small-list-digest Sunday, April 11 1999 Volume 03 : Number 083



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Bronco II `88
FTE Small - Explorer Pinging Update
Re: FTE Small - Ranger Problems
Re: FTE Small - Manual Hubs
FTE Small - Great Truck
FTE Small - '98 Ranger Speedo correction?????
FTE Small - 99 ranger leak
Re: FTE Small - 99 ranger leak
Re: FTE Small - '98 Ranger Speedo correction?????

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 10:07:50 EDT
From: Johnchig aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Bronco II `88

If the bronco ii has automatic hubs which I'm positive it does with the push
button 4wd, check the solenoid on the front rear which engages the front hub
they been know to go bad often on all the ford 4wd's.
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 10:24:53 -0400
From: "Edward C. Miller"
Subject: FTE Small - Explorer Pinging Update

I finally got my pinging 98 Explorer looked at by a dealer who took the time to
test drive it. It's got 10K miles now on the 4Liter SOHC engine. When I drive
it it seems to ping during medium to heavy acceleration. It's hard to hear on
the highway due to wind noise but starting up a hill after a stop light I can
hear it well. This is running 87 octane (it still does it but less with 89).
Recently it doesn't seem as bad (Maybe gas stations are switching to the summer
formulation?) I had a "motorhead" buddy of mine drive it - he heard a slight
ping, thought it probably wasn't enough to be harmful and said I'd probably just
have to live with it. I'm not happy since it's a new truck and will only get
worse with age - until I start cracking valves and my compression goes south.

Both the mechanic and the service manager drove it and said they did not hear
unusual pinging. They checked the codes even while driving and nothing came up.
They also unplugged a plug they said you can disconnect for pinging engines and
they said it had no effect on performance.

Questions : 1) Is there an anti-ping sensor on this motor - the dealer says no.
2) Does this motor make a raspy pinging sound that sounds like a ping and I'm
just confused. ( I don't think so since the sound changes with better fuel). 3)
Are there any brands of gas that are better than others that I can try - I know
there are different ways to get the same octane by "cheating" on the additives.
4) Finnally Does anyone know where I can get a good set of manuals for this
truck and motor - I called Helms but they want to rape me - the set will cost
close to $500. Talk about not wanting anyone to do their own work.

Thanks in advance for any help.


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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 08:17:51 -0700
From: "Michael D. Sheridan"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ranger Problems

David wrote:
>
> Recently my 94 Ranger (4cyl 5spd regularcab 71K) has had some problems.
> 1) While driving home one night I suddenly had problems accelerating and
> the engine began to run very rough. The next day I cleaned the entire
> intake and air filter. This helped some but the truck doesnt run as
> smoothly as it used to.
> 2) After taking the truck to have the front end alligned and tires rotated
> the truck began to wander more while driving. Also the steering wheel has
> about three times as much freeplay as it used to. I took the truck back to
> the shop and they checked it and there does not seem to be anything loose
> in the front end.
> 3) At about 55mph in fifth gear there is a periodic humming noise which
> sounds like it is coming from the transmission. Today I also began to hear
> the same noise in 4th gear.
>
> Any suggestions to what is causing the problems or way to fix them would
> be greatly appreciated.
> David
> David Metcalfe


Hi David:

I can only tell you about the humming noise as I
have one in my 1999 Mazda B2500, 2.5L 4 cylinder,
regular cab, 5 speed just about what you are describing
except I only have 3800 miles on my truck but our
trucks are very alike as Ford makes them both as you
know.

Saw a posting on the net a few months ago from another
owner of essentially the same truck except he had an automatic
that had the HUM which was driving him nuts at about 55 MPH. *WE*
decided that is was the clamp on the air conditioning hose right
where it swings around the front of the engine and the
clamp allows the metal part in the hose to rattle against
the clamp itself. It would seem that there should be some
rubber or something between the clamp and the metal part
of the hose but there is none on my 1999 Mazda and was none
on his Ranger.

Anyway I stuck some wire ties around the clamp to try to
stop the clamp from coming in contact with the metal part
of the hose but so far it has done no good.

When I take off in first gear it HUMS and continues to make
a HUM at the gear change to second and perhaps third but I
can't be sure about third. The HUM when I first take off
is the most annoying.

I have pictures taken with our digital camera of the clamp
so if you want to seem them advise me off list please.

In closing it would SEEM that the clamp is the problem
BUT *MY* fix did not work and my dealer has no idea what
I am talking about of course, you know! Do I want to take
it to the dealer to ATTEMPT a fix? Only as a last resort
as I know they will mess up at least three things while
they fix one and I don't have time for their blundering! I'll
get ear plugs first!

Michael
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 09:50:10 -0700
From: JJ Thomas
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Manual Hubs

Right on! 4x4, A/C manual gear box and the AM/FM Cassette! I'll take the
PS and Cruise control, in addition (I take long trips).

