small-list-digest Friday, March 19 1999 Volume 03 : Number 061



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In this issue:

FTE Small - TSBs
FTE Small - unusual sticking problem
FTE Small - Re: TSBs
FTE Small - Any Real Evidence?
Re: FTE Small - Any Real Evidence?
Re: FTE Small - unusual sticking problem
FTE Small - What is limited slip rear diff?
Re: FTE Small - What is limited slip rear diff?
FTE Small - ADMIN: Daily digests
FTE Small - RE: TTB Explorers
FTE Small - RE: 98 Ranger Brakes
Re: FTE Small - RE: 98 Ranger Brakes
FTE Small - Re: Courtesy Windows
FTE Small - ADMIN: Virus checking

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Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999 11:54:48 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - TSBs

1. I can recommend purchasing the Alldata disk just for the TSBs. In
the case of my '92 Aerostar, I feel that the TSB collection on the
Alldata disk is complete and well-reproduced. This is in sharp contrast
to the main part of the disk, in which I am lucky to find any
illustration at all for what I need, and when I can, the picture is so
blurry as to be almost useless. Same for charts. I think that the
Alldata disks are worth the money just for the TSBs. In my case, they
"threw in" the TSBs. Their service is pretty good, too.

They replaced my original disks with a "Popular Mechanics" set,
miserably cheap-packaged in shredding cardboard (if you value your CD
drive, invest in a couple of plastic disk boxes).

2. Thanks somebody for spelling "TSBs" correctly, without that blasted
apostrophe that has become almost fasionable (and confusing).

Richard

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Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 22:54:16 -0800
From: Richard Salitra
Subject: FTE Small - unusual sticking problem

i've got an what i think is an unusual problem & i'm hoping that someone
may be able to shed some light on it. i've got a '98 Ranger 4WD 4.0L
manual with the off-road option, 3.73 limited slip rear diff, and 4
wheel anti-lock brakes. before i go to the dealer, i'd like to have
some knowledge of some possible causes.
after the truck has sat for a while it seems to be stuck, like something
in the drivetrain is stuck. i've noticed the problem a few times
previously first thing in the morning after it had been parked all
night, but it was so minor that i paid it almost no attention except as
a mental note. but this sunday i was at the paradise parking lot in Mt.
Rainier nat'l park. the truck was parked for almost 5 hours. when i
got back, the truck was stuck for what seemed like 5 minutes before it
suddenly unstuck itself. i even got out & checked to make sure that the
e-brake was off & that there was no ice buildup anywhere in the
drivetrain. it was cold & sleeting (we had a good time anyway) & if i
recall correctly, the previous times it was also cold. when the truck
finally unstuck itself, it seemed to clunk forward & then it was fine.
i've had the truck since new in 12/97 and it now had 20k miles on it.
the only previous warranty work has been in 12/97 they replaced the rear
diff (a tooth was missing on a gear in the rear diff which the abs
sensor ran off of causing the abs to malfunction every time i braked.
they replaced the entire diff because it took them 10 days to find the
problem & then only when a ford engineer told them where to look, & i
was on them every day) and in 1/99 they replaced the master and slave
clutch cylinders. other than that, the truck has been great.
if anybody's got any ideas, i'd greatly appreciate it. thanks in
advance.

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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 08:08:38 -0500 (EST)
From: fss altavista.net
Subject: FTE Small - Re: TSBs

Regarding how to get TSBs, your dealer should be able to give them to you, on request (mine does). If not, contact Helm at 1-800-782-HELM

>From the www.ford.com...

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Q. Where do I find copies of Technical Service Bulletins?
A. To get a copy of a Technical Service Bulletin, just see the Service Manager at your dealership. These are also available by ordering them from Helm Inc. at 1-800-782-HELM.
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Rick Sapir fss altavista.net
Raleigh, NC USA ricks99 netzero.net
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Cottage/4654
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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 09:26:33 EST
From: NT650 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Any Real Evidence?

Has anyone ever seen any real evidence to support the claims of power
increases provided by hi-flow intakes, exhausts and computer chips? Are there
any magazine test articles available? Before and after dyno curves, etc?
I'd love to give my '99 4X4 Ranger's 3.0L engine all the help I can, but I
don't want to throw away cash for nothing.

Todd B.
NT650 aol.com
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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 09:39:22 -0600
From: Chuck DeSantis
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Any Real Evidence?

> Has anyone ever seen any real evidence to support the claims of power
>increases provided by hi-flow intakes, exhausts and computer chips? Are there
>any magazine test articles available? Before and after dyno curves, etc?
> I'd love to give my '99 4X4 Ranger's 3.0L engine all the help I can, but I
>don't want to throw away cash for nothing.
>
>Todd B.
>NT650 aol.com
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Hey Todd,

You ride a Hawk GT? (NT650GT) I do as well.

In addition, I've ordered an Explorer with the 5-speed manual.
Unfortunately, I could only get the 4.0L 6 cyl and have also wondered about
power increases akin to your question.

If you get any good data not sent to the list, could you forward it my way?

Thanks.

