech Article updates
FTE Small - 98 Ranger brakes
Re: FTE Small - TSBs

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Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999 17:10:49 EST
From: KLESNANSKY aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - TTB explorers

The idea of a goofy spring is a leaf that lies flat on the frame rail and is
attached to the leaf spring by the way of a shackle. When the axle is going
thru some twisty action the lower spring drops completely and then the one on
the frame rails drops to help keep the tires on the dirt. So I understand.
What I need is the info on how to attach the rail spring to the rail, how
long, and what type of bolts would be the best for the action. What I am
hoping for is another 6 or 8 inches of travel. I know I would need a much
longer shock, but then again I think the gains will be worth it.

Rick when are you going to come up to colorado again? I would enjoy going on
a trail ride or two with ya

Ken
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Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999 20:21:51 PST
From: "Dan Funk"
Subject: FTE Small - TSBs

Awhile back i remember someone - can't remember who - saying that they
where going to look into getting the _full_ TSBs relevant to the list.
Was this just a dream :) Thanks to Ken for all the work you put into the
site/lists, but the real stuff ie: TSBs would warm many a monitor more
than FoMoCo propaganda.

I have just reread the above, it is not very elegant and i am _not_
trying to put KP down. (i just want the TSBs)

Dan
'94 Explorer XLT
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Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 07:28:01 EST
From: Jmgerhart aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Brakes & Alignment

I have a 98 Ranger with rear only ABS. The truck has less than 14,000 miles
and pulls to the left when I step on the brake pedal (for both gradual and
"panic" stops). Unusual amounts of brake dust and grime are all over the
driver's side wheel rims. Has anyone experienced this problem before and is
it covered under the warranty (don't think it says anything about brakes)?

John
Bear, Delaware
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Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 07:50:43 -0500
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Brakes & Alignment

Jmgerhart aol.com wrote:
>
> I have a 98 Ranger with rear only ABS. The truck has less than 14,000 miles
> and pulls to the left when I step on the brake pedal (for both gradual and
> "panic" stops). Unusual amounts of brake dust and grime are all over the
> driver's side wheel rims. Has anyone experienced this problem before and is
> it covered under the warranty (don't think it says anything about brakes)?
>
> John
> Bear, Delaware
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Sounds like a stuck caliper...that should be covered and if has caused
unusual pad wear they should also replace that!
Chris
94 Lightning #381
NLOC #238
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Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 16:17:08 GMT
From: alannorthstar mindspring.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Brakes & Alignment

On Sun, 14 Mar 1999 07:50:43 -0500, you wrote:

:Jmgerhart aol.com wrote:
:>=20
:> I have a 98 Ranger with rear only ABS. The truck has less than 14,000=
miles
:> and pulls to the left when I step on the brake pedal (for both gradual=
and
:> "panic" stops). Unusual amounts of brake dust and grime are all over =
the
:> driver's side wheel rims. Has anyone experienced this problem before =
and is
:> it covered under the warranty (don't think it says anything about =
brakes)?
:>=20
:> John
:> Bear, Delaware
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http://www.ford-trucks.com/faq.html
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:Sounds like a stuck caliper...that should be covered and if has caused
:unusual pad wear they should also replace that!
:Chris

Hmmmm. Mine only has 6,000 miles on it, but I've noticed a
slight pull to the left recently -- not consistently, though.
Guess I'll have to have a look at the brakes.

Later,
Alan
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Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 11:30:47 -0500
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Brakes & Alignment

Hmmmm. Mine only has 6,000 miles on it, but I've noticed a
slight pull to the left recently -- not consistently, though.
Guess I'll have to have a look at the brakes.

If its only occassionally then you problem don't have a caliper problem.
Road surface often causes slight pull to one side or the other, but when
it becomes drastic and you have excess brake dust on your wheels then
you have a problem! Not that I would not check into it myself just
thought I would point that out. I owned a Splash and now a Lightning and
I notice that both seem to pull slightly one way or the other on certain
roads under braking...the wider tires also contribute to this cause they
try to follow the grooves in the road!
Chris
94 Lightning #381
NLOC #238
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Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 17:51:02 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Tech Article updates

List member Mark Strickland has submitted a series of
new tech articles to Ford Truck Enthusiasts. You can
check them out on the web site.

Ken Payne
Admin

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Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 17:53:53 -0800
From: JJ Thomas
Subject: FTE Small - 98 Ranger brakes

I have a 98 Ranger with rear brake problems. One of the rear wheels will
lock when coming to a complete stop, usually about 2-3 MPH. This happens
for about the first three of such stops after the truck has sat over night.
It does not appear to matter how lightly I tap the brake pedal.

The last time I had to slam on the brakes, the rear brakes locked up
completely. I have had the truck for about fifteen months. In that time I
have made about a half a dozen panic stops. Of which the rear ABS
activated only twice. The other four times, the rear wheels locked up
completely. Both with the front tires locked, (once) and with the front
tires not locking up.

I took the truck to the Ford dealer and they said there was rust on the
shoes and that the shoes were glazed. The dealer suggested that I was
being hard on the brakes or driving with the parking brake on. I don't
consider making hard stops every other month hard on the brakes. Unlikely,
since I pull the parking brake lever before I shift out of PARK.

What will cause brakes shoe to glaze and rust?

I had to have the rear differential replaced due to water in the axle
housing. I have not been puddle jumping or river crossing. And Seattle
does have good drainage. When replacing the rear assembly, the dealer
speculated that the axle had sat out in the rain with the truck was
assembled and that was the cause of the water. I am wondering if this is
also the cause of the rusty and glazed brake shoes.

I have had a lot of problems with this truck related to the drive train.
It has gotten to the point that Ford is willing to replace the truck. This
Ranger replaced a previous Ranger, that I had no troubles with. Did I just
get a bad truck, or the new Rangers... er, junk. The dealer is giving me
the option of replacing it with another Ranger, or going to another Ford
product. Or I can simply turn it back in and go with a non-Ford product.

One of the things I am considering doing is to have Ford replace the whole
rear end, springs, axle, brakes, diff, etc and add at the dealers cost the
Ford 6 year, 100,000 mile extended warranty. I do not know that would be
worth it, or if I should just opt for a new truck? Any suggestions? I
know of two other people that have had drive train problems similar to
mine, both got rid of their trucks.

Are the Ranger still good trucks, or would I be better off going with
something else?

TIA

- -Julian

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Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 21:27:44 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: FTE Small - TSBs

At 08:21 PM 3/13/99 -0800, you wrote:
>Awhile back i remember someone - can't remember who - saying that they
>where going to look into getting the _full_ TSBs relevant to the list.
>Was this just a dream :) Thanks to Ken for all the work you put into the
>site/lists, but the real stuff ie: TSBs would warm many a monitor more
>than FoMoCo propaganda.

Huh? FoMoCo propaganda? We have no connection with FoMoCo.
And we've never interfered with negative comments about
FoMoCo.

>I have just reread the above, it is not very elegant and i am _not_
>trying to put KP down. (i just want the TSBs)
>

We can't legally post the text. Afterall, it is copyrighted.
The Internet has given many people the attitude that they
should get anything in digital form for free - this just isn't
so. Alldata makes its money selling the information. It takes
alot of effort to put the data together, and $25 isn't very
much. This lists are a great form of information exchange.
In this case, the information is: if you want full TSB
information, contact Alldata at www.alldata.com

Ken



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