small-list-digest Tuesday, April 6 1999 Volume 03 : Number 078



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In this issue:

FTE Small - RE: Pinging
FTE Small - Auto trans prob 77 bronco
FTE Small - '86 Ford Ranger Auto Trans
FTE Small - Pics
Re: FTE Small - Pics
Re: FTE Small - Pics
FTE Small - Website
FTE Small - Re: check engine light
FTE Small - New truck
FTE Small - FTE Small- rear end is going bad
Re: FTE Small - '86 Ford Ranger Auto Trans

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Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 06:12:46 -0400
From: Jeff
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Pinging

Thanks Ding.

I've got about 40,000 on the current plugs and wires, but maybe Bosch Platinum
plugs aren't what they claim. And, I have been trying to find someone around
here that has the Motor Vac system. Now that I know what it is called, it might
be easier to find someone.

Anyone have suggestion on a good plug besides Bosch? In 100K miles, I'm on my
second set.

Thanks, Jeff
jeffbaker cwix.com

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Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 08:01:58 PDT
From: "Joey Ramsey"
Subject: FTE Small - Auto trans prob 77 bronco

hey,
Its having problems shifting mostly on cold starts. Id like to know
how to solve this little problem before I blow something up...
-Thanx,
Joe
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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 09:40:33 -0600
From: "David Herron"
Subject: FTE Small - '86 Ford Ranger Auto Trans

Hi -

I seem to be having a little problem w/ my '86 Ford Ranger 2.3L w/ auto
trans w/ overdrive. When starting it after it's been sitting for awhile (3
hours +), it has trouble shifting into 2nd, and 3rd. 1st gear works
flawlessly, but if I don't shift it manually into second, I can run the
RPM's like crazy, and it won't make a move toward 2nd. Third isn't quite as
difficult, but I have to build some speed, and then purposely back
generously off the accelerator to lower the RPM's, so it will shift into
third.
Once the engine and tranny are hot (i.e.. 10 minutes of driving), there
are absolutely no problems. The fluid levels are all good. I have been
'restoring' this vehicle which sat out for almost two years before I bought
it. It had many problems, and also received a complete new transmission
right before I bought it. Also, it has a bit of a high idle (no tach, so
I'm not sure exactly how high...). I'm not sure if that possibly has
anything to do with it, but I've kept it in the back of my mind...
On another note, what kind of gas mileage are you folks getting on a
similar truck? This is my first ford pickup, and it seems to be getting
around 10 mpg... Sounds awful low to me for a 4 cyl 2.3, even with 140K
miles. It doesn't smoke anymore (did when I got it), and runs well, but
still has a high idle (also has a small leak in the exhaust manifold). I've
changed all the plugs, air & fuel filters, replaced broken vacuum lines, and
run some fuel injector cleaners through it. I haven't replaced the plug
wires yet, but I will soon. Any other ideas to increasing MPG short of
taking it to the dealer?

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David Herron - dherron cpmc4u.com
"What's mine is mine, what's yours is mine." -- My wife.... (Who else?)
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Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 12:19:27 -0400
From: J Cope
Subject: FTE Small - Pics

An idea struck me earlier today:
I'm going to assume that there's a fair number of us with websites
including pictures of our trucks. Everyone in this boat reply to this and
include the website. Then I'll create another site with links to all of
ours, and send it out. Sound good?

JC


http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://members.xoom.com/88BIIXLT/Main/BIIPics/BIIpics.html

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Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 10:44:31 -0600
From: BJ Tiemessen
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Pics

This is my site http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://rangersrule.webjump.com

BJ

J Cope wrote:

> An idea struck me earlier today:
> I'm going to assume that there's a fair number of us with websites
> including pictures of our trucks. Everyone in this boat reply to this and
> include the website. Then I'll create another site with links to all of
> ours, and send it out. Sound good?
>
> JC
>
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://members.xoom.com/88BIIXLT/Main/BIIPics/BIIpics.html
>
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Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 13:52:59 -0400
From: Garr&Pam
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Pics

BJ Tiemessen wrote:
>
> This is my site http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://rangersrule.webjump.com
>
> BJ
>
> J Cope wrote:
>
> > An idea struck me earlier today:
> > I'm going to assume that there's a fair number of us with websites
> > including pictures of our trucks. Everyone in this boat reply to this and
> > include the website. Then I'll create another site with links to all of
> > ours, and send it out. Sound good?

Here is mine
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Speedway/9459

Chris
94 Lightning #381
NLOC #238

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Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 20:19:27 -0400
From: J Cope
Subject: FTE Small - Website

Here's what I've got so far. Let me know of any name or address corrections.

JC

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://members.xoom.com/Ford_Trucks/fordpics.html

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Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 09:58:34 -0400
From: Rick and Deborah Kelso
Subject: FTE Small - Re: check engine light

Re: FTE Small - Re:Check engine light

In a message dated 4/2/99 5:39:13 PM Mountain Daylight Time, rkelso usit.net
writes:

> I would suggest taking your vehicle to the local
> dealer and having it checked by a factory trained tech.

Umm......... I don't like the factory trained techs (at least not their
bosses). That is why I am on this list. If I was near enough to our Manic
Mechanic I wouldn't hesitate to take it to him. However, in all my dealings
with the "factory authorized dealers" I have never been able to find one that
was honest and really cared about the service he provides once the deal is
made. This is just my opinion and probably will upset some, but I will
continue to tinker and get by even if it does cost me more in the long run.
Thanks anyway
Dennis Baken

I am a factory-trained tech. If you insist on wasting your money by throwing parts
at your Explorer, by all means, go ahead! I can't speak for all dealers, but you
will find honest techs out there. Not everyone will try to screw you over. For
driveability concerns, ask if they(the service department) have an SBDS diagnostic
system. If they don't, find another dealer that does. When you find a dealer that
does, request a print-out of the results and specify that you want a DCL test
performed and the results of that test logged. The tech will know what your talking
about. Take this log, and either purchase a good manual that will help you
interpret the data, or if you'd like, e-mail the results to me and I'll give you an
honest answer. More than likely, if you still want to guess, I'd look at the DPFE
sensor or the HEGO sensors.I hope this helps! Rick Kelso

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Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 23:57:13 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - New truck

Hey everyboy I just auqired a 84 Ranger 4x4..I was wonderin what all of the
common probles are with it..it has the 2.8 V6, so i need to do a valve job
but anything other that that...It has the 5 spd and the manual locking hubs

thank you


Jim
96 Ranger Wave
84 Ranger 4x4
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Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 01:59:25 EDT
From: SCOBBYDOOO aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - FTE Small- rear end is going bad

I have a 1988 Ford ranger 2wd with a 2.9L V6 with almost 160,000 miles on it.
It has been a great truck until I began to hear a whine.

I was experiencing a whine in the front of my truck so I was positive that it
was the transmission, so I took it to a transmission shop and found that
wasn't the problem and the guy said that it was the rear end that is going
bad.
The rear end is a 7.5 inch. With 3.45 gears.

I am curious if I could bolt an 8.8 inch right in?

Also if I were to get a rear end with 3.73 gears how much would I be losing
on my mpg?

What should I expect to pay for one from a junk yard?

Steve Miller
Denver, Colorado


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Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 02:08:26 EDT
From: SCOBBYDOOO aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '86 Ford Ranger Auto Trans

I would try replacing the plug wires and putting a new ignition coil on. This
should increase your gas mileage significantly.

My truck is a 1988 with a 2.9L V6 and I get about 17mpg. So yours should be
getting better than that.

Steve Miller
Denver, Co
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