- -Julian

At 22:06 04/08/99 -0400, you wrote:
>
>
>Blest25913 aol.com wrote:
>>
>> Last week I had manual Warn hubs put on my '96 Ranger. The auto hubs
went out
>> again after 40k miles.
>
>It only took one 4x4 with auto hubs (Isuzu) to convince me I never
>wanted 'em again.. Just like power options it's more crap to break down
>and costly to fix. The yuppies can have their optioned up SUVs (and
>I'll fix 'em all day long!); I want my vehicle to be pretty plain in the
>options.. P/S maybe, A/C is nice in the 100+ temps here and that's ALL
>I want besides maybe a non power sun/moon roof.
>
>TT
>
>PS: And a definite *NO* to an automatic transmission..
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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 16:47:41 EDT
From: Jmgerhart aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Great Truck

Just drove my 98 Ranger XLT from Delaware to Key West, Florida. Averaging 75
mph all the way and got great mileage (approx. 27 mpg). with the A/C running.
Drove about 3100 miles in seven days. The ride was very comfortable also.
I would highly recommend a Ford to anybody.

John Gerhart
Bear, Delaware
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Date: Fri, 09 Apr 1999 11:22:05 -0700
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - '98 Ranger Speedo correction?????

Scott Ford wrote ------------------------------------

...Ranger 2WD...
Does anyone know an easy way to adjust the speedo...so basically does
anyone know where the hell they pull the speed from.

My reply --------------------------------------------
If your Ranger is similar to my '92 Aerostar, this may help point you in
the right direction. According to my owner's manual, the speedometer is
driven from the Antilock Brake System computer. This makes sense, as it
is undoubtedly the cheapest way to get the signal, and if there's one
thing I've learned about FoMoCo is that they're into stingy
engineering. But, I allow that it is probably a good way to do it,
too. And that's why you've not been able to find a dedicated mechanical
source for it.

Another thing from my owner's manual (if I understood what they said):
the speedometer's "trim" for tire diameter is some kind of tweak of the
computer. And, note this, the circuit allows you to reset the
speedometer exactly three times during the vehicle's lifetime.
Considerate design, huh?

Richard

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 21:26:55 -0400
From: Ken Brown
Subject: FTE Small - 99 ranger leak

328 miles on my 99 3.0 XLT Supercab Ranger and just got it back from Ford.
Evidently the lower radiator hose clamp cut through the hose up near the
water pump. The sales person said it's a unique setup for 99, and the parts
department couldn't even find the parts in continental US yet, so they
pirated from another Ranger on the lot.
At least that's the story I got. I'd love to confirm that from this site.
What really sucks is the I-told-you-so from every Honda/Toyota owner for
buying American. Hopefully that's the worst I have to deal with; after some
of the idling/4wd problems I see on this site, I myself might start 2nd
guessing... Ken

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Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 21:34:00 EDT
From: Johnchig aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 ranger leak

If you listen to those foreign truck lovers that there trucks are better then
why do their trucks rust out in such short of time owning them.
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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 01:04:58 -0500
From: Scott Ford
Subject: Re: FTE Small - '98 Ranger Speedo correction?????

rgstein pacbell.net wrote:
>
> Scott Ford wrote ------------------------------------
>
> ...Ranger 2WD...
> Does anyone know an easy way to adjust the speedo...so basically does
> anyone know where the hell they pull the speed from.
>
> My reply --------------------------------------------
> If your Ranger is similar to my '92 Aerostar, this may help point you in
> the right direction. According to my owner's manual, the speedometer is
> driven from the Antilock Brake System computer. This makes sense, as it
> is undoubtedly the cheapest way to get the signal, and if there's one
> thing I've learned about FoMoCo is that they're into stingy
> engineering. But, I allow that it is probably a good way to do it,
> too. And that's why you've not been able to find a dedicated mechanical
> source for it.
>
> Another thing from my owner's manual (if I understood what they said):
> the speedometer's "trim" for tire diameter is some kind of tweak of the
> computer. And, note this, the circuit allows you to reset the
> speedometer exactly three times during the vehicle's lifetime.
> Considerate design, huh?
>
> Richard
>
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This is what we were thinking, it apparently takes the speed from
whatever wheels are turning
because we unhooked the rear abs lead, and the speedo still worked (this
ranger happens
to have the 4 wheel abs, but not all '98s do) at any rate, does your
owners manual say
anything about how to reset the computer?
BTW if this doesn't pan out, our current thinking is to build a small
amplifier circuit with
a potentiometer and put it inline just before the speedo, and just
adjust it until the speedo
reads the right speed (could also be handy for getting out of tickets:)


Thanks
Scott Ford

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