small-list-digest Tuesday, April 13 1999 Volume 03 : Number 085



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - 99 ranger leak
Re: FTE Small - Explorer high revs on starting
FTE Small - FTE: Explorer 97 Eddie Bauer - Creaking and Groaning like an old man!
Re: FTE Small - FTE: Explorer 97 Eddie Bauer - Creaking and Groaning like an ...
FTE Small - Rattle and or pinging question
Re: FTE Small - Explorer Pinging Update
FTE Small - Super Chip
Re: FTE Small - Super Chip
Re: FTE Small - Rattle and or pinging question
FTE Small - Shocks for B II -- Any recommendations?

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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 07:51:19 -0700
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 ranger leak

I hope your Ranger does a little better after this event. My '97 has
never been in the shop for anything other than oil changes and tire
rotation. I am crossing my fingers until they are Ford blue that this
truck is as trouble-free as the Toyota it replaced.

Bad-mouth the imports all you want... but it is hard to argue with 6
years of trouble-free Toyota....

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tcgrafx... among other things
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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 10:25:08 -0400
From: "Bobby Herring"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer high revs on starting

Not under warranty any more. It has almost 50k on it.
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> Well since its a 97 i'm assuming its still under warranty so let them
> deal with it..But it sounds like somethings sticking and obvioulsy
affecting
> maybe the tps sensor or other related components...Let them fix it maybe
they
> will replace a few things for ya.......ding
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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 18:39:08 +0100
From: Nick G Moulsdale
Subject: FTE Small - FTE: Explorer 97 Eddie Bauer - Creaking and Groaning like an old man!

Hiya all

My Explorer is creaking and groaning so bad people look at me and
laugh! Its the springs and the steering. Is there a safe way I can
stop it and with what? I'm on show this weekend running a car rally
for 70+ people and I sure would like to quieten down my creaking
Explorer before. Local Garage cannot look at it until next week

TIA for any advice/help

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Nick Moulsdale
Ivy Cottage,
Castley, Otley.
North Yorkshire. nick.moul zetnet.co.uk
LS21 2PY ENGLAND phone(44)1423-734470

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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 16:52:12 EDT
From: KyleH930 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - FTE: Explorer 97 Eddie Bauer - Creaking and Groaning like an ...

Its the tie rods. Im having my replaced as we speak!!
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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 15:28:50 -0700
From: "Craig Rubin"
Subject: FTE Small - Rattle and or pinging question

Hi all,

We have a 97 Explorer with v8 and approx. 31k mileage which is also making
noises. It sound like a high frequency/high speed rattle when accelerating
or when load is put on engine. The noise is not too loud and can be heard
with the windows up and ventilation on. My first guesses would be pinging
and or lifter noise???

Your help is appreciated, thanks in advance.

Craig
crubin foxinternet.net


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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 06:51:27 -0400
From: Rick and Deborah Kelso
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorer Pinging Update

No matter what gas you use ford has designed the truck to run on the
minium octane out there 87 without PINGING so with 10k you shouldn't have it
...Nor should you have to live with it so put the crapiest gas you can find
in it make it ping like crazy and bring it back to them an tell them you want
a loaner car and your not picking up the truck until its fixed and not
pinging anymore..My explorer doesn't ping nor does any other explorer that i
know of so make them fix it before its too late and your stuck with the
problems and out of warranty..See how fast they take your truck in
then..............ding

There is what is called an "Octane Adjust Plug" on Explorers, Rangers, Etc. for
this purpose. All you need to do is remove this plug and it should cure your
problem. E-mail me and tell me the year model and I'll tell you where it's
located.

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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 19:14:34 -0400
From: "Eric Davis"
Subject: FTE Small - Super Chip

Does anyone out there have a super chip in there Ranger and if so how do you
like it. Did you notice and horse power gain. Also does anyone have any good
info on superchips. Thanks

Eric Davis
98 4x4 Ranger,
Edlebrock muffler, K&N.


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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 23:50:05 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Super Chip

I have a hyperchip in my 96 explorer with the v8 and it was around
$250.00 I also had to drop the thermostat to 160 degrees to keep it from
pinging to death....It is a lil more peppy but if your looking to spend your
money and have a noticeble difference a chip isn't the way to go it only
helps out a bit especially when you add other add ons such as exhaust bigger
throttle body k&n air filter stuff to that nature...In my experience for the
money the best small horsepower gain is to Put on an free flowing exhaust
starting with headers, free flowing cats and turbo muffler and change you
rear end to at least 3:73 axle ratio that'll give you a nice change plus
awesome exhaust note.............ding
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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 23:45:29 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Rattle and or pinging question

Could be pinging try usiing a lil higher octane next time you fill up
and see if it makes a difference ....I have the same truck same engine and i
experience the same thing but not often... I usally add an additive once
every month or two.. I like the restore octane booster and cleaner it works
well.....Try to keep it from pinging though when accelerating and it starts
let off the gas and depress the pedal a lil slower if possible.....ding
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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 21:14:08 -0700
From: "Keith Christensen"
Subject: FTE Small - Shocks for B II -- Any recommendations?

The Ranchos on my 88 Bronco II have seen too many miles. I can't grouch, I
got 40K on them myself, and the previous owner put about another 40K on
them.

I know there is no 'perfect shock'.

What I'm looking for is not a super-high-dollar racing shock, but I'm not
going to be cheap either.

Here's my usage, expectations, and vehicle specifics..
Vehicle stuff:
Not far from stock, no lifts and none planned at this time.
I'll change shocks if I do that.
Slight oversize tire / rim setup: 215/75(4ply)'s on 7.5" Dodge "copcar"
rims ( not real light)
I might go 235/70 or 245/65 on next set.
Usage:
Probably 85% paved highway, driven "aggressively"
Probably 20% unpaved "road" (logging roads, rural), still "aggressively"
Probably 5% real off-road, real trails -- but much slower and easy if
possible
Mostly light load, but occasional utility trailer up to 2000-3000 pounds
in tow.

Expectations:
Soft on small bumps like manhole covers (ever see how many are 2" up or
2" down from road surface??)
Good cornering.
Stable in severe sidewinds.

I'm looking at Monroe Sens-a-tracs, but haven't kept up with what else is
out there.
Maybe I need more than that..
Anybody tried James Duff's shocks?
Edelbrock?
Newer Ranchos?
Any adjustables?





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