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In this issue:

FTE Small - Whine in 98 Explorer when braking
FTE Small - Check engine light
Re: FTE Small - Check engine light
Re: FTE Small - Lift kit
FTE Small - Regarding hollowing out cats

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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 12:22:07 -0500
From: "Hubert H. Martin"
Subject: FTE Small - Whine in 98 Explorer when braking

Hello All;

This is my first post since joining the group, so please bear with me.

My wife and I just returned from a trip from Michigan to Florida, on the way
down while traveling at approx 70-75 MPH with cruise control on, I started
to break for traffic ahead when we heard this high pitch whine coming from
the front of the truck, it sounds some what like you placed the truck in
neutral and applied the gas, but the tach indicated that the engine was
slowing down. This occur for about a mile or so then went away, I got
worried thought maybe the engine or trans was going out, Went to a Ford
dealer in Dayton, OH and had them test drive it with me, The problem never
occurred again till we were approaching Atlanta, same conditions same
symptoms. Applying the gas seems to stop the problem, tried turning off the
cruise control and turning Overdrive off, still can not pinpoint the fault,
I think it is either the Overdrive or speed control. Has anyone had any
problems like this?

It is a 98 Explorer sport, 6 cyl, auto with 4W/D. It has happened a total of
5 times in 3000 miles, but when it happens it is real loud and very
disheartening to here in a truck with 15000 miles on it.

Hubert H. Martin
hmartin earthlink.net
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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 12:39:31 EST
From: Bakend aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Check engine light

We took our first road trip in the 95 Explorer this weekend. It has the 4.0
with automatic OD and 36K miles. We took off on a 450 mile trip and at 200
miles the "check engine" light came on and stayed. After another 100 miles it
went off and stayed off the rest of the way to the Black Hills. All was fine
driving around in the Hills until we started back. Then at 100 miles the light
came on and stayed until we stopped and shut it off. We spent the night in
Gillette Wyo and headed home the next day. Once again at about 100 miles out
the light came on again. I drove the rest of the 300 miles home with the light
occasionally going off and then right back on. Any one with the 4.0 ever have
similar experience with the check engine light? Any cures? Any info is greatly
appreciated because this is the first Ford that I have been able to get my
wife to buy and she is giving me that "I told you so" look. The vehicle runs
great and gets about 20 mpg. Really nice road vehicle!
Thanks
Dennis Baken
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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 19:55:04 -0500
From: pms2
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Check engine light

Dennis,

I had a 4.0 97 Ranger 5spd AOD that threw on the "check engine" light
for a day, then went out. The fix it guys hooked up the computer and it
gave a whole list of stuff that could be wrong for the code that tripped
(tranny stuff)....all the way from balky shift solenoid to a self
destructed tranny. In my case, it was a bad shift solenoid, which they
replaced. When the light came on, I couldn't tell ANY difference in
drivability. After they replaced the solenoid, I COULD tell a big
difference in the 1st-2nd shift....it was a more firm shift. That's my
"check engine" experience.

Phil

Bakend aol.com wrote:
>
> We took our first road trip in the 95 Explorer this weekend. It has the 4.0
> with automatic OD and 36K miles. We took off on a 450 mile trip and at 200
> miles the "check engine" light came on and stayed. After another 100 miles it
> went off and stayed off the rest of the way to the Black Hills. All was fine
> driving around in the Hills until we started back. Then at 100 miles the light
> came on and stayed until we stopped and shut it off. We spent the night in
> Gillette Wyo and headed home the next day. Once again at about 100 miles out
> the light came on again. I drove the rest of the 300 miles home with the light
> occasionally going off and then right back on. Any one with the 4.0 ever have
> similar experience with the check engine light? Any cures? Any info is greatly
> appreciated because this is the first Ford that I have been able to get my
> wife to buy and she is giving me that "I told you so" look. The vehicle runs
> great and gets about 20 mpg. Really nice road vehicle!
> Thanks
> Dennis Baken
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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 21:56:38 EST
From: Johnchig aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Lift kit

Sad to say but yes it will void your warranty. Sorry
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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 22:26:57 -0500
From: Ken Brown
Subject: FTE Small - Regarding hollowing out cats

Regarding hollowing out cats, I recall an article on 5.0 Mustangs where
they gained only 4 horsepower by gutting the converters. Now their
converters where in good shape to start with, and I'm sure higher-mileage
converters may choke some performance, but it illustrates the minimal gain
vs. the damage done to our mother Earth.

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