Chuck DeSantis
Crystal Lake, IL


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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 08:11:22 -0800
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - unusual sticking problem

Richard Salitra wrote:
>
> i've got an what i think is an unusual problem & i'm hoping that someone
> may be able to shed some light on it. i've got a '98 Ranger 4WD 4.0L
> manual with the off-road option, 3.73 limited slip rear diff, and 4
> wheel anti-lock brakes. before i go to the dealer, i'd like to have
> some knowledge of some possible causes.
> after the truck has sat for a while it seems to be stuck, like something
> in the drivetrain is stuck.

Y'know..... this has happened to me in my '97 Ranger 4X4. It was bound
up one morning for no good reason that I could find. It wasn't even
cold. It was a momentary thing... just long enough that I kinda went
"hey... what the he..." and it "broke" free.. or whatever.
- --
Thom Cheney
tcgrafx... among other things
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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 08:40:45 -0800
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: FTE Small - What is limited slip rear diff?

Thom Cheney wrote:

> Richard Salitra wrote:
> >
> > i've got an what i think is an unusual problem & i'm hoping that someone
> > may be able to shed some light on it. i've got a '98 Ranger 4WD 4.0L
> > manual with the off-road option, 3.73 limited slip rear diff....

What is 3.73 limited slip rear diff. I hear this a lot when it comes to
trucks and have no idea as to what it refers to. What are the differences in
limited slip rear diff and what are the advantages of each. And finally what
does it mean???

Thanks.

98 Ranger owner.

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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 12:42:51 -0500
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - What is limited slip rear diff?

What is 3.73 limited slip rear diff. I hear this a lot when it comes
to trucks and have no idea as to what it refers to. What are the
differences in limited slip rear diff and what are the advantages of
each. And finally what does it mean???

There are a few types of rears

1) open differential which lets the wheel with the least amount of
traction spin all the time. Virtually maintance free and easy to get
stuck.
2) a limited slip rear which will take some of the power away from the
spinning wheel and apply it to the wheel with traction, only a small
percentage though. Requires fluid changes to keep the clutches working
properly and is alot easy on your drive train than a locker
3) then you have lockers which lock both wheels together so that they
turn at the speed at all times...if you have on tire in the mud the
other on the road they both will still spin together...make awful noises
when turning..they have to unlock otherwise the inside tire would
actually be turning faster than the outside tire and cause tremendous
stress on the rear and drivetrain...very nice for the off roader but not
very desireable for the street.
4) then you hae spools which are like lockers except they don't
unlock...for vechicle that go in striaght lines.
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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 13:07:52 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Daily digests

Please do not email me asking why you aren't getting a
digest every day! I'm sick of the dozen queries each
day. Take a small moment to look at the digest numbers
and you'll see that the digests are consecutive. No
digests are lost and it only takes a small moment of
your time to verify this.

When list traffic slows down, the digests don't meet
the minimum size for transmission on a daily basis.

Ken Payne
Admin
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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 13:36:52 -0800
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: TTB Explorers

Ken wrote:
>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.

I believe the most recent or last issue of Peterson's 4Wheeler had a
suspension tech section that talked about 3 link and 4 link etc., etc. It
also touched on (with close-up pictures) the leaf spring set-up you're
talking about.

Later.... Pete
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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 13:24:04 -0800
From: "Pete Lawless"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: 98 Ranger Brakes

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

My '88's brakes occasionally grab in the morning first time I touch the
brakes. I've heard of other Rangers of different years doing same. My
brother has a '98 extended cab 4x4 and has had no problems at all..... nice
truck. Rangers are still good, if you've had enough problems that they're
offering a new truck I think I would take it.

Later..... Pete

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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 15:30:15 -0800
From: JJ Thomas
Subject: Re: FTE Small - RE: 98 Ranger Brakes

Thanks for responding. I'm debating between replacing it with another
Ranger or getting one of the full size trucks. I do like the Ranger,
especially when shopping and going by gas stations. If I could just get
a bigger tank installed...

- -Julian

At 13:24 03/16/99 -0800, you wrote:
>Julian wrote:
>>>Are the Ranger still good trucks, or would I be better off going with
>>>something else?
>
>My '88's brakes occasionally grab in the morning first time I touch the
>brakes. I've heard of other Rangers of different years doing same. My
>brother has a '98 extended cab 4x4 and has had no problems at all..... nice
>truck. Rangers are still good, if you've had enough problems that they're
>offering a new truck I think I would take it.
>
>Later..... Pete
>
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 12:58:57 -0500
From: "Lou Guerriero"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Courtesy Windows

This spring i need to replace the courtesy (small triangular one) window on
my Passenger side door.

Anyone know how this is done? / Are the windows expensive to replace? Mine
rusted out....

Appreciate any comments!

Lou Guerriero

lou(takethisouttoreply)g bigfoot.com





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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 21:48:15 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Virus checking

While the list server will reject emails with a virus (it
rejects all attachments), I still get them in my personal
emailbox. In the position I'm in as admin of the lists,
I get lots of email sent to me personally (about 50 each
day). As such, I've been getting exposed on a daily basis
to the Happy99 virus EXE attached to emails. I run a virus
checker and have since McAfee was a nobody shareware company
in the DOS days. IMHO, using a virus checker is a
fundamental pre-requisite for using a computer and they
don't cost much.

Anyone posting an email to me or the lists with the Happy99
virus attached will be blocked from sending email to our
server in order to prevent possible infection. If you don't
know if you have it, don't post or send me email - you will
be cut off without warning! In other words, use a virus
checker.

Ken Payne....


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