small-list-digest Wednesday, April 7 1999 Volume 03 : Number 079



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - FTE Small- rear end is going bad
Re: FTE Small - New truck
Re: FTE Small - Re: check engine light
Re: FTE Small - '86 Ford Ranger Auto Trans
FTE Small - tire wear
RE: FTE Small - tire wear
RE:FTE Small - '86 Ford Ranger Auto Trans
FTE Small - Ford Bronco 2
Re: FTE Small - '86 Ford Ranger Auto Trans
Re: FTE Small - tire wear
FTE Small - Bench to Buckets

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Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 07:36:24 -0400
From: Daner
Subject: Re: FTE Small - FTE Small- rear end is going bad

I have a 5.0L EFI in my '89 Ext-a-cab Ranger, in 5th gear at 120 km/h
(about 75 mph) my tach reads about 2500 rpm with 4.10's in my 8.8".

Daner
Daner Racing
www.danerracing.com



At 01:59 AM 4/6/99 -0400, SCOBBYDOOO aol.com wrote:
>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 09:14:49 EDT
From: Bakend aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - New truck

In a message dated 99-04-06 00:06:21 EDT, you write:


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
>>
If you are going to do the valve job because of the clickety-clack of the
engine, save yourself some trouble by adjusting the valves. That engine has
solid lifters and tends to be a little noisey in the valve train. I had an 84
B2 for about 5 years with that engine and loved it. Sold it with 200K and
almost no problems with it.
Good Luck
Dennis Baken
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Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 11:24:31 -0400
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: check engine light

At 9:58 AM -0400 4/5/99, Rick and Deborah Kelso wrote:

[snip]

>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

Rick,

What does SBDS and DCL stand for and what types of tests are these?

I'm a big supporter of running the built-in diagnostics on the EEC,
but this sounds like something different.

Thanks.

- -Dave
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Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 13:59:40 -0500 (CDT)
From: Sandman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '86 Ford Ranger Auto Trans

On Mon, 5 Apr 1999, David Herron wrote:

> 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?
>
I get around 22 MPG on my 89 2.3. Its a manual and the 89 ups have the 8
plug 2.3 engine(which gets slightly better gas mileage and slightly higher
output.) The engine has 166K on it now. Definatly sounds like something
is worng with your mileage, should be in the 20 MPG area.

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Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 20:29:00 -0500
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: FTE Small - tire wear

i'm curious if anybody else is seeing heavy tire wear on the front of their
late model rangers? i have a 98 with the off road package and my front
tires are cupping pretty good. i only have 9200 miles on it. as much as i
hate to say it, i really don't want to have to spring for some larger tires
real soon!

i've been looking at other rangers, but have been unable to get close
enough to them to see.

ran
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Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 20:11:15 -0600
From: "Ryan Penner"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - tire wear

Well that all depends on how often you rotate your tires. On all Ford
Trucks (As far as I know) you should rotate your tires ever 3000 miles.
My dad's 150 had some Wranglers that are almost perfect on the inside
tread, and almost bald on the outside. This is due to the fact that
they were not rotated for almost 10,000 miles. (This was before he
drove it)

Ryan Penner
92 Ford Explorer

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:owner-small-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Randy Collins
> Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 1999 7:29 PM
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> Subject: FTE Small - tire wear
>
>
> i'm curious if anybody else is seeing heavy tire wear on the
> front of their
> late model rangers? i have a 98 with the off road package and my front
> tires are cupping pretty good. i only have 9200 miles on it. as much as i
> hate to say it, i really don't want to have to spring for some
> larger tires
> real soon!
>
> i've been looking at other rangers, but have been unable to get close
> enough to them to see.
>
> ran
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Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 10:16:04 -0400
From: Rick and Deborah Kelso
Subject: RE:FTE Small - '86 Ford Ranger Auto Trans

Try cleaning the governor assembly in your trans.It is probably sticking. My '88 with a
2.3 5-spd. gets 19 mpg. Hope this helps.

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Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 19:40:31 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: FTE Small - Ford Bronco 2

Well, we're finally here. I have been reworking the fuel injection sensors
and the system as a whole. This morning I did the koeo tests, and came up
with a 11, and did the same under koer several times. Both tests came up
with 11! I have 160,000 miles on the 2.9L V6, 5 speed. I did have to spend
several hundred dollars on sensors and connections, but now I'm getting
about 17 MPG city, 19 HWy on supreme and all is well...

Not too bad for an old Ford....

Adam

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Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 20:06:15 -0700
From: nbab juno.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '86 Ford Ranger Auto Trans

I have a 2.3 liter engine in a Courier. You mentioned items to check for
mpg; besides just plugs I would change-out the cap,rotor and plug wires
and set the timing. I also changed to a K&N air filter. My truck runs
great now and gets about 24 mpg. It would nor hurt to check your egr and
other smog devices.

Other items would be check fuel filer/pump and compression check.
Keeping your tire pressure up helps too....

It worked for me..
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Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 23:35:26 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - tire wear

Rotate at least every other oil change....And sometimes it has an
effect on tire wear on the amount of weight you carry in the back with
you...It happened on my dads new 98 dodge dakota he always carried weight
like sometimes up to 1000lbsw and when he rotated them and stopped carrying
all that weight they wore fine no cupping..........ding
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Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 22:41:12 +0000
From: Matt Baldwin
Subject: FTE Small - Bench to Buckets

Does anyone know if I can swap the bucket seats from a mid-80s Bronco II or
Ranger to a regular cab 85 Ranger with a standard bench seat?

Just wondering...my back is killing me!

Matt Baldwin
Victoria, BC